Tom Sietsema's Dish
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: Restaurateur Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld has pulled the plug on his not-quite-two-year-old Ceviche in Glover Park, which closed after New Year's Eve.
He's giving a new identity to the site of the shuttered business, and it won't be dark for long. Emerging Friday, provided its remodel is complete: Kitchen (2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202-333-3877), celebrating the food of the South, with a 70-seat interior that sounds atypical of Fraga-Rosenfeld's usual sleek settings. Brick and refurbished barn wood will cover the walls; a mix of chairs collected from the Salvation Army and elsewhere, then painted white, will frame the tables.
As for the bar, look for John Deere tractor seats atop the stools.
A five-year veteran of Jaleo in Bethesda, Brandon Williams, 33, has been tapped to fry the chicken, toss the green bean salad and bake the peach cobbler at Kitchen. Fraga-Rosenfeld says he plans to serve dinner daily and brunch on the weekends and to keep the doors open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Entrees are expected to run from $10 to $18.
-- Tom Sietsema