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Rock Creek restaurant sold to former Bezu chef

December 14, 2010 - 03:46 PM
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If you have been keeping up with the impending sale of the Brickskeller, here's one more wrinkle to contend with: It seems that the name "Rock Creek" is up for grabs after all.

Former Bezu chef Dennis Friedman has bought out Bethesda's Rock Creek restaurant, Potomac Patch reports, and now Friedman tells TBD that he has no plans to keep the Rock Creek name.

That could be an interesting development for the soon-to-be new Brickskeller owners, who initially wanted to change the name of the Dupont institution to Rock Creek.

We have a call out to Megan Merrifield, who, along with her husband, will be taking over Brickskeller later this month. They reportedly gave up on the name Rock Creek because of the Bethesda restaurant, and Friedman says he "would love to talk to her if she’s interested in still possibly using the name." Friedman now owns the rights to the name.

So, enough about Brickskeller — what of this new restaurant in Bethesda?! Friedman says he will take over Rock Creek, located at 4917 Elm Street, on Dec. 31. He will then reopen as Newton's Table March 1, serving "contemporary American cuisine with an Asian flair, and we’re going to embrace the farm-to-table movement as much as possible."

"We're doing a complete, cosmetic makeover," he says. "It will be a whole new restaurant."

Friedman left Potomac's Bezu in October, where he prepared Asian-French fusion cuisine. The chef still has quite a following, and he recently won the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament. Perhaps Bezu fans will now defect to Newton's Table?


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