The minimalist dining room at Blue Ridge. (Julia Beizer - The Washington Post)
"Simplicity was the guiding principle," restaurant vet Eli Hengst said last week during a tour of his newest venture, Blue Ridge. He was talking about the menu at that moment, but he could have been talking about the entire concept for this Glover Park spot, much anticipated as chef Barton Seaver's return to restaurants after almost a year's hiatus. Rustic wooden tables, salvaged church pews and basic wooden chairs are your first clue that this restaurant is nothing like the Busara that preceded it. The decor is so streamlined that even the light bulbs lack adornment. Restaurateurs are fond of saying that diners won't need a glossary for their menu, but this one really doesn't: pork chops, catfish and other just-what-they-say-they-are entrees make an appearance on the dish list (most are priced under $20). The restaurant opened sort of quietly for lunch and is open for dinner tonight. Find a couple more pics of the space below the jump.
The owners found this antique bar in Pennsylvania. Expect Prohibition-era cocktails and a wine list with 50 bottles under $50. (Julia Beizer - The Washington Post)
An oasis behind the restaurant features a small pond, greenery and more rustic tables. (Julia Beizer - The Washington Post)