It’s no big secret that many people consider Spike Mendelsohn to be the golden boy of Washington restaurants. Whether or not these people live in Washington is another story. Vanity Fair has just come out with their “Next Establishment” List, a sort of JV list to the Vanity Fair 100, and has named Spike as number twenty-five. He’s among such business superstars as Tory Burch, Bonnie Hammer (President of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment), and Tim Westergren (CEO of Pandora) on a list Vanity Fair bills as full of folks “doing some empire building of their own.”
Do two casual restaurants an empire make? Spike has been saying, essentially since opening the first Good Stuff Eatery two years ago, that he would be expanding all over D.C. and beyond. But after a fair amount of false starts (rumors of Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Union Station outposts never came to fruition), he still just has the one Good Stuff Eatery and the new We, The Pizza next door.
Now don’t get this gal wrong, opening two successful restaurants is no easy feat. But is it an empire? And is Spike, as Vanity Fair puts it, “[close] to owning the Hill’s dining scene?”