2014 | Dine

Bethesda Barbeque Company Coming to Elm Street

Casual restaurant will replace Newton's Table

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Newton's Table owner Dennis Friedman is changing the concept at the restaurant.

Newton’s Table, a highly regarded and expensive white tablecloth restaurant on Elm Street in Bethesda, will close at the end of the year and will be immediately replaced by Bethesda Barbeque Company, which will serve casual fare at lower price points.

Dennis Friedman, owner and chef of Newton’s Table, will also run the new restaurant.

To develop barbecue recipes, Friedman said he is working with Paul Robinson, a friend from Walt Whitman High School, who founded and runs the popular Currituck BBQ Company in Currituck, N.C. He also said that he’s bringing in Potomac’s David Smelson, a restaurant industry veteran and author of the “Pleasures of the Table” food blog, as a “barbecue consultant.”

In addition to barbecue, Bethesda Barbeque Company will serve grilled flatbreads, roasted chicken, fish and sandwiches, Friedman said. “There will be an emphasis on local, fresh, thoughtful cooking,” he said.

Price points will range from under $10 to the mid-$20s. Entrees posted on Newton’s Table website range from $17 to $38.

Friedman said the décor at Bethesda Barbeque Company “will have a touch of sophistication, but will be more inviting” than the décor at Newton’s Table. He said the size of the restaurant’s bar will be more than double the existing bar and will seat up to 18 people. Friedman expects to offer a large selection of wine and craft beers.

Newton’s Table will continue to operate through New Year’s Eve and Friedman said that in the coming weeks he will bring back some popular items that are no longer on the menu. He said he is hopeful that the restaurant will not have to close during the transition to the new concept.

Bethesda Barbeque Company will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

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