Mintwood Place team to open restaurant in Shaw

Restaurateur Saied Azali and chef Cedric Maupillier have signed a lease to open a second concept together, at 801 O St. NW, otherwise known as City Market at O in Shaw. Yet to be named, the 120-seat dining room will be a riff on the business partners' popular Mintwood Place, home to American food with a French accent.


Cedric Maupillier. (Marvin Joseph/ The Washington Post)

The spinoff will find smaller portions and lower prices. "I want to cook for the 99 percent and their kids," says Maupillier, who hopes to reach a younger audience with his cooking in the future 5,000-square-foot space.

His next restraurant will be on the ground floor of the Cambria Suites hotel and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Saied and Maupillier want to break ground by August. Look for an early 2015 debut.

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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