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Chefs Behind M. Wells Steakhouse to Open Kitchen at Dutch Kills Bar

 Chef Hugue Dufour cooking at M. Wells Dinette in 2013.
Chef Hugue Dufour cooking at M. Wells Dinette in 2013.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — The team behind popular eateries M. Wells Steakhouse and M. Well Dinette will start serving up their beloved grub in a new location this month.

Owners Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis will open a kitchen at craft cocktail bar Dutch Kills, at 27-24 Jackson Ave. just a few blocks away from the steakhouse, according to an email newsletter sent to customers earlier this week.

"M. Wells will do right by their cocktails by providing just the thing you will want to eat at the bar," the owners said in their announcement.

The team will be rolling back the operating hours at M. Wells Steakhouse to launch the new project, they said. The restaurant will now operate just three days a week, for dinner service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

"Rolling back on our schedule at the Steakhouse allows deeper meaning and purpose in everything we do including the great ventures we take on," the announcement said.

The update didn't provide an exact date for when M. Well's menu would launch at Dutch Kills.

In an email, Obraitis said they're still finalizing the details but plan to serve "good food to go with good cocktails."

Dutch Kills did not immediately return requests for comment.

M. Wells has earned a foodie following in Long Island City in recent years, starting with its first location, an upscale diner on 49th Avenue and 21st Street that served dishes like escargot with bone marrow and foie gras grilled cheese.

That spot closed in 2011, and the team then opened the cafeteria-style M. Wells Dinette inside MoMA PS1 a year later. M. Wells Steakhouse opened in 2013 in a former commercial garage on Crescent Street, with a menu that includes escargot, oysters and several cuts of steak.