September 20, 2017
H STREET—Entrepreneur Stacey Khoury-Diaz’s new drinking destination, Dio Wine Bar, showcases organic and biodynamic pours. Find 30 “all natural” wines, including many from local producers, on the opening menu. Status: Certified open. 904 H Street NE; website.
September 15, 2017
GEORGETOWN—The new two-story Sweetgreen on Wisconsin Avenue NW is the biggest location in the salad chain’s family of restaurants. Status: Certified open. 1044 Wisconsin Avenue NW; website.
September 13, 2017
MT. VERNON TRIANGLE—Restaurateur Michael Schlow is making good use of the space housing recently shuttered Conosci, testing out assorted pop-ups starting with tapas-themed Calle Cinco. Status: Certified open. 465 K Street NW; website.
September 12, 2017
WEST END—Sushi giant Nobu opens its first D.C. restaurant in the West End section of town. Find hand rolls, sashimi, and zesty Peruvian-Japanese dishes, along with a bar focused on exotic beers and whiskeys. Status: Opening at 5 p.m. 2525 M Street NW; website.
September 11, 2017
PENN QUARTER—Restaurateur and newly minted DMV resident Edward Lee opens the biggest Succotash to date inside the District. He introduced the area to his brand of Korean-Southern cooking a few years back with the Succotash he planted in neighboring National Harbor. Status: Certified open. 915 F Street NW; website.
September 8, 2017
CLARENDON—Homegrown Wilson Hardware takes over the space vacated by corporate chain Ri Ra. Find frozen drinks, gourmet burgers, and more. Status: Certified open. 2915 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.; website.
SCOTT CIRCLE—Restaurateur David Guas’ latest Southern cafe, Lil’ B, debuts inside The Darcy hotel. Expect gourmet coffee, lots of pastry (beignets, biscuits, assorted croissants), and Abita beers. Status: Certified open. 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW; website.
SHAW—Former food truck Rito Loco formally unveils its new rooftop bar, El Techo. Expect mezcal margaritas, Mexican beers, and seafood snacks. Status: Certified open. 606 Florida Avenue NW; website.
September 4, 2017
ARLINGTON—German-style beer haven Brickhaus opens the indoor part of the construction-plagued restaurant. A planned beer garden remains in the works. Status: Certified open. 2900 Columbia Pike, Arlington, Va.; website.
September 1, 2017
CHINATOWN—Crimson View, the rooftop bar atop the Pod hotel, begins serving raw oysters, wine coolers, and classic cocktails. It is the second of three venues nightlife gurus Eric and Ian Hilton have planned for the boutique hotel (next up: Crimson Whiskey Bar). Status: Certified open. 627 H Street NW; website.
August 30, 2017
NAVY YARD—Debut D.C. winery District Winery unveils a multi-purpose facility including a dedicated tasting room, events spaces, and embedded restaurant, Ana. Status: Certified open. 385 Water Street SE; website.
August 29, 2017
BALTIMORE—Local brewery Flying Dog has installed a new tap house inside the busy travel hub. Serving seasonal beers and regionally inspired food during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Status: Certified open. BWI Marshall Airport, Terminal A; website.
CATHEDRAL HEIGHTS—Silver, the upscale version of local chain Silver Diner, opens its second location in the area. Status: Certified open. 3404 Wisconsin Avenue NW; website.
August 28, 2017
DUPONT CIRCLE—Rice bowl purveyor Donburi opens a three-story, quick-service eatery in the spot formerly occupied by Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine. Status: Certified open. 1134 19th Street NW; website
RESTON—Burgeoning chain Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant opens its third combination restaurant/tasting room/retail operation in the area, putting down roots next to the forthcoming Reston Metro station. Status: Certified open. 12130 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, Va.; website.
August 25, 2017
CRYSTAL CITY—Chain eatery Chick-fil-a sets up shop inside DCA. Airport travelers rejoice. Status: Certified open. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, National Hall; website.
FALLS CHURCH—Korean chain BBQ Chicken begins serving birds fried in olive oil just outside the Little City. Status: Certified open. 7115 Leesburg Pike #107, Falls Church, Va.; website
SHAW—Food truck turned brick-and-mortar restaurant Rito Loco has added a plant-filled rooftop bar dubbed El Techo to its workload. The new space serves mezcal margaritas and seafood offerings. Status: Certified open; grand opening scheduled for Friday, September 8. 606 Florida Avenue NW; website.
August 22, 2017
POTOMAC—Following a four-year hiatus, restaurateur Jeff Black’s flagship property, Addie’s, rejoins the local dining scene with a fresh look, lots of raw seafood, and boozy popsicles. Status: Certified open. 12435 Park Potomac Avenue, Potomac, Md.; website.
August 21, 2017
DULLES—A home away from home for Washington Redskins fans on the move, new sports bar the Burgundy and Gold Club debuts inside Dulles International Airport. Status: Certified open. Dulles International Airport, Concourse B; website
August 18, 2017
NATIONAL HARBOR—Summer Snow Globe, an artificial winter wonderland, is serving frosty beers, wines, cocktails, and boozy snow cones in a climate-controlled dome on weekends through Sunday, September 3. Status: Certified open. 165 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, Md.; website.
SHAW—Regional chain Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee is now officially a part of the District, opening its first doughnut shop — and forthcoming cocktail lounge — in D.C. Status: Certified open. 1932 Ninth Street NW; website.
August 8. 2017
ROCKVILLE—Peruvian-centric eatery La Limena Grill joins sibling La Limena Restaurant in providing suburbanites with more Latina American food. Status: Certified open. 1093 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.
August 7, 2017
DOWNTOWN—Nationwide chain Honeyfish Poke has opened its second location in the DMV, expanding from Rockville, Maryland to downtown D.C. The BYO bowl spot features raw seafood, assorted mix-ins (rice, vegetables), and a half dozen sauces. Status: Certified open; 1401 K Street NW; website.
August 5, 2017
BETHESDA—Local confectioner Cookie Dough and Co. is now selling edible cookie dough — stuffed into waffle cones, if desired — at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Status: Certified open; 7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, Md.; website.
August 1, 2017
ALEXANDRIA—Homegrown breakfast source Bob and Edith’s has opened its fourth 24/7 diner across from the Huntington Metro station. Status: Certified open. 5918 N. Kings Highway, Alexandria, Va.; website
DUPONT CIRCLE—The Washington Hilton has replaced in-house hospitality venues The District Line Restaurant and The District Line Bar with Four Oaks and Sidecar, respectively. Expect familiar snacks (gourmet flatbreads, traditional Reuben) at Four Oaks, and classic cocktails (gimlet, mojito) at Sidecar. Status: Certified open. 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW; website.
July 31, 2017
BALLSTON—New arrival Bistro 1521 brings Filipino food and adventurous cocktails to Arlington. Status: Certified open. 900 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Va.; website.
VIENNA—Homegrown quick-service shop Lei’d is now serving BYO protein bowls and poke nachos right beside Tysons Corner mall. Status: Certified open. 8032 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va.; website.
July 30, 2017
ROCKVILLE—Lab Cafe, a new drink spot specializing in gourmet coffee, bubble teas, and “tea slush,” joins Rockville Town Square. Grand opening festivities and specials are in the works for Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. Status: Certified open. 101-C Gibbs Street, Rockville, Md.
July 28, 2017
PENTAGON CITY—Mediterranean meal-maker Roti builds up its local presence with another spot dedicated to serving its custom salads, wraps, and rice dishes. Status: Certified open. 1211 S. Fern Street, Arlington, Va.; website
July 20, 2017
LOGAN CIRCLE—Budding Asian chain Imm Thai adds a third neighborhood eatery in the District, expanding westward from its flagship outpost on H Street NE. Status: Certified open. 1414 Ninth Street NW; website.
MANASSAS—Hospitality vet Chun Yang has traded Chinese food for Cajun-spiced crabs, crawfish, and mussels at his new seafood restaurant. Turf options include chicken tenders, wings, and sausages. Status: Certified open. 9886 Liberia Avenue, Manassas, Va.; website.
July 18, 2017
DUPONT CIRCLE—Irish pub Across the Pond has replaced recently shuttered Mourayo. Status: Certified open. 1732 Connecticut Avenue NW; website.
July 17, 2017
MANASSAS—Family-run restaurant Louisiana Cafe begins serving assorted po’boys, fried seafood platters, and Cajun dishes (gumbo, crawfish etouffe, jambalaya) to Northern Virginians. Status: Certified open. 6316 Hoadly Road, Manassas, Va.; website.
July 15, 2017
ECKINGTON—Budding chain Qualia Coffee opens its second location in The Gale complex, supplementing its signature java with savory items from Poppy’s Stuffed Bagels and sweets from Paisley Fig. Status: Certified open. 151 Q Street NE; website.
July 11, 2017
UNION MARKET—Scandinavian kitchen Calooska is serving delicacies such as curried fish with dill rice, date- and nut-filled Swedish pastries, and a seafood cake layered with shrimp, cream cheese, cucumbers, and trout roe at this palate broadening pop-up. Status: Certified open. 1309 Fifth Street NE; website
July 10, 2017
PENN QUARTER—Restaurateur José Andrés is testing out his many ideas for quick-service dining at the newly opened ThinkFoodLab. First up: his gourmet sandwich truck, Pepe. Status: Certified open. 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; website.
July 9, 2017
GEORGETOWN—California-born Blue Bottle Coffee has opened the first of at least three cafes planned for the District. Status: Certified open. 1046 Potomac Street NW; website
July 8, 2017
FALLS CHURCH—Fledgling booze maker Falls Church Distillers has opened a production facility, which includes a restaurant and full-service bar, in neighboring Northern Virginia. Status: Certified open. 442 S. Washington Street, Falls Church, Va.; website.
HYATTSVILLE—Gourmet pie-slinger Pizzeria Paradiso recently branched out into Maryland. Status: Certified open. 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, Md.; website.
July 7, 2017
ALEXANDRIA—Eat Good Food Group has somewhat opened a casual, seafood-related spot in the new Hotel Indigo. Status: Certified open. 220 S. Union Street, Alexandria, Va.; website.
BARRACKS ROW—New player The Fried Rice Collective is putting its stamp on the local dining scene with Chinese- and Korean-flavored Chiko. Status: Certified open. 423 Eighth Street SE; website.
BRIGHTWOOD—The food truckers behind BBQ Bus have put down roots in Brightwood via a new brick-and-mortar smokehouse. Status: Certified open. 5830 Georgia Avenue NW; website.
July 5, 2017
BRIGHTWOOD—Newcomer Library Tavern marries assorted kebabs and spirits at this neighborhood bar. Status: Certified open. 5420 Third Street NW; website.
June 30, 2017
CAPITOL HILL—Restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn has transformed his steak frites place into a street taco spot dubbed Santa Rosa Taqueria. Status: Certified open. 315 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; website.
ROSSLYN—Restaurateur Curt Large is doing his part to preserve the endless summer with seasonally inspired Continental Beer Garden. Status: Certified open. 1901 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Va.; website.
June 28, 2017
BRIGHTWOOD—Burgeoning local chain Imm Thai opened a second location here this summer. Status: Certified open. 5832 Georgia Avenue NW; website.
June 27, 2017
DOWNTOWN—Seasoned chef Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota has planted a new sushi- and sake-tasting establishment just steps from the White House. Status: Certified open. 1420 New York Avenue NW; website.
MERRIFIELD—Local chain BGR The Burger Joint expands to Mosaic District. Status: Certified open. 2910 District Avenue #190, Fairfax, Virginia; website.
June 26, 2017
CHINATOWN—Crimson Diner, the first of three new bars/restaurants nightlife pros Eric and Ian Hilton developed for the boutique Pod Hotel, is up and running with all-day breakfast, gourmet coffee, and boozy milkshakes. Status: Certified open. 627 H Street NW; website.
SHAW—Beverage guru Brent Kroll and some friends have gone into business for themselves with neighborhood wine bar Maxwell Park. Status: Certified open. 1336 Ninth Street NW; website.
June 24, 2017
CHINATOWN—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. 710 Seventh Street NW; website.
ROSSLYN—Vitality Bowls, a West Coast chain which deals in custom bowls built around acai berries, and also serves up nitro cold brew coffee, kombucha, and gourmet sandwiches, opened its first East Coast location in Virginia. Status: Certified open. 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia; website.
June 23, 2017
KINGSTOWNE—Homegrown fast-casual chain Cava has doubled its presence in neighboring Alexandria by opening another location in the area. Status: Certified open. 5695 Kingstowne Town Center #100, Alexandria, Virginia; website.
June 22, 2017
NAVY YARD—Fast-casual Mediterranean eatery Roti opens near Nationals Park. The decade-old, Chicago-based chain operates nearly a dozen locations in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Status: Certified open. 1251 First Street SE; website.