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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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MONEY MUSCLE BBQ AT LEFANTOME FOOD HALL
4501 Woodberry Street, Riverdale Park, MD Money Muscle BBQ is the newest vendor to open in Riverdale Park's Lefantome Food Hall. Owned by Chef Edward Reavis and Jennifer Meltzer, Money Muscle BBQ serves regional American barbeque inspired by Chef Reavis' Southern upbringing. Originally operating as a food truck, this stall at Lefantome Food Hall is Money Muscle BBQ's first brick and mortar location and is one of three dine-in options at the food hall. Some menu highlights guests can look forward to enjoying include Chapel Hill Pulled Beef Sandwich, Loaded Mac & Cheese, Jerk-Rubbed BBQ Salmon Skewers, and more. Money Muscle BBQ is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here.
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COLADA SHOP: DUPONT CIRCLE
1900 N Street NW Daniella Senior, along with her team at Colada Shop have opened the fifth outpost of the popular Cuban concept, Colada Shop, in Dupont Circle. This new 1,800 square-foot space seats 35 guests indoors and an additional 24 guests on the outdoor patio. Guests can enjoy a menu and beverage program crafted by Senior and Juan Coronado. Similar to Colada Shop's previous locations, this new Dupont Cirle location features classic and reinterpreted Cuban bites, as well as hearty dishes. Some menu options guests can get excited for include Calderos, Tostadas and Salads, Arroz con Pollo, and much more. Some options on the beverage program include the Piña Colada, the Cascara Cuba Libre, the Cuban Jungle, and more. Central to every Colada Shop location is the Cuban-inspired coffee menu. Some of the coffee options include the Colada, the Cafè con Leche, the Coradito, and more; For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Rey Lopez
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UNCAGED MIMOSAS
300 Florida Avenue NW Damian Brown has opened his new restaurant in Truxton Circle, Uncaged Mimosas, in the space formerly home to ANXO Cidery and Pintxos Bar. Guests can get excited for slushy machines dispensing frozen brunch drinks and mimosas. Menu options include a Salmon Cake Benedict on a Tator Tot Waffle, Fried Chicken on a Sweet Potato Waffle, Red Velvert Pancakes and much more. Brunch is available all day, everyday at Uncaged Mimosas. Soft opening hours are 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. on a first come, first serve basis; For more information, visit their website here. Photo from Uncaged Mimosas Instagram
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BRONZE
1254 H Street NE A group of alums from D.C. establishments have come together to open a new groundbreaking restaurant, Bronze. The restaurant aims to reimagine the history of the African diaspora through the eyes of a fictional character, Alonzo Bronze. This new three-story, 5,300 square-foot concept is located on H Street in the space formerly home to Smith Commons. Bronze boasts a 26-foot bar on the first floor and an enclosed back patio on the second and third floors. The second floor also features a dining area, that is more traditonal. Each floor features its own distinct dining experience for guests. Bronze is open Monday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until Midnight, and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.; 202.478.6833; For more information, visit their website here.
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LE MONT ROYAL
1815 Adams Mill Road NW Chas Jefferson and Bart Hutchins have opened a new "French-Canadian Disco", Le Mont Royal, in Adams Morgan. Jefferson and Hutchins drew inspiration for this new concept from Montreal and Paris, and they aim to create a communal, convival experience. The bar specializes in juicy and vibrant wines, grower champagnes, and playful cocktails. Hutchins leads the food program, which features French bistro classics, put through "an LSD filter". There are bars on both of the floors of this 4,000 square-foot space, as well as lounge seating, pool tables, large group tables, and a full-service patio seating 44 people. Le Mont Royal is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until Midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.; For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Mariah Miranda Photography
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CASA KANTUTA
2309 18th Street NW Following two successful pop-ups in the DMV, Bolivian cocktail lounge owners and sibling duo Juan and Carla Sanchez have opened a longterm pop-up in the basement of sPACYcLOUd. Casa Kantuta showcases Bolivian culture as the first Bolivian cocktail bar in the District. Carla plans has travelled to Bolivia and brought back authentic decor for the bar, and Juan oversaw the remodel of the space. Beverage Director Lou Bernard continues to lead the drinks program, where he plans to unveil a lineup of new and innvoative cocktails. For more information, visit their Instagram here.  
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ROYAL SANDS SOCIAL CLUB
26 N Street SE Inspired by the colorful bars and beaches of Florida and other tropical places, Royal Sands Social Club has officially opened in Navy Yard. This new 14,000 square-foot concept boasts two levels, three bars, multiple private rooms, and clear views of Nationals Park. The most notable feature guests can get excited for is the sunken "swimming pool" bar at the entrance, that also includes a "lifeguard station" DJ booth. The space can hold up to 1,000 guests and also features a large outdoor patio. Guests can also look forward to playing arcade games, taking photos in the photo booth, and playing cornhole. Some menu highlights at Royal Sands Social Club includes Conch Fritters, Gator Bao Buns, Steamed Shrimp Buckets, and much more. Regular hours will begin in the New Year; 202.355.900. For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Dan Swartz
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POP
2108 Vermont Avenue NW Acclaimed Sommelier, Brent Kroll, has opened a new sparkling bar, Pop, for all things carbonated in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood. Guests can get excited for a menu filled with all the carbonated selections, from seltzers, kombucha, sake, pet-nat, champagne, and sparkling cocktails (approximately 50 options). There will also be a sparkling bottle list at this 40-seat fizz bar. Guests will find some lesser-known effervescents, along with carbonated house cocktails and beers. Chef Bart Hutchins oversees the food program at Pop, which features some of Kroll's favorite bites that pair well with bubbles such as Foie Gras Chicken Nuggets, Caviar Doughnuts, Duck Heart Crunch Wrap Supreme, and more. Pop is open Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. unti; 1:00 a.m., and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. ; For more information, visit their website here. Photo Courtesy of Brent Kroll
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TACO BAMBA: GAITHERSBURG
608 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg, MD Chef Victor Albisu officially opened his eight Taco Bamba location and second in Montgomery County in the Quince Orchard shopping center. This 2,900 sqaure-foot space features indoor seating, as well as a full-service bar and seasonal patio seating. Similar to the other Taco Bamba locations, this new Gaithersburg location features a brand new menu that is inspired by the neighborhood, as well as having all-day breakfast and free coffee until noon. Some menu options unique to the Gaithersburg location guests can get excited for include tacos stuffed with berbere-spiced  beef barbacoa, barbeque pork shoulder and fried chicken, a spaghetti quesadilla, and more. Amin Sediq serves as the beverage director for this new location. For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Greg Powers
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YELLOW: GEORGETOWN
1524 Wisconsin Avenue NW Chef Michael Rafidi has opened a second location of his Levantine cafè, YELLOW, in Georgetown. Like its Navy Yard predecessor, YELLOW features an all-day menu, but it includes some menu offerings that are unique to the new Georgetown location. This 1,700 square-foot space is larger than the Navy Yard location, and features 30 seats inside and an additional 30 seats outside. Chef Rafidi brings the popular Navy Yard sandwiches to Georgetown but as shawarma wrap-style sandwiches instead of the current pita pockets. Coffee Director Ayat Elhag leads the coffee program at the Georgetown location, where he focuses on Levantine-inspired drinks from intentionally sourced Counter Culture beans. Wine Director William Simons leads the bar and wine program at YELLOW, where he curates retail and by the glass selections. Yellow Georgetown is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.; 202.921.9592. For more information, visit their website here. Photo from @yellowthecafe Instagram
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