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D.C.’s Most Anticipated Winter Restaurant Openings

The hottest restaurants on the way to Washington

The Line Hotel team
Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Though winter is hardly D.C.’s busiest restaurant season, there’s more restaurant excitement on tap for the coming colder months than one might have thought. Here are the highlights:

The Line DC

Address: 1770 Euclid Street NW

From: Erik Bruner-Yang, Spike Gjerde, Corey Polyoka

The situation: This much-anticipated opening in Adams Morgan will showcase multiple projects, including three from Gjerde (including Mid-Atlantic and Southern restaurant A Rake’s Progress, plus a bar and coffee shop) and two from Bruner-Yang (Spoken English, and Brothers and Sisters, both Asian).

Projected Opening: Winter

*Previous Coverage of The Line

Five to One

Address: 903 U St. NW

From: Trevor Frye

The situation: The former Dram & Grain bartender is branching out on his own in 2017 with two new projects, including this 9:30 club-themed cocktail bar.

Projected Opening: Early 2017

*Previous Five to One Coverage

Sushi Gakyu

Address: 1420 New York Ave. NW

From: Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota

The situation: This upscale restaurant is planning to have both traditional and modern sushi and sashimi offerings.

Projected Opening: February 2017

*Previous Sushi Gakyu Coverage

Rendering of Sushi Gakyu
Courtesy Neighborhood Retail Group


Address: 901 Massachussetts Ave. NW

From: Mike Isabella Concepts, Marriott

The situation: This Spanish restaurant will open within the Marriott Marquis hotel (affiliated with the city’s convention center), featuring dishes with Spanish, Portuguese, and Moroccan influences.

Projected Opening: February

*Previous Arroz Coverage


Address: 4445 Connecticut Ave. NW

From: Fabio and Maria Trabocchi

The situation: This Italian follow-up from the Fiola and Fiola Mare team is bound for Van Ness.

Projected Opening: Winter (UPDATE: Looking like this week, so may squeak by with a fall opening)

*Previous Sfoglina Coverage


Address: 1990 M St. NW

From: Hamilton Johnson

The situation: From former Vidalia chef Johnson, it’s appropriate this Southern-inspired restaurant will open in the space formerly occupied by Vidalia.

Projected Opening: January

*Previous Honeysuckle Coverage


Tiger Fork

Address: 922 N St. NW

From: Greg Algie, Nathan Beauchamp, Edit Lab at Streetsense

The situation: The Fainting Goat team partners up again at this Hong Kong-inspired restaurant and bar in Blagden Alley.

Projected Opening: January

*Previous Tiger Fork Coverage


Address: 900 16th St. NW

From: Hakan Ilhan, Frank Ruta

The situation: The owner of Alba Osteria and Ottoman Taverna will next open this French-influenced project downtown with food from the Palena and Grill Room alumnus.

Projected Opening: February

*Previous Mirabelle Coverage

Colada Shop DC

Address: 1405 T. ST. NW

From: Daniella Senior, Juan Coronado, Mario Monte

The situation: This D.C. follow up of the Sterling Cuban Cafe will be even more cocktali-centric

Projected Opening: Late January

*Previous Colada Shop Coverage

Sterling’s Colada Shop
R. Lopez

Sugar Shack/Nocturne

Address: 1932 9th St. NW

From: Rob Krupicka, Sam Brooks, Brandon McDermott

The situation: The latest doughnut shop for Sugar Shack will be in DC proper, and it will also have a dedicated chef and its own cocktail bar

Projected Opening: Feb/March

*Previous Sugar Shack Coverage

ALSO THIS WINTER: This winter will also likely see the arrival of New York import The Smith, Staplegate Bistro in Arlington, Takoma Beverage Company (February), Lupo Verde Palisades (February), Trattoria da Lina in Takoma Park, Modern Market’s DC location (January), Turkish fast-casual pizza place Pidzza, Bardo’s Navy Yard beer garden (March), True Food Bethesda, and 1230 Restaurant and Lounge (February).

1230 Restaurant and Lounge

COULD STILL OPEN THIS FALL: MGM Casino’s restaurants, Farmers and Distillers, Tiger Fork, Free State, and EatsPlace Alexandria all could potentially debut before winter begins on December 21.

LOOKING LIKE SPRING (OR LATER): America Eats Tavern in Georgetown, Wahlburgers, Marble Alley, the new Addie’s (and Jeff Black’s butcher shop), The Wharf’s restaurants, Nobu, Gravitas, The Salt Line, Jinya Ramen’s DC location, Caboose Merrifield, and Reverie are among the many restaurants that will wait to debut until spring or later.

NO UPDATES AVAILABLE: Representatives for these restaurants did not respond, could not be reached, or did not have an estimate: Abunai Poke, Primrose, Northside 10, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Ari’s Diner and Mindful Restaurant Group’s other projects, Shake Shack 14th Street, Lei’d, Jenkins Barbecue, Village Whiskey, Whiskey & Oyster, Khao Poon, Boulangerie Christophe, Blue Diner, Laduree, Asia Origin.