Updated: Chef Pedro Matamoros Leaves Barrel and Crow

He had taken over as head chef last year


Barrel and Crow is seeking a new chef.

Andrew Metcalf

This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

The head chef of Barrel and Crow has left the restaurant, its owner said.

Laura Houlihan, owner of the Woodmont Triangle restaurant, confirmed Thursday that Pedro Matamoros left the restaurant on Monday. He is taking a job at a friend’s restaurant, Bluebird Cocktail Room, in Baltimore, she said.

Matamoros took over Barrel and Crow’s kitchen in April 2016, after the original chef, Nick Palermo, stepped down. He then took a job at Clarity in Vienna, Virginia, according to The Washington Post.

Houlihan initially told Bethesda Beat that Matamoros left on good terms, but she called back a short time later to correct that statement. She said Matamoros’ exit actually was not on good terms.

Matamoros did not pick up multiple calls to his cellphone on Thursday afternoon and did not respond to a message through Facebook. No one answered a phone number listed for Bluebird Cocktail Room on Thursday afternoon.

Barrel and Crow, which opened at 4867 Cordell Ave. in May 2015, was a venture of Houlihan and Patrick Forest, both former managers at the adjacent Grapeseed restaurant, which closed this July. Forest has since left the Barrel and Crow. Post food critic Tom Sietsema named Barrel and Crow as the only Bethesda restaurant in his 2015 dining guide.

Forest previously worked with Matamoros at 8407 Kitchen Bar in Silver Spring, where Matamoros was fired after disagreements with the owner. Matamoros also worked at the Mix Bar and Grill in Potomac and before that, at the now-closed Golden Flame in Silver Spring and Tabbard Inn in Washington, D.C.

Houlihan is seeking a replacement chef, but said her sous chef and capable staff will manage the kitchen until then.

“I’ve got a great kitchen staff and I’ve got a sous chef that can run a dining room and I’m blessed with a great group of people,” she said.

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