Small Bites: Restaurant Groups Behind Lia’s and Café Deluxe Announce Partnership, Tease New Opening

Plus: Firehouse Subs opens in Rockville; former L’Academie director takes over cooking at Glenstone Museum


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Lia's in Chevy Chase

Via ChefGeoff.com

Clover Restaurant Group and Chef Geoff Tracy team up

Chef Geoff Tracy has announced a partnership with Clover Restaurant Group and the new combined restaurant group is looking to announce a new eatery this year. The merger brings together two regional restaurant groups with businesses in Montgomery County: Chef Geoff’s Restaurant Group operates Lia’s in Chevy Chase as well as Chef Geoff’s restaurants in D.C. and Virginia, and Clover operates the four locations of Café Deluxe, including one in Bethesda, as well as Tortilla Coast in D.C.

The two groups will now form Chef Geoff’s Deluxe Hospitality, which will oversee all of their restaurants. Tracy and his brother, Chris Tracy, will head day-to-day operations while father-son team James and Brian Sullivan of Clover will focus on new growth.

Geoff Tracy told Eater DC, which first reported the news, that they are scouting out locations for a new restaurant, where the group plans to try something different.

Firehouse Subs comes to Rockville


Joe Zimmermann

Firehouse Subs opened its first Rockville restaurant last week in the Shady Grove area of Rockville. The sandwich chain has more than 1,100 locations across the country, including restaurants in Germantown and Frederick.

The new Rockville restaurant features a hand-painted mural depicting Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service fire trucks and firefighters responding to an apartment fire. The company was founded by two brothers who were former firefighters.

Firehouse Subs is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Former L’Academie de Cuisine instructor to head new Glenstone café


Iwan Baan, Via Glenstone

The former culinary director at L’Academie de Cuisine will be taking over the new café at Glenstone.

Brian Patterson will be the first chef at the Potomac art museum’s Café and Patio, which is expected to open in the fall. In the new role, Patterson will partner with local farmers and serve casual lunch fare.

The café will open as part of a planned expansion for Glenstone, which will also add more gallery space and a bookstore.

L’Academie’s Gaithersburg culinary school closed in December, and the Bethesda location closed shortly after.

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