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Now that Jeff Black and the rest of the Black Restaurant Group have stabilized the kitchen at their Bethesda property, the team can focus on their latest plan — to expand the dining empire that already includes BlackSalt, Addie’s, Black Market Bistro, and Black’s Bar & Kitchen.

Actually, Black thought he had a deal to rent an existing space on Barracks Row, with a possible option to buy, but negotiations fell apart. Not that BRG is limiting itself to Barracks Row, but the company would like to expand its presence in the District, where it has only BlackSalt in the Palisades.  BRG has been scouting locations in Georgetown, K Street NW, the U Street corridor, Columbia Heights, and Capitol Hill, Black says.

“I’m not sure where we’ll end up,” he adds.

Nor is Black sure yet what the concept of the new place will be, save for one element: It’ll offer affordable fare. The owner wants to hit a “mid-price point.”

“And not lip service to a mid-range, but a real mid-range,” Black says.