RIS is coming…

The phrase taunted us from the window at the corner of 23rd and L Street for what seemed like an eternity.  On Monday, the wait is over.  Ris Lacoste’s eponymous new neighborhood eatery opens for business.

I didn’t know it at the time, but Chef Lacoste’s cuisine at 1789 was my first experience with high-end cooking in Washington.  She helmed the venerable Georgetown institution for over a decade, until she left at the end of 2005 with the intention of opening her own place…”a scene, something really fun and delicious.”

It may have taken the better part of four years, but every indication is that RIS will be well worth the wait.  We got a chance to take a look around this week, before the restaurant began its mock service.  What we found was a restaurant that reflects Lacoste’s taste and inspiration from beginning to end.  Whether it’s the three flat-screen TVs behind the bar (which New England native Lacoste promises will always show the Patriots and Red Sox when they play) or the Jacquard tapestry that adorns the wall in one of the private dining areas, the chef had the final say on everything.

Considering her track record, that’s likely to be a good thing.

A look around the new space, complete with photos, after the jump. (more…)