We at DC Metblogs seem to have caught the foodie bug lately! Continuing on this theme, twice in the past few days I’ve passed the gallery space of Hemphill Arts at 1515 14th Street, right next to Studio Theater’s new entrance, and noticed a new restaurant is going to open on the ground floor. I peeked in to see what looks like a very open, elegant space, with large black-n-white photgraphs on the (seemingly) white walls and a cool bar area. It just says, “Viridian – Opening Soon!” – no date, though the tables are set. The only gossip I can find are a couple of older blurbs about it being a restaurant with a seasonal menu and the involvement of the former pastry chef from the late lamented Ruppert’s.

Definitely looks intriguing, and certainly will pull in those theater and gallery crowds starved for some haute cuisine. Foodification continues! Anyone have any other scoop on this place?

Update 11/8: The always clued-in Amanda from Metrocurean is reporting that it may open this weekend – very cool. Except that I’ll be in NYC. Oh well, if anyone checks it out let me know!

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