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A New Restaurant from the Dabney Partners Will Focus on Market-Fresh French Food

Plus, fans returning to D.C.’s pro hockey and basketball arena will have to stop drinking at halftime

A portrait of chef Jeremiah Langhorne at the Dabney
Chef Jeremiah Langhorne (pictured) and partner Alex Zink plan to open Petite Cerise by the fall
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The partners behind the Dabney, the Michelin-starred Mid-Atlantic restaurant in Shaw where chef Jeremiah Langhorne won a James Beard award, have revealed their plans for an all-day French place they expect to open later this year in Mt. Vernon Square. Online sleuths had already figured out the name and location through developers’ marketing materials and recent liquor license applications, but Washingtonian provided a clearer picture of Petite Cerise (1027 Seventh Street NW) in a story published late last week. Langhorne and co-owner Alex Zink will continue a commitment to local sourcing while importing French products like butter and cheese. The restaurant will include a bakery component for croissants and baguettes, and the kitchen will produce its own sausages and charcuterie. Washingtonian notes dishes like omelets with foraged chanterelles, ham and cheese sandwiches, roast chicken, and shellfish towers will appear across breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Unlike the Dabney, there will not be a wood-burning hearth at the center of the restaurant. [W]

In other news ...

  • D.C. is allowing Capital One Arena to welcome back NBA and NHL fans at 10 percent capacity, and vendors will reportedly have to cut off alcohol sales halfway through professional games. [WBJ]
  • High-profile D.C. chef Cathal Armstrong opened his new farm-sourcing Irish pub, Mattie & Eddie’s, last week in Arlington. [W]
  • Local roaster Rāko Coffee, which fulfills e-commerce orders and pops up at Oyster Oyster in Shaw, plans to open its first cafe in Courthouse this summer. [WBJ]
  • Ala, the Levantine restaurant formerly known as Ankara, is now offering a 25 percent discount on its entire menu during happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday).
  • Georgetown’s Business Improvement District is installing deck-like panels across the historic neighborhood to widen sidewalks for pedestrians and improvised restaurant patios. [DCist]
  • Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema enjoys the French classics at L’Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this month.