Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio has opened RANGE, a market-style restaurant in the renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion in Washington, D.C.’s Friendship Heights neighborhood.
RANGE’s most notable quality is its open-kitchen design that provides up to 300 diners with a view and ability to interact with chefs. The kitchen’s stations include a charcuterie area, bakery, raw bar, rotisserie, wood-fired hearth, dessert and candy station, and a coffee bar.
Voltaggio’s latest venture (he also owns VOLT, Lunchbox, and Family Meal in Frederick, Md.) promotes the use of whole animals such as Border Springs Farm lambs and Roseda Black Angus Farm steers that are butchered on-site and featured in a collection of offerings that include alternative cuts like shoulders, legs, and offal. Local game, fowl, and fresh seafood straight from the nearby Chesapeake area are also on the menu, which highlights seasonal ingredients sourced from the Mid-Atlantic region prepared using classic and progressive techniques.
"This region was once known as the 'breadbasket' of America and still has the longest growing season in the country," said Voltaggio. "Through my own modern interpretations, I want to celebrate this region in every dish, through each of the techniques and kitchens at RANGE."
The restaurant also has a bar, lounge seating, private rooms, and a retail section selling a selection of kitchenware and tools, handcrafted provisions like baked goods, artisanal chocolates, and hand-dipped candies, as well as a weekly selection of items from Voltaggio’s Mid-Atlantic purveyors.