Chef Wolfgang Puck introduced Washingtonians to The Source October 11, his first fine dining restaurant in the nation’s capital. The modern, 11,000 square-foot, three-level restaurant is the signature dining experience at the Newseum, an interactive museum dedicated to the news.
Puck has tapped Scott Drewno to serve as the executive chef of the 200-seat restaurant. Drewno first joined the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining group in 1998 working for the master chef at Chinois and Spago, both in Las Vegas, before leaving the company in 2001 to move to New York. Over the past six years, Drewno has specialized in Asian cuisines, working first under Jean-Georges Vongerichten at his signature Vong restaurant, and then with Stephen Hansen as executive chef at Ruby Foo’s. Drewno returned to the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in January 2007 to work alongside Puck and Chef Lee Hefter, Managing Partner and Executive Corporate Chef of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, to create the menus for The Source. While the cuisine draws inspiration from Puck’s renowned signature fine dining restaurants, including Spago, Chinois and CUT, the concept for The Source is the first-of-its-kind for the company.
The Source offers two distinct dining experiences plus a private dining room that seats 40 guests. The ground floor lounge where guests enter offers approachable dining with a “bar and grill” ambiance and a casual menu designed for an informal meal or a quick-bite.
Workday lunch, bar menu and late-night dining is available in the lounge, which seats 70.
EDG (Engstrom Design Group), based in Northern California, designed The Source to have a modern aesthetic, complementing the floor-to-ceiling windows that line the restaurant. A two-story, temperature-controlled glass wine wall links the upstairs dining room with the main floor bar & lounge, holding 2,200 bottles of the restaurant’s impressive collection. Neutral palates and dark wood tables add warmth to the space.
The Source is open for dinner service; lunch service will begin shortly after opening. The bar and lounge is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The dining room is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made for the dining room by calling (202) 637-6100.