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.