The Inside Story of Mike Isabella’s Fallen Empire

Washingtonian Magazine has a great overview of the collapse of Mike Isabella’s restaurant group. A cautionary tale for chefs about how poor personal choices can destroy years of work.

“When Isabella Eatery opened, no one imagined it would close nine months later—and certainly not like this.”

Source: The Inside Story of Mike Isabella’s Fallen Empire


Portland or has ranked the top 182 cities in the country for foodies. Using 29 key metrics, including food friendliness, average cost of groceries, affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants, and food festivals.

Here are the top ten:
1. Portland, OR
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Miami, FL
4. New York, NY
5. Los Angeles, CA
6. Orlando, FL
7. Las Vegas, NV
8 Seattle, WA
9. San Diego
10. Austin, TX

Check to full list here to see where your city ranks.

Here Are Washington DC’s Michelin Stars for 2019

Congrats to Chef Patrick, the Inn at Little Washington becomes the DC-area’s first three Michelin-starred restaurant The larger Washington D.C. area can finally boast of a culinary status symbol held by Chicago, San Francisco, and New York: the presence of a three Michelin-starred restaurant.

Source: Here Are Washington DC’s Michelin Stars for 2019

Mike Isabella Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Top Chef The chef tells the Post: “ We want to stop the bleeding” Top Chef alum and restaurateur Mike Isabella filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today in federal court, the Washington Post reports . This is the latest development in Mike Isabella Concepts’ recent business struggles, as Chinatown restaurant Graffiato and his massive food hall at Tysons Galleria both closed over the summer and he’s reportedly trying to work on a payment plan with the landlord of his College Park restaurant Kapnos Taverna .

Source: Mike Isabella Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy