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Mike Isabella buys a $2 million condo at the Wharf

March 8, 2018 at 2:56 PM

Chef Mike Isabella in the dining room of Kapnos on Aug. 19, 2013. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post/)

Celebrity chef Mike Isabella, who rules over a $30 million culinary empire that stretches from the 14th Street corridor to Richmond, is putting down expensive roots in one of Washington’s hottest new neighborhoods.

Isabella and his wife, Stacy, recently closed on a $2.19 million condo in the Vio complex at the Wharf, according to Washington Business Journal. Their new home is two blocks away from the chef’s latest restaurant, the French-style Requin.

The “Top Chef” alum owns just over a dozen eateries throughout the DMV, including a massive food hall at Tysons Galleria where VIPs have made frequent pit stops. Lady Gaga popped up — in a huge brown fur and fishnets — at Arroz, the chef’s downtown Spanish-style restaurant, in November. And Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and Sonia Sotomayor have all dined at one or more of Isabella’s concepts.

The Isabellas haven’t relocated to their fancy new digs yet, but the move is a short one. The couple currently live in Chinatown close to Isabella’s first restaurant, Graffiato.

Helena Andrews-Dyer is the co-author of The Reliable Source. She joined The Post in 2013. Send your hot tips, sightings and gossip to

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