<< Feb 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.


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804 V Street NW; 202.627.2277

A presidential-themed restaurant, Declaration, is now open for business. The pizza-centric restaurant’s menu is helmed by Chef Demetrio A. Zavala. Declaration serves traditional Neapolitan style pizza, plus 13 unique pizzas representing the 13 original colonies. The 52-seat space boasts decor that gives a nod to the time period when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The restaurant is open Monday – Wednesday from 11am to midnight, Thursday – Friday from 11am to 2am, and Sunday from 10:30am to 9pm.

The Sovereign


1206 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.774.5875

Greg Engert, Beer Director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group, has opened a new bistro and bar in Georgetown that will pay tribute to Belgian cuisine and brewing. The Sovereign offers 50 drafts and 200+ bottles from the very best Belgian brewers. Executive chef Peter Smith, formerly of of PS7 and Vidalia, has developed a menu featuring rustic ingredient-driven dishes of Belgian cuisine, which draws from French, German and Dutch cooking traditions. The two-story bar and bistro is comprised of an 84-seat first floor dining room and 47-seat bar on the second floor.

Hank’s Pasta Bar


600 Montgomery Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA; 571.312.4117

Jamie Leeds, Chef/Owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar has added another dimension to her brand with the opening of Hank’s Pasta Bar. Under the helm of Chef Nicolas Flores, formerly Chef de Cuisine for the Old Town location of Hank’s Oyster Bar, Hank’s Pasta Bar’s menu consists of house-made pastas, Anitpasti, rustic roasts, and grilled whole fish.  The restaurant boasts an extensive Italian dominant wine list featuring small vineyard selections, in addition to neighborhood favorites. The rustic space consists of 100 seats in its main dining room, an outside patio of 10 seats, and a private dining space available for up to 22 guests.


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845 Upshur Street NW; 202.629.3034

A new Thai restaurant has arrived in Petworth. Alfie’s, a concept by chef Alex McCoy,  is modeled after ‘expat bars’ that McCoy encountered during his travels in Southeast Asia. The authentic asian cuisines featured  are based on expat owners’ home countries and travels. The small menu includes just about 20 dishes and will change regularly.

Sushi Ogawa

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2100 Connecticut Avene NW; 202.813.9715

The team behind Sushi Capitol on Capitol Hill has opened their newest sushi venture, Sushi Ogawa. Ogawa’s menu comprises of traditional Japanese Sushi and Washoku Sushi, in addition to fish and vegetable dishes. The restaurant seats around 60 and is open Monday-Saturday from 5pm to 10:30pm.

Beard Papa’s

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1332 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.380.7453

A franchise bakery, Beard Papa’s, is now open in Georgetown. First opening in 1999 in Japan, Beard Papa’s has spread to the U.S. with its reputation for great cream puffs. The bakery also specializes in eclairs and other baked goods. The location is open Monday – Friday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 11am to 8pm.