10.03.2005

Bistro du Coin Staffers Buy Peppers

Bistro du Coin's executive chef and its former general manager have bought 17th Street's Peppers from longtime owner John Colameco, the Washington Business Journal reports.

Former GM George Gozem and executive chef David Barigault plan to get a feel for what the neighborhood wants before making changes, but Barigault told the journal that "I'm doing this to get a French touch on 17th Street."

What used to be a restaurant wasteland, the 17th Street corridor may be turning a culinary corner. With the arrival of Komi and, more recently, Hank's Oyster Bar, the bar is getting higher for restaurants, and with his experience at Bistro du Coin, I'd expect good things from Barigault.

In the meantime, Bistro du Coin will be looking for a new chef.

13 comments:

culocho said...

Great news! Peppers always kind of freaked me out.

dclounger said...

This is good news, I just hope they keep it inexpensive. One of the great things about 17th street is that it's one of the few places where you can get a cheap drink, sit outside, and see people from the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

I hope they consider a Parisian cafe setting, something that we are lacking in the area. It would be nice to sit and have a quick espresso and crepe.

Anonymous said...

I read the article and is Colameco saying that he sold Peppers so that he could sell nachos and bad Italian food to U Street? See below:

We have enough of that already! !


From Washington Business Journal:

The entrepreneur turned a High's Dairy Store into Boss Shepherds' saloon and opened it in 1981. Then he rebranded it to Pepper's in 1995.

"The houses are approaching $2 million" on 17th Street, Colameco says. "The people are 35 and 40 and they don't want nachos or bad Italian food. They're used to more upscale food."

Amanda said...

Yes, everyone on 14th Street is 20 and eats bad nachos washed down with warm Miller Lite. (I'm hoping that quote was taken out of context. I mean was he slamming his own restaurant?)

Anonymous said...

any news of 17th street newcomers is good news. But I hope they do not continue Bistro Du Coin's tradition of atrociously rude service.

Anonymous said...

...or no refill on soda policy!!?!

Washington Cube said...

Nice to know.

Washington Cube Was Here. #70

Anonymous said...

One down, several to go. Trio, you're next! Say your prayers, Dupont Italian Kitchen! See you in hell, Pasha's!

This is such great news. Color me happy.

Anonymous said...

Trio is a landmark! MLK met there when planning the march on washington! And you try to find a better deal on cheap liquor!

And Pasha's has a really good greek salad. The rest is subpar, I'll grant you that, but the greek salad is great for under $7 (especially as a take out).

Anonymous said...

Pashas is really horrible. Dupont Italian kitchen is a but up.

Anonymous said...

i don't know what makes you think pasha horrible! they actually rock. really cool guys and only fresh food on 17th street.

Anonymous said...

I've lived on 17th and agree with the person who wrote in to say that Trio is a landmark and that Pasha represents the best of the new inexpensive food. For those who've not tried Pasha- give the Kofta or Adana a go. It's made fresh in house. Max is the king!