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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Hot off the grill: Medium Rare coming to Cleveland Park

By Tom Sietsema

Washington is adding another steakhouse to the lot. But before anyone starts rolling her eyes or asking why it can't be a genuine deli instead, consider these juicy details: the location is Cleveland Park, dinner is expected to cost around $20 -- and star chef Michel Richard is consulting on the project.

Medium Rare, says its creator, Mark Bucher, is expected to open as early as next month at 3500 Connecticut Ave. NW (formerly Yanni's Greek Taverna). There will be a single feature -- steak frites -- on the menu, although a meatless entrée will be available for vegetarians.

"The only question you'll be asked when you come in is 'How do you like your steak cooked? '" says Bucher, who, as the guy behind the popular burger chain BGR, knows a thing or two about what the masses like.

"If all you do is steak frites," says the restaurateur, "you've got to do it well." The fries at Medium Rare are going to be cut by hand and the meat is going to be prime aged cap of ribeye. The price of the meal will include a salad and bread and butter. Bottles of wine will typically top out at $40.

Bucher has hired Brian Zipin, late of Ray's the Steaks in Arlington, to be the general manager of the 100-seat dining room, which will be dressed by ace architects Adamstein & Demetriou. Come launch, diners will walk across an oak plank floor to belly up to a concrete bar or sit at a butcher paper-covered table beneath a black ceiling.

Richard is dreaming up Medium Rare's sauces and desserts, which, along with rock 'n' roll on the sound track, will put an American spin on the French notion. Among the sweets to be shared by the table, says Bucher, will be "towering chocolate cake and 15-pound cheesecake."

Even the restrooms sound amusing. Bucher plans to play Rosetta Stone language tapes there, dispensing French and English dating tips.

Does anyone else smell spin-offs down the line?

By Tom Sietsema  | January 18, 2011; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  restaurant openings  
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May as well be a steak frites food truck as exciting as this sounds... :P

Posted by: sigmagrrl | January 19, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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