1) MERRIFIELD: Dunn Loring gets a new restaurant addition in Thai by Thai. The Thai restaurant is the fourth in a local chain. It's a 55-seat restaurant that caters to families. Status: Certified open. 2676A Avenir Place, Vienna, Va.; website.
2) NORTHEAST: The Public Option, a bar that plans to pay its servers a living wage and not accept tips, had its soft opening. The kitchen is not yet open, but they have drinks and free snacks. Right now they're only open on the weekend. Status: Soft opening. 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE; website.