As J. Hollinger’s is approaching its anticipated opening in downtown Silver Spring, more information is coming to light about what the modern American restaurant will offer.
Billed as a “full-service chophouse,” J. Hollinger’s is slated to open in early April at the former home of The Classics at 8606 Colesville Rd. in downtown Silver Spring, according to Eater. Charlie Palmer Steak alum Mike Ellis, who earned a Michelin star as chef de cuisine at Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, Calif., will be at the lead.
In addition to preparing for the opening of J. Hollinger’s, Chef Ellis has also been preparing and serving meals to the residents displaced by the March 3 fire and explosion at the Friendly Garden Apartments.
Ray’s The Classics was originally opened by local restauranteur Michael Landrum in 2006. He founded Ray’s the Steaks in 2002 in Arlington, Va., and quickly earned a reputation for offering high-quality steaks at reasonable prices.
Following the same formula, Landrum opened Ray’s the Classics, adding dishes such as Southern fried chicken, veal chops, and rack of lamb.
Later, long-time employees Elliott Rattley and Nick Lopata bought the restaurant, taking over on July 1, 2013. They dropped the “Ray’s” name and trimmed the menu to focus on steaks.
Rattley and Lopata closed The Classics in February of 2018, citing “dwindling market and support from local government makes continuation of business untenable.”
J. Hollinger’s is among a growing list of recent and upcoming restaurant openings in Silver Spring, including Kusshi Ko, Guavaberry Dominican Restaurant, Bonchon, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Underground Pizza Company, Tacosway Mexican Grill, Valenciana Wine Garden, Flip’d by IHOP, The Breakfast Club, Firepan Korean BBQ, Dunkin/Baskin-Robbins, Dog Haus Biergarten, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Black Lion Café, Willie T’s Seafood Shack/Be Right Burger, Miss Toya’s Creole House, and the Commas food hall at Ellsworth Place.
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