- American Eats Tavern
- Bastille to Open Second Location
- Ben's Chili Bowl
- Ben's Chili Bowl H Street
- Borka Kitchen and Bar
- Boulud's DBGB Bar & Kitchen
- Brasserie Beck
- Brookland Restaurant from Smoke and Barrel and Meridian Pint Owner
- Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen
- China Chilcano
- Dino's Grotto
- District Doughnut
- Founding Farmers: Tyson's Corner
- Gypsy Soul
- Jeremiah Langhorne’s Upcoming Restaurant
- Johnny's Fish Bowl
- Jose Garce's unnamed restaurant
- Kapnos Taverna
- Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
- Mazagan Restaurant
- Nicoletta Pizzeria
- Paladar Kitchen and Rum Bar: Tyson's Corner
- Raku: Cleveland Park
- Red Light
- Restaurant by Stephen Starr and Fatty Crew
- RPM Italian
- Seven Faces Barroom
- Six restaurant concepts coming to Pike & Rose development
- The Mad Fox Brewing Taproom
- The Truxton Kitchen and Wine Bar
- True Food Kicthen
- Trump Hotel
- Union Kitchen to Open Second Facility
- Unnamed Restaurant from 1905 Owners
- Unnamed Restaurant from Sherman Golden
- Unnamed Restaurant from Sticky Rice Owners
Now find all that is Coming Soon here. Every delicious deet on every new restaurant gearing up for its grand opening. Remember: If you’ve heard about one about to open and don’t see it here, it’s probably already serving…and you’re missing something delicious! To know for sure, click to Openings.
7015 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: April 2014The folks behind Food, Wine, and Co. and Fish Taco have teamed up with Chef Michael Harr to bring Open City Burger to Bethesda this spring. The upcoming eatery is slated to be a family friendly, casual burger spot that will feature natural, antibiotic-free burgers, hot dogs, fries and milkshakes. Check back for more details as they become available.
613 Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: March 30th 2014Union Pub and 201 Bar owner Matt Weiss will soon be opening a new bar on Capitol Hill late this year or early next year. The southern-inspired spot will delight patrons with a delicious menu created by Chef Garret Flemming, formerly of The Pig that may include items such as charcuterie, fried oysters, smoked brisket, and South Carolina-style pulled pork. The beverage program will include barrel-aged cocktails, infused bourbons, and many varieties of rye and whiskey.
4434 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Early springBreadline's Mark Furstenberg will soon be opening a neighborhood bakery, Bread Furst, in Van Ness. Customers can expect to see a variety of brioche, croissants, scones, ice cream and other baked goods. A working bread mixer will be visible in the front window, along with a deck oven from Italy behind the counter. To design the bakery, Mark has hired local architect Peter Hapstak, who will create a small space for 14, but big enough for people to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee. More details to come soon.
2300 Washington Place, NE
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: March 13th 2014Chef and Owner Lance London of the Carolina Kitchen is happy to announce the upcoming opening of his first restaurant in the district. Just steps from the vibrant new community on Rhode Island Row, the 6,000 square-foot eatery will serve authentic Southern comfort food, inspired by the home-cooking of London's grandmother, Ma Pearl. Diners can expect the menu to include a variety of homemade soups and salads, sandwiches, home-style meals, decadent desserts, and a number of special entrees including southern-fried lobster tail, blackened catfish, jerk chicken, and old bay wings. The 152-seat restaurant will also boast a custom glass oyster bar. Carolina Kitchen will serve up lunch and dinner, as well as carryout items.
1346 T Street, Northwest
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Early MarchRose Previte and NPR's David Greene will soon be bringing Compass Rose to the Logan Circle area. The tavern will serve globally inspired foods, wines, beers, and liquors in the row house that formerly housed café Collage. Greene, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition”, and wife Previte have spent much of their marriage traveling the globe and hope to share the flavors of the over 30 countries they have visited through the eatery’s street food-inspired menu. Chef John Paul Damato will head the kitchen at the cozy, 2,000 square-foot space. Damato previously worked as Executive Chef at ThinkFoodGroup, worked alongside Jose Andres, and at Restaurant Nora.
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Spring 2014An exclusive, members-only supper club is slated to offer adventurous DC foodies a new way to dine out in the city. Based in New Orleans, Dinner Lab is a supper-club program that invites members to exclusive and experimental dinners at undisclosed locations around the city. Dinner Lab is now accepting sign-ups for its DC launch and if you are lucky enough to be accepted as one of its 300 members, you will have access to 5-8 dinners per month with guest privileges. Members will remain on a strictly need-to-know basis until a location is revealed prior to the dinner taking place. Dinners will feature multiple, high-end courses that often feature exotic, unconventional courses prepared by top chefs. Although the locations of the meals are hush-hush, interested, potential members should think helipads, private rooftops, and other unique venues.
1914 9th St NW (between T and U Streets)
Projected Opening Date: End of April 2014A strong believer in “sustainable foods”, Chef Dean Gold of Enoteca will be moving his Italian restaurant DINO from Cleveland Park to Shaw and renaming it Dino's Grotto. The new restaurant will reside in a rustic two floor row home, and will feature a bar on each floor with seating for about 120 patrons. Pastas and dishes will be handmade daily using local, organic ingredients acquired from sustainable fishers, butchers, and farmers. Dino’s Grotto will also feature local craft brews as well as artisanal Italian beers and ciders on tap, along with creative cocktails prepared by their mixologists.
1730 Pennsylvania Ave, Northwest; 202.393.4232.
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Early MarchMore, cheese, please. GCDC, Grilled Cheese DC, will be serving up Washingtonians oozy, gooey goodness by way of gourmet grilled cheeses come March. Father-son team, Bruce and Steven Klores hatched the idea for a grilled cheese restaurant about 7 years ago based off of a shared love of food and the hospitality business. They plan to offer diners a variety of eight to ten specialty grilled cheeses, including vegan ones, that will utilize a rotation of 20 domestic and international cheeses selected by cheesemonger Sophie Slesigner, formerly of Saxelby Cheesemongers in New York, as well as a variety of fresh bread from Lyon Bakery. For the evening menu, they will rotate seasonal cheeses from DC's very own Righteous Cheese The 45-seat eatery will also serve salads, soups, tater tots, small plates and a more varied evening menu. GCDC plans to offer 10 different beers, 10 wine varietals, cocktails, coffee, egg creams, and more beverages to complement guests' cheesy fare. They will also host Cheese classes to educate the newbies as well inform the cheese connoisseurs.
1250 Connecticut Ave., NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: late SpringRestaurant company The One Group will be bringing its 8th STK location to Dupont, hopefully much to the delight of DC’s female diners- its target demographic. Decsribed as a “modern steakhouse geared toward females”, STK aims to please its female diners with a sleek décor, vibe, and menu. The menu, of course centered around varying sizes and cuts of steak, will also feature seafood, salads, and health-conscious, shareable sides. The space, designed to evoke a lounge-like feel will center around a bar area and DJ booth where crowd-pleasing tunes will be mixed with a lively progression throughout the night. Once opened, the restaurant promises to be "not your daddy's steakhouse". THE RESERVATION LINE WILL OPEN ON MARCH 15 (202.296.1880)
1300 I Street, Northwest
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: late March 2014Chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval, whose other area concepts include Masa 14, El Centro, and Zengo, has plans to bring Toro Toro to DC at some point next year. Toro Tori in Dubai was recently voted Dubai’s best new restaurant so expect to see much of the wildly successful restaurant’s style and flavors replicated here. Toro Toro will serve pan-Latin cuisine and focus its menu around the bold favors of South and Central American food. The menu will include a steak component with the churrascaria, also. Guests can enjoy a sit down dinner at the 140-seat dining room and the 40-seat seasonal outdoor patio. A 70-seat lounge will be located on the lower level and offer late-night hours for those who wish to dance the night away, serving up refreshing capirinhas and margaritas.
American Eats Tavern
The Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner: 1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: May 2014The space formerly occupied by Entyse Bistro will now be home to Jose Andres' newest concept, American Eats Tavern. The eatery will serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will offer a menu focused upon American classics reinvented by Jose's special twists. Expect the fare to focus on fresh, local ingredients as many of the restaurant's offerings will come from local and Virginia farms, wineries, and resources.
Bastille to Open Second Location
620 N Fayette St, Alexandria, Virginia
Projected opening date: Early 2015Eight successful years later, Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux, owners of the intimate, 45-seat French restaurant Bastille, have decided to expand to a new location just a few miles away. Located in the bottom floor of The Asher, the second Bastille will boast 3,500 square feet of space while offering a dining capacity of 80, an expanded menu, and a much larger bar. With this addition comes another change; a new name for the old restaurant. The new restaurant will keep the Bastille name while the original restaurant will become Bistro Royal. A 40-seat patio will accompany the new location, along with a wine-centric, fully stocked bar. Sommelier Mark Slater, who joined Bastille in January, will manage the wine and beverages at both the new Bastille and the Bistro Royal. The new restaurant will also allow Chef Michelle Poteaux to showcase her pastry skills. The restaurant is expected to open in early 2015.
Ben’s Chili Bowl
Ronald Reagan National Airport, 2401 S. Smith Boulevard, Arlington, VA
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: May 2014Travelers passing though Ronald Reagan National Airport will soon be able to sink their teeth into the iconic half-smokes, chili fries, burgers, desserts and milkshakes of Ben's Chili Bowl. Although many of the details are under wraps, diners can expect to delight their taste buds to the same iconic flavors served up at its original D.C. location. The location will also have a full ABC for those looking to wet their palates before take-off.
Ben’s Chili Bowl H Street
1001 H Street, NE
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No new details are available at this timeThe iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl will be opening its second location on 1001 H Street, NE. Although many of the details for the new location are still under wraps, Chili Bowl fans can expect the two-story eatery to incorporate some traditional aspects of the original location with new ones that stray from what customers have become accustomed to on U Street. The new space will include a more traditional Ben’s Chili Bowl atmosphere and menu on the first floor while the second floor will feature an open kitchen with seating and an open bar with a different menu than that of Ben’s Chili Bowl and Ben’s Next Door.
Borka Kitchen and Bar
1336 U Street, NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No new details are available at this timeBorka will soon be joining the myriad of restaurants dotting the vibrant 14th and U Street corridor. Borka, meaning "coming together" in the native language of Gambia, West Africa plans to serve modern American comfort food that will include dishes such as buttermilk-sage fried hen, shellfish stew, and plantain crusted oysters. Owner and Chef Howsoon H.O. Cham aims to supply his kitchen with organic, sustainable, and local food as often as possible.
Boulud’s DBGB Bar & Kitchen
City Center DC
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: mid-2014 openingCelebrity Chef Daniel Boulud has officially announced his long-time rumored plans to open a restaurant in DC. Slated to open in City Center, the development occupying the former Convention Center area of Penn Quarter, many of the upcoming brasserie-style restaurant's details are still under wraps. Chef Daniel Boulud, who got his start in the kitchen of America in DC, is very excited to be making his return to the city he fell in love with 30 years ago. Stay tuned for more details.
311 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: early April 2014Robert Wiedmaier will soon be expanding his restaurant domain into Gaithersburg as Brasserie Beck is slated to open in the former O’ Donnell’s Sea Grill space early next year. Wiedmaier’s Brasserie Beck, which already has a McPherson Square location, pays homage to the chef’s Belgian roots as it aims to serve guests casual, affordable European fare in the “brasserie” style of serving food from day into night. Diners can expect the menu to feature oysters from the raw bar, moules and frites, and the classic Belgian staple of Beef Carbonnade or Crispy Skate Wing. The bar program is also sure to have a comprehensive list of Belgian beers on tap and by the bottle.
Brookland Restaurant from Smoke and Barrel and Meridian Pint Owner
Monroe Street Market, Brookland, NE
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Summer 2014In summer 2014, John Andrade, owner of Smoke and Barrel and Meridian Pint, will be opening a craft-beer focused, casual-fine-dining restaurant at the Monroe Street Market in Brookland. The new eatery will reflect the Meridian Pint in its menu and rustic look. David Shewmaker, chef at Meridian Pint, will helm the "elevated pub" menu featuring burgers, salads, vegetarian/vegan offerings, and a variety of other entrees. The beer list will feature a strong local focus and offer only 100% American brews.
Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen
3126-3128 12th St., NE
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Mid March 2014The owner of The Pug, Tony Tomelden, will be opening a new eatery, Brookland's Finest Bar & Kitchen, in NE. Although many details are still under wraps, expect the restaurant to serve up classic American comfort foods and dishes such as pork chops, crab cake sliders, and paninis. An extensive bar menu will also be offered.
418 7th St., NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Spring 2014Jose Andres has exciting plans to open a modern Chinese-Peruvian concept in Penn Quarter this spring. Being no stranger to melding different cultures into one, cohesive dining experience, Andres will flex his own creative and personal mastery serving up Chinese classics in a South American style. Diners can expect the menu to reflect the unique flavors and techniques of both Asian and Peruvian cuisine, resulting in dishes such as classic Peruvian causas or ceviches as well as Asian favorites such as dim sum and sumais.
1841 Columbia Road., NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No details are available at this timeWashingtonians will soon be heading to Adams Morgan to satiate their fixes for bubbly. Napoloen Bistro owners have plans to open champagne bar and lounge Cru. According to the owners, Cru will feature DJ entertainment on the weekends, plenty of cocktails ,including the champagne infused variety, and a glamorous Parisian feel. More details to follow as they are released.
1914 9th St., NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: March 2014Washington's beloved Italian restaurant Dino will soon be shutting the doors at its Cleveland Park establishment to reopen at a new Shaw location. Dino will remain open at its current location at the SE corner of Connecticut Ave and Ordway St. NW through Sunday night,February 23. The upcoming eatery will feature much of the same rustic, locally sourced, Italian fare offered at the original Dino but will operate under the new name Dino's Grotto. Chef and Owner Dean Gold has set up an Indiegogo for community members to donate funds towards the new restaurant's opening which, in turn, offers donors the potential to receive discounts and other restaurant privileges.
749 8th St., SE
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: April 2014District Doughnut will be bringing the ever-growing gourmet doughnut trend to Barracks Row this coming spring. Founded in 2012, District Doughnut currently operates out of Union Kitchen and serves at select retail outlets, pop-ups, and private events. Co-owner Greg Menna “can’t wait to begin handcrafting doughnuts on Barracks Row” and bolster the neighborhood with the shop’s welcoming atmosphere and the delicious smell of warm, fresh doughnuts. Le Cordon Bleu Pastry Chef Christine Schaefer will be handcrafting the doughnuts from scratch daily, offering both classic and innovative flavors such as Apple Streusel and Dulce de Leche.
Founding Farmers: Tyson’s Corner
1800 Tysons Boulevard, Tysons Corner, VA
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Spring 2014Farmers Restaurant Group, The Farm, has announced plans to open its third Founding Farmers location at Tyson's Corner next spring. The 12,000 square-foot space will seat approximately 280 at both its bar and dining room areas with potential expansion onto an outdoor patio. The menu at the Tyson's location will be similar to the other Founding Farmers menus but will feature regional ingredients and influences from Virginia farmers. Expect to see favorites such as Chicken & Waffles, Yankee Pot Roast, Farmer's Daughter Burger, and new ones such as hearth prepared favorites, flatbreads, and new dessert items. The eatery's bar program, to be overseen by Chief Mixologist & Beverage Director Jon Arroyo, will maintain the restaurant group's award-winning focus on homemade ingredients, fresh produce, and pre-prohibition era cocktails and include a variety of craft beers. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a weekend buffet-style brunch.
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: winter 2014The Pig’s Garret Fleming has plans to open his own gastropub, Gristle, this fall that will highlight foraged ingredients and be located in an unknown but “edgy” DC neighborhood. Although many of the gastropub’s details are under wraps, the 40-45 seat space will feature 18 menu items that will change daily and focus on using the best, quality ingredients to ensure the best, quality flavors. Fleming and business partner, Brian Pereira, plan to practice the idea of "conservation dining" at Gristle, where the entirety of an animal's meat is conserved and used to create a range of menu options.
2910 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Spring 2014Rogue 24 Chef RJ Cooper is bringing Gypsy Soul, a high-end, farm-to-table restaurant, to the Mosaic District this spring. The new space will boast a full bar, three wood-burning grills and a 2,000 square foot rooftop area. The main dining room will seat 140 and offer a different menu than the 70-seat rooftops does. Rogue 24’s Bryan Tetorkais will also lend his talents to help Cooper curate and form the restaurant’s mixology program. Although many plans are still hush-hush, more details will be posted when available.
3911 Georgia Ave, NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Spring 2014The owners of Blaguard now have their sights set on the Petworth nieghborhood as their next location for upcoming eatery, Homestead. Homestead will center its menu upon both American and Medterranean cusuine. Guests can expect to taste classic dishes with innovative, global twists. Showcasing the DC food scene, many of the menu items will be sourced directly from local food producers if not among the many dishes made in-house. Although many details about the 175-seat dining room are still in the works, the owners plan to feature a communal-style table as the focal point and offer a social dining option to the growing Petworth neighborhood.
Jeremiah Langhorne’s Upcoming Restaurant
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No details available at this timeMcCrady’s chef de cuisine, Jeremiah Langhorne, will be leaving his position in Charleston to open a new restaurant in Shaw. Inspired by his upbringing in the Washington area and Shenandoah Valley, the restaurant's menu will feature regional food sourced largely from Virginia and offer modern-American dishes. Diners can also expect to taste dishes with unique historical influences, as history buff Langhorne, plans to use old cookbooks and recipes to create his menu. The historical theme will also translate into the design of the space as the kitchen will be modeled after a 19th-century cooking area complete with a modernized hearth and large, wood-burning fireplaces. Although many of the restaurant’s plans are under wraps, this rustic eatery will provide Shaw residents a casual spot for fine, white-tablecloth dining.
Johnny’s Fish Bowl
400 North Capitol Street, NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: At this time no details are availableAnn Cashion and John Fulchino have plans for the space now left vacant by Taqueria Nacional (see: Coming Soon). They’ve decided to use the annex to serve up take-away seafood. More details coming soon……
Jose Garce’s unnamed restaurant
1177 15th Street, NW, DC
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: April 1, 2014Philly-based restaurateur and Iron Chef star Jose Garces has his sights set on opening an Argentinean steakhouse here in DC. Operating restaurants from Atlantic City to California, this will be his first establishment in the district. Although many of the details about the upcoming spot are still under wraps, it will occupy The Federalist's former space in The Madison Hotel- bringing a fresh, new dining concept more aligned with the hotel's multi-million dollar renovations. Stay posted for more details as they become available.
4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Summer 2014Mike Isabaella is already planning for a spin-off of his DC-based Northern Greek- inspired eatery, Kapnos, in Ballston, Arlington, VA for a summer 2014 opening. Diners can expect to see some of the same dishes from the original Kapnos as well as some major differences at Kapnos Taverna that include the addition of weekday lunch, weekend brunch, and a happy hour menu. Instead of one rotating spit, as in the original Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna will have one to roast chickens, lamb, and pork shoulders. The beverage program will include up to ten cocktails on tap and will feature the most expansive wine program available at any of Isabella's restaurants with over 200 bottles of wine available. The Ballston space will seat 185 with additional seating for 40 on the seasonal, outdoor patio.
Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5355 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No new information is available at this time
Chef and restaurateur Bryan Voltaggio is bringing another one of his popular Frederick restaurants to Chevy Chase Pavilion with the addition of Lunchbox later this year. The sandwich shop features a wide variety of moderately priced, crowd-pleasing sandwiches that range from a simple grilled cheese to pork shoulder sandwich with pickled cabbage and cilantro. The 30-seat space will serve lunch only and will allow diners to dine-in or order take-out.
3720 14 St, NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No new details at this timeMerid Admassu, owner of The Raven grill, Kevin Peron, and Jessica Kleinman of Cafe Saint Ex are teaming up together to open Lyman’s—a hip bar in NW. Lyman’s will occupy the space of a former Laundromat next to Red Derby and plans to seat 70 in its indoor/outdoor space. The tavern will feature a 20-seat heated, outdoor patio with a retractable roof, live entertainment, two pinball tables, and indoor/outdoor bar areas.
1351 H Street, NE
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Spring 2014What would happen if Toki Underground and DURKL had a baby? Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground and Will Sharp of DURKL have signed a lease for Maketto, a joint venture coming to the DC retail scene. The new collaboration will bring a curated fashion and culinary boutique to the Atlas District. Inspired by international markets, Maketto will offer several unique retail experiences ranging from fine dining to more casual gourmet snacks and cocktails, to various food stalls that will feature delicacies inspired by Asian night markets including Chinese donuts, Shanghai steamed dumplings, barbecue pork buns, and even on-site roasted coffee.
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
901 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest; 202.962.4482
Projected Opening Date: May 1The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, set to open May 1, will consist of 1,175 rooms, 49 suites, and over 105,000 square feet of function space, including a 30,000 square-foot Marquis Ballroom and two junior ballrooms. The District’s soon-to-be-largest hotel will offer 5 unique dining experiences to enhance the already energetic Shaw neighborhood. Executive Chef Matthew Morrison, a DC native who was most recently executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, Virginia, will head the culinary team. Guests will have a plethora of food choices to choose from when staying at the new Marriott. The 5 restaurants include: Anthem, a casual dining restaurant; The Dignitary, an upscale lounge; High Velocity, a high-tech sports bar; a dramatic, high-design Lobby Bar; and a specialty restaurant (to be announced). Many of the ingredients for these 5 Americana-inspired restaurants will come from the hotel’s on-site rooftop garden, as well sourced from local farms and vendors.
2901 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Early MarchMazagan restaurant will be serving up the tastes and spice of Morocco in Arlington this winter. Although the fare will be influenced by Moroccan cuisine, diners can expect it to stray from traditional Moroccan cuisine as the menu will feature new twists on classic flavors and an expansive kebab bar offering 20 different styles of grilled kebab. The space will boast a large bar area with seating for 50, a 60-seat main dining area complete with a centrally-located wood-fried grill, a lounge space, and an open kitchen concept.
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: March 2014New York-based chef Michael White and his restaurant group, Altamarea plan to expand its popular Neapolitan Pizzeria in Manhattan to the Lumber Shed pavilion at Yards Park this fall. The pizzeria’s second location will boast a menu that is very similar to the one offered at its East Village location and include many hearty pizza varieties including gluten-free options. Unlike the New York Nicoletta, however, this location will serve its customers at a counter-order kiosk instead of traditional sit-down dining.
Paladar Kitchen and Rum Bar: Tyson’s Corner
Leesburg Pike and Old Gallows Road, Tysons Corner, VA 22812
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Spring 2014Paladar Kitchen and Rum Bar will be opening its 5th location and second D.C.-area location this coming spring. Deriving its name from the Cuban term for small, soulful kitchens ran out of private homes, the eatery will focus on an American interpretation of the flavors of Central and South America and the Latin Caribbean, with special attention given to Cuban food. The 185-seat space will boast a clean and sophisticated, yet rustic and warm, style- providing an atmosphere for casual dining and special occasions alike. The lunch and dinner menus will offer a wide range of Latin comfort food including dishes like Cuban Braised Beef Ropa Vieja and Blackened Fish Tacos while the Rum bar will offer more than 50 varieties of rum and other specialty, Latin-influenced cocktails.
Raku: Cleveland Park
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: 2014Slated for next year, sushi and noodles eatery Raku will be opening its third location in the Cathderal Commons development of Cleveland Park. Although many of the plans for the future space are in the early stages, Raku owner, Marcel The, says it will likely be 30% larger than its Bethesda location. Diners can expect the menu to reflect the same Asian cuisine offerd at its current Bethesda and Dupont locations with a variety of rice and noodle dishes, bento boxes, sushi, and sake available.
1401 R St NW; 202.234.0400
Projected Opening Date: April 2014Say good-bye to Bar di Bari and hello to Red Light. Restaurateur Aaron Gordon has closed his 14th Street coffee shop and is now creating a whole new concept, Red Light. Gordon has brought together former Komi and Marcel's pastry chef Robert Underwood, and the Wilder brothers, Ari and Micah to open up this new dessert and cocktail bar. Look for sparkling wines on tap, including Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco, as well as liquor-laden shakes. There will be a selection of boozy desserts such as White Russian cookies and black-and-tan doughnuts, house-made sorbets, gelatos and house-made ice-cream (both with and without alcohol). Savory options will include options like a cheese course and fondue for two. The design studio, SwatchRoom, will be responsible for creating the 18-seat drink-and-dessert bar. Come warmer weather, plan on sipping cocktails and snacking on beignets in the sunshine on the outdoor patio.
Restaurant by Stephen Starr and Fatty Crew
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: no new information is available at this timePhilly restaurateur, who recently brought DC the extremely popular Le Diplomate, Stephen Starr, will be working with the Fatty Crew Restaurant Group, who have opened concepts including Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue, to open a string of new restaurants across eight U.S. cities. A Washington DC restaurant will be the first to open of the eight new eateries in three to six months. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold.
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: 2015Reality stars Giuliana and Bill Rancic have chosen DC as home to their second location of Chicago-based RPM Italian. The couple's first restaurant venture, RPM Italian in Chicago, serves up classic Italian dishes perfected by Italian-born Giuliana's mother that are enhanced by modern, chef-inspired collaborations. Although much of the new location's menu is yet to be determined, the original location serves dishes ranging from moderately priced pastas to expensive steaks for two. The location of the restaurant is yet to be determined and will be disclosed once more information becomes available.
Seven Faces Barroom
251 Florida Ave., NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Spring 2014You know the names...Owen Thomson of Bryan Voltaggio's Range, Patrick Owens of Ripple, and Ashley May of Velvet Lounge...the three well-known bartenders plan to open up their own bar, Seven Faces Barroom, Although many of the details are still under wraps, look for a full-service tavern with space for 85 and a sidewalk cafe. Rumor has it, DJ entertainment will also be in the mix. The bar is currently hoping for a Spring opening.
Six restaurant concepts coming to Pike & Rose development
11800 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Fall 2014In Fall 2014, six new restaurant concepts will be opening during phase one of the new Pike and Rose Development in the White Flint District. Located at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Montrose Parkway, Pike & Rose will be a mixed-use neighborhood spanning 45 acres and encompassing 450,000 square feet of retail, 1.1 million square feet of office space, 1,500 residential units, and a boutique hotel steps from the White Flint metro stop. The six new tenants will include: Del Frisco’s Grille: Del Frisco’s is a modern bar & grill serving modern twists on American classics. This will be Del Frisco’s second DC-area location. Protein Bar: Opening its fourth DC location, Chicago-based Protein Bar delivers healthy food in a trendy, fast-paced environment. Roti: This fast-casual restaurant will open on Old Georgetown Road as its 11th regional location and serve up traditional and non-traditional Mediterranean dishes. ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen: ShopHouse, the Southeast Asian eatery inspired by the flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore, boasts a Chipotle-style experience that allows diners to create their own, custom orders Lettuce Entertain You: The Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group will be opening two new restaurant concepts in the Pike & Rose development. Although the two concepts are still under wraps, one will feature artisan pizza and the other will focus on new American cuisine. Both will be newcomers on the east coast restaurant scene.
1333 14th Street Northwest
Projected Opening Date: May 2014Ryan Fleming and Miranda Mirabella are opening a new Logan Circle joint specializing in coffee and cocktails. Talented mixologist Steve Oshana, who previously worked at BLT Steak and Equinox, will be responsible for creating a unique cocktail experience, catering to individual palates rather than offering a generic cocktail menu. One section will be broken down into spirits, highlighting various small-batch distilleries. Another section will list various flavor profiles: sweet, sour, bitter, sparkling, spiritous, coffee, and so on. Choose a spirit and a flavor, and Steve will create something that fits the bill.
The Mad Fox Brewing Taproom
218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: spring 2014Following the success of its Falls Church, VA brewpub, The Mad Fox Brewing Company now plans on expanding into DC with a second brewpub, The Mad Fox Taproom, in the Glover Park neighborhood. The Mad Fox Taproom will showcase its award-winning handcrafted beers with draught and English-style cask service, with up to 24 draught and cask options. Diners can also expect a full menu with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and small plates to pair with their beer selections.
The Truxton Kitchen and Wine Bar
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No details are available at this timeThe Truxton Kitchen and Wine Bar will soon bring Truxton Circle a new spot to enjoy Italian classics and perfectly paired wine selections. Diners, and drinkers, can expect the menu to offer crostinis, pastas, and a variety of cheeses among other Italian staples that utilize many local and organic sources. The wine and bar program boasts a variety of Italian and local wines along with specialty house cocktails- all meant to perfectly compliment your dining experience.
14th and U Street NW, 20009
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: May 2014Celebrity Chef Michael Schlow will soon be opening Tico Mexican Restaurant on 14th Street in early 2014. The eatery will open in the ground floor of the Louis at 14 development near U Street. Tico, which already has a popular Boston location, will offer up an expansive menu of reinvented Mexican fare inspired from Schlow's travels to Mexico, South America, and Spain.
True Food Kicthen
Mosaic District: 2910 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA, 22031
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Fall 2014True Food Kitchen will be planting its first East Coast roots as it sets to join the Mosaic District community in Fall 2014. Developed in partnership with best-selling wellness author, Dr. Andrew Weil, True Food Kitchen aims to serve those seeking a healthy and more balanced lifestyle without sacrificing quality and taste. The menu will offer simple, internationally inspired cuisine with local and regionally sourced, in-season ingredients that nourish mind, body, and spirit.
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: 2016The one-and-only Donald Trump submitted a proposal to turn the historic Old Post Office pavilion into a luxe hotel with 250 rooms, conference facilities, a spa and restaurants .... and ... it was approved. There are still a few government hoops to jump through, however construction could begin as early as 2014. The Trump Organization plans to preserve the historic property’s integrity while giving the interior a full makeover. Plans are to make the DC location on par with the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Union Kitchen to Open Second Facility
1369 New York Ave Northeast
Projected Opening Date: Late 2014The food incubator Union Kitchen plans to open a second facility in Ivy City in late 2014. Union Kitchen removes many of the barriers many small businesses face when first launching a company, allowing the artisans and entrepreneurs to focus solely on launching the best possible product. Union Kitchen provides a state-of-the-art facility with all of the necessary equipment, covers many of the upfront costs new business owners normally face, and provides a supportive community in which owners can grow and thrive. The second facility will nearly triple the square footage of the first building, allowing 70 new entrepreneurs to help shape and change the local DC food scene.
Unnamed Restaurant from 1905 Owners
108 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Summer 2014The team behind 9th Street's 1905 Bistro & Bar and Sticky Rice DC, Tony Lucca and Phil Rodriguez, have undertaken a new venture in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. Although the concept for the new restaurant is still in its very early stages, expect the concept to feature traditional style Mexican food and a variety of Latin cocktails. Stay posted for more details as they become available.
Unnamed Restaurant from Sherman Golden
1316 Ninth St, NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No new information is available at this time
Head bartender at Maple, Sherman Golden, plans to open his first restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood this coming spring. The unnamed restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner service and will include 75 seats, a semi-open kitchen, and room for private events or banquets. Although the restaurant’s chef remains under wraps, the menu will be of contemporary American style, change seasonally, and be sourced locally. As for the bar menu, Golden plans to offer a variety of wines, 12 beers on tap, and a vast amount of cocktails for guests to enjoy. Also, expect Maple architect, Eric Gronning, to design the new restaurant with “modern industrial” style.
Unnamed Restaurant from Sticky Rice Owners
108 Rhode Island Ave., NW
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Summer 2014
Lucca and Phil Rodriguez, the owners behind the popular H Street sushi spot, Sticky Rice, plan to open a second restaurant on Rhode Island Avenue, NW. The new eatery will completely stray from the Japanese-influenced fare offered at Sticky Rice and will, instead, focus on traditional Mexican food and Latin cocktails. Although the eatery is in its early planning stages, new details will be posted as they become available.