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D.C. Deli Featured on Food Network Is Almost Ready to Open in Fancy NoMa Digs

Carving Room’s second restaurant is expected to set up shop in the next two weeks

Booths at CR Noma
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Carving Room, the Mount Vernon Triangle sandwich shop that drew notice from Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for house-cured pastrami and fried Moroccan “cigars,” is almost ready to open a second location with a stylish, Mediterranean vibe in NoMa.

The new sister spot, dubbed CR NoMa, is expected to open in the next two weeks at 130 M Street NE, helping to fuel the neighborhood’s dining renaissance.

The menu is still being finalized, but patrons can expect to sample some of the same sandwiches it serves at the original about a mile away. Along with 15 beers on tap and two draft cocktails, the industrial-chic space will largely focus on flatbreads made in a domed, tiled-lined oven in the back.

Back in October 2017, owner Oded Weizmann told Eater he was picturing an expanded menu full of flatbreads, braised meats, and meatballs.

At the new location, patrons can saddle up to a strip of stools for a front-row seat of the cooking action. Or they can get fresh air facing operable windows at the entrance, catching a glimpse of passers-by on the residential-heavy corridor steps from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro stop.

CR NoMa sports whitewashed exposed ceilings and 70 seats.
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The 70-seat setup, designed by Eric Gronning of Gronning Architects (Ghibellina, Hanks Oyster Bar, Jack Rose), aims to capture the feel of a crashing coastline with driftwood wall paneling and glowing orbs wrapped in twine. Other nautical accents include aqua-colored booths and banquettes. The bar’s backsplash made from slick teal subway tiles resemble fish scales.

Construction at the base of the Flats 130 apartment building took about three months.
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Gold-and-black stools stand out against the bar’s bright tiling.
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The airy operation is expected to open for lunch, happy hour, and dinner to start, with breakfast and brunch entering the mix later. Hours will likely run until midnight on weekends, depending on demand.

Colorful plates will house an assortment of Mediterranean dishes.
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Another apartment building nearby, Ava NoMa, also got a new drinking destination with the arrival of Streets Market’s bar in January.

NoMa is on a hospitality frenzy as of late: Leesburg’s King Street Oyster Bar is headed for a splashy new apartment building nearby, and Red Bear Brewing debuted this spring next to the REI building. Neapolitan pizzeria Menomale and Sweet Science Coffee are en route to the neighborhood soon.

Laos in Town, a new Lao restaurant from Soi 38 owner Nick Ongsangkoon and executive chef Ben Tiatasin, just opened right around the block at 250 K Street NE.