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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.
Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana
12207 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, MD; 301.963.0115
Tony Conte, the former Oval Room chef of nine years, has opened his first solo venture, Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, in Gaithersburg on October 5. The 40-seat space is more casual than his previous eateries, including the prestigious Jean-Georges in New York, however ,the chef’s serious approach hasn’t changed. The restaurant promises to be the only Verace Pizza Napoletana-certified pizzeria in Maryland, a degree of authenticity awarded by the Italian organization established to protect Naples’s signature pizza style. Special measures must be taken by the kitchen to pass the test, such as cooking the pies in a 900 degree wood-burning oven for no longer than 90 seconds, and shaping the dough to a specific size, no larger than 11 inches, and texture, thin in the center, pillowy around the edges.
1528 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.986.7597
Having opened his fast-casual eatery, Beefsteak, on the George Washington University campus last spring, Jose Andres has now opened a second Beefsteak location in Dupont. 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. Foods specific to seasons are also available. Beefsteak is open daily from 10:30am to 10:00pm.
7150 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301-652-9780
Silver is now open in Bethesda. The restaurant centers on the concept of having “The Heart of a Diner and Style of a Brasserie.” Silver is open early until late, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night paired with hand-crafted cocktails and local brews. The menu includes feel-good, healthy cuisine, from chicken pot pies with organic chicken, to freshly chopped salads with quinoa, to house made sodas using sugar cane.
Thai By Thai
Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro Station; 703.9414828
Founders Eed and Matt Landon have opened their popular Thai restaurant, Thai by Thai, in its fourth location at Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro Station. The 75-seat restaurant provides a family-friendly environment where diners can enjoy healthy, authentic Thai dishes. The new restaurant is also their first to serve soft drinks made from cane sugar. Eed and Matt grow their own organic herbs exclusively for the restaurants, and they will soon be adding more superfood items to the menu.
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.638.1849
San Fransisco’s historic Tadich Grill is open in the former Ten Penh space on Pennsylvania avenue. The landmark establishment on the West Coast is one of the oldest continuously operating restaurants in the United States and has never once opened a sister restaurant in its 165 years of business, until now. The space boasts some of the restaurant’s century old traditions such as mahogany walls, mesquite broilers, white jacket-clad servers, and linen-covered tables, while also embracing new elements that will be adapted to fit the city’s East Coast style. Wil Going, formerly of Chef Geoff’s, is the executive chef and serves up a menu that reflects the original location’s West Coast seafood-centric dishes, such as cioppino, seafood Louies, and its signature hangtown fry; fried oysters with eggs and bacon, while utilizing East Coast ingredients.
2950 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, Va; 703.664.0693
A new Australian restaurant is now open in the heart of Clarendon. Melbourne native and real estate developer Michael Darby and his wife, former Miss DC Ashley Darby, have created Oz, a go to place for other Australian transplants or those looking to get a taste of the country. The 200-seat space features a large patio, with down under fare that includes unique items like marinated kangaroo. The restaurant also offers traditional Aussie comfort food, including homemade meat pies and sausage rolls, rack of lamb with minted peas, and burgers with an Aussie flare.