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Latest Wa. Post Article About Landrum/Rays "Empire"

jaydreb Feb 3, 2010 06:46 AM

Interesting read. Talks about his many upcoming ventures (due to open March - May), including his new restaurant on Dix Street NE.

Rays the Hunt sounds really interesting (opening in the old Hell Burger spot)

Hell Burger moving across the street to a bigger location - and to have hand cut fries.

Rays the Catch opening in the current Hell Burger location.

Rays the Glass - wine bar/tasting room in current Rays the Steak location.


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  1. ineemeeny RE: jaydreb Feb 3, 2010 10:07 AM

    Ray's the Glass? Eh. My vote would've been for Ray's the Bar. ;) Maybe too obvious.

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      sweth RE: ineemeeny Feb 3, 2010 01:28 PM

      The "appropriate" punny names would be Ray's The Game, Ray's The Net, and Ray's The Bar; I've previously heard each of those used in reference to these same projects in news reports, so who knows what the final names will be.

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        RobertM RE: sweth Feb 3, 2010 04:31 PM

        Reading the post artical, and his perchant for removing loud mouths, a bar would be problematic? But I would wish the bar be close to the burger or steak joint so once sloshed, I could grub up in style.

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          alkapal RE: sweth Feb 5, 2010 05:27 AM

          i still find myself calling it "raise the net!"

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        reiflame RE: jaydreb Feb 4, 2010 09:33 AM

        Did you see his response to the complaint in Sietsema's chat yesterday?


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          RobertM RE: reiflame Feb 4, 2010 11:05 AM

          Nope, post the url, or the verbiage

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            reiflame RE: RobertM Feb 4, 2010 11:44 AM


            It's too long to post here! The complaint and Landrum's subsequent response are the first item in the chat.

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              RobertM RE: reiflame Feb 4, 2010 03:00 PM

              I agree with Landrum all the way.
              Being one of his first customers, and having been to the original and the Silver Spring shops several times, always a walk up by the way, I fully understand. The food is good, the price is outstanding consdidering other "prime steak" houses in the area. The staff has always been up front and helpfull. And Im more than glad they dont catter to personalities or antics. Show up as a group and Im sure they will put you all as clost together as possible. It worked for me on several occations.

          2. re: reiflame
            a1234 RE: reiflame Feb 5, 2010 08:31 AM

            Good for Ray's! Instead of saying that the restaurant has a point, the critic went into his "what a tough job I have" routine. Further proof that Sietsema is utterly clueless about everything.

          3. alkapal RE: jaydreb Feb 5, 2010 05:42 AM

            i wish him all success. and i can't wait to get some fish -- i hope he offers different ways of preparation -- including fried fish, such as grouper. please no tilapia! ach!

            any hope we might get any different cuisines? like deep-fried asian-style crispy fish? pretty please? the thai places charge $25 for a not-very-large fish.

            also, will they offer shrimp? scallops? mussels?

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              RobertM RE: alkapal Feb 5, 2010 06:31 AM

              Humm while wishing, add quality oysters!!!
              PEI, Kumamoto, etc

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