<< Jul 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.

Duke’s Counter

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3000 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.905.2903

The owners behind popular Dupont staple Duke’s Grocery have opened a casual London-inspired gastropub, Duke’s Counter, in Woodley Park. The space, located directly across from the National Zoo, formerly housed Zoo Bar Cafe.  The menu includes the same fare you can find at Duke’s Grocery, with seasonal East London-inspired cuisine like the Proper Burger, truffle mac, and fish and chips. The bar features a variety of draft beers, along with wine and classic cocktails.

801 Restaurant & Bar

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801 Florida Avenue NW; 202.332.0207

801 Restaurant & Bar offers a “delicious food and beverage menu in a chic and welcoming environment in the Shaw neighborhood.” The restaurant serves dinner 7 days a week and brunch on weekends. The space features a dining room spanning over 2 floors, with 3 bars and a rooftop deck.

ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar

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300 Florida Avenue NW; 202.986.3795

ANXO aims to reinvigorate interest in traditional cider, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s oldest drinks, with its opening as the city’s first cider brewery. ANXO produces its own cider on-premises with the help of renowned cider-maker Kyle Sherrer of Millstone Cellars. Natural fermentation in oak barrels leads to a limited product that is notably different from the vast offerings ANXO will present from around the world. Chef Walker honors the Basque culinary traditions of honesty, simplicity, and quality by showcasing local producers’ best efforts. The menu features pintxos (Basque small bites) as well as heartier dishes one might find at a ciderhouse.  The beverage program features 17 ciders on draft, and 25 additional draft lines dedicated to beer, wine, and cocktails. The Basque cuisine is paired with an extensive list of Basque cider bottles available to guests dining in a 40-seat dining room on the second floor.





2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.337.9700

Award-winning chef Michael Schlow, owner and operator of TICO, The Riggsby, and the recently opened Alta Strada and Conosci, has now opened Casolare, a restaurant in the newly renovated Kimpton Glover Park Hotel. The coastal Italian restaurant serves food from the regions of Amalfi, Sardinia, Puglia, Cinque Terre and Livorno. The menu offers antipasti, wood stone-fired pizzas and a wide selection of seafood. The space, designed by Brian Miller of Edit Lab at Streetsense, seats 156.



Room 19

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2901 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; room19arlington@gmail.com

A new speakeasy, Room 19, is taking place weekly in the back of Boulevard Woodgrill restaurant. The space is open on select Mondays from 6pm to midnight, with additional days of the week expected to be added. The speakeasy features classic cocktails in an intimate setting. For reservations, please email room19Arlington@gmail.com.

Junction Bakery + Bistro

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1508 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA; 703.739.2424

Noe Landini and Chef Nathan Hatfield have brought a new eatery, Junction Bakery + Bistro, to Del Ray. The restaurant serves as a cafe in the mornings and a bistro in the afternoons and evenings. The bakery serves baked goods to customers in addition to providing baked goods for Landini’s existing restaurants; the bistro serves soups, sandwiches and salads plus a variety of dinner entrees. The space is designed with a 40s-era theme and seats 50.

Big Chief

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2002 Fenwick Street NE; 202.465.4822

Big Chief, a concept from Geoff Dawson and Peter Bayne of Penn Social and Highline RxR, is now open in Ivy City. The bar and music venue houses lounge areas and picnic tables on the main floor, and a picturesque rooftop deck with an Airstream trailer. The bar menu includes a simple selection of canned beers and cocktails. The venue doesn’t serve food, but guests can order bites from neighboring Ivy City Smokehouse.


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1020 19th Street NW; 202.846.1479

A new eatery, Moxie’s, has brought warm ice cream sandwiches to the Capital. Moxie’s also serves fresh salads, sandwiches and soft drinks. The eatery features a plush outdoor patio and is open Mondays – Fridays from 6am – 7pm.

The Dish & Dram

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10301 Kensington Parkway, Kensington, MD; 301.962.4046

The Team behind The Daily Dish in Silver Spring has opened up a new restaurant in Kensington: The Dish & Dram. The 75-seat restaurant serves comfort food with an international twist; as their website describes, “dishes that reminds us of sitting around the table with friends and family here and around the world.” The Dish & Dram is open Tuesday to Thursday: 11:30am to 9pm, Friday: 11:30am to 9:30pm, Saturday: Pastries 9am to 9:30pm, and Sunday: 10am to 4pm.

Beefsteak: Bethesda

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Westfield Montgomery Mall, Bethesda, MD; 301.365.0608

Chef José Andrés has brought his popular fast-casual eatery, Beefsteak, to Maryland. Beefsteak serves customizable and affordable veggie-centric meals. The restaurant currently has locations throughout DC and Pennsylvania.


Slim’s Diner

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4201 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.783.0699

Crane & Turtle owner Paul Ruppert has expanded in Petworth with a traditional diner, Slim’s. Slim’s  features all-day breakfast, with menu items including burgers, pancakes, eggs of all kinds and traditional sides like fried potatoes. The space includes traditional staples one would expect from a diner; cushioned booths and a large open counter with seating. The diner is open from 7:00 am until midnight on weekdays, and will close later at 2:00 am on the weekends.