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Vienna restauranteurs hope to create new neighborhood favorite in Bazin’s place

Evelyn Rose owner Sam Schnoebelen offers a preview of the upcoming restaurant at Taste of Vienna 2024 (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

After a successful preview at last month’s Taste of Vienna, the men behind Evelyn Rose seem confident that their upcoming restaurant will prove worthy of its location.

The brainchild of owner Sam Schnoebelen and chef Nick Palermo, Evelyn Rose is on track to open in late May at 111 Church Street NW, replacing Bazin’s on Church after the bistro ended an 18-year run on April 27.

Similar to Bazin’s, the new restaurant will have a menu that Schnoebelen describes as “New-American,” but it won’t be limited by that label, building on Palermo’s “global techniques and intense seasonality” to deliver a “diversity” of dishes.

“Evelyn Rose is my and Chef Nick’s vision of a perfect neighborhood restaurant,” Schnoebelen told FFXnow by email. “[It will be] a combination of the comfort of community and familiarity with the skills we’ve learned in a career amongst the best restaurants in the area.”

Schnoebelen and Palermo first collaborated at Clarity (442 Maple Avenue East), where they worked as general manager and chef, respectively. Palermo recently returned to Clarity as its executive chef after leaving the Wolftrappe Shopping Center restaurant when it got new owners in 2022, while Schnoebelen most recently served as general manager at The Dabney in D.C.

Schnoebelen says working at Clarity gave him an appreciation for “what a special place” Vienna is, leading him and his wife to buy a house in the area. He and Palermo had discussed opening their own restaurant since 2019, but potential spaces “came and went,” according to Northern Virginia Magazine, which first reported the plans for Evelyn Rose.

An opportunity emerged when Bazin’s owners told Schnoebelen and Palermo that they were planning to retire and suggested that the pair take over the space.

“Patrick and Julie Bazin are people we look up to, but also friends of ours, so we were ecstatic when they told us they were considering this hand off,” Schnoebelen said. “They built Bazins from scratch and did exactly what we want to do; to give the community a great space with great food that gave them and the people working with them great pride. We are completely honored to be carrying on the great legacy of this space.”

Named after its owner’s and chef’s grandmothers, Evelyn Rose will serve some dishes that may be familiar to Clarity patrons, including pasta made from scratch, Northern Virginia Magazine reported. Entrees on an early draft of the menu included mango pickled fried chicken with smoked mac and cheese and braised wagyu short rib with brown-butter rutabaga purée and caramelized heirloom cauliflower, according to the magazine.

Schnoebelen says the goal is to create “a menu that is technical yet approachable with service that is refined yet warm, and most importantly, a place for everyone.”

While an exact opening date remains to be determined, the team offered a sneak peek at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department’s Taste of Vienna fundraiser on April 27. Evelyn Rose’s booth served sliders and a couple of drinks, including San Pellegrino.

“Taste of Vienna was exactly what we wanted it to be — a party,” Schnoebelen said. “So many familiar and friendly faces, these people showed out for their community in the rain proving a devotion for small businesses and local philanthropy and helping prove our theory that this is one of the great communities in our country.”

Schnoebelen says the restaurant will post updates on its website, where those interested can sign up for a newsletter, and through its Instagram account.