June 20, 2017
WEST END—Upper West Side Cafe, the Mediterranean-style restaurant and bar tucked inside ritzy Squash on Fire fitness club, is now serving small plates designed by Kafe Leopold (including arancini) as well as alcoholic beverages. Status: Certified open. 2233 M Street NW; website.
June 19, 2017
14TH STREET CORRIDOR—Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo has united Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken with dozens of whiskies at this globally minded new restaurant/bar. Status: Certified open; 1738 14th Street NW; website.
June 18, 2017
TAKOMA PARK—Cousins and first-time restaurateurs Seth Cook and Chris Brown open their combination coffeehouse/full-service bar, featuring far-flung wines, local beers, and a menu designed by Bar Civita founder Liam LaCivita. Status: Certified open. 6917 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, Md.; website.
June 17, 2017
MERRIFIELD—Longstanding D.C. beer bar the Black Squirrel expands to the NoVa ‘burbs, opening a second location opposite the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station. Status: Certified open. 2670-I Avenir Place, Vienna, Va.; website.
June 16, 2017
MIDDLEBURG—Lovettsville, Va-based restaurant Thaiverse opens a second location in Northern Virginia’s Hunt Country. The family-run establishment replaces the French Hound, which relocated to Leesburg. Status: Certified open. 101 S. Madison Street, Middleburg, Va.; website.
ROCKVILLE—Southern California-based Honeyfish Poke opens its first East Coast store in Congressional Plaza shopping complex. Status: Certified open. 1615 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.; website.
June 14, 2017
BETHESDA—Chain restaurant True Food Kitchen has opened it’s second location in the D.C.-Metro area, moving into the bottom floor of an apartment complex in the Bethesda. Status: Certified open. 7100 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md.; website.
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STERLING—Fast-casual Indian chain Choolaah has doubled its presence in Northern Virginia, opening a new location in the shopping complex opposite Potomac Run Plaza. Status: Certified open. 21426 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling, Va.; website.
June 1, 2017
NAVY YARD—Long Shot Hospitality has officially unveiled, The Salt Line, a New England-style seafood restaurant anchoring the new Dock 79 development. Status: Certified open. 79 Potomac Avenue SE; website.
May 31, 2017
SHAW—The Passenger owner Tom Brown has resurrected rum bar Hogo, transforming the top floor of his bar into a tiki paradise filled with totem poles and flaming volcanoes. Status: Certified open. 1539 Seventh Street NW; website.
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May 27, 2017
BRIGHTWOOD PARK—Less than a year after establishing its flagship cidery and restaurant in Truxton Circle, Team Anxo has expanded its production capabilities by opening a larger cidery with a companion tasting room. Status: Certified open. 711 Kennedy Street NW; website.
May 26, 2017
ALEXANDRIA—First-time restaurateurs Chris Everett and David Roundtree celebrated the grand opening of their family-friendly eatery, Two Bros. Soulfood Kitchen & Lounge. Status: Certified open. 7305 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, Va.; website.
PENTAGON CITY—Retail candy shop/ice cream parlor/self-styled American brasserie the Sugar Factory has embedded a 5,500-square-foot dessert mecca at the Fashion Centre in Pentagon City. Status: Certified open. 1100 S. Hayes Street, Arlington, Va.; website.
May 24, 2017
BETHESDA ROW—Bibibop Asian Grill, a fast-casual Korean concept started in Ohio in 2013, earlier this year snatched up all the ShopHouse Asian Kitchen outlets which Chipotle shut down in March and is capitalizing on the acquisition by spreading all across the country. Status: Certified open. 4820 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, Md.; website.
May 22, 2017
NORTH BETHESDA—Bibibop Asian Grill, a fast-casual Korean concept started in Ohio in 2013, earlier this year snatched up all the ShopHouse Asian Kitchen outlets which Chipotle shut down in March and is capitalizing on the acquisition by spreading all across the country. Status: Certified open. 11584 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, Md.; website.
May 16, 2017
BETHESDA—Celebrated Chinese chef Peter Chang has planted flagship restaurant, Q, in the heart of Bethesda. The 8,000-square-foot property is the roomiest location in his growing family of dining establishments. Status: Certified open. 4500 East West Highway, Bethesda, Md.; website.
UNION STATION—Parisian confectioner Ladurée is consolidating its power base in the nation’s capital, opening its second local store within the bustling commuter hub. Status: Certified open. 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE; website.
May 15, 2017
LEESBURG—Restaurateur Curtis Allred has brought the first Delirium Cafe in the United States to Northern Virginia. The Belgian beer bar features iconic European brews as well as craft pours from around the area. Status: Certified open. 101 S. King St., Leesburg, Va.; website.
May 12, 2017
DUPONT CIRCLE—Dance club and would-be caviar den Saint Yves boasts 5,000-square-feet of party space and a menu created by Alfie’s founder chef Alex McCoy. Status: Certified open. 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW; website.
DUPONT CIRCLE/H STREET—Gyro giants The Halal Guys are going big in D.C., simultaneously unveiling outposts in Dupont Circle and the Atlas District. Status: Certified open. 1331 Connecticut Avenue NW; 814 H Street NE; website.
May 11, 2017
CLARENDON—Social Restaurant Group bounced from Spain to the Far East, planting Asian-themed Bar Bao right next to sibling establishment, Pamplona. Status: Certified open. 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, Va.; website.
May 10, 2017
NORTHERN VIRGINIA—Former World of Beer franchisee Evan Matz has defected from the group, rebranding his three existing restaurants (Ballston, Fairfax, Reston) as Crafthouse. The retooled restaurants highlight locally produced beers and spirits, and feature signature menu items. Status: Certified open. Multiple locations; website.
May 9, 2017
1) COLUMBIA HEIGHTS—The Good Silver has taken over the space vacated by defunct neighborhood favorite, Kangaroo Boxing Club. Expect shrub cocktails, party punches and slightly elevated pub grub (charcuterie, sandwiches, pickled items) to snack on. Status: Certified open. 3410 11th Street NW; website.
May 6, 2017
LEESBURG—After closing his original location in Middleburg and tweaking the name of his new restaurant, chef John-Gustin Birkitt opens French Hound Brasserie in his hometown. Status: Certified open. 19286 Promenade Drive, Leesburg, Va.; website.
May 5, 2017
1) PETWORTH—The powers that be behind local bars ranging from Dupont Circle mainstay The Big Hunt to newcomer Truxton Inn have collaborated on Reliable Tavern, a neighborhood place focused on affordable cocktails (no mixed drink costs more than $10) and low-key accompaniments (queso dip, black bean hummus, assorted kolache). Status: Certified open. 3655 Georgia Avenue NW; website.
May 2, 2017
1) BLOOMINGDALE—McClellan’s Retreat vets Matt Weiss and Brian Nixon are adding to the cocktail scene with Truxton Inn. The new spot features signature drinks served alongside kolache and flavored popcorn. Status: Certified open. 251 Florida Avenue NW; website.
2) COLLEGE PARK—MilkBoy ArtHouse has officially taken up residence by the University of Maryland. The combination restaurant-entertainment hub is a collaborative effort between the Philly-based restaurant group and UMD’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Status: Certified open. 7416 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Md.; website.
4) LEESBURG—Restaurateur Santosh Tiptur opened his second chocolate-themed venue, The Conche. The multi-faceted establishment features food, drinks and gourmet sweets. Status: Certified open. 1605 Village Market Boulevard, Suite 108, Leesburg, Va.; website.
April 25, 2017
1) SCOTT CIRCLE—Restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier opened Siren, a seafood-centric venture featuring raw bar selections, imported caviar, and regionally inspired dishes. Status: Certified open. 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW; website.
April 24, 2017
1) CHINATOWN—Kofuku Ramen & Sushi is taking the fight to Reren Lamen & Bar, putting down roots right next door to the pre-existing noodle shop. Status: Certified open. 815 Seventh Street NW
April 18, 2017
1) UNION MARKET—Business incubator TasteLab unveiled its debut shop embedded within Union Market. The mini marketplace is expected to showcase products made in and around D.C. Status: Certified open. 1309 Fifth Street NE; website.
April 15, 2017
April 12, 2017
1) SPRING VALLEY—The Georgetown Events restaurant group has shipped down to D.C. a modified version of the family-friendly seafood restaurant it’s operated on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts for years. Status: Certified open. 4866 Massachusetts Avenue NW; website.
April 11, 2017
1) ARLINGTON—It was a race to the finish, but Heritage Brewing Co. successfully launched its combination brewpub and coffee roastery. Status: Certified open. 2900 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.; website.
2) U STREET—Pidzaa, the mushrooming Turkish-style pizza chainlet that debuted in Ivy City a few months back, just opened its third location over by the U Street-Cardozo Metro station. Status: Certified open. 1115 U Street NW; website.
April 8, 2017
1) BETHESDA—Corporate suds slinger World of Beer has taken up residence right along Bethesda Row. Status: Certified open. 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Md.; website.
April 6, 2017
1) CHINATOWN—Restaurateur Kerry Chao plunges into poke-themed dining with Poke Papa, a fast-casual concept geared towards BYO seafood-bowls. Status: Certified open. 806 H Street NW; website.
April 4, 2017
1) H STREET—Chefs David Fritsche and Silvan Kraemer launched their Swiss-themed restaurant, Stable. The duo even carved out a special section for raclette enthusiasts. Status: Certified open. 1324 H Street NE; website.
March 30, 2017
1) PETWORTH—The team behind DC Empanadas has added a brick-and-mortar establishment to its portfolio with the debut of Taqueria del Barrio. Co-founder Anna Bran-Leis has crafted a menu featuring tacos, tortas and other traditional Mexican dishes. Status: Certified open. 821 Upshur Street NW; website.
March 29, 2017
1) DOWNTOWN—Chef and co-founder Raphael Francois intends to put his stamp on French cuisine at Le DeSales. Expect hearty dishes, ready-mixed on-tap cocktails, and a collection of ciders (Francois loves the stuff). Status: Certified open. 1725 DeSales Street NW; website.
2) TAKOMA PARK—Restaurateur Marcello Minna has opened Trattoria Da Lina, bringing his version of Italian cuisine to Takoma Park. Minna is joined in this latest effort by chef Fabio Capestrano, an alum of Il Canale and Al Dente. Status: Certified open. 7000 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Md.
March 27, 2017
1) DOWNTOWN—Restaurateur Mike Isabella launched Arroz, a restaurant focused on Spanish-Moorish cooking. The project, his first embedded within a D.C. hotel, is also expected to be represented in the food hall Isabella is developing for Tysons Galleria. Status: Certified open. 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW; website.
March 23, 2017
1) NAVY YARD—Shake Shack opened a location across from Nats Park (there’s one inside the stadium, too). The latest venue’s locally inspired concrete is the M Street Treat, featuring frozen vanilla custard swirled with chocolate truffle cookie dough, sugar cone cookie, and chocolate sprinkles. Status: Certified open. 54 M Street SE; website.
March 20, 2017
1) ADAMS MORGAN—Smoke & Barrel alum Logan McGear has launched Rosario, an Italian-American restaurant named after his late mentor, Rosario Patti. Featured menu items include a Sicilian-style crab cake, duck confit carbonara, and cherry Fernet-spiked gelato. Status: Certified open. 2435 18th Street NW; website.
2) CLARENDON—Restaurateur Ivan Iricanin opens Baba today under his Ambar restaurant, offering Balkan cuisine inspired by European tapas. The 56-seat spot serves breakfast at 8 a.m. and transitions into sandwiches and lunch fare from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nighttime means craft cocktails from mixologist Esteban Ordonez and a chic lounge vibe. Status: Certified open; 2901 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.; website.
3) DOWNTOWN—Palena and Grill Room alums Frank Ruta and Aggie Chin have joined forces with restaurateur Hakan Ilhan (Alba Osteria, Ottoman Taverna, L’Hommage Bistro Francais) on Mirabelle, a fine-dining restaurant specializing in classically French food, modern pastries and carefully curated wines. Amenities at the handsomely appointed property include a custom-made dessert cart (lunch only) and an absinthe fountain. Status: Certified open for lunch; 900 16th Street NW; website.