August 19, 2016
1) SHAW: Beloved bar The Passenger has been resurrected in a new space. Read more about it here.
2) ALEXANDRIA: Del Ray has a new restaurant in Live Oak. The restaurant's chef, Justus Frank, used to work at Fiola. The Southern-influenced menu features items like boiled peanuts, she-crab soup, fried pork chops, and braised pork cheeks. Status: Certified open. 1603 Commonwealth Ave. Alexandria, Va.; website.
August 18, 2016
1) U STREET: The Dirty Goose, a new LGBT-friendly bar and restaurant, is open. Find more info here.
August 16, 2016
1) MERRIFIELD: District Dumplings is now open (don't be fooled by the name, as they're located at the Mosaic District). It's a fast-casual dumpling shop with a variety of dumplings, including some vegetarian fillings. They also have a few sandwiches and daily specials, as well as tea. They're located in the same area of the center as Brine and DGS Delicatessen. Status: Certified open. 2985 District Ave. #110, Fairfax, Va.; website.
August 15, 2016
1) PENTAGON CITY: Fast casual chain Honeygrow opens its first location in the D.C. area today. They serve up salads, stir-fries and other customizable dishes. "Honeybar" build-your-own desserts and smoothies are available on the sweet end of things. Status: Opening today. 1100 S. Hayes St., Arlington, Va.; website.
2) STERLING: Ocean Blue, a brand new seafood restaurant, has debuted in the Cascades Overlook development in Loudoun County. The island-themed restaurant is nearly 5,000 square feet in size, with two giant aquariums and a water canal featuring sushi-topped boats complementing the unique design. Fish tacos, Jamaican jerk chicken, Hawaiian poke salad, and ceviche are among the menu items. The restaurant plans to host informational trips to its aquariums (which contain 150 different types of marine life) come fall. Status: Opening today. 1438 Epicurie Plaza, Sterling, Va.; website.
3) NATIONAL HARBOR: Brother Jimmy's has opened its National Harbor location. The New York-based bar is known for its fishbowl drinks and Southern food and tends to draw a rowdy crowd. Find fried pickles, barbecue platters, and giant plates of nachos there. Status: Certified open. 177 Fleet Street, Oxon Hill, Md.; website.