Zengo is apparently living on borrowed time. The Latin-Asian kitchen, a 12-year veteran of the Chinatown scene, has reached an impasse on its lease and does not expect to stay put much longer. But the pedestrian-friendly plot won’t go dark for long. Washington Business Journal reports that Metropolitan Hospitality Group intends to plant a Circa in there before the end of the year. [WCP, WBJ]
Valentine’s Day was tough on the local restaurant scene. In addition to losing Table in Shaw, restaurateur Tim Ma pulled the plug on his sophomore effort, Water & Wall. The Arlington restaurant was much roomier and more stylish than Ma’s debut effort, the tightly packed Maple Ave. (he’s since cut ties with that property). Ma told Washingtonian he’s now focused on his two remaining restaurants, Vienna, Va.-based Chase the Submarine and Kyirisan; he also remains attached to the recently-opened Ten Tigers Parlour.
Restaurant reservation service Table8 is calling it quits at the end of the month. Members here in D.C. will have to squeeze in any last-minute bookings before Feb. 28
Eater DC contributor Lani Furbank took CNN on a tour of a few local watering holes, leading a video crew behind the scenes at ChurchKey and Jack Rose. [CNN]
Editor’s Note: Ten Tigers Parlour’s opening status has been corrected.