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Posted at 3:46 PM ET, 07/16/2008

Michel Richard . . . Burger?

By Julia Beizer

Washington's favorite chef joins the burger bandwagon. (Bill O'Leary - The Washington Post)

Sick of D.C.'s ever-expanding burger trend? What if we told you that one of our city's best-known chefs was planning on jumping into the burger game?

According to Mel Davis, a spokesperson for Michel Richard, the Happy in the Kitchen chef is "looking for his next new venture in town" and that next venture will be a burger place. Davis was mum on details for timeline and location at this point, but she tells us that the new venture will be more of a burger joint as opposed to an upscale bistro-with-burgers place like Richard's popular downtown spot, Central.

If the burgers at Central are any indication, then Richard's about to show D.C. who the real top chef is.

-- Fritz and Julia

By Julia Beizer  | July 16, 2008; 3:46 PM ET
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Smart move. He's guaranteed massive crowds at Central with it's local respect and Beard Award praise. Why not have a place to further expand the empire and serve more people while the two other places are hot?

Posted by: Kev | July 16, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't know...I feel like the gourmet burger trend is kind of a cop-out. I mean, are there no other mass-producable comfort foods that can be upscaled? How about a gourmet fried chicken spot, or made-to-order pasta, or a place that specializes in really good soups? As much as I love Big Buns & Five Guys, and as excited as I am to try Ray's Hell-Burger...there's got to be something else to which Mr. Richard can apply his golden touch.

Posted by: KS | July 17, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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