New year means new jobs at American-style restaurant in Washington

Carter and Fitch opening at Mecure George Washington Hotel, left to right, operations manager Marcin Szmycinski, director Neel Chawla, and head chef Chris Hume.
Carter and Fitch opening at Mecure George Washington Hotel, left to right, operations manager Marcin Szmycinski, director Neel Chawla, and head chef Chris Hume.
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A new restaurant promising an authentic US eating experience is set to open in Washington in the New Year following a £500k investment.

Carter and Fitch Pizzeria, Smokehouse and Bar opens on January 11 following a £500K investment from its owner, the Ailantus Group and promises an authentic US eating experience to the region.

Named after the friends who ran a smokehouse in America with Mafia links during the Prohibition era, Carter and Fitch will be a stand-alone restaurant situated on the site of the George Washington Hotel, on Stone Cellar Road.

It will have room to seat up to 90 diners at a time, with more room available on the outside terrace and will be available to outside diners too.

The restaurant, which has been two years in the making, is set to create 20 new jobs and will serve a variety of dishes including pizzas, steaks and burgers.

The authenticity is down to the culinary experiences of Chris Hume, long-term head chef from the George Washington Hotel, who travelled around America to sample the food in Arizona, California and New York and gain insight into how their dishes are prepared.

Mr Hume, 59, who has been at the hotel for an impressive 42 years, says Carter and Fitch aren’t stopping there with their faithfulness to the source.

He said: “As well as taking in first-hand the methods used in America, we have bought a specially made smokehouse oven all the way from Oklahoma.

“It means that we can offer steaks as they are in Texas, burgers as they are in New York and pizzas 
just as they are in Manhattan.

“We really think we can offer something that’s completely different from the usual restaurants that we see out there.”

The restaurant will be open from 10am to 11pm on January 11.