One of Washington’s top culinary talents has been off the radar over the past year and a half. Chef Haidar Karoum left his post overseeing EstadioDoi Moi, and Proof back in April 2016, but all the while, he’s been patiently plotting a restaurant of his own. His first solo venture, Chloe, will finally open in Navy Yard on Friday, January 5.

“Putting a [chef’s] jacket back on is one of the best feelings that I’ve had in a long time,” Karoum says.

The menu is a mishmash of all the cuisines Karoum has cooked professionally (Spanish, Southeast Asian, modern American), grown up with (Lebanese), and fell in love with while traveling (Mediterranean and beyond).

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