Washington, D.C., December 9, 2010 – Chef Gillian Clark plans to open a new neighborhood restaurant in NoMa at Third and K Streets, NE, in the Loree Grand at Union Place. “Kitchen on K Street” will open in April or May, bringing back the popular Colorado Kitchen concept Clark is known for. Clark also runs the General Store restaurant in Silver Spring.
Kitchen on K Street will be a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as offering a bar with counter seating. Clark chose the NoMa spot for its neighborhood feel and history – the Loree Grand is named in honor of Loree Murray, a longtime Northeast resident and community leader. “We saw the building and where it was – what it represents for the neighborhood in the naming of the Loree Grand,” Clark said. “It’s a new building, but has the neighborhood feel and charm of an older building.”
“We’re very excited to have the space leased to a local chef with a strong reputation,” said Eric Siegel of the Cohen Companies, which owns the Loree Grand in as Union Place Phase I LLC. “Chef Gillian Clark chose this location because she wanted to be in a residential neighborhood and part of a community.”
Kitchen on K Street will seat nearly 100 people inside and about 25 in outdoor seating on the patio. Clark plans to expand the Colorado Kitchen menu, featuring roasted chicken, meatloaf, doughnuts, and weekend brunches. “Imagine Betty Crocker gone Cordon Bleu,” she said. Hours will most likely run from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 11 p.m. on weekends.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have another locally owned, chef-driven restaurant serving the thousands of residents and employees here,” said Liz Price, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District. This is NoMa’s second restaurant announcement in weeks; Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox recently announced a new concept for Watershed Restaurant, which will open in NoMa’s Hilton Garden Inn in April.
NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood north of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In the last five years, private developers have invested more than $3 billion in the 35-block area covered by the NoMa BID, and have plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space. In 2010, more than 5,000 people moved into NoMa to live or work; and eight new retailers opened for business. NoMa has 15 modes of transportation, including two Red Line Metro stops, and the best biking facilities in DC, with the only East Coast Bikestation, the 8-mile Met Branch Trail, and six Capital Bikeshare stations. For more information about NoMa, visit www.nomabid.org and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter.