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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 10/ 7/2010

Equinox owners spawn a new place to fish

By Justin Rude

Equinox owners Todd and Ellen Gray hope to answer their own question -- Where to go in Washington for affordable seafood? -- with a new restaurant in an emerging neighborhood: Watershed, scheduled for a late spring launch in Constitution Square at 1st and M St. NE.

NoMa, short for North of Massachusetts Ave., is "the next zone everyone is banking on," says Todd Gray. "It's what Verizon Center was 10 years ago," he says of the area that currently hosts the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms headquarters and XM Satellite Radio offices.

Watershed, which will eventually start or end with Todd Gray's name (he hasn't decided where it should be affixed), will celebrate the length of the Eastern seaboard by offering grouper from Florida, po boys with oysters from Virginia, clam chowder representing Baltimore and lobster rolls from Maine. Dinner entrees are all expected to be under $22.

Already under construction, the 80-seat dining room will be preceded by a wall of water and bar; an outdoor patio will function as a place for "cocktail receptions, fund-raisers and pig roasts," imagines the chef.

The missing ingredient: A chef for the project. Gray says he has "nobody specific in mind" at the moment.

-- Tom Sietsema

By Justin Rude  | October 7, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  restaurant openings  
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