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Nicolas Stefanelli Heads to the Wharf, Plus More Intel

Plus, the Trump Hotel’s opening and more

Nick Stefanelli at Masseria
Nick Stefanelli at Masseria
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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

The Wharf’s local spin on Eataly

Developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront of The Wharf has announced that chef Nick Stefanelli of Masseria will open up a multi-level Italian market and restaurant venue at the Southwest development. Expect a market, a second-floor trattoria (which includes private dining in the wine cellar), and a private events venue on the rooftop. It will open in spring of 2018 with such features as a salumeria, a cheese cave, and a butcher shop.

Trump time

It’s here — today marks opening day for The Trump Hotel, located in the historic Old Post Office building. Though the hotel debuts today, it won’t be until Friday until its restaurant, BLT Prime, opens. The hotel will have just one signature restaurant after having to scramble to fill spaces vacated by chefs Jose Andres and Geoffrey Zakarian (catch up on that story here).

The Shutter

Woodley Park’s Cafe Paradiso has closed after nearly 30 years of business at 2649 Connecticut Ave. NW. Looks like the closure happened in August. [PoP]

Plywood Report

Curbed DC goes on a construction tour of the upcoming REI Flagship store, which will include a La Colombe coffee location inside.


Caddie’s in Bethesda has a new owner (a NEW new owner, that is, as a previous deal fell through). Now taking over the neighborhood bar: Ronnie Heckman of Heckman’s Delicatessen. [BM]