Ian Reeves is leaving H Street’s Queen Vic after 18 months as head chef. But he’s not going far: Reeves is bound for Red Rocks, the Neapolitan pizzeria with locations in Columbia Heights and Old Town, and plans for a third location at 1348 H St. NE.
The Lancashire native brought a Continental flair to the gastropub when he arrived in 2011 from London’s renowned the Bull and Last pub.
In April, I wrote about Reeves’s addition of a Sunday roast — a traditional meal of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and roasted potatoes — to the Queen Vic’s menu. (It paired especially well with a black-and-tan and a soccer match.)
He also made a point of taking the Queen Vic’s burger off the menu. “There’s enough burger joints in the city,” he said. “Like, really, if you want a burger, there’s enough places that specialize in it that you can go to.”
Reeves’s replacement at the Queen Vic is Michael E. Bonk, formerly of Sonoma. It sounds like changes are coming: The restaurant plans to keep “a limited menu of traditional British dishes,” according to a statement posted on the blog Frozen Tropics, but “you will see Chef Bonk’s stamp on our extensive daily chalkboard specials.”
You can wish the outgoing chef well at a “Farewell Chef Reeves” party at the Queen Vic on Jan. 7 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.