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Jose Andres Bazaar Expansion: Celebrity Chef's Camp Is Quiet On Possible D.C. Plans

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WASHINGTON -- With his mind tuned to expansion, might D.C. chef Jose Andres bring his famed Los Angeles restaurant, The Bazaar, to the nation's capital? The answer is a hazy "maybe."

Back in 2009, Andres told The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema that it "could happen." On Monday, the Post's Tim Carman dug a bit deeper with Robbie McKay, director of communications for SBE, the hospitality group that owns The Bazaar's home in the SLS Hotel.

"That would be a long-term goal," McKay told Carman. "Trying to bring the SLS brand to D.C. is a priority for us."

Andres' company, ThinkFoodGroup, remains coy on the subject. In a statement, the group said that it is "always looking for new opportunities in new markets" but has no news to report at this time.

This all follows Andres' well-documented and continued ascension from chef to enterprising multi-city restaurateur. In October, Andres announced plans to open a restaurant in 2012 at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel in Puerto Rico. Also next year, Andres will open another Bazaar location at the SLS Hotel at South Beach.

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Filed by Rachel Tepper