Ted’s Bulletin Plans to Open Second Location

Posted March 18, 2012 at 11:58pm

Popular Capitol Hill eatery Ted’s Bulletin — Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) knows it well — is expanding west next year, plotting a larger outpost in Logan Circle with double the capacity and a whole new crew of culinary talent.

Matchbox Food Group co-founder Drew Kim tells HOH that Ted’s 2, which is slated to open in early in 2013, will feature several improvements over the flagship location, including three separate entrances (bar access, revolving door to the main dining room and dedicated pastry passageway) and an expanded baking operation (dedicated kitchen tasked with stocking two willpower-testing pastry cases). At the Barracks Row Ted’s, things can get a little cramped, with the sole entryway leading straight to the bakery, bar and waiting area.

The group is also promoting Executive Chef Eric Brannon to general manager of the new restaurant, opening the door for a new team of tastemakers to slide behind the burners at the original Ted’s and the forthcoming spinoff.

Kim is also on the hunt for the restaurant group’s first executive pastry chef, a baking pro that will be expected to turn out sweets for both Ted’s, the burgeoning Matchbox-verse (it is breaking into the Virginia ’burbs) and sibling sausage hut DC-3.

Kim said Ted’s 2 will certainly mimic the aesthetics and style of its retro-themed parent, but he expressed optimism that each kitchen will cater to its respective neighborhoods.

“If I had to guess, the menus will probably take on a life of their own,” he said.

Not to worry, though: All customers will have access to the signature house-made Sno Balls, Twinkies, Pop-Tarts and booze-spiked milkshakes, no matter which side of town they are on.