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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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BLUE ROCK
12567 Lee Highway, Washington, VA Owner Nick Dowling has officially reopened Blue Rock, formerly known as Blue Rock Inn, following a lengthy renovation. Blue Rock boasts 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 is led under General Manager Liz Carpenter, and 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. Photo by Jennifer Chase
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POP UP: DISCO MARY
124 Blagden Alley Way NW Maria Bastasch and Derek Brown have opened a new pop-up, Disco Mary, within the Columbia Room. This new spot aims to redefine the way people party and the nightlife vibe, by making the focus on conversation, connection, and plants. Disco Mary pairs apothecary cocktails infused with herbal ingredients with a menu of plant-forward food. Disco Mary also features non and low alcohol drinks with ingreditents such as adaptogenic mushrooms, calming herbs, super-fruits, and more. Guests can enjoy drinks such as Influencers in the Wild and Sweet Leaf, and food such as Rainbow Nachos and Palmito Ceviche. Chef Elena Venegas is the head chef of this new concept. Disco Mary is open from Wednesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here.
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THE SALT LINE: BALLSTON
4040 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA Chef Kyle Bailey and Long Shot Hospitality have partnered up to create Ballston's newest seafood concept: The Salt Line. Curated by Grizform Design Architects, The Salt Line houses up to 100 patrons inside as well as 100 patrons in their large outdoor seating space. Guests are able to enjoy the signature blue-and-white arches while sipping on their fresh oysters. In terms of the menu, The Salt Line focuses on serving up a fresh take on local seafood dishes; whether they come out raw, grilled, or fried. To compliment the cuisine, the new concept also offers local draft beers and cocktails. The Salt Line prides themselves on being a good neighbor to the Chesapeake Bay, where they source their seafood from, and continuously participates in the DC chapter of the Surfrider Foundation as well as the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Photo by Jennifer Chase      
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IMMIGRANT FOOD+: PLANET WORD MUSEUM
925 13th Street NW Immigrant Food has opened its third restaurant concept in D.C.'s newly opened Planet Word Museum. Immigrant Food+ is head by Executive Chef Enrique Limardo and seats up to 81 guests. This 2,500 square-foot concept features Immigrant Food's most ambitious menu yet and serves their traditional casual fusion menu during the day and transitions to an elevated gastronomic experience in the evenings. Guests can also get excited for a globally-inspired cocktail menu by Morgan Barron. Immigrant Food+ is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here.  Photo by Irena Stein Photography
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SON OF A FISH
1309 5th Street NE Fiona Lewis and Scott Han have opened Son of a Fish a new grab-and-go sushi spot, in Union Market. Together, they combine Asian and Western culinary traditions to create a menu that is a mix of tradition and fusion. Batches will be preapred two to three times a day until everything is sold out to ensure that all offerings are fresh for guests. Guest can enjoy emnu options such as California Rolls with real crab meat, Spicy Tuna with specialty options, Nigiri and Sashimi options, and more. Son of a Fish is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; For more information, visit Union Market's website here. Photo from Union Market Website
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SANTÈ
1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA A new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant has opened in Northern Virginia at the Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City. Santè, which is led by Executive Chef Phil Skerman and Chef de Cuisine Kevin Marshall-Broderick, features creative takes on classic dishes such as Lamb Osso Bucco, Roasted Whole Branzino, Shrimp Saganaki, and more. Santè offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and dessert; and also features a selection of craft beer, wines, and handcrafted cocktails. This new concept can seat up to 64 guests in the dining room are, wtih additional seating available in the bar and lounge areas; 703.412.2762; For more information, visit their website here.
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UNION KITCHEN: ECKINGTON
1625 Eckington Place NE Union Kitchen has opened its sixth location at Quincy Lane. Located a couple blocks from NoMa's Alethia Park, all Union Market locations showcase local products coming out of the D.C. food ecosystem, a large menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and classic convenience store snacks. On opening day, guests can stop in and receieve a free cookie. Guests who visit on opening day will receive a free Blind Dog chocolate chip cookie. Union Kitchen Eckington will be open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here.
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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.  Alitiko (Fall 2021) From Owner Dimitri Piskapas this concept will serve classic Greek street foods such as gyros, sandwiches, and Mediterranean sides.  Arepa Zone (Fall 2021) Known for their arepas, cachapas, and tequenos, this concept serves authentic Venezualan foods. 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 (Fall 2021) From owner Ferry Huang, Sushi Onkei offers authentic Japanese cuisine in a sleek and modern sushi bar.  Tigerella (Fall 2021) 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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ILILI
100 District Square SW After sitting vacant for two years, the space that formerly housed Mike Isabella's, Requin, a the Wharf has gotten a new tenant with the opening of Ilili. Ilili, a large Lebanese restaurant based in New York's Flaitron District, expected to be opening at the Wharf in D.C. next year. While the COVID-19 crisis has created some issues with finalizing the terms of the lease at this 5,000 square foot spot, D.C. residents could be getting a restaurant that has been considered one of the top options for Middle Eastern food in New York. Some menu highlights guests can get excited for include brussel sprouts with grapes, fig jam, ultra-smook steak tartare, and much more. For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Melany Robinson  
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CORK SPRING VALLEY
4850 Massachusetts Avenue NW Cork Wine Bar & Market has opened a new retail outpost in partnership with Pizza Paradiso in D.C.'s Spring Valley neighborhood. Cork Spring Valley offers its trademark collection of Old-World wines by the bottle and also boasts a grocery and to-go market with items from local oman and minority owned businesses. There is a grand opening event that will take place on Friday, October 15th that will feature a variety of opening promotions for guests to enjoy. Cork Spring Valley is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here. Photo by An-Phuong Ly
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