Chef Geoff Moves to New York City
The chef behind Friendship Heights' Lia's restaurant is headed north in January.
Chef Geoff Tracy—owner and mastermind behind six Washington, DC-area restaurants, including Lia's in Friendship Heights—is moving to New York City.
But, Lia's fans are not to worry—the restaurant will continue to operate, serving its "alluring combination of Tuscan warmth and Milanese chic"—as the restaurant's website describes its menu—to Friendship Heights diners.
Tracy's wife, Norah O'Donnell, recently accepted a new job as co-host of CBS This Morning, a morning news show the network started earlier this year to replace its "perennially last place morning show, then called The Early Show," The New York Times reported.
Tracy, who has lived in the Washington area since 1991, told Washington City Paper that this was "an opportunity that as a family we just can't give up." He added that he'll stay in DC full-time until January, when he and his three children will move to New York City, but that he'll keep his DC house to use when he checks up on his restaurants.
Tracy isn't sure if he'll open a restaurant in New York—"I would never say no to anything," he told the City Paper—but "it's a little outside his main plan, which is to open 10 restaurants all within 10 to 15 miles of each other," City Paper reported.
Tracy's newest restaurant will open in Rockville on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Rockville Patch reported.
His other restaurants are:
- Chef Geoff’s
- Chef Geoff’s Downtown
- Lia’s in Chevy Chase
- Hank’s Tavern & Eats in Hyattsville
- Chef Geoff’s Tysons Corner