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Bryan Voltaggio sure has a knack for understanding real estate, or at least being associated with locations that turn into dining gold. Back in his Charlie Palmer Steak days, where he served as executive chef, he helped make the sleepy corner of Louisiana and Constitution avenues NW into a dining destination, taking advantage of those glorious pre-toothpick days of Senate-side schmoozing. While Capitol Hill brought in a steady stream of patrons, the young chef earned high praise for his cooking.
D.C. diners were shocked when he decamped for Frederick to open Volt. Location-wise, he remained within arm’s reach of the nation’s capital, but from his perch in Maryland, broadened his regional appeal. And his profile. (A Top Chef appearance doesn’t hurt either.)
Some of the hardest-to-score reservations in the area are in Frederick!
Now, Voltaggio is scouting for a second location. Missy Frederick of the Washington Business Journal confirms the chatter about Voltaggio’s plans, though “the second concept will not necessarily be another version of Volt.”
Let’s see if his real estate acumen is still sharp … The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce must be salivating right now. (But what if Voltaggio is looking farther afield?)