Back in January, Y&H reported that season 7 Top Chef contestant and native Washingtonian Timothy Dean was looking to bring his burger and pizza joint TD Burger to D.C. Now, ANC Commissioner Tony Goodman brings word that Dean has signed a lease at 250 K St. NE, which was previously home to Zuppa Fresca. (Hat tip to the District Cuisine blog.)
Dean confirmed the news to Y&H and says he’s aiming for a mid-June opening. The chef, who previously ran the now-shuttered Prime Steakhouse in Baltimore and worked many years with famed D.C. chef Jean-Louis Palladin, says the nearly 3,000-square-foot space will include a patio and bar with 55 to 60 seats. He already has a TD Burger location at the Boulevard at the Capital Centre in Largo, Md.
The NoMa restaurant will serve burgers, Neapolitan-style pizzas, sandwiches, and milkshakes (including alcoholic ones). Dean says he also looking to add six to eight salads to the menu and plans to have “yappy hours” on the patio where neighbors can bring their dogs.
As for his previous promise to name one of the burgers after a D.C. councilmember, Dean says he plans to put it to a vote with diners. Marion Barry burger or Jim Graham burger? You decide.