Viridian Snags Chef

Viridian, the forthcoming 14th Street restaurant from Perry's owner Saied Azali, has recruited Rebecca Byrnes, formerly of The Reef, as chef, reports Linda Roth Associates. Byrnes oversaw The Reef's menu of organic and sustainable bar food, including free-renge bison burgers and chili rubbed Niman Ranch pork chops.

The enormous space, located next door to the Studio Theater at 1515 14th St., has been under construction for some time, and not many details have been publicized. Early reports from Washingtonian's Ann Limpert and Post food critic Tom Sietsema indicate that Viridian will be a seasonal American restaurant, overseen by Sidra Forman, a former pastry chef at Ruppert's and a consulting chef for Perry's. "The menu is expected to change daily and include 'a meat, a fish, a chicken' and 'a bunch of side dishes,' " Sietsema wrote in a recent dining chat.

Viridian's Web site sends visitors to Perry's Web site for now, but stay tuned for more news.