James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Aaron Silverman tells Eater he’s closed the informal cafe at Michelin-starred Pineapple and Pearls and is now focused on migrating the come-as-you-are eatery to neighboring Hill Center.
Silverman says Little Pearl, which is moving into the former home of Bayou Bakery, will feature two to three times as many sandwiches and pastries as its predecessor, plus “lots of little things to snack on while sipping wine.” Another fixture: “gelato all year round.” His goal is to open the updated spin-off this November.
Taste the future
Half of the chefs participating in the third installment of dining incubator Mess Hall’s “New Kitchens on the Block” series are also on Eater’s fall watch list. Sample what’s to come from pending arrivals such as restaurateur Erik Bruner-Yang’s standing-room-only, grill-friendly Spoken English, restaurateur Rose Previte’s globe-trotting Maydan (think: Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East), and out-there burgers from Lucky Buns founder Alex McCoy. Tickets for the hospitality showcase, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 8, start at $65.
Washington City Paper reports on a new high-end Indian restaurant heading to Chinatown. Karma Modern Indian (611 Eye Street NW) is projected to feature a 130-seat dining room, full bar, and a seasonally inspired menu that touches on North Indian, East Indian, and West Indian cuisine. The plan is to open this November. [WCP]