Word on the street is that these guys are close to signing a lease on 18th Street in Adams Morgan – updates on the location when confirmed.
From a press release:
“Its not just celebrity chefs looking to contribute to the growth of the DC food scene; Chef Adam McFarland has returned to Washington to helm the kitchen of the upcoming Sussex Drive. Departing nearly five years ago, McFarland has been busy in New York City where he was mentored by Chef Michael Anthony and held coveted positions at Gramercy Tavern and Maysville. As the opening chef de cuisine of Maysville, his leadership helped garner critical praise including a glowing two stars in The New York Times.
McFarland is joined by industry-veteran Amy Troutmiller (Urbana, WestEnd Bistro) to bring Sussex Drive to life. Troutmiller will oversee the restaurants operation. Well known for her prowess in wine and bar programs, she also brings exceptional leadership, financial acumen and a passion for personalized service. The restaurants namesake is the street on which her mother was raised and where her first and fondest food experiences began. Troutmiller and McFarland are a dynamic team that should quickly impact the dining landscape of the city.
An upscale-casual, full-service concept, Sussex Drive will share with its guests an authentic story about the ingredients that surround us, presenting rustic fare with finesse. Seasonally-inspired cuisine, prepared with the freshest ingredients from farms, creameries, orchards and the Chesapeake Bay will be complemented by a unique approach to hospitality. With gracious service and a welcoming atmosphere, Sussex Drive will be Washington’s next quintessential neighborhood-gathering place.
“Washington, DC is an exciting place for chefs and diners.” says McFarland. “The region provides a bounty of resources that we will celebrate through every dish.”
Troutmiller adds, “Our community is a cultural tapestry, such is the bedrock of American cuisine. Adam has an ability to present familiar flavors and ingredients in new ways that excite your senses.”
The pair are currently in negotiations to secure a lease and intend to open in late Spring. The neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Mount Vernon Square are in consideration, but they are keeping their options open until something is finalized. Among some of the plans are a wood-burning oven, space for private events and a cozy lounge.
Sussex Drive was selected to be a launch concept for Equity Eats and is currently offering equity for investments through the start-up. Information for investors can be found at www.equityeats.com, at www.sussexdc.com or by emailing [email protected] As of release, Sussex Drive has received $340,000 of their needed $970,000 pledged.”