"Top Chef" alum Bryan Voltaggio is busier than ever. Besides "Volt Ink," the new book written by him and his brother, Michael, he has two restaurant projects under way.
According to Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post, the first restaurant, which is tentatively called North Market Kitchen, is a 10,000-square-foot space in Frederick that will seat more than 200 in its dining room, and will also house a specialty store and exhibition kitchen. It is slated to open in early 2012.
Voltaggio tells The Washington Post that he is modeling the concept after Eataly, a New York-based Italian-themed food emporium. The undertaking will require him to hire close to 50 cooks to man the space.
The second restaurant, which will be located in Chevy Chase Pavilion, will be a bistro with steak house elements. The 220-seat restaurant, which is set to open in spring 2012, will include an open kitchen that will encourage chefs to interact with diners.