Tag Archive for Paul Ruppert

Cappy’s Crabs Opens in Petworth on Friday with Hot Hard-Shells, Pitcher Beers

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Cappy’s Crabs won’t be your average crab shack when it opens in Petworth on Friday. For one, former Minibar chef Johnny Spero is at the helm, though spiced crabs and cold Natty Boh are on offer instead of molecular wizardry. “The menu is inspired by backyard crab feasts growing up,” says Spero, who was raised near Baltimore. “We had a table full of crabs, fresh corn, tomatoes my mom would rub on the shells to get the Old Bay flavor.” The joint is also short-term—what owner Paul Ruppert calls a “temporary restaurant” housed in the former Crane & Turtle space …

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D.C.’s Next Generation of Diners Grapple With the Public’s Expectations

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Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Hash browns or home fries? ~ Restaurateur Paul Ruppert posed the question to the public in an online survey as he planned his newest Petworth eatery, Slim’s Diner. More than 800 people chimed in.

People have a lot of opinions about diners. ~ Hash browns won three to one. But at the end of the day, there’s good news for each camp: “I think we’re going to do both,” Ruppert says.

Ruppert’s public survey also asked neighbors about their favorite diners and favorite diner dishes. Answers were all over the map, but everyone seemed to agree on one thing: They didn’t …

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Former Crane & Turtle Space Will Become Crab Shack For the Summer

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Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Chef Johnny Spero, formerly of Minibar, is better known for fine dining. But this summer, he’ll help run a crab shack pop-up called Cappy’s Crabs in the former Crane & Turtle space. From May 27 through Labor Day weekend, the restaurant will serve blue crabs by the dozen or half dozen, pitchers of beers, and Orange Crush. Other dishes will include hush puppies, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, peel and eat shrimp, fried fish sandwiches, popcorn chicken, soft shell crabs, and crab cakes.  “The idea was to do a fun concept where it’s not fussy… No spheres or anything like that,” …

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If D.C. Raises the Tipped Minimum Wage, Will Restaurants Ditch Tipping?

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Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

One of the biggest restaurant industry headlines of the past year was Danny Meyer and his grand no-tipping experiment. The famed New York restaurateur announced last fall that he would eliminate gratuities (and raise prices) at 13 of his Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants by the end of 2016. The company is by far the largest and most notable American restaurant group to change up its business model in this way. Locally, only a few places, including Sally’s Middle Name and The Public Option brewpub, have opted for gratuity-free systems, whether that means increasing prices or adding a flat fee …

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Slim’s Diner Will Bring All Day Breakfast to Petworth In Early May

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Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Slim’s Diner may have the classic red diner stools and booths, but owner Paul Ruppert distinguishes it as a “traditional diner,” not a “nostalgic diner.” Ruppert, who also owns Petworth Citizen and recently closed Crane & Turtle, explains he’s not trying to recreate the 1950s at the Petworth restaurant, slated to open in early May. “What we’re interested in is more of a classic diner, which is not so much tied to a specific era,” he says. “We don’t want to be stuck in the past.” As research, the restaurateur visited more than 40 diners in the D.C. area and up and down …

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After Crane & Turtle’s Closure, Staff Takes Over Restaurant For Passion Project Pop-Ups

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Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

If you were to consult the hipster’s guide to the galaxy, you’d find natural wine, Japanese booze, and seasonal cooking. These are the three trendy themes for Crane & Turtle’s “Passion Project Pop-Up Week,” which follows its last dinner service on April 23. The upscale Petworth restaurant closed because head chef Makoto Hamamura and pastry chef Katy Kinch are leaving for New York. Since opening in June 2014, the small restaurant became known for hosting quirky pop-ups and theme dinners, so what better way to shut it down? “We knew we were closing with several months notice, so …”

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Crane & Turtle : A Farewell With Pop-Ups

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Source: Brightest Young Things – DC

Crane & Turtle sous chef Kyle Rubin uses the term family often when discussing Chef Makoto Hamamura and his team. It’s fitting then that it’s a dedication to family that draws Makoto closer to his in New York after April 24. This also draws the final curtain on his creative Japanese-French cuisine for what will be the Crane & Turtle family’s final service together as the space goes dark. Or does it? …

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2016 RAMMY Nominees

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Source: Brightest Young Things – DC

D.C. has been killing the restaurant scene the last few years. I moved here in January 2013, and definitely did not expect such a robust and immersive food world. You can imagine my trepidation in attending this year’s RAMMYs nomination show. Now that I’m outside the service industry, I don’t really…belong anymore. Surprisingly, and yet again, I was incredibly impressed with the humility and genuine kindness of the chefs, managers, owners, and bartenders of D.C.’s best bars and restaurants. An incredible night, filled with amazing food, amazing cocktails, and amazing conversations, the 2016 RAMMYs nominations vastly exceeded my expectations. …

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Slim’s Diner Coming to Petworth from Paul Ruppert

Slim's Diner Coming to Petworth from Paul Ruppert

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

City Paper reports that restaurateur Paul Ruppert will open Slim’s Diner in Petworth at 4201 Georgia Ave. NW. Ruppert is the man behind a number of popular DC bars and restaurants, including The Passenger and Columbia Room, which will close shortly due to redevelopment, Hogo, which already has, and Room 11, Crane and Turtle, and Petworth Citizen. The new place is just blocks from the latter places but details are still sketchy.

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Paul Ruppert Partners with Local Bars

Paul Ruppert Partners with Local Bars

Source: Eater DC

Paul Ruppert is known in the restaurant realm for partnering up on projects like The Passenger, The Columbia Room, and Hogo. He’s currently working on a Filipino restaurant (currently unnamed) and Upshur Street Books, among other items of interest. Ruppert began looking into restaurants after he graduated from college in 1992. He and his mom opened a restaurant called Rupperts, though it wasn’t profitable — until chef John Cochran was hired. Since then, Ruppert started working on projects in the food industry. He hopes to “do interesting things in life” — among them, helping to ...

How Do Restaurants Choose Their Names?

How Do Restaurants Choose Their Names?

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Names are important. In the restaurant industry, they’re incredibly important. Some restaurants go the obvious route and describe their establishments directly; others go more subtle, creating an air of mystery concerning the food served within. For Greg Algie and Henry Bruce, a drunken conversation while barhopping on 14th Street turned up the name “Fainting Goat,” which would later serve as the moniker for their successful restaurant. Some restaurants’ names seem to be non-sequitirs: Rural Society, Kangaroo Boxing Club, and Roofers Union don’t tantalize the tastebuds when heard aloud. But ...

Crane & Turtle, French-Japanese Fusion Restaurant, Now Open

Crane & Turtle, French-Japanese Fusion Restaurant, Now Open

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Crane & Turtle, a French-Japanese fusion restaurant, has been in the works for the past month or so. A brainchild of restauranteur Paul Ruppert, the concept was born also of Chef Makoto Hamamura, who influenced the restaurant’s ultimate menu. Hamamura was raised in Japan, worked as an apprentice in the French Alps, and was on the staff at CityZen for six years. The new restaurant opened today in Petworth, offering a medley of fusion dishes to a hungry crowd. Tataki tuna, smoked with French socca; bavette steak, served alongside English peas, spring ...

Ten Widely-Anticipated Restaurants Coming Soon

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry


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City Paper offers a list of “Ten Places You’ll Wish Were Already Open,” including: Parts & Labor, a restaurant in Penn Quarter from Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Chef Ed Witt showcasing Red Apron Butcher’s and Nathan Anda’s meats; China Chilcano, a Chinese/Peruvian fusion restaurant in Penn Quarter from José Andrés; Maketto, an Asian street food restaurant on H Street, NE, from Erik Bruner-Yang, and more.

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Hogo Celebrates One Year in Business

Source: Eater DC


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Eater check in with owner Tom Brown and head bartender Dani Paulson of Convention Center area tiki bar Hogo, which is celebrating one year in business. Hogo is a partnership between Brown, the older brother of Mockingbird Hill and Eat the Rich’s Derek Brown, and Room 11’s Paul Ruppert. Apparently the name ” comes from the Creole word for haut gout, which is French for high taste,” a phrase used in Jamaica for rum houses.

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