Since fall 2015, Burke has been a partner at ESquared Hospitality, the parent company of BLT Prime, which also operates BLT Steak downtown.
"We are well underway crafting a menu that will highlight the best of BLT Prime with new surprises for guests to enjoy," Burke said in a press release. BLT Prime's swanky steakhouse concept features fare such as wagyu ribeye and a 28-day dry-aged prime-grade porterhouse steak for two, in addition to a variety of seafood dishes. The restaurant and hotel are expected to debut this fall.
BLT Prime will open in the 9,000-square-foot space that was previously intended to house a flagship restaurant from prolific chef and restaurateur José Andrés. He backed out of the project last year after an uproar following controversial remarks about immigrants made by now-presumptive Republican presidential candidate n Donald Trump. Litigation between the two sides (including a countersuit by Andrés) continues, as does separate proceedings between Trump's group and chef Geoffrey Zakarian, who also jettisoned a restaurant project in the hotel being built in the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Like Trump, Burke is known as a big personality (Time Out New York dubbed him Best Culinary Prankster in 2003, according to ESquared) -- and is no stranger to lawsuits either. Most recently, as reported by the New York Daily News in October, Burke's former partners at Watershed Ventures filed a complaint accusing the chef of "egregious breaches of trust and flagrant self-dealing." Watershed is a holding company of the David Burke Group, which, to add more mud to the water, Burke resigned from in May 2014.
The Trump Hotel International last month announced that Oliver Beckert will serve as the hotel's executive chef, overseeing its own food and beverage operations, including in-room dining, banquets and catering.