- The Washington Times - Monday, July 23, 2007

Chef Scott Drewno, who will soon be leading the kitchen at Wolfgang Puck’s Newseum restaurant, the Source, was in town last week getting to know his Penn Quarter competition.

Mr. Drewno also revealed more details about the menu at the Source, which is scheduled to open at the end of September.

He will be making modern American cuisine with Asian influences. Mr. Drewno’s definition of “modern American” means locally grown products such as crabs from the Chesapeake, produce from Virginia and Maryland, duck from Pennsylvania and local cheeses.

Items on the preliminary menu include Singapore chili crabs, cleaned up for a fine-dining restaurant with soft-shell crabs and a clearer sauce, he said. Dim sum, dumplings and whole fish will cook in a Chinese cabinet steamer. He also is working on a whole crispy-skinned, succulent pig cooked with duck fat. Entrees in the upstairs, fine-dining space will run about $25 to $40.

The 200-seat restaurant also will include a ground-floor lounge that will serve cocktails, small-plate appetizers such as Kobe beef tartare and Mr. Puck’s famous pizzas. It will be open all day.

The basement will be used for private events.

The push for locally grown products is part of an industrywide initiative to use healthier, organic foods.

“The modern evolution of dining in the United States is focused on your area, not something shipped frozen or shipped in a crate,” Mr. Drewno said.

Mr. Drewno said the Source will be different from Mr. Puck’s other famous restaurants, including Chinois in Las Vegas, which serves Asian cuisine with French influences. And the Source won’t be mixing styles or tastes: Each dish will be limited to one region of Asia. Mr. Drewno said he is avoiding fusion, the modern trend of mixing two types of cuisine.

The Newseum, a 250,000-square-foot museum of newsthat will house the Source, is scheduled to open in the fall. The museum will be run by the nonprofit Freedom Forum.

Kimpton does Arlington

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants released details on its plans to open a hotel in Rosslyn. The 154-room Hotel Palomar Arlington at Waterview is scheduled to open this fall.

Kimpton, the quirky boutique hotel chain from San Francisco, has seven hotels in the District and one in Alexandria.

The “art in motion” theme means original artwork from local and nationally known artists will be displayed throughout the hotel. Guest rooms will be decorated in neutral tones with tangerine accents. Each room also will have LCD television, DVD/CD players, IPod docking stations and Wi-Fi Internet access.

Among the perks at the Hotel Palomar Arlington are in-room spa treatments; yoga, Pilates and meditation channels on in-room televisions, as well as Fuji soak tubs and Elliptical fitness machines (available in 24 of the rooms). The hotel will host wine hour in the lobby every evening, as Kimpton does in all of its hotels.

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