According to Bethesda Magazine, the nearly 275-seat restaurant—a $10-million project whose plans include an open kitchen, wine store, coffee and raw bars, bakery and giant rotisserie ovens—required almost a year's worth of negotiations between Voltaggio and Clairon Partners, the property manager of the shopping center at the time of the negotiations. Voltaggio signed the lease last February for the restaurant's second-floor location, formerly occupied by Stein Mart.
Clarion Partners "wanted a top-tier restaurant with a celebrity chef attached to it to bring some A-list shine to Chevy Chase Pavilion, which housed retailers such as J. Crew and World Market but hadn’t been the shopping hot spot developers had hoped it would be," Nevin Martell wrote in Bethesda Magazine.
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Martell added that "Voltaggio had been thinking about opening a restaurant in the District, but hadn’t considered Friendship Heights. He quickly realized its potential."
“I saw the neighborhood as having a need for great dining,” Voltaggio told Martell. “There are some great restaurants there, but not chef-driven concepts.”
As part of bringing Voltaggio and his top-notch culinary skills to the Chevy Chase Pavilion, Clarion Partners redeveloped the shopping center, Martell reported.
Range's menu will be "casual fine dining," with sharable small plates ($8 to $18) as well as a "straight-up steak for one if that's what you want," Voltaggio told Martell. Entrees will cost about $25 to $33.
And, with "several rotisserie ovens, [the restaurant] will offer whole roasted chickens, legs of lamb and pork shoulders. There also are plans for the menu to include flatbreads, house-made charcuterie, fresh shellfish and casual lunch options," Martell reported.
Another element of Range's menu will be a focus on healthy food. Heavily buttered steaks and vegetables, as well as overly sugared desserts, will not be on the menu. Instead, Range's fresh ingredients—many of which will be sourced locally—will shine, Martell added.
Editor's note: This post has been updated.