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What’s in that empty storefront? Which favorite chef is opening up where, and when? All those details and more in Coming Soon.
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CRAZY AUNT HELEN'S
PROJECTED OPENING: June 2021 713 8th Street SE Crazy Aunt Helen's, a quirky new restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Owner Shane Mayson, will be opening on Barracks Row this June in the space formerly home to Finn McCool's. This space boasts two stories of indoor dining, allowing room for 130 seats and features vibrant colors, repurposed furniture, and funky coffee mugs. Mykie Moll will serve as the Executive Chef at this new concept, where guests can expect to enjoy a variety of different 'comfort foods'. The menu will feature hearty dishes, but will also provide nutritional options, as well as menu options for people with specific diets. 
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JACK'S RANCH
PROJECTED OPENING: September 2021 1755 Tysons Central Street, Tysons Corner, VA The owner of Arlington's Texas Ranch Barbeque, Steve Roberts, has enlisted Hell's Kitchen finalist, Declan Horgan, to head his new restaurant, Jack's Ranch, coming to Tysons Corner this September. Located inside the Lumen apartment building, this 11,000 square foot concept is expected to serve menu options such as smoked meats, seafood, Neopolitan and Roman pizzas, and more. The restaurant also plans to add a ful-service deli called Josephine's Italian Maket and Cafè, which will offer sandwiches, coffee, and other Mediterranean options. 
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LOVE, MAKOTO
PROJECTED OPENING: Late Summer/Early Fall 2021 200 Massachusetts Avenue NW Chef Makoto Okuwa and Eric Eden are teaming up to bring a new Japanese food hall to D.C. next year. Love, Makoto will be a 9,000 square foot concept, located in the new Capitol Crossing. This new food hall will serve as a "love letter" from Okuwa, showcasing all the things he loves about his homeland. While final plans are still in the works, guests can expect a ramen shop, a Japanese bakery, a robata grill, a dining room, and a smaller sushi offering in this food hall.  Photo by PGP
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TACO BAMBA: LANDMARK
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2021 6259 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA Chef Victor Albisu has announced his plans to open Taco Bamba's seventh location this Fall in the Landmark neighborhood of Alexandria. Albisu and his culinary team of Tom Hall, Faiz Ally, and Greg Lucero will create a unique menu of tostados, tacos, super tortas, as well as an item unique to this location: the only-in Landmark empanada. Similar to other locations, this new Taco Bamba location will feature menu staples, as well as location specific options. The space will be designed by local architecture firm, Swatchroom, and draw inspiration from the surrounding neighborhoods. For more information, visit their website here.
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DIABLO'S CANTINA
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2021 101 MGM National Avenue, Forest Heights, MD MGM National Harbor has announced they will be opening a new restaurant concept, Diablo's Cantina, this Summer, led by Chef Alexis Samayoa. This will be Diablo Cantina's first East Coast location after originally opening in Las Vegas. The menu will feature vibrant Mexican fare inspired by classic Mexican cuisine. This new location will have a unique feel from it's Las Vegas location, and will boast a central bar and a patio space for guests to enjoy. For more information, visit MGM National Harbor's website here.
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COLADA SHOP: MOSAIC DISTRICT
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2021 Mosaic District, Fairfax, VA A new Colada Shop will be opening in Fairfax's Mosaic District this Summer inside 'Bloomie's', Bloomingdale's smaller store concept. This 900 square foot space space will seat up to 21 guests indoor as well as 36 patio seats. Led by Executive Chef Mario Monte, guests can enjoy reinterpreted and classic Cuban cuisine, similar to the menu found at Colada Shop's sister restaurants in D.C. and Maryland. Each Colada Shop space is designed unique, with the goal of corresponding to the neighborhood it is located in. A beverage program will also be featured at this new location, with rum focused classic and original cocktails. For more information, visit their website here.
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BLUE ROCK
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2021 12567 Lee Highway, Washington, VA Blue Rock, formerly Blue Rock Inn, will be reopening this Summer by Owner Nick Dowling. After a lengthy renovation, Blue Rock will boast five guest rooms, a new restaurant head by Chef Bin Lu, and a wine and spirits tasting room where guests can enjoy wine, beer, and cocktails from around the world. This 80-acre equestrian themed property will be led under General Manager Liz Carpenter, overloooks the Blue Ridge Mountains and is a modern take on the classic country inn. Blue Rock has the space to hold events up to 100 people. The restaurnt will feature American staples and guests can enjoy their food on the extensive patio. For more information, visit their website here.
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GOLDEN FLOUR
PROJECTED OPENING: June 26th, 2021 441 Kennedy Street NW Nieshia Williams will be opening a new bakery named after her gluten-free flour, Golden Flour, this June in D.C.'s Brentwood Park neighborhood. This new concept will specialize in gluten-free treats, includng menu options such as cinnamon rolls and chocolate croissants. Although Williams experiments with various gluten-free flour blends for her treats, traditional baked goods will also be available. Williams also plans on hosting cooking and baking lessons, for the neighborhood to enjoy. The bakery will boast a walk-up window, a first-floor production area, and a basement area where customers can place orders and sit at high-top tables. For more information, visit their website here. 
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BUBBIE'S PLANT BURGERS AND FIZZ
PROJECTED OPENING: Winter 2021 2412 18th Street NW Chef Margaux Riccio and Restaurateur Shaun Sharkey are opening a new neighborhood diner in Adams Morgan this Winter. Bubbie's Plant Burgers and Fizz will have the look of a throwback diner and will be certified Kosher. Originally located in the Rock and Roll Hotel as a pop-up, Bubbie's will feature 100 seats for guests to dine at, as well as an outdoor seating space and basement for private events. Guests can get excited to enjoy signature sandwiches and burgers, as well as other menu options. Beverage Director Mike Perrigo will head the drink program which will include cocktails, spiked milkshakes and kombucha, and more. For more information, visit their website here.  
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FAVA POT
PROJECTED OPENING: Early July 2021 1817 M Street NW Dina Daniel will be opening a second Fava Pot location on M Street this July, replacing OKI Bowl D.C. The menu will be similar to that of the Union Market location but will include some specialities. This downtown location will also have the fast casual restaurant feel . Guests can get excited to try menu options such as scratch falafel, kebab bowls, kofta sandwiches, and more. This small space will have 12 seats and a limited amount of seats outside. For more information, visit their website here.
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