Cathal Armstrong's announcement that he hopes to open an Asian restaurant in D.C. means there are at least three Filipino-influenced restaurants coming to the city (eventually, anyway). It's a cuisine that's been hard to find in the D.C. area before this. Here's a guide to each of the new projects.
The players: Tom Cunanan, Nick Pimentel, Genevieve Villamora.
Description: This Columbia Heights project is one of 2015's more anticipated openings. Cunanan will prepare dishes like sauteed mung bean noodles and lumpiang shanghai. Two pop-up events previewing the restaurant proved immensely popular.
Location: 3226 11th St. NW.
Timeline: The most recent estimate is spring.
*Cathal Armstrong's Asian restaurant
The players: Cathal Armstrong, EatGoodFood
Description: Details are slim, but Armstrong has signed a letter of intent to do an Asian restaurant that will include Filipino dishes in Southwest D.C.
Location: The Wharf development
Timeline: Not until at least 2018
The players: Drew and Patrice Cleary, Jason Smith
Description: The replacement restaurant for Tonic will serve both classic Filipino dishes and American comfort food.
Location: 3155 Mount Pleasant St. NW
Timeline: The restaurant is just days away from opening.