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The Source by Wolfgang Puck?

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elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 12:37 PM

http://www.zagat.com/buzz/Detail.aspx...

its opening next week, anybody know more?? it seems like cafeteriaish?? its kind of weird that its in a museum.

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  1. ktmoomau RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 01:41 PM

    The newseum is right in a big restaurant area though, and a very cool looking building. Zola is in the same building probably rents from a museum?

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      elegantelliot RE: ktmoomau Oct 8, 2007 01:43 PM

      i think Zola is more next to the museum rather then in it.

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        katecm RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 02:55 PM

        Actually, Zola is owned by the Spy Museum, as is the Spy City Cafe.

        According to Tom Sietsema, Source will have different floors with different ideas, but it is not a cafeteria. I think one floor will be pizza and cocktails, and the other will be more upscale.

        Just another way for a for-profit museum to stay in business, since it's a tough business to be in!

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          elegantelliot RE: katecm Oct 8, 2007 03:03 PM

          the more i look into the Source the better it sounds. The bottom floor is loungey with drinks and american food and the upstairs is fine dining with an asian flare, cant wait!

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            ktmoomau RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 06:45 PM

            The building is just such a neat space, if the restaurant is in the front with all the windows it should be a really nice spot.

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      Indy 67 RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 03:15 PM

      There's certainly precendent for this. The Museum of Modern Art has two excellent and hugely successful restaurants associated with it: The Modern and The Bar Room. Both are accessible either from the museum or from the street.

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        elegantelliot RE: Indy 67 Oct 8, 2007 03:17 PM

        agreed, but it is the Moma in NYC and not the Newseum (sp?) in DC. Like i said, the more i read on it, the more i am looking forward to it, so i quess we will see.

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          curious4food RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 04:01 PM

          well gabriel is in the kitchen cooking. don't think wolfgang will be in the eastern time zone...

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            oterol RE: curious4food Oct 10, 2007 02:27 PM

            wolfgang will be there tomorrow for the opening

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        Elyssa RE: elegantelliot Oct 8, 2007 08:15 PM

        I'm personally pretty excited to try out this new restaurant. Metrocurean did a nice write up on what is to be expected of Puck's new restaurant: http://www.metrocurean.com/

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          bylinemjf RE: Elyssa Oct 10, 2007 07:58 AM

          The upstairs is going to be pricier, fancier, and more Asian influenced - stuff like kobe beef, suckling pig confit, that kind of thing. I think entrees are going to be in the 30s.

          The downstairs is more casual and the dishes are more suited to sharing - kobe beef sliders, the pizzas mentioned etc.

          Sounds like they're going after the fine diners with the top floor and the tourists with the more casual place.

          To throw in my two cents, I've eaten at some of the more inexpensive Puck places (not anything as low end as the little cafeterias they have at, like, Pentagon City), but just the more $15-20 entree places, in both Vegas and Florida, and had great experiences there, so I'm psyched for the Source.

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            Elyssa RE: bylinemjf Oct 10, 2007 08:32 AM

            I ate at a Wolfgang Puck restaurant years and years ago in LA when I went on a family vacation. I don't remember much of it but I'm looking forward to trying his food again.

            And just as a little confession, I use live across the street from the Wolfgang Puck cafe/restaurant in Pentagon City and ate there all the time. I know some people don't like it but as far as take out/fast food goes, it's pretty damn good. I loved their mac and cheese as a comfort food item. And they had a really good smoked turkey sandwich served with yummy fries. It's not bad at all. I'm always pretty happy when they have one in an airport since its far better then most of the other stuff offered.

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              ktmoomau RE: Elyssa Oct 10, 2007 08:37 AM

              If the upstairs encompasses that open space/patio area in the front, at least what looks like a patio area, that could be an incredible spot for events.

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          mselectra RE: elegantelliot Oct 14, 2007 05:19 PM

          Here's the link to Joe H's review (quite a rave) -- just in case you ran across this thread and missed his.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/450594

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            Elyssa RE: elegantelliot Oct 15, 2007 10:32 AM

            Btw, is their a website for the restaurant yet? The one I found (on Puck's main website) just says "Coming this Fall"

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              Geoff RE: Elyssa Oct 15, 2007 11:05 AM

              here's all i've seen so far: http://wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/f...

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                Elyssa RE: Geoff Oct 15, 2007 12:53 PM

                Perfect...except they need to get their menu up there!!!

            2. applerochez RE: elegantelliot Oct 15, 2007 01:42 PM

              i can't wait! i'm a slider fiend so i'm psyched to hear about the kobe beef variety.

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                JustinS RE: elegantelliot Oct 16, 2007 09:06 AM

                My wife and I ate in the lounge last night. We had the Kobe Beef Sliders ($18) Chicken Spring Rolls ($10) and the Olive Tapenade/Hummus Plate ($8 or $10). We were also served the french fries compliments of the chef, although I don't know if I really take that as a compliment.

                The sliders were really good. Smallest little things you could imagine. Everything else was very good, although a little expensive. Good spring rolls are not that hard to come by in this area, so $10 for two spring rolls is a lot. Fries were pretty much perfect, served with a garlic aioli and ketchup.

                Atmosphere was excellent, we sat on a couch by the bar and could watch the Red Sox /Indians game which was nice. Service was very good as well. Can't wait for a "special occasion" so I can eat upstairs.

                BTW, valet parking was $8, but we got there right around 6:30 and street parking was plentiful.

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