Willow to Replace Gaffney's

Three chefs with impressive résumés plan to open Willow in Ballston, replacing Gaffney's at 4301 North Fairfax Dr., reports Linda Roth of Linda Roth Associates. Tracy O'Grady, Brian Wolken and Kate Jansen are the minds behind the new spot, which is described as "classic modern American fine dining at a fair price," Roth reports.
O'Grady, formerly of Kinkead's, made news a few years back when she was America's sole representative at the esteemed Bocuse D'Or international cooking competition, beating out 120 other chefs for the honor. O'Grady met Jansen, a founder of Firehook Bakery, back when they were both working in the kitchen at Galileo. For more than a year now, the two have been collaborating on Willow Consultants in addition to teaching cooking classes.
Wolken, meanwhile, has cooked his way around the city at spots such as Colvin Run, Cabanas and Butterfield 9.
That's a lot of talented cooks in the kitchen. No word yet on an opening date for Willow.