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Bethesda’s New Ethiopian Restaurant Arrives February 26

Single cocktails are now available at flight-centric Nocturne

A combo platter at the flagship Lucy Ethiopian restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Caroline W./Yelp

Eater tracking

Bethesda Magazine takes a peek inside the new Ethiopian restaurant tentatively scheduled to open next week in the former Grapeseed space (4865 Cordell Avenue). The satellite Lucy — the original resides in Silver Spring, Maryland — features stained glass windows and has paintings of African landscapes on the walls.

Booze news

Shaw cocktail lounge Nocturne is now serving individual drinks during new “session” times. While reservations are still required for the tasting menu-themed cocktail service ($35 for three, ¾ pour-sized cocktails) the underground bar is known for, walk-in customers can now order full-sized beverages ($12 apiece) from 5:30 p.m. to closing on Tuesday, 10 p.m. to closing on Wednesday and Thursday, and from midnight to closing on Friday and Saturday. Flights will also be available during “session” times.

Opening report

Soup Up, the local outfit that recently vacated its stall in Union Market, has now settled into its debut brick and mortar shop in Brightwood Park. Status: Certified open. 709 Kennedy Street NW; website.


Arlnow reports that Westover Market wants to build up its seasonal beer garden by adding seats and bringing in more live music. Local administrators have dragged out final approval of similar requests in the past.


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Soup Up

709 Kennedy Street Northwest, , DC 20011 (202) 621-6845 Visit Website