Indigo Landing Takes A Leave; Partners Plan Italian Restaurant Downtown

One of the area's best outdoor perches is shutting down for the fall and winter seasons. Indigo Landing will close Oct. 1 through March 2008.

Meanwhile, Star Restaurant Group, which operates Indigo Landing as well as Zola and Spy City Cafe, has set its sights on a new downtown restaurant. Plans are under way for a yet-to-be-named rustic Italian restaurant and bakery slated to open next fall in the Woodward building at 15th and H streets.

Chef Bryan Moscatello will oversee the new restaurant's menu, and he'll travel to Italy for inspiration. Moscatello took over executive chef duties of the entire Star group in April, following former Zola chef Frank Morales' departure for Rustico.

Back on Indigo Landing's Daingerfield Island, Guest Services Inc., which runs Indigo Landing in a partnership with Star, will operate a spot called the Afterdeck Cafe through the winter.

But does the extended closure of Indigo Landing spell trouble? As the lead-in to Tom Sietsema's recent "food flash" on the news states, it seems the future of the riverside space is less than clear.

The restaurant once struggled with identity problems but got a boost from the arrival of Moscatello and the backing of Star Restaurant Group in spring 2006, when Potowmack Landing relaunched as Indigo Landing.

According to Guest Services, the reopening is set for next spring. But Sietsema adds "with or without the participation of the Star Restaurant Group." Dan Mesches, Star's president, declined to confirm future plans when asked by Metrocurean.