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Keeping you up to date on the absolute latest in restaurant openings in the DC Metro area.
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HAN PALACE: CAPITOL HILL
522 8th Street SE Chris Zhu has officially opened his third Han Palace location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood on Barracks Row. Known for its daily extensive menu of made to order authentic Cantonese Dim Sum, as well as other traditional dishes, this new location also offers two unlimited tasting menus, unique to this location. Option A is a $38 per person option that includes an array of Dim Sum like Soup Dumplings, Scallion Pancakes, Steamed Pork Buns, and more. Option B is a $48 per person and includes Hong Kong style roasts like Fresh Oyster, Lobstertail, Pork with Preserved Egg, and more. Similar to the other locations, all Dim Sum is made to order and there are no push carts. Han Palace Capitol Hill is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here.
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POP-UP: SAVED BY THE BARREL
613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE After a two and a half year hiatus, Barrel has reopened its basement bar as, Saved by the Barrel, a 90's themed pop-up bar. Guests can expect 90's music, nostalgic decorations, 90's outfits, and more. Some of the cocktails guests can get excited to enjoy include th "We Were on a Break", "The Carrie Bradshaw", "Saved by the Bell-ini", and more. Grown-Up Capri Suns with similarly nostalgic names will also be available. Saved By The Barrel is open to the public starting Thursday, September 22nd until Saturday, December 31st. Saved by the Barrel is open Thursday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. until close.  Photo from Barrel D.C. Instagram
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GRAZIE NONNA
1100 15th Street NW Casey Patten and Chef Gerald Addison have opened a new restaurant, Grazie Nonna, in the Midtown Center. Grazie Nonna pays special attention to its dough, where guests can expect a light and airy pizza crust with a crisp bite. Antipasti options are also available for guests to enjoy, like the Nonna platter. The menu focuses on North East dishes such as chicken and eggplant parmagiano, bucatini and meatballs, clams in a white wine, and more. All pastas, except for lasagna, are referred to as macaroni. The wine list sourced by Gerald Addison offers organic and biodynamic Italian wines from vineyards with minimal intervention. The cocktail program focuses on classics. Grazie Nonna is open daily from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Rey Lopez
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PICCOLINA
963 Palmer Alley Way NW Chef Amy Brandwein has expanded her all-day cafè, Piccolina, at the CityCenter D.C. development. By taking over the space adjacent to it, Piccolina has added 1,200 square-feet of space and offers a total of 70 seats in the cafè. Guests can also get excited for a wider selection of cafè style dishes as well as a check-out counter solely for to-go orders. Some additional changes include an expanded bread program, more salads and grains for lunch, and homemade Sicilian granita. Piccolina is open Monday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here. Photo from Piccolina Website
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WESTERN MARKET
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Western Market, a new modern marketplace where Washingtonians can enjoy more than a dozen of the city's food and beverage vendors all in one place has opened in Foggy Bottom. This 12,300 square-foot space is a contemporary space where guests can enjoy meals, happy hours, social gatherings, and more. The space boasts a variety of socially distanced seating, as well as an outdoor patio area. A variety of vendors will be opening on a rolling basis through 2022. Western Market is open Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; 202.452.0924; For more information, visit their website here. Vendors at Western Market Include:  Capo Deli (Now Open) An Italian Sub Shop that originated in Shaw and speicalizes in deli-style subs and serves specialty cockatils like the "Fauci Pouchy". This new spot will give the feel of an old-school Italian deli found in cities like New York. Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls (Now Open) A fast-casual concept serving authentic lobster rolls. Mason's serves sustainable Main Lobster, Crab, Shrimp Rolls, and more. This will be Mason's first D.C. location. RAWish (Now Open) From Owners James and Taneea Yarborough, Rawish offers an organic raw menu of salads, sandwiches, bowls, and more. Rawish's focus is to make nutritious food affordable and accessible.  Roaming Rooster (Now Open) Puts a modern spin on homestyle southern fried chicken by using hormone and antibiotic free range chicken. This will be Roaming Rooster's second brick and mortar location.  Arepa Zone (Now Open) Known for their arepas, cachapas, and tequenos, this concept serves authentic Venezualan foods. Falafel Inc. (Now Open) Offers classic Mediterranean flavors such as vegetarian falafel, hummus, tabouli, and more that can be enjoyed in a fresh baked pita or bowl. Falafel Inc. also has partenerships with "Eat For Good" and the World Food Programme.  Lucky Danger (Summer 2022) Chef Tim Ma will be expanding his American-Chinese take-out restaurant in Foggy Bottom's Western Market this Summer. The space will be set-up for easy to-go ordering with indoor and outdoor seating available throughout Western Market. The menu will consist of a range of Lucky Danger signatures such as sesame chicken, lo meins, crab ragoon, and more Alitiko (Fall 2021) From Owner Dimitri Piskapas this concept will serve classic Greek street foods such as gyros, sandwiches, and Mediterranean sides.  Bandoola Bowl (Fall 2021) This Southeast Asian salad shop will bring the flavors from Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, an more to Foggy Bottom. Guests can enjoy customized salads and warm bowls as well as noodles, proteins, and more.  Nim Ali (Fall 2021) From Owners Rosario Guzman and Karla Alonzo, this Guatemalan street food concept will serve a variety of snacks and full plates such as shukos, antojitos, mixtas, and more.  Sushi Onkei (Now Open) From owner Ferry Huang, Sushi Onkei offers authentic Japanese cuisine in a sleek and modern sushi bar. Guests can enjoy menu options such as Nigiri, Ura Maki, Hoso Maki, and more.  Tigerella (Now Open) This new concept features a menu that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner options with items ranging from morning pastries, sandwiches, to a full bar, and more.  ExPat (2022) From Partners Tim Ma, Jonas Singer, and Ben Sislen, Ex Pat will be a full-social bar and restaurant concept, making it Western Market's largest concept. ExPat will offer a barbecue menu with southern staples and will also feature sports betting components.  
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BUTTER ME UP: 14TH STREET
1409 T Street NW Andre McCain, the Founder and CEO of Butter Me Up, has officially opened his second brick-and-mortar location in the Logan Circle neighborhood of D.C. Guests can get excited to enjoy innovative, yet familiar breakfast staples. The menu at this new 14th Street location has been expaded, and the menu is now divided into four categories: Breakfast Sandwiches, Superfood Acai Bowls, Toasts, and Sides. Some standout menu options include the Staycation, the Easy Like Sunday, the Feels Like Home, and much more. In-house dining, carryout, and delivery services are available; 202.885.9364; For more information, visit their website here.  
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SALAMANDER WASHINGTON D.C.
1330 Maryland Avenue SW Salamander Hotel & Resorts along with Henderson Park have launched Salamander Washington D.C. in the former Mandarin Oriental. The two companies partnered to purchase and rebrand the 373-room property. Under new ownership and Salamander's management, the hotel is undergoing a new program that includes: a renovation of all the hotel's suites, the remodeling and reopening of the club lounge, redesign and re-concepting of the signature restaurant and grand lobby lounge, and reactivation of the hotel's outdoor spaces. Complete details of the hotel's improvement program will be made available in the coming weeks; For more information, visit their website here.
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NAMA KO: 14TH STREET
1926 14th Street NW Restaurteur Michael Schlow has officially opened his new restaurant, Nama Ko, in the Louis building on 14th Street. Inspired by Schlow's passion for Japanese culinary traditions, Nama Ko builds off his K Street restaurant, Nama Sushi. Nama Ko is led by Executive Chef Derek Watson and General Manager Aziz Ghazaz. Chef Watson provides guests with innovative dishes, creative small plates, beautiful shashimi presentations, and more. Guests can get excited to enjoy menu options such as Koji Aged Pork Chop, Roasted Mushrooms, Classic Hamachi Sashimi, and much more. The restaurant features 12 seats at the sushi bar, about 80 seats in the dining room, and 15 seats at the bar. Nama Ko is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Fridau and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; 202.319.1400; For more information, follow Nama Ko on Instagram @namakorestaurant or visit their website here.
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BAR SPERO
250 Massachusetts Avenue NW Chef Johnny Spero has opened his new concept, Bar Spero, in D.C.'s East End. Whether guests are going for happy hour or last call, Bar Spero aims to embody the energy of Downtown D.C. Guests can get excited to be drawn in by the sleek, architectural cockatil bar, which is the centerpiece of the multi-story space. Bar Spero features a seafood-forward cuisine focused on Mid-Atlantic fare. The cocktail program focuses on high-quality spirits that aim to elevate classic recipes. There is also a wine list and beer options for guests to enjoy. Bar Spero is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their Instagram here.
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IRREGARDLESS
502 H Street NE Ian and Mika Carlin have opened a new wine bistro, Irregardless, in the H Street neighborhood. Irregardless is a 1,600 square-foot, two-story concept that features a six-course seasonal tasting menu from Chef Ben Browning. The menu highlights Mid-Atlantic produce and producers. Some menu options guests can get excited to enjoy include Gnocchi Panzanella, Heirloom Tomato Galette, Cacio e Peas, and more. Tasting menus are offered alongside two optional beverage pairings, one of which solely focuses on Virginia wine and spirits. The wine program reflects Ian and Mika's tastes, and they also serve as co-sommeliers at this new concept. The restaurant's wine program is complemented by a cocktail menu created by Bar Manager Christine Cabutan. Some options include Matcha Do About Nothing, Capri Fitz, Once Upon a Time in Hawaii, and more. The space boasts 51-seats and is filled with locally-sourced art and botanical touches. Irregardless is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.; 202.741.1741; For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Jen Chase
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