Celebuchef Barton Seaver quietly left Blue Ridge this spring, and the owners are now staging an overhaul of the 2340 Wisconsin Avenue restaurant, City Paper reports.
“Without so much as a press release, Blue Ridge’s owners, Eli Hengst and Jared Rager, have all but ditched their extensive wine program and joined the burgeoning ranks of D.C.’s beer-centric dining spots,” writes Tim Carman. “With a menu shorn of the pricey entrées…the pair are creating a sort of craft-beer version of Northside Social, the Arlington spot that combines gourmet coffee service with an upstairs wine bar. They may even change Blue Ridge’s name.”
Look for the restaurant to close for renovations in early fall.