<< Sep 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.

Mythology Restaurant & Lore Lounge


816 H Street NE; 202.847.0098

Todd Luongo has brought Mythology Restaurant and Lore Lounge to the H Street Corridor. The 6,500-square-foot space, designed by Lee Designs, has a sophisticated yet whimsical air, resembling the restaurant and lounges of exclusive San Francisco and Miami hotels. The restaurant serves a unique menu of modern American cuisine and boasts a dining area on the first floor, three levels of lounge area, and an indoor/outdoor space on the third floor. The restaurant is currently only serving dinner with brunch service to be available soon.

Insomnia Cookies

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2318 18th Street NW; 877.632.6654

Popular late-night cookie shop Insomnia Cookies, which has locations in more than 30 states, has opened their first DC location. The shop, which offers delivery, opens at 9am on weekdays and 11am on weekends, and closes at 3am Sundays – Wednesdays and 4am Thursdays – Saturdays.

Copperwood Tavern: Loudoun

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20465 Exchange Street, Ashburn, VA; 703.724.4006

Farm-to-table restaurant Copperwood Tavern has opened a second location in Ashburn. The restaurant sources meat, seafood, and produce from local farms including True Farms, Rappahannock River Company, and Highbourne Deer Farms. The bar program utilizes local and fresh ingredients to make their homemade syrups and mixers with a drink menu that changes seasonally. Copperwood Tavern is open daily for lunch, dinner, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.


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2013 I Street NW; 202.223.3600

Contemporary Italian restaurant Aperto has opened in Foggy Bottom. The kitchen, helmed by Chef Luigi Diotaiuti of Al Tiramisu, offers a three-course take-out express lunch for $25 and an extensive selection of cured meats and cheeses, appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and classic Italian entrees with a contemporary twist on both the lunch and dinner menus. The name “Aperto,” which means “open” in Italian, illustrates the interior design and open-air feel of the restaurant with see-through wine displays, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an outdoor patio area. The restaurant is open weekdays for lunch and daily for dinner.

Trump Hotel

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1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.695.1100

The one-and-only Donald Trump has turned the historic Old Post Office pavilion into a luxe hotel with 260 rooms, conference facilities, spa and a restaurant. The interior features a nine-story atrium comprising the grand lobby and Cortile bar, furnished with trees and rich jewel tones.  Prominently located on the mezzanine and overlooking the iconic Clock Tower is contemporary steakhouse BLT Prime, the hotel’s signature restaurant.

Smoked & Stacked

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1239 9th Street NW; 202.465.4822

Ripple and Roofers Union chef and Top Chef alum Marjorie Meek-Bradley has opened a new fast-casual sandwich shop in DC, Smoked & Stacked. The menu features house brined and smoked pastrami, alongside smoked chicken, portobello mushrooms, and breakfast sandwiches. Customers are able to choose a signature or build their own sandwich or salad. Smoked & Stacked is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 3:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Vieux Carre

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1413 K Street NW

Vieux Carre, a New Orleans style cocktail bar from the owners of speakeasy The Speak, has opened in DC. The name Vieux Carre directly translates to the Old Square of New Orleans, or more commonly known as the French Quarter. The bar serves classic cocktails like the La Louisiane (also known as Cocktail à la Louisiane) with rye, bénédictine, sweet vermouth, herbsaint or absinthe, and peychaud’s Bitters.

Taco Bamba

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180 Maple Avenue W, Vienna, VA; 703.436.6339

Award-winning chef Victor Albisu has expanded his own Taco Bamba, a takeout taqueria, to Vienna. The new location’s menu features favorites from the original; tacos, sopes and tortas remain the primary highlights, while daily specials rotate tamales, soups and classic Mexican dishes through the offerings. Taco Bamba also offers platos fuertes, larger entrée-sized Mexican meals and a menu of quesadillas stuffed with unusual fillings like squash blossoms, chilies and other traditional and non-traditional ingredients. The restaurant boasts nearly 50 seats in the 2,000-square-foot space. Taco Bamba provides counter service ordering style, though the Vienna location allows guests sitting at the bar to order from the bartender.