Topher Mathews at The Georgetown Metropolitan broke this news to me a week or so ago, and it was confirmed today by Missy Frederick in Washington Business Journal: Jamie Stachowski, the sausage-maker well known locally for his presence at area farmers markets, will take over Griffin Market. An opening date has not been announced, but the realtor involved confirmed the lease. Reportedly the new market will sell all sorts of sausages, of course, but also provide butcher-cut meat.
I hope he expands to sides so it will be possible to pick up a whole meal, as we were able to do when it was the Griffin Market of yore, when Laura Bonino prepared home-cooked meals. I assume the wine and beer license is still active. Regardless, it will be nice to have the space filled with a home-made food operation.
In the WBJ, Missy writes: The chef is a well-known name around D.C. Before his sausage business, which operates under the name, Stachowski Brand Charcuterie, he was the opening chef for the sports bar/Eastern European restaurant Thirsty Bernie's in Arlington. He was also the chef behind the now-shuttered Restaurant Kolumbia and worked for D.C. legend Jean-Louis Palladin. Plus, he stars in the "Meat America" special on The History Channel.
Should he offer Anthony Weiner the counter job? Synergy.