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Bob Kinkead set to open Ancora in the Watergate

Bob Kinkead in his old kitchen in 2009. He’ll open Ancora in the Watergate in February. (Dominic Bracco II/For The Washington Post)

Ancora — “more” or “again” in Italian — will be the name of the replacement restaurant, which Kinkead is calling a pop-up, since the 130-seat dining room is expected to open for six months starting in February, then close for nearly four months of renovation.

 The schedule allows the chef to retain much of his staff from Kinkead’s, which closed just before Christmas , and give planners time to “come up with a cohesive idea and interior design.”

Ancora will focus on Italian seafood, which Kinkead researched during a recent 10-day excursion abroad. While he picked up a few ideas for his next concept, he says he also experienced “Italian food that reads better than it executes.”  His chef from Kinkead’s, Jeff Gaetjen, will return to that position in the new concept. 

The Washington Business Journal first reported news of the lease.

Weaned on a beige buffet a la “Fargo” in Minnesota, Tom Sietsema is the food critic for The Washington Post. This is his second tour of duty at the Post. Sietsema got his first taste in the ‘80s, when he was hired by his predecessor to answer phones, write some, and test the bulk of the Food section’s recipes. That’s how he learned to clean squid, bake colonial cakes and distinguish between nutmeg and mace.


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