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Here are the Most Anticipated Winter Openings

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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Who says winter in D.C. has to be dead? Though it doesn't look like it will be as slammed as the past spring and fall proved to be, there are still plenty of interesting restaurants poised to debut in the colder months. Here's what to look for, listed in no particular order.

GCDClogo.png1) GCDC
Address: 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Major Players:Bruce and Steven Klores, Sophie Slesinger
The Situation: This concept is entirely devoted to grilled cheese, with various spins on the sandwich, plus options like tater tots and egg creams.
Projected Opening: Early February

menulogo.jpg2) Menu
Address:405 8th St. NW
Major Players: Frederick de Pue
The Situation: Chef and owner Frederick de Pue closed his struggling Azur in the former Cafe Atlantico building. It will make way for Menu, which will house multiple concepts under one roof. They include a market, a bar and lounge and an American restaurant.
Projected Opening: Mid January

flight500plywood.jpg3) Flight Wine Bar
Address:777 6th St. NW
Major Players:Swati Bose, Kabir Amir, Bradley Curtis
The Situation: This casual, neighborhood wine bar will focus on wines by the glass from all over the world, as well as light fare such as flatbreads. The wine bar is being designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense.
Projected Opening: Early January.

ripple500window.jpg4) Roofers Union
Address: 2446 18th St. NW
Major Players: Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Roger Marmet, Daniel Lobsenz
The Situation: This restaurant, in the former Reef space, is the second project from the Ripple team. Expect dishes like sausages, corn dogs with homemade Whiz and more.
Projected Opening: January

maketto.jpg5): Maketto
Address: 1351 H St. NE
Major Players: Erik Bruner-Yang, James Wozniuk, Ansuron Plyraharn, Chris Vigilante, Angel Franco
The Situation: Bruner-Yang and company are opening a combination restaurant and Asian market within the H Street NE building. Vigilante Coffee will also make its home there. Diners can sample dishes from the Cambodian- and Taiwanese-influenced restaurant at the pop-up, now running at Hanoi House.
Projected Opening: Winter

mooney.jpg6) Bidwell
Address:1309 5th St. NE
Major Players: John Mooney, Edens
The Situation: This will be Union Market's first sit down, full-service restaurant. New York chef John Mooney is leading the operation, which should have a local, American bent.
Projected Opening: January

nicolettajpg.png7) Nicoletta
Address: 301 Water St SE
Major Players: Michael White/Altamarea Group
The Situation: White has already made a splash in D.C. with his Osteria Morini restaurant. Next up from him: Nicoletta, which will sell pizza out of two kiosks in Navy Yard.
Projected Opening: March

sandoval.jpg8) Toro Toro
Address: 1300 Eye St. NW
Major Players: Richard Sandoval, Ivan Iricanin
The Situation: Sandoval's next project in D.C. is Toro Toro, a Brazilian-inspired steakhouse. The restaurant will also feature a selection of small plates.
Projected Opening: March

joesseafood.jpg9) Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab
Address: 740 15th St. NW
Major Players: Mike Rotolo
The Situation:This is the first D.C. outpost of the Florida-based chain, particularly known for its seafood and key lime pie.
Projected Opening: January

10) Pinstripes
Address:3222 M St. NW
Major Players: Pinstripes Corporate
The Situation: The combination restaurant, nightclub, bowling alley and bocce court is opening within the Shops at Georgetown Park. The restaurant housed within Pinstripes leans Italian, with dishes like pizzas and chicken marsala.
Projected Opening: January

Editor's Notes: Also opening in winter: Compass Rose (early February), Ivy & Coney, Carolina Kitchen and TKO Burger (January), Ri-Ra (January), Heavy Seas Alehouse (February) updates available for STK, Lunchbox, Fiola Mare, ...Looks like spring for Mad Fox Tap Room, Gypsy Soul, China Chilcano, America Eats and District Doughnut...Agua 301, Alba Osteria, Southern Efficiency, and Lupo Verde are coming in the next couple weeks, and could squeak by with fall openings.

Roofers Union

2446 18th Street Northwest, , DC 20009 (202) 232-7663 Visit Website

Toro Toro

1300 Lamar Street, , TX 77010 (713) 650-1300 Visit Website