From the March 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
A new restaurant that blends San Francisco cuisine with “the simplicity and welcoming atmosphere of a British pub” will take over Town Hall‘s former location in late April, says its chef, Emily Sprissler. Called Mayfair & Pine, the new eatery at 2218 Wisconsin Ave. will be owned by Sprissler and her husband, fellow chef Jason Coté, both of whom were trained in the Bay Area. Their restaurant will be “very family-oriented,” with a menu emphasis on fish and other seafood, Sprissler says.
A 2006 contestant on Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Sprissler grew up in the DC area and has been back in Virginia with Coté for about three years. The couple had been hunting for a restaurant space in Virginia, not DC, but that changed after their broker urged them to look at 2218 Wisconsin Ave. The business was newly on the market due to Town Hall’s January move to its current location, 2340 Wisconsin Ave.
The first time Sprissler came to look at the property, she saw a packed Guy Mason playground and sensed a neighborhood vibe she’d been missing since her time in San Francisco. “I had my three-year-old son with me,” she recalls, “and the minute we got out of the car, I knew that, come hell or high water, we needed to make this work.”
Patrons won’t notice many changes to the restaurant’s interior, Sprissler jokes: “Our budget is a can of paint.” She plans a kids’ menu with entrees at $8.50 or below and a “family happy hour” once a week with reduced prices on kids’ meals all day long. “And we’ll probably always have a hot-fudge sundae” with freshly made fudge sauce, she adds. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner every day except Monday.