DOWNTOWN—Starting Thursday, May 18, months-old Honeysuckle will debut lunch, offering the midday meal on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Appetizers include beet salad with tangerine yogurt, and citrus-cured trout with horseradish cream, while entrees tilt toward duck leg confit with hominy, and a Carolina Cuban featuring smoked ham, Swiss cheese, salami, and house-made pickles.
DOWNTOWN—Construction alert: The Capital Burger, a dressed-down spinoff of expense-account steakhouse The Capital Grille, is under way near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 1005 Seventh Street NW. PoPville just spotted the liquor license placard.
HAMPTON ROADS—Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop just inked a franchise deal to bring three new restaurants to the Hampton Roads, Va., area over the next three years, with the first landing in Newport News. There is currently one Capriotti’s in neighboring Rosslyn. The chain’s best-seller, The Bobbie, is made with homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo on a soft roll.
PENN QUARTER—Southern-style eatery and bourbon bar Hen Quarter has opened it’s third location in the immediate area. The brand secured a toehold in Alexandria, Va., expanded to Silver Spring, Md., and has now crossed over into the District, replacing the former Austin Grill.