<< Mar 2015 >>

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.

Maxine

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2915 M Street, NW

The team behind Bodega and Thunder Burger has opened up a steak-frites spot in the longtime Guards location in Georgetown. The French-inspired restaurant serves a rustic brasserie menu with wallet-friendly dishes and an affordable beverage program that features bottles of wine all priced at $45 and under.  The menu offers classics such as onion soup, mussels, and quiche, but its real highlight is “La Formule,” a $19.95 meal that includes steak, salad, frites, and a baguette bread basket. The 75-seat eatery is open daily from 4:00pm to 11:00pm.

 

Beefsteak

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22 and I Street, NW; beefsteakveggies.com

Jose Andres’ has opened the doors to his newest DC eatery, Beefsteak, on the George Washington University campus.  Although the menu at Beefsteak is currently limited, in lieu of an upcoming official opening, diners can sample a variety of items at the vegetable-centric, fast-casual spot. Ordering at Beefsteak is much like ordering at a Chipotle-style restaurant, guests can choose from  four pre-fashioned bowls, all priced at $7.99, on the menu or opt to build a personalized  combination of grains, vegetables, seeds, nuts, sauces, dressings, and animal-or-plant-based proteins.

Station Kitchen and Cocktails

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2015 Massachusetts Avenue: Embassy Row Hotel; 202.265.1600

Station Kitchen and Cocktails has officially opened its doors to guests at the Embassy Row Hotel, where it is located, to tourists and Washingtonians alike looking to satiate their palates or quench their thirsts any time, day or night.  Focused upon providing an “interactive”  and local dining experience, Station Kitchen and Cocktails offers guests shareable plates, bottled cocktails, and many more American-inspired fare sourced from the finest ingredients and products available in the region.  Guests can enjoy a Compass coffee in the space’s coffee shop from 6:00am to 4:00pm, a cocktail or bite to eat in the kitchen from 4:00pm to 11:00pm on weekdays and from 4:00pm to 12:00am on weekend days, and grab a carefully curated snack or sandwich option from the chef’s pantry 24 hours a day.

Don Tito

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3165 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; 703.566.3113

The group behind A-Town Bar and Grill has unveiled a new restaurant concept, Don Tito, in the former Eventide space in Clarendon.  The Mexican eatery, however, features a less rowdy, more lounge-like atmosphere than A-Town’s and is placing more of an emphasis on its menu.  The menu features classic Mexican fare and focuses upon tacos, beer, and tequila.  The space’s interior boasts a cantina feel complete with exposed brick, wood accents, and two rooftop bars that will be open seasonally.

 

Peter Chang: Arlington, VA

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2503 North Harrison Street, Arlington, VA; 703.538.6688

Chef Peter Chang and partner Gen Lee have expanded their Virginia-based chain of  restaurants into Arlington with a new Peter Chang location in the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. The eatery was originally planned as a new, fast-casual concept, Peter Chang Wok, however, those plans were scrapped and replaced with a more conventional, full-service concept. As a former chef at the Chinese Embassy in DC, Chang’s spicy Szechuan cooking his has garnered much admiration and popularity in the DMV. China’s Szechuan region, considered the “heartland” of China and influenced by neighboring Hunan, is known for the bold and spicy flavors of its local cuisine- thought to combat the area’s intense humidity. Chang serves up these distinctive flavors in a wide variety of dishes including  duck in stone pot, scallion bubble pancakes and grandma’s steamed pork belly.

Stanton and Greene

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319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has a new go-to for classic American cocktails and cuisine, with the opening of Stanton & Greene at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Spanning three floors of a meticulously restored building just two blocks from the US Capitol and Supreme Court, the 180-seat Stanton & Greene evokes the easy elegance of the Capital city’s bars of the early­- to mid­- 20th century. The spirits program at Stanton & Greene has distinctly American imprint featuring an expansive selection of local, regional, and national distilleries balanced between gins, whiskies, vodkas and other high-quality craft spirits. The restaurant menu, developed as a collaboration between Executive Chef Josh Hutter and Chef de Cuisine Damian Brown, offers American classics updated to reflect the founding partners’ decade-old commitment to local and naturally-raised ingredients.

Baroak Cookhouse and Taproom

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126 West Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401; 410. 295.3225

Chef Teddy Folkman, of Granville Moore’s on H Street, NE, has now opened Baroak Cookhouse & Taproom at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Baroak is influenced by the cuisine of the best pubs and taverns in America and Belgium. Knife-and-fork dishes are complemented by a collection of perfectly cooked burgers, stacked sandwiches, fresh entrée salads, steak frites and an assortment of mussels and flatbreads. Baroak offers one of the largest selections of Belgian and craft beer in Annapolis along with classic cocktails and wine. The space boasts traditional seating, and innovative dining options including social tables and outdoor dining complete with a welcoming fire pit along the West Street terrace. The space also includes a warm and textured, moody and modern feel with reclaimed surfaces and vintage furnishings, a bustling open kitchen, and soft and chic outdoor seating.

Radici

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303 7th St SE, Washington, D.C., DC 20003; 202.758.0086

Radici, an authentic Italian market and cafe has officially opened in Capitol Hill. The new 1,600 square-foot space features imported gourmet Italian bread, meats, cheeses, wine, and coffee. Owner Bridget Thibodeau-Sasso tapped local award-winning architecture and design firm Studio3877, led by co-founders David-Shove Brown and David Tracz, to create an environment inspired by the brand’s name, “Radici,” Italian for “roots” as well as authentic Italian markets, cafes, and restaurants. Terracotta tile, brick, wood tones and custom millwork can be found throughout, creating a rustic atmosphere for shoppers to grab an espresso on the way to work, pick up simple, delicious ingredients for their family’s dinner, or wind down with a glass of wine at the end of the day.

AMP

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11810 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, MD; 301.581.5255

The impressive Pike and Rose Development is now home to AMP, a unique performance and event space that combines both an audible and edible experience in one sensational location.  Owned and operated by the folks at Strathmore, AMP offers guests a luxurious atmosphere with incredible acoustics as well as delicious food provided by Michael Babin’s Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s catering division 550 Event and Provisions. Helmed by seasoned chef and cookbook author Chef Jenn Crovato, 55o Event and Provisions is creating custom, seasonal menus for the space’s concert performances and private events, while acclaimed beverage professionals Brent Kroll, Greg Engert and Jeff Faile curate craft beverage offerings for all attendees. As guests are treated to one-of-kind musical performances, memorable bites like Red Apron Charcuterie; Beef Short Ribs and Warm Apple Fritters can also be enjoyed.  The 2,800-square-foot-space features floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliet Balconies, cabaret-style seating for up to 250 guests and, in addition to its ticketed concert events, is available for private parties and special occasions.

 

 

Sotto

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1610 14th Street, NW; 202.545.3459

Since Ghibellina took over the 14th street space formerly belonging to HR-57 two years ago, the lower level has remained vacant…until now! Ari Gejdenson and Mindful Restaurant Group have officially opened Sotto in the long unoccupied space. Although the eatery’s name has Italian roots, the menu, helmed by Chef Keith Cabot, offers modern American fare.  It includes seasonal appetizers and sides such as braised kale and fennel gratin, dishes featuring beef brisket and homemade sausages, and desserts reminiscent of state-fair decadence. The beverage program focuses on classic cocktails with a twist and also offers a varied wine selection. The subterranean space has been designed using mostly wood, brick, and concrete elements and boasts a 22-seat bar, high-top seating, and communal dining space complete with renovated picnic tables and large booths.

Old Town Pour House

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212 Ellington Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD; 301. 963.6281

Maryland beer enthusiasts, rejoice; craft beer is the pillar of the new Old Town Pour House concept in Gaithersburg. Old Town Pour House, the first of Bottleworks non-Chicago based locations, serves up over 90 local and global selections on draft, specialty cocktails, and a selection of wine on-tap as well as a hearty menu that complements its expansive beer menu.  Executive Chef Paul Katz’s menu focuses upon classic American fares such as Chicago Dogs, Vienna Beef mini dogs wrapped in potatoes, tomato powder, poppy seeds, mustard relish, celery salt, sport peppers, filet mignon sliders, and the signature Pour House Burger.

SER

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1110 N. Glebe Rd., Ballston, Arlington, VA; 703.746.

Winner of the 2014 Ballston restaurant competition, which granted free rent and additional incentives for one victorious, and deserving restaurant, SER has officially opened its doors. The eatery offers guests Spanish comfort foods that stray from the commonly seen tapas experience.  Instead, the traditional menu features a variety of different sizes for each dish, from family-style to individual entree. Borrowing its name from the Spanish verb “to be,” the name SER also serves as an acronym for “Simple, Easy, and Real”- representing the eatery’s casual, neighborhood feel. In addition to dinner service, SER offers a full lunch service as well as a grab-and-go section.