John Shields and Karen Urie Shields of the Town House restaurant. (Beall + Thomas) John Shields and Karen Urie Shields of the Town House restaurant. (Beall + Thomas)

A year after he started scouting locations in Washington for a follow-up to the acclaimed Town House in Chilhowie, Va., chef John Shields says he’s poised to sign a lease for an office townhouse at 1050 Potomac St. NW in Georgetown. Barring “something catastrophic with finances,” the chef says he plans to ink the deal by Monday.

The to-be-named project will be “an extension of what we’ve done before” at the late Town House, with his wife and pastry chef Karen Urie Shields. “Vegetable focused,” John Shields adds, "with lots of ingredients from the ocean." The restaurant will feature a single, set-price tasting menu of eight or so courses, he says.

The property includes an outdoor patio and a carriage house where the couple intends to serve a la carte options, and make the destination accessible to more diners.

As for an opening date, “realistically, we’re nine to 11 months away,” says Shields, who still resides in Philadelphia.