2.16.2011

Le Zinc Brings French To Macomb

Former Brasserie Beck executive chef David Ashwell and former Beck manager John Warner are teaming up to open Bistrot Le Zinc this spring at 3714 Macomb St.


The menu promises French bistro classics like bouillabaisse, choucroute
and cassoulet alongside regionally focused dishes like pan-roasted
Maryland rockfish with braised swiss chard, and pork loin with black
eyed peas and smoked bacon.


Appetizers will run from $8-$14; entrees $18-$28.


The former Sushi Sushi space (pictured)
will be revamped by well-known designers Adamstein and Demetriou with
red leather banquettes, brass railings and French bistro style chairs
and tables. Le Zinc will hold more than 60 seats inside, as well as a
patio for about 20.


The restaurant — targeting a mid-April opening — will initially start with dinner only,
but plans include lunch service during the week.


Ashwell, a native New Zealander, was Robert Wiedmaier's chef de cuisine at Marcel's for years before transitioning to Wiedmaier's Brasserie Beck to oversee the kitchen in 2007.


Warner has worked as a manager and maitre d' in a number of DC restaurants including Black's Bar and Kitchen and Cafe Milano. But he's promising that another former profession will come in handy in cultivating Le Zinc's vibe. Warner worked for decades with Epic Records and Capital Records and plans to handpick all the tunes diners will hear at the new restaurant.

21 comments:

Connie Carter said...

This is just the kind of spot that Washington needs.... an ambient place to see your friends and the prospect of delicious, bistro food. John Warner is known for his passion for service and Chef Ashwells food is so good. Bring it on!!

Miss Penny Lane said...

sounds like a welcome addition to our neighborhood, but the prices won't make a regular out of me.

Anonymous said...

Price point might be a little high, but interested.

Madge Novel said...

Fantastic! Looking forward to the opening :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats David

DCCHughes said...

This is so exciting. We were so disappointed to learn that Chef Ashwell had left Brasserie Beck (and disappointed by the food there now as well). Can't wait to swing by the new place!

Tina D. said...

Very Exciting! Can't wait to sample all the chocolate desserts...

Anonymous said...

It's going to be a great place to hang out

Anonymous said...

NO! I want sushi!

Anonymous said...

It's gonna suck!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Dino is nearby!

Rashid said...

Should be a nice addition to the neighborhood although prices seem a bit high. Patio in back or are we talking about sidewalk seating?

Anonymous said...

Just what NW needs, another restaurant nobody can afford to make a 'regular neighborhood hangout'... DC doesn't need another bistro, there are already tons, and besides, there's a place right around the corner selling similar food!

Anonymous said...

Which place around the corner did you mean, Anonymous? I can't think of one.

Maryam A. said...

Went there last night. Great food and great crowd. Very reasonable.
Welcome to the neighborhood!

mathilda Cox said...

Le Zinc is all we had hoped for and more. Great fun, good food and a very nice atmosphere. John as Proprieteur and Robert as Chef de Cuisine make a winning combination that will be around for a long time to come. We love it! M

Elizabeth said...

Dinner w/friends. Loved the decor & lively atmosphere, but acoustics render it too noisy & tables too close if you desire private conversation. Delightful hostess, attentive owner & wait staff. Oyster preparation was way too salty, but scallops were sublimely delicious. Halibut & snapper nicely prepared, but a bit dry. Although I'm a chocoholic, I was disappointed to see only one offering & it incorporated mustard, so I ordered a tasty lemon tart instead. Overall, very good (but not great).

Tony L. Towler said...

This is a must for anyone that is looking for excellent food and service in the Upper NW neighborhood. Does not even compare to Chat Noir or Matisse. Move over Marcel's. So much better than all the aforementioned. Just GO everyone. It is a bit pricey but the food and service are excellent! What a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Cannot wait to go again. Beautiful presentation of food and the bar offerings are too tempting to not try.

Eliot Hubbard said...

I wish John Warner and Chef Robert only the very best in this new venture. I hope to visit with Alontrainorina (think 'Brangelina') when we soon motor down south to DC, from NY State, to visit Le Zinc!

Eliot S Hubbard

Anonymous said...

Congestiva. David

JP said...

Great service and menu. My lamb shank was very over-cooked and tasteless. The salad was spartan. The bread and wine were very good. Dinner was $169.00 for the two of us. Will not be returning. Too much money for average food. JP