<< May 2016 >>

DC AREA restaurant
and bar openings

Do you know who’s open? And who’s not? Find all the delicious details on every new space that has opened its doors. Remember: If you’ve heard about one you thought was open, but don’t see it here, they may still be putting on the finishes touches. To know for sure, click to Coming Soon.

The Majestic

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911 King Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.837.9117

Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP), the group behind Virtue Feed & Grain, Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, and the recently opened Palette 22, have opened their latest venture: The Majestic. Executive Chef/Proprietor Gaby Hakman helms the kitchen with a diverse, seasonal, and vibrant, protein and vegetable-forward menu. Hakman has worked to create a contemporary seasonal bistro menu with ingredient-focused dishes showcasing quality olive oils, herbs, garlic, and other influences that reflect her Mediterranean palate. The newly renovated 85-seat space is housed in an historic and iconic storefront. The restaurant is open for dinner service, lunch, and weekend brunch. 



Greenhouse Bistro

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2070 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, VA; 703.537.5700

Nightlife personality Masoud Aboughaddareh, owner of Lima and Barcode, has opened his newest venture, Greenhouse Bistro, in Tysons Corner. Aboughaddareh’s club scene influences show at Greenhouse but with a more toned-down style. The spacious 14,000-square-foot location boasts “green” touches in keeping with the name, as well as some typical nightclub decor: neon lighting, ornate chandeliers, two DJ booths and a dining room with a large marble bar. The menu, crafted by chef Dale Schnell, features contemporary American cuisine with some Mediterranean influences. Greenhouse Bistro serves lunch and dinner daily, along with brunch on the weekends.



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1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW; 202.742.3150

A new culinary-focused cocktail bar, Radiator, is now open in the 14th street corridor. Radiator serves a long list of carefully curated whiskeys and unique spirits, classic cocktails, and a variety of local beers and wines. Chef Jonathan Dearden, formerly of Ardeo + Bardeo, helms the kitchen with cuisine to compliment the drink program. The menu includes everything from snacks, sharable plates, and signature entrées. The space holds a 57-seat bar and a 23-seat lounge area where small groups can indulge in games such as backgammon, dominoes, and chess. A 50-seat outdoor patio complete with a fire pit and shuffleboard court will be open during warmer weather. As the name suggests, the restaurant is adorned with vintage car parts and other design elements courtesy of GrizForm Design Architects.



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130 Purcellville Gateway Drive, Purcellville, VA; 703.777.9463

WK Hearth has opened ‘Hugo,’ a literary-inspired cocktail bar on the first floor of it’s Loudon County restaurant. Hugo pays homage to its historic 1917 farmhouse building with cocktails inspired from the pre-prohibition era. The bar’s cocktail program is based heavily on Hugo Ensslin’s famous cocktail book, Recipes For Mixed Drinks, which was also published in 1917. The menu ranges from classics including coolers – such as the Apricot Cooler with apricot brandy, lemon, lime and club soda – and fizzes – like the Derby Fizz with whiskey, lemon, egg and curaçao – to more unique concotions, like the Prairie Hen with whiskey, vinegar, egg, Tabasco, Worcestershire, and salt and pepper.



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4921 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.718.6378

Suma Restaurant + Bar is now open in Bethesda. Suma means “born during the summer” in Old English and is meant to reflect the atmosphere of the restaurant with its open, airy, and relaxing dining room and outside patio. Suma’s menus offer seasonal, homemade fresh ingredients prepared by Chef Gene Sohn, most recently from Mussel Bar. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.


Buttercream Bakeshop


1250 N Street NW; 202.735.0102

The dynamic duo Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac and Cake Decorator Alexandra Mudry have opened a bakery where imagination and technique combine to create desserts that are both delicious and inspired.  From chewy, salty-sweet chocolate chip cookies to refined French macaroons and couture wedding cakes, Buttercream Bakery offers all of the scratch-baked cakes, cookies and confections your sweet tooth could ever crave. In addition to using the highest quality ingredients, local whenever possible, each good is baked from scratch and hand decorated to perfection. Along with the sweets, a strong, carefully sourced coffee program by Compass Coffee will be available to enjoy within the intimate 12-seat space or to-go throughout the day. The bakeshop is located in the same building as recently opened pizza spot, All Purpose- which MacIsaac provides all of the pizza dough for. Buttercream Bakeshop orders can also be placed through its website, here.



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301 Water Street SE

Nick and David Wiseman, owners of DGS Delicatessen, have opened their latest eatery: Whaley’s. Whaley’s is a raw bar and restaurant located in the Yards development. The menu includes shellfish towers, crudos, a selection of seafood-focused small plates and a rotating family-style plate for sharing. Sustainable and seasonal seafood like swordfish, black bass, bluefish, blue catfish, and a variety of Virginia oysters are a key focus of the restaurant. The moderate space, designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense, houses a 40-seat dining area and a 20-seat bar.

All Purpose


1250 9th Street NW; 202.849.6174

The team behind Red Hen, Michael Friedman, Michael O’Malley, and Sebastian Zutant, are have joined forces with Boundary Stone owners, Gareth Croke and Colin McDonough, to open an Italian-American eatery in Shaw. All Purpose focuses as much on pizza as Red Hen focuses on pasta, and draws inspiration from a class NY-style pie cooked in deck, not Neopolitan, ovens.  The menu also offers bruschetta, Roman and Italian-American antipasti, charcuterie, and entrees or “secondi” such as panzanella-stuffed quail and suckling pig porchetta. The beverage menu includes American and Italian natural wines, which are made with very small amounts of chemical and technological aid, regional beers, and classic cocktails. All Purpose is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, with Monday night service and lunch to follow soon.


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727 15th Street NW; 202.271.1171

L8 lounge, pronounced “late,” is the newest nightlife venture from Antonis Karagounis, the man behind Ultrabar, Barcode, Soundcheck and Echostage. The 3,000-square foot venue features two polished chrome bars and 10 tables that can accommodate up to 220 patrons. Every night, DJs spin Top 40 favorites and mash-ups, Latin, international, EDM and hip hop hits.

Paper Horse

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2201 I Street NW; 202.296.1660

Whole Foods Market has opened Erik Bruner-Yang’s latest venture, Paper Horse, in their Foggy Bottom location. The ramen stand’s initial menu includes two new broth-based noodle dishes: All Business – a light broth of pork and chicken stock topped with roasted pork belly, poached egg, spinach, potato, pickled ginger, scallion; and Keeping it Light – a light gluten free vegan broth, fried Brussels sprouts, braised daikon, sautéed shitake mushrooms, scallions, pickled ginger.

Republic Restoratives

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1369 New York Avenue NE; 518.441.6177

DC is now home to one of the few 100% women-owned distilleries in the country (let’s hear it for girl power)! After three years of conceptualizing and research, business partners, and longtime friends Pia Causone and Rachel Gardner have completed the final stages of opening craft bourbon and vodka distillery, Republic Restoratives. The distillery is located in a two-story, 24,000-square foot warehouse located in Ivy City and boasts a tasting bar featuring signature cocktails, liquor and distilling classes, and group tours.



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655 K Street NW; 202.652.1464

Owner Ran Nussbächer has opened his new middle-eastern eatery and market, Shouk, at City Vista. The veggie-centric menu features an array of dips, pitas, salads, and craft sodas made to order. The restaurant is open from 11am to 10pm daily.


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1132 19th Street NW; 202.833.1860

The Social Restaurant Group’s newest concept, Bonfire, a campfire-themed restaurant and bar, has officially opened its doors. Executive Chef R.L. Boyd helms the kitchen, with playful and creative cuisine incorporating elements of smoke, fire, and rustic cast iron cooking techniques. The menu includes shareable bites include Hush Puppies with pork belly, jerk spices, mango and coconut butter and Duck Wings with peach mumbo, spicy ginger-cola and proper ranch. Larger plates include a handheld Double PattyShort Rib Burger with smoked gouda, onion jam, marrow mayo and arugula as well as Charred Hanger Steak with cauliflower, kale, pickled mushrooms, double shot demi and fried shallots. Chef Ellen Diekemper  leads the pastry program. In keeping with the ‘bonfire’ theme, the eatery’s sweets include a selection of Campfire Skillets, such as a Dark Chocolate Skillet with Colombian chocolate and banana, topped with marshmallow and homemade graham crackers ($8). Bonfire also offers a S’mores menu, with a rotating seasonal s’more featured each month.

Ottoman Taverna

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425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389

A new Turkish restaurant has come to DC: Ottoman Taverna. Ottoman Taverna pays tribute to the empire that ruled a large swath of Eurasia for hundreds of years. The eatery’s cuisine, crafted by head chef and Istanbul native Ilhan Erkek, is influenced by the ingredients and techniques found throughout the Ottoman region, with menu items like mezze dishes and flatbreads. The 160-seat space features a Sultan’s Table (Chef’s table) with 12 seats and 3 private dining rooms. Ottoman Taverna is open every day from 4pm – 10pm.



733 10th Street NW; 202.854.8408

The owners of Cafe Asia have opened a new Japanese restaurant, Umaya, in Penn Quarter. Umaya is a contemporary Japanese izakaya restaurant focused upon a unique menu and lively ambiance. From the freshest sushi and maki rolls, to trendy Japanese street food favorites such as ramen, ishiyaki (hot stone) grilled skewers, andizakaya style small plates, to traditional Japanese fine-dining cuisine; Umaya’s offerings plan to marvel any palate. Patrons can sip on a handcrafted cocktail by one of the talented mixologists, or explore the sophisticated sake and wine list to compliment their meal. The exotic décor and live DJs spinning soothing house music completes the experience.