D.C. businesses are waiting for the all-clear to move into phase 2 of the city’s COVID-19 reopening plan with 50% capacity indoor dining. But in the meantime, a few restaurants that have been out of the game have been ramping up takeout and delivery operations, while others are unveiling patios for socially distanced al fresco dining. In addition to last week’s recent reopenings, here are dining favorites to welcome back this week:
Bad Saint: After bowing out of takeout during the pandemic, the hit Filipino restaurant in Columbia Heights is “starting small” with a short food menu available for carryout along with pantry items sold to-go. Menu options include pinakbet or pork belly and vegetable stew, a chilled octopus salad, and crispy spring rolls. Pre-order online for same-day pickups on Saturdays and Sundays.
Boqueria: The tapas restaurant will reopen for delivery and contact free pick-up out of the Dupont Circle location starting today, Wednesday, June 17. The plan is to open the patio during the first week of July.
Cafe Riggs: Chef Patrick Curran’s stylish bistro within Riggs Hotel in Penn Quarter reopened on June 11 with curbside takeout and delivery. Menu options include a whole roasted chicken dinner, braised short ribs, roasted marble potatoes, and strawberry mousse tarte.
Blend 111: The Vienna restaurant/wine bar/coffee bar created a new patio with 10 tables and seating for 30, bringing in trees and plants from DePaul’s Urban Farm. There’s limited indoor dining too, with eight tables inside.
The Dubliner: The 46-year-old essential Irish pub near Union Station reopened this week, capitalizing on its newly expanded patio. It’s currently the only D.C. bar pouring Guinness Wide Mouth White Ale, a new brew from Open Gate Brewery in Maryland.
Sonny’s Pizza: Today, Thursday, June 18, is the first day serving pizzas for the Park View spot. The restaurant launched a new Take-Away website and new hours — and reimagined its sandwiches as as “red sauce” platters or salads.
Camp Anthem: Currently-closed Wharf concert venue The Anthem is switching gears during the pandemic to introduce outdoor dining in cabana tents along the District Pier. The waterfront pop-up Camp Anthem will open to the public this Friday, June 19th from 4:30pm to midnight, and hours going forward will be Thursday and Friday from 4:30 pm. to midnight and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. Each table seats up to six, with a $250 minimum per table (about $40 per person for six guests) and a gratuity of 20% added to each table. The menu includes snacks like shrimp kebabs and chicken tenders, entrees like crab cakes, vegan sandwiches, and pulled pork barbecue, along with dessert, wine, beer and cocktails. Leashed dogs are welcome too. Reservations are required.
Jack Rose: D.C.’s whiskey oasis reopens its patio on Thursday, June 18, with new summer dishes, cocktail menus, and two daily happy hours.
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Our rooftop terrace opens TONIGHT for safely-distanced outdoor dining! Not only have we adjusted seating, service + safety procedures, we’ve also got NEW summer food + cocktail menus, and two daily happy hours! Reserve your table via @resy or click “Reserve” on our profile. [read about all the precautions we’re taking, in the opening guide on our website]
Tyber Creek: The Bloomingdale staple is back with frosé flowing freely on its patio. There’s also female-made wines to go along with snacks, sandwiches, weekend cinnamon rolls and biscuits, and market essentials.
Updated June 18, 2 p.m.: Added additional restaurants.