Frederick Maryland Online has an update (with pictures) on the new East Street restaurant Family Meal. They must be getting close. I drove down East Street on Thursday around noon and it looked like they were having some sort of staff meeting/training session inside.
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I saw that Bryan Voltaggio’s Family Meal restaurant has been interviewing two days last week for help. That must mean they are getting close. I drive by the location on East Street several times a week and it still looks to me like they have a ways to go with the construction. Last week when I drove by Chef Bryan was outside gesticulating wildly at some workers. I would also note that the website now says opening Summer 2012. I’ll pass on more information as soon as I have some.
Here is a picture of the construction going on inside that Chef Bryan posted on his twitter feed. The look is definitely not what I expected in a diner, but I doubt this will be your usual diner.
The Frederick News Post reports that Bryan Voltaggio’s (and Hilda Staples’- don’t forget the other half of the team. The media, including this article, always seems to forget her) new restaurant will be named Family Meal. A first or second week of June opening is slated.
Just noticed that the Volt blog was updated with some information and pictures on the new diner project that they are working on. Interesting transition from car dealership to diner. Blog entry here.
Not trying to get all paparazzi on you but here is a recent picture of Chef Voltaggio at the West Frederick Farmer’s Market shopping. It’s not my picture so I’ll just link to it.
This serves as a great reminder to get out there before its over! I was there two Saturdays ago and just blown away by the abundance. All the fall glory with some of summer still hanging on as well. This really is the best time of year to go. Among my scores were some amazing apples, my favorite vegetable of all time: brussels sprouts and got a huge bunch of rainbow chard on impulse. Mrs. F displayed her strong knife skills (Shout out to Chef Christine and the Kitchen Studio!) by julienning the leaves and dicing the stems. Sauteed the whole thing in olive oil and served it with a sprinkling of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon. Amazing!
Excellent front page article in today’s Frederick News Post. Talks about Bryan Voltaggio’s collaboration on a new brew with Flying Dog Brewery: Backyard Ale. The beer is designed to go with “smoked and barbecued foods.” Downside is that FNP says it goes for $5 for a 12 ounce bottle. Ouch- seems pricey for a regularly brewed beer.
Also in a sidebar the article talks about Voltaggio’s new TV show that he’s working on that might air on PBS in the fall. Equally interesting is the tidbit that he is now considering the old Carmack Jay’s property for his new second restaurant.
Nine days after my post the Frederick News Post had an article about Bryan Voltaggio looking to open a second restaurant. Which was three days later than the Washington Post article that referenced this blog. OK maybe I got the possible location wrong but time will tell. Anyway I never promised you I was a journalist. Whole thing was pretty cool though.
PS Thanks to the Washington Post and Twitter for helping me set a new record for the most page hits per day.
Two blog entries in one day. A FF first! Just wanted to let you know that rumor has it that Bryan Voltaggio is in the planning stages of opening a second, more casual restaurant. My source tells me it will be in Middletown at the site of the old Ingalls lumber building.
Remember you heard it here first!
on Top Chef that is. Hopefully not Volt. I certainly called that one wrong. There was much disappointment and some disbelief last night. The let down was soothed by the fact that all of the final three were really top-notch chefs. As one of them said last night: on any given day anyone could beat the other two. Looking forward to more enjoyable meals at Volt. Not because he’s a celebrity but because the food is great.
PS saw in the Washington Post today that the brothers are working on a cookbook.
At the risk of turning into the VNN (Voltaggio News Network) a source once removed from this writer confirms that brother Michael is in town for the viewing party. To me this indicates that Michael didn’t win and there is a high liklihood that Bryan did. We’ll see.
Was walking up Market Street yesterday and saw that they were putting up some big tents on Volt’s grounds for what I assume will be a viewing party for the Top Chef finale. Snapped this crappy picture with my cell phone. Fred’s mailbox has no invitations to the party! Even if I could somehow come up with an invite in I would probably have to pass as it would certainly cause some major friction at stately Fred Manor if I was anywhere but on our couch at 10 p.m. We’ll certainly be cheering for Bryan! On the other hand I have reservations there tomorrow for lunch with some friends so things could be interesting if he wins! I’ll keep you posted.
You’ve got to love having Top Chef in Vegas. Where else are you going to have the bookmakers giving weekly odds on the contestants? They are updated following the week nine restaurant wars episode and Bryan is still in fourth. No surprise Kevin still holds the top spot. I wish I had access to the betting. It has occurred to me that in light of my promise I could hedge things at 5-1 odds for about $50. Hmm …
Full odds and story here.
EDIT: Nice catch Shannon and thanks! The actual new post-restaurant wars odds are here. Now it looks like it will now cost me $55.56 to hedge. If only I could. Stupid federal anti-gambling laws.
No- It’s not that I have reservations about Volt it’s getting them. My parents just tried to make a Friday night reservation at Volt and there was a six week wait! Fabulous. I wish Bryan, Hilda and the whole staff all the success in the world- it looks like they are getting some serious Top Chef buzz . What’s it going to be like if he wins?
All of us in the Fred household have been following Top Chef religiously. Actually we have watched the show as a family since season 2. Since we TIVO it I have been ducking the front page of the Frederick News Post on Thursday mornings and my office is forbidden to discuss it in my presence. Of course we are rooting for the local boy and there has been much cheering at Bryan’s victories. In fact a promise was made that if he wins Top Chef the whole family is going to Volt.
Here is an interesting Las Vegas blog that gives the official odds. Bryan is in 4th place according to the bookmakers after week seven. Not surprisingly Michael is in first. NOTE: the blog contains spoilers so don’t look at it unless you are current with Top Chef.