U Street restaurateur to host WETA series on local dining scene

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Compass Rose owner Rose Previte is hosting a new WETA series on D.C. restaurants. (photo by Cameron Davidson)

A new TV series showcasing the average diner’s perspective on local D.C. restaurants will be hosted by Rose Previte, owner of the renowned U Street area restaurant Compass Rose.

Each episode of “Check, Please!” — which premieres this fall on WETA — follows three guests, one of whom recommends a dining spot for review by the other two. Each guest anonymously tries the recommendation, and then all three gather in-studio with Previte to recap their findings. The show is based on similar local TV concepts in San Francisco, Chicago and Miami.

Previte brings to the program a wealth of restaurant credentials, according to a release, including accolades since opening the eclectic Compass Rose at 1346 T St. NW in 2014.

“It’s an honor to be the host of ‘Check, Please!’ and I’m beyond excited to be working with the amazing people of WETA for my first foray into TV,” Previte says in the release. “I can’t wait to take viewers on a journey around the city exploring the people and businesses that make our neighborhoods so diverse.”

WETA TV is currently accepting applications at weta.org/checkplease for guest reviewers. Filming on the first episode of the series got underway earlier this month.