Critically acclaimed chef Kevin Tien will open his new restaurant, Emilie’s, at 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE in the heart of Capitol Hill in September, the chef announced Monday. The new 5,175-square-foot restaurant will have 100 seats and will shorten the commute for Tien, who lives in the area.
Chef Tien will be leaving Himitsu (828 Upshur St. NW) later this month to focus on Emilie’s opening.
Himitsu was the first restaurant opened by Tien, a former ‘Iron Chef’ contestant and a 2018 finalist for the James Beard “Rising Star Chef” award and in 2019 for ‘Best Chef -Mid Atlantic’. Tien was named the Food and Wine Best Chef in 2018. In the same year, Himitsu was ranked fourth by the Washingtonian among their 100 Best restaurants.
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“I can’t thank our loyal guests and the Himitsu family enough for making Himitsu the incredible success that it is today,” remarked Tien, 32. “While this was a very difficult decision to make, I’m looking forward to writing the next chapter and sharing my passion with the community on a larger scale and a different service style.”
Chef Tien’s final service at Himitsu will be September 15th. Himitsu will subsequently continue to operate under current co-owner Carlie Steiner. Chef Amanda Moll, former executive sous chef of Doi Moi, will be taking over as Himitsu’s new executive chef after a short closures for minor renovation.
“I am confident that Himitsu will continue to deliver the exceptional experience that our guests have enjoyed over the last 2 ½ years,” said Tien. “While everyone will always have a table at Emilie’s, I would love to see all our guests at Himitsu for one last service prepared by me before my departure.”
Family-Style, ‘a la carte’ Fustion
Earlier this year, Tien opened Hot Lola’s, a restaurant specializing in spicy chicken, in Ballston Quarter’s food hall, Quarter Market, in Arlington VA.
Chef Tien’s new concept, Emilie’s, will be centered on cart-style service and customers’ dining experiences. Focusing on seasonally-inspired and local ingredients, the menu is set to change regularly.
The restaurant, situated at 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, will be located in Penn Eleven, the redeveloped plot of Frager’s Hardware. Emilie’s is scheduled to open in September 2019; the exact date has yet to be determined.
Chef Tien’s new concept will focus on seasonally-inspired and local ingredients and will feature large family-style plates and a small a la carte menu. Guests can anticipate their dining experiences to be further elevated by small plates circulating the room on carts.
The idea behind this style of “tableside” dining is to facilitate Tien’s mission of promoting and supporting the local community of producers, farmers, and ranchers. In addition, the circulating carts will give guests the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes as Tien’s team demonstrates their creativity in the kitchen.
The restaurant plans to initially provide dinner service and later expand into lunch and brunch soon after its opening. Emilie’s will seat approximately 100 guests in the main dining room and at the bar.
Learn more about Emilie’s by visiting their website at emiliesdc.com or follow them on social media at @emiliesdc