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Brace Yourself for These Hot Summer Openings

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Summer is notoriously the slowest month for activity in Washington, particularly when the August doldrums come around. But regardless, this summer should see a mix of new celebrity chef projects, local restaurants, bars and fast casual concepts headed to D.C. Here, ranked in no particular order, is what to expect — and when to expect an opening.

garcesagain.jpg1) Rural Society
Address: 1177 15th St. NW
From: Jose Garces and team
The Situation: Garces' Argentinian steakhouse is bound for the Loews Madison Hotel, in the space that used to house The Federalist. Garces' first project in Washington will prepare wood-fired meats and fish, and the drinks list will include both whiskeys and Italian apertifs.
Projected Opening: July
· All Previous Rural Society Coverage
makettowerik.jpg2) Maketto
Address: 1351 H St. NE
From: Erik Bruner-Yang, James Wozniuk, Ansuron Plyraharn, Chris Vigilante, Angel Franco
The Situation: It might be wishful thinking, as this restaurant has appeared on several anticipated openings list before this, but players are saying summer could happen for this project. 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.
Projected Opening: Late summer/early fall
· All Previous Maketto Coverage
craneturtlecropping.jpg3) Crane & Turtle
Address: 828 Upshur St. NW
From: Paul Ruppert, Nick Pimentel, Makoto Hammamura
The Situation: The restaurant from the Room 11 team will combine the influences of Japanese and French cooking. It's a small space, and the menu will emphasize seafood. The name comes from a Japanese fable that has personal significance for the chef.
Projected Opening: June
· All Previous Crane & Turtle Coverage [-EDC-}
densonbuilding.jpg4) Denson Liquor Bar
Address: 600 F St. NW.
From: Mindful Restaurants (Ari Gejdenson and team)
The Situation: This bar from the folks behind Aqua al 2 and Ghibellina, now called Denson, will feature a solid Scotch selection, cocktails, craft beer and a small food menu.
Projected Opening: Mid to Late July
· All Previous Coverage
PC_LOGO_PMS-289.jpg5) Penn Commons
Address: 700 6th St. NW
From: PassionFoods Hospitality (Jeff Tunks and team)
The Situation: Penn Commons will bear similarities to its sister restaurant District Commons in Foggy Bottom. The restaurant will serve serve American fare, and feature specials like a weekly sandwich board, late night plates, burgers and plenty of beer.
Projected Opening: Late July
· All Previous Penn Commons Coverage [-EDC-]
1905facebook.jpg6) El Camino
Address: 108 Rhode Island Ave. NW
From: Tony Lucca and Phil Rodriguez
The Situation: The 1905 team is progressing with its plans to open
a traditional Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood. The food will be paired with a variety of Latin cocktails.
Projected Opening: Late summer/early fall
· All Previous El Camino Coverage [-EDC-]
lunchbox.jpg7) Lunchbox
Address: 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
From: Bryan Voltaggio and team
The Situation: Voltaggio and co. are involved with several projects right now, among them the plan to bring Lunchbox, which closed in Frederick last year, to the Chevy Chase Pavilion. Sandwiches are the specialty of this shop, located in the same development as Aggio and Range.
Projected Opening: July
· All Previous Lunchbox Coverage [-EDC-]
monroestreet.jpg8) Brookland Pint
Address: 625 Monroe St NE
From: John Andrade and the Meridian Pint/Smoke & Barrel team
The Situation: Brookland residents are super excited for this bar, as they know the beer selection should be stellar. The project within Monroe Street Market will have burgers, salads, vegetarian fare and expanded wine and cocktail offerings.
Projected Opening: Late July
· · All Brookland Pint Coverage [-EDC-]
mosaic.jpg9) Gypsy Soul
Address: 2905 District Ave. Fairfax, Va.
From: R.J. Cooper and team
The Situation: Gypsy Soul is Cooper's restaurant within the Mosaic District project. The menu is expected to include unique snacks, sharable plates and offal. A big roof deck is planned as well, along with interesting cocktails.
Projected Opening: July
· All Previous Gypsy Soul Coverage
cabanas.jpg10) Orange Anchor
Address: 3050 K St. NW
From:Reese Gardner and team
The Situation: From the people who brought you Copperwood Tavern and Irish Whiskey comes Orange Anchor, a nautical bar and restaurant. The place will have seafood, sea-inspired decor, rum and orange-flavored drinks and even dockside delivery.
Projected Opening: Late August
· All Orange Anchor Coverage
ALSO POTENTIALLY OPENING THIS SUMMER: Creme in its new location (early July), The Royal from the Vinoteca team (late summer or early fall), fast casual GRK (June), District Doughnuts (July), Mad Fox in D.C. (late summer), We the Pizza Crystal City (mid-June), 100 Montaditos Navy Yard, Ice Cream Jubilee (June), Denizens Brewing Company (July) and The Walrus Oyster & Alehouse at National Harbor (July).

Editor's Notes: Tico, Brookland's Finest and the new Dolcezza could still open in spring...places like Mama Rouge, Kapnos Ballston, China Chilcano, Homestead, Tadich Grill and Bartaco in Reston won't be opening until fall...no updates were available for Boss Shepherd's, DBGB at CityCenter, Gristle and The Big Stick.

Lunchbox

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, DC 20015 301-360-0580

Rural Society

1177 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 202-587-2629

Gypsy Soul

8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax, VA 22301 703-992-0933

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