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Posted at 2:37 PM ET, 11/ 3/2010

Michael Hartzer returns with Jack Rose

By Tom Sietsema

One reason we haven't heard from Michael Hartzer since IndeBleu closed last December is because the chef has been busy cooking up an ambitious new restaurant with his pal Bill Thomas, the owner of Bourbon, with locations in Glover Park and Adams Morgan. Come January, the two hope to open Jack Rose Dining Saloon at 2007 18th Ave. NW, the site of a former boxing gym.

The ground floor will feature a 50-seat dining room and a 52-foot long bar; the second level will fit in a wood-fired barbecue pit, a partially enclosed bar and a small private dining room with its own balcony (you know, for cigar smokers). A basement under the kitchen, described by Hartzer as "speakeasy" in design, will showcase a chef's tasting room.

Jack Rose is a salute to the classic American cocktail of applejack and grenadine. The name, says Hartzer, is intentionally vague, "a little masculine, a little feminine." There's nothing subtle about Thomas's plans to stock the joint with 1,000 kinds of whiskey, which diners will be able to chase with fried clams, steak Diane, wild game and some reminders of the chef's days at the late Viridian in Logan Circle, including a grilled radicchio salad with sherried walnuts and candied grapefruit and chicken cooked under a brick.

Impatient types can get an early taste of Hartzer's handiwork at Bourbon in Adams Morgan. That's where the chef is previewing miniature versions of Jack Rose's sandwiches (Wednesdays) and appetizers (Thursdays).

-- Tom Sietsema

By Tom Sietsema  | November 3, 2010; 2:37 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants  | Tags:  restaurant openings, tom sietsema  
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