1) Penn Quarter: Tonight's opening night for City Tap House. A rep confirmed the Philadelphia transplant plans to open this evening for dinner service; lunch will follow eventually. Find more than 50 beers, 40 tap lines, bar food and more at the restaurant, located in the former 901 space. Here's a tour of the interior. Status: Opening tonight. 901 9th St. NW; website.
2) Takoma Park: Despite the inclement weather, Jeff Black's Republic restaurant managed to open its doors Sunday evening as planned. The menu has plenty of oysters and seafood, and the venue has space for live music acts. Stay tuned for a tour of the location later this week. Status: Certified open. 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, Md.; website.
3) Silver Spring: Don Rockwell's site brings word of Zensai Sushi, a new addition to Silver Spring. The menu consists largely of sushi, plus some Japanese dishes such as donburi. Status: Open. 8624 Colesville Road; website.