Metropolitan Hospitality Group is rolling out not one but two new Open Road restaurants next year, building upon a pending move into the District by carving out room for a third location closer to home.
A spokeswoman tells Eater that management is finalizing a deal to export the neighborhood eatery — perhaps best known for its ample patio, cold beer, and gourmet burgers — to Rosslyn in late 2018. The new restaurant, which is supposed to be comparable to the flagship in Merrifield (the original can accommodate around 240 people; Rosslyn is projected to seat 190), will feature the first split-level layout within this budding mini-chain. The new outpost is slated to join real estate developer JBG’s Central Place complex.
The much smaller version of the restaurant (roughly 85 seats) headed to Navy Yard is now projected to open by next summer.
Visitors at either of the new locations should expect to find more “small plate options” as well as “more refined food” than what is served at the existing restaurant — changes management is implementing based on consumer demand.