The partners behind Seven Reasons, the pricey Latin standout full of artfully plated dishes that Esquire rated as the No. 1 new restaurant in the country last year, are planning to open a second fine dining venture in D.C. Washington Business Journal reports that Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo and co-owner Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger are targeting a February opening for Imperfecto, which will showcase a mix of Latin and Mediterranean cooking in a West End space that was previously slated to house the first U.S. restaurant from Greek celebrity chef Argiro Barbarigou. Limardo’s ideas for Imperfecto include a risotto layered with Mexican mole or a Moroccan lamb shank paired with Peruvian quinoa instead of couscous. The 3,700-square-foot venture that anchors the Westlight condo complex (1124 23rd Street NW) is expected to eschew white tablecloths, and meals are expected to start around $65 per person.
In other news...
- Tiffany Lightfoot, a contestant on Food Network’s Holiday Wars and Candy Land, is now taking orders at her fast-casual bakery My Cake Theory on Capitol Hill (325 7th Street SE). Customers can design their own cupcakes by picking flavors, fillings, frostings, and toppings. Order online for pickup at the store, which plans to fully open next year.
- Falls Church will get a new Southern-style spot for breakfast sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and mac and cheese, with the arrival of Preservation Biscuit Company (102 E. Fairfax Street) next month, Northern Virginia Magazine reports. Chopped contestant and military vet Jonathan Coombs perfected his biscuit recipe during quarantine after his employer Matchbox closed in Woodbridge. A signature biscuit sandwich called the “PBC” comes with chicken tenders, candied bacon, smoked Gouda pimento cheese, Napa cabbage tossed in mustard, and hot honey. [NoVa]
- Chicago- and Detroit-themed Shaw bar Ivy and Coney will pull the plug on on-site service for the foreseeable future, reports PopVille. Hot dogs and pours of Malort will continue on its deck through Sunday, December 6. Pickup and delivery via DC To-GoGo will run Thursdays to Sundays.
- White House-adjacent burger bar P.J. Clarke’s temporarily closed this week, with plans to return before inauguration.
- Meet DC Goodie Bag, a timely delivery service that drops off mood-lifting candy outside your door. Customizable brown paper bags can be stuffed with packaged M&Ms, Starburst, and Skittles, Oreos, and other sugar fixes, with the option to add an ice cream sandwich from Ice Cream Jubilee. Now on UberEats and DoorDash, with a full launch next week.