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Mari Vanna Expands To DC, Plus There's More On The Way

DUPONT CIRCLE—Prince of Petworth spotted a liquor license application on Connecticut Avenue for a Russian restaurant named Mari Vanna. An employee at the Mari Vanna in New York confirms to Eater that, yes, they're joining the legions of New York restaurants expanding to DC — though this one is actually a spinoff of a Moscow restaurant. The DC location is expected to be roughly the same as that in New York, which has a menu full of classic Russian dishes plus, naturally, lots of vodka. The liquor license indicates there will be no nude performances, by the way. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

LOGAN CIRCLE—The Black Restaurant Group's anticipated Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is now hiring and, as of mid-July, they were still aiming for a September opening. [PLYWOOD]

ATLAS DISTRICT—A place called Sweet Charleston's will open up on H Street in 2012. Frozen Tropics reports that the folks behind this new restaurant also own the Carolina Kitchen, a soul food restaurant with locations in Hyattsville and Largo. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

CAPITOL HILL—The Barracks Row Main Street tweeted an announcement that a place called Pho.licious will open on E Street "in the coming months." Yes, that period is intentional. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

Mari Vanna New York

Mari Vanna

116 Knightsbridge, , England SW1X 7PJ 020 7225 3122 Visit Website

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20009 (202) 319-1612 Visit Website

Mari Vanna

1141 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC