Among the city's most acclaimed tastemakers and nightlife impresarios, Chicago-born Jin Chong has mastered the art of collaboration in order to execute his singular, unerring instincts for style, atmosphere and hospitality. His unique imprimatur a blend of visionary inspiration, uncompromising attention to detail, and sense of unlimited possibility informs some of Washington DC's most admired restaurants and cocktail lounges including Love, The Park at Fourteenth, Layla Lounge, Russia House and Mandu.
For his first project restaurant, Chinito's, Chef Chong will ultimately lead to some of DC's most ground-breaking and memorable food experiences. Unique for a restaurant owner, Chef Chong acts as manager and as head chef at Chinito's. The benefits of having an owner working the floor are apparent in his rapport with the customers. His day-to-day presence has created an atmosphere of trust, conviviality and professionalism that only an owner can offer his clientele. His uncommon approach is credited with setting trends in the DC restaurant and bar industry, and yet the menu and experience remains well-grounded in affordability.
At Chinito's, Chef Chong sets out to challenge the old-guard formality of dining while crafting a world-class fast-casual restaurant experience. Chef Chong's vision to reinvent the fast-casual dining experience by pioneering communal dining in a fast-casual setting, Chinito's unparalleled ambiance attracts a large and loyal following of industry professionals including chefs, bartenders, and fellow restaurateurs. Together with its audience of students, artists and musicians, this revolving "ensemble cast" brings an electrifying urban energy to the restaurant and community.