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Hen Quarter Hiring at former Austin Grill space in Penn Quarter

by Prince Of Petworth March 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm 4 Comments


Thanks to Andy for sending the update. Back in December we learned Hen Quarter would be taking over the former Austin Grill space.

The Pheast website says:

“Pheast Food Group was created by foodies, for foodies, with the mission to create an incubator dedicated to farm fresh, sustainable and edgy food concepts – be it fast casual, quick service, or full service – and to have a lot of fun doing it!

Our first new concept out from the team led by Chef Fred Raynaud, is Hen Quarter – an ode to the best of Southern fare and classic cocktails. Dishes full of flavors that can only come from the best in farm to table design. The first two locations in Old Town, Alexandria, Va and downtown Silver Spring, MD will be complete in summer and fall 2016.

Up Next? Funded by Thompson Hospitality, Pheast Food Group has taken over the management of The American Tap Room, Austin Grill , Willie T’s Lobster Shack, and Be Right Burger holdings and will be updating those concepts in 2017.

Started in early 2016, Pheast Food Group was begun by food professionals Ron Hallagan, Chef Fred Raynaud, and Robyn Leenaerts, supported by a team full of Pheast Beasts that are ready to plant a flag in the ground of culinary greatness.”

  • jaybird

    I always hope new places do well but I can’t get excited for “Southern fare”.

  • southernfair

    Having visited both the Old Town and Silver Spring versions of this, I’m astounded that they got funding for a third. Stunningly overpriced for merely adequate food and really dismal service.

  • Notnomnomnom

    Agree with southernfair above.

    I have been to both as well and I have to laugh that people are falling for this ruse as well. It is hipsterized “southern” food. Overpriced for little food, and underwhelming flavors. But people get into 2 hour long lines to get into bars that put up Christmas decorations or fake Cherry Blossoms, so it isn’t surpising.

    I was happy when the Austin Grill closed, as the only good thing I got there was the stomach virus that allowed me to vomit the disgusting food I ate.

    • anon anom

      I got food poisoning from the Penn Quarter location as well, so I’m not surprised.


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