Clark to resurrect Colorado Kitchen
"The biscuits are back."
Those were the first words out of Gillian Clark's mouth when the chef and restaurateur informed me today that she has signed a lease to resurrect Colorado Kitchen, her home-style restaurant that closed in 2008 after a seven-year run in the Brightwood neighborhood.
Clark's flaky, slightly sweet and slightly salty biscuits are just one of the many favorites -- like her meatloaf, roast chicken, doughnuts, pork chops, and shrimp and grits -- that will be reintroduced at the Kitchen on K Street, the second-generation Colorado Kitchen set to open this spring in the Loree Grand at Union Station in the burgeoning NoMa neighborhood.
"They kind of gave us an offer we couldn't refuse," Clark says of the owners of the Loree Grand, named for the late community activist Loree Murray who helped bring down one of the District's most notorious drug dealers.
The Kitchen on K will be about twice the size of the old Colorado Kitchen, Clark says. It will boast 90 seats, with access to outdoor seating when the weather is appropriate. The restaurant will also have a more modern feel than the original space in Brightwood, which was based on her grandmother's kitchen in Queens, N.Y., where Clark spent a lot of time as a child.
Clark says she will likely hire someone to oversee the kitchen at the Kitchen, since the chef will continue to operate the General Store in Silver Spring as well as plan the opening of the Georgia Avenue Meeting House in Petworth. The Meeting House is expected to launch right around the time as the Kitchen on K Street.
"I'm...getting older," says Clark, now 47. "I got to get out of the kitchen some and pass this on to the younger cooks."
Which explains why Clark and her business partner, Robin Smith, seem to be on a restaurant-opening spree. They are mapping out a plan for their golden years, when their feet and knees may not match their desire to be in the kitchen on a daily basis.
"My aim is to be the home-grown, two-older-women, Clyde's thing," Clark says, referencing the D.C.-based Clyde's Restaurant Group that rakes in millions a year.
| December 9, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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