1) Georgetown: In case you missed it while you were Memorial Day barbecuing, Serendipity 3 opened the doors to its DC location yesterday. The restaurant, which first opened in New York in 1954, is mostly known for its desserts like the trademarked Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, but also has a full menu of burgers, pizzas, pastas and foot-long hot dogs.
The New York institution has added a few menu items just for DC, like the very trendy lobster roll. And while the restaurant also shares much of the original location's flair — like its Tiffany-style lamps — its design also nods at its new location. Not only is there a statue of Abe Lincoln overlooking the entrance, but Serendipity 3 also took the ceiling tiles from the historic building and turned it into decorative elements throughout the restaurant. Status: Certified open. 3150 M Street NW; website
2) Columbia Heights: The Getaway soft-opened over the weekend in the old Social space on 14th Street. An employee says that the restaurant will remain in that mode for the rest of the week, with a grand opening to come on Saturday. It is, however, open to the public at 5 p.m. until late-night each day this week. The Getaway has a very American menu full of small plates and five types of sliders (steak, crab cake, chorizo, pulled bbq short rib, fried green tomato) plus a long list of signature cocktails and a small list of draft brews. Status: Soft-opened, grand opening on Saturday. 1400 Meridian Place NW; website
Serendipity 3 [Photo: Amy McKeever/Eater.com]