As per tradition, Eater asked a group of journalists, bloggers and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here, experts come up with dining headlines for next year.
Nevin Martell, freelance food writer: Taylor Gourmet will go national, José Andrés will open a restaurant in space and STK will shutter.
Laura Hayes, freelance food writer/Thrillist DC: "Artisanal John Quincy Adams Themed Restaurant Opens with Excessive Edison Bulbs, No Tipping, and Housemade Ice Cream."
"Uber Adds New Service Called Shawpool"
"Diners Wear Eyes Wide Shut Masks to Métier Not Knowing What to Expect After The Elevator"
Svetlana Legetic, Brightest Young Things founder: Shaw Shaw Shaw. And, if the amount of press Derek Brown's Miracle on 7th Street is getting, I'd say temporary editions / semi pop-ups of existing restaurants could be the new cat cafe.
Holley Simmons, Express: "World's First Salad Bar for Men Opens in Logan Circle"
"P.F. Chang's and Sports Authority In Talks About Maketto-like Collaboration"
Rebecca Cooper, Washington Business Journal: Tech, restaurant worlds realize food app market is saturated, stop developing new ones (Not so much a prediction as wishful thinking.)
Carole Sugarman, outgoing Bethesda Magazine critic: "Former Bethesda Magazine restaurant critic Carole Sugarman seen eating at local restaurants, no longer telling friends what to order and then eating off their plates."
Eun Yang, NBC4: It's all about Shaw.
Tom Sietsema, Washington Post critic: With an eye on all the forthcoming restaurants from veteran players, I wager "Spinoffs, ahoy!" will be among the news bulletins.
Tommy McFly, 94.7 Fresh FM: Servers Mobilize to Stand Against the "Amuse Bouche" Movement.
Jessica Sidman, Washington City Paper: The Diner Makes a Comeback, Five New Tiki Bars to Try Right Now
Mike Isabella Opens A Lot More Restaurants
Rina Rapuano, freelance food writer/Zagat: Why Washingtonians are Obsessed with Fast-Casual
Jose Andres to Open a Beefsteak in New York City
Marjorie Meek-Bradley Wins Top Chef Season 13
Stefanie Gans, Northern Virginia Magazine critic: Fig & Olive blames Washington City Paper's Jessica Sidman for closure.
Stephanie Covello, Bitches Who Brunch: People want an experience when they dine out, the food has to be great, but the atmosphere is just as important.
There will be more experiential, specialty restaurants opening in up-and-coming neighborhoods in 2016