Who says summer in D.C. is slow? Eater has tracked approximately 85 restaurants that opened in D.C. and the surrounding suburbs over the summer.
Summer saw the debut of concepts from major local chefs, like Marjorie Meek-Bradley's Smoked & Stacked, Vikram Sunderam's Bindaas and Rob Rubba's Hazel. The summer saw a bunch of new additions to the bar scene, from the reopening of The Passenger, chill additions like Kingfisher and Big Chief, beer gardens like The Brig, Neal Place, and Canteen. Despite the warmer weather, ramen joints Jinya, Boru, Reren Lamen and Haikan all came on the scene. Other trends: pizza, fast-casual, Italian in general, diners.
There was plenty of expansion happening as well, with new locations of such brands as Matchbox, Cava Grill, Buredo, Chix and Taco Bamba showing up around town. Some outside concepts came into D.C., like BLT Prime, Pizzeria Vetri and RPM Italian. The city even got a new distillery in District Distilling Company, and a destination for cider in Anxo.
New development also can mean closings, though. Over the summer, the area lost nearly 40 restaurants, with closures like Cafe Asia, Domku, and Alphonse's on U (find all of Eater's 2016 closings coverage here).