|photo by Lorraine Fitzsimmons|
The Setting: Awash with clever design, the space is aided by the generous use of natural materials. You'd never guess that this welcoming space used to be a car dealership. There's a super-long counter fronting the kitchen. Showroom windows and high ceilings keep it light and airy. Low-backed booths are set against the windows. Barn wood and vintage touches (cup holders, shelves of home-made preserves) add homey charm. There is an outdoor patio with stylishly shaded tables.
The Food: The American comfort food canon - fried chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and meatloaf -will be glossed by the Voltaggio touch. There are plenty of counter seats where diners can watch the plating of iPhone snapshot worthy cuisine. Local produce is a given for any Voltaggio operation. The staff won’t have to go far for tomatoes – they’re growing them on site. Draft beer and cocktails, including boozy milkshakes, will be some of the adult beverages.
The Scene: This personable, family-oriented restaurant will fill the market gap between Voltaggio’s high-end Volt, and his counter-serve, sandwich shop Lunch Box. Busy bee Voltaggio is also readying Range an ambitious restaurant, wine store, coffee bar, bakery and more in Chevy Chase, Maryland for an early fall opening. Its good news for his DC area fans who won’t have to travel quite so far for his cooking.
880 North East St., Frederick, Maryland