As chef of the former Bezu in Potomac and chef/owner of Newton’s Table in Bethesda, Dennis Friedman was used to preparing fine dining dishes that came with high prices.
But Friedman’s new restaurant, Bethesda Barbecue Company, which will open soon in the Newton’s Table space on Elm Street, will feature only three dishes that cost $20 or more out of some 50 menu items.
The menu includes many barbecue staples; some unique items, such as Bacon Pops and Burnt Ends; and a little attitude. The description of the Soup O’ the Day reads: “depends on the chef I guess, doesn’t it?”
The menu offers 10 appetizers; a variety of salads, grilled flatbreads and sandwiches; platters; a kids’ menu; and the usual barbecue sides. The four desserts include Grandma Ruth’s Lemon Squares and Pig Brittle.
Friedman had hoped to open the restaurant right after New Year’s, but a delay in an equipment delivery has set the debut back about two weeks. He said he hopes to open late next week.
While preparations are made to complete the new concept, Newton’s Table will continue to serve through this Friday.