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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 11/19/2009

Who's behind the future DC Diner?

By Tom Sietsema

Chowhounds might already know there's a diner planned for the long-vacant McDonald's in Cleveland Park. Discerning types should be thrilled to hear that the owners of the popular Nooshi and Spices, chef Jessie Yan and Vanessa Lim, are behind the replacement. Unlike their pan-Asian eateries, the future venue, tentatively called DC Diner, will have a more American focus.

Think omelets and sandwiches, some sort of steak and long hours: DC Diner may serve as early as 6 a.m. and on weekends, as late as 2 a.m., says Lim. She's hired Beltran Design Group in Washington to turn the space at 3407 Connecticut Ave. NW into a bucolic 140-seat dining room.

Look for barn wood inside. A note from the architect, read by Lim, suggests the interior will "reflect the beauty and simplicity of the farm."

The restaurateurs hope to open the diner in April, but "you know construction," says Lim. Yan will serve as executive chef. Pitching in: Spices' in-house pastry chef, Hong Kong native Sammy Chong, and a crew of cooks yet to be identified. The American menu will fit in some Asian accents, promises Lim. "We can't resist some Asian sandwiches."

Meanwhile, Yan has begun testing pancakes. "She's good at it!" reports her business partner.

-- Tom Sietsema

By Tom Sietsema  | November 19, 2009; 12:12 PM ET
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Diners don't have chefs; they have cooks.

Posted by: saco | November 20, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Excellent! Cleveland Park has needed a good breakfast place for a long, long time.

Posted by: dave_cny | November 20, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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