The Washington Lobbyist- Rammy’s 2012
More than 1,500 guests gathered tonight at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington‘s (RAMW) highly anticipated annual RAMMY Awards gala to celebrate the outstanding achievements and excellence in the Metropolitan Washington restaurant industry. Host venue, the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, saw chefs, restaurateurs and key restaurant industry players awarded prestigious honors including “Fine Dining Restaurant,” “Upscale Casual Restaurant” and “Restaurant Employee of the Year.” Reaad More...
Brightest Young Things- Rammy Review 2012
The big winner of the evening were Jeff & Barbara Black who won the inaugural Restaurateur of the Year Award as well as the Upscale Casual Restaurant (for BlackSalt) and Hottest Bar Scene (for Black Jack) Read more...
The Washington Post: In Logan Circle, a Pearl of a Place. 12/18/11
An admission: To keep restaurant staffs that recognize me from knowing whether I like a dish, I leave some food on my plate. And yet, no amount of discipline can keep me from polishing off a whole catfish po' boy at the new Pearl Dive Oyster Palace in Logan Circle. Blame my lapse on the deftly fried, clean-flavored fillet. Point also to the pedigreed Allan Benton bacon tucked inside the sturdy (but not too!) roll. Indict as well the gently cooked farm egg that floods the Delta prize with even more flavor when teeth strike yolk. Read More...
Washington Business Journal, WBJBizBeat: Pearl Dive/Black Jack: A tour
"Pearl Dive is the more sit-down restaurant concept, serving lots of oysters and Southern-influenced seafood dishes. Black Jack, meanwhile, has its own bar menu of soups, sandwiches and daily specials upstairs, along with unusual cocktail creations, whether they be seasonal frozen updates of classic cocktails, or Ari and Michael Wilder's own spin on classic cocktails like the Brass Nail."
DC EATER: A Sneak Peek Inside Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack
"Fall's first big restaurant opening is soon at hand as Jeff Black's duo Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack near completion on 14th Street. The pre-opening party is tomorrow night, but the restaurants hope to soft-open next week once the liquor license goes through. Eater took a look around both venues and can officially confirm that they will be very popular, thanks to an indoor bocce court and the solid reputation for seafood that Black has earned from restaurants from BlackSalt to Black's Bar and Kitchen."
URBANDADDY: Stairway to Heaven
"This is one of those times when we’re compelled to get right to the point, so here it is: we’ve seen the bar where you’ll spend your autumn nights. And it is good." Read article