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Another Protein Bar, Notting Hill and More Coming

Welcome to the Plywood Report, where we fill you in on what's coming up in food. See anything happening in your neighborhood? Send us a note at

protein-bar-penn-quarter-500.jpg1) Farragut: The Washington Business Journal learns that Chicago-based Protein Bar isn't finished quite yet with Washington, DC. The health-conscious chain has signed a lease at 19th and K streets in an old Cosi space. It'll have an outdoor patio and should open in spring of 2013. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

2) Alexandria: Patch has it that a restaurant named Notting Hill will be moving into the vacated Le Gaulois space after it undertakes some renovations. The restaurant's website shares a variety of lunch, brunch, dinner and market menus with dishes that are all very specific as to their sourcing. [PLYWOOD]

3) Bethesda: Bethesda Magazine reports that the owner of Tommy Joe's is opening a new and as-yet-unnamed restaurant in a soon-to-be renovated building in Bethesda. Chef Jed Fox, a former sous chef at Bistro Bis and Ris, has been tapped for the project and plans "upscale bar food" that will combine "French technique with local ingredients, focusing on Mid-Atlantic and Southern cuisine." It aims to open in summer 2013. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

4) Shaw: The head bartender of Maple is opening a restaurant on 9th Street near Seasonal Pantry, according to Prince of Petworth — though it's unclear whether the restaurant or the owner is named Sherman Golden. Maybe both! [PRE-PLYWOOD]

5) Gaithersburg: The Great American Restaurants group is headed to Maryland now with a Coastal Flats outpost in Gaithersburg that is slated to open in 2014, per the WBJ. [PRE-PLYWOOD]

6) Fairfax: A Craigslist ad declares that Denver-based burger chain Smashburger is headed to Fairfax Boulevard. [PLYWOOD]

[Photo: Protein Bar]

Protein Bar

1011 19th Street NW, Washington, DC