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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/16/2011

Chef Jamie Leeds to sell CommonWealth

By Alex Baldinger

Tom Sietsema has some breaking news from today's Ask Tom chat:

Chef Jamie Leeds and her business partner Sandy Lewis are poised to sell CommonWealth, their two-year-old gastropub in Columbia Heights later this month.

Leeds, who also owns the popular Hank's Oyster Bars in Dupont Circle and Old Town, says her landlord "made us an offer that we couldn't turn down." The British-themed restaurant will be replaced by a similar concept from the newly formed Irving Street Restaurant Group headed by Terry Cullen. He expects to open the doors of the yet-to-be-christened dining room in May.

The sale of CommonWealth will free Leeds up to concentrate on what she calls "my baby," her original Hank's in Washington. The chef has acquired the brownstone next door and is waiting on construction permits to start expanding the six-year-old seafood establishment. The change will double the size of Hank's patio and possibly lengthen the menu, says Leeds.

By Alex Baldinger  | February 16, 2011; 11:35 AM ET
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