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OPAL
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2022 5534 Connecticut Avenue NW Colin McClimans and Danilo Simic will be opening a new Coastal American restaurant, Opal, this Fall. Opal is expected to be a welcoming neighborhood restaurant that emphasizes seasonality and sustainability through their vegetable-forward menu options and a selection of fish and meat. This two-story restaurant will boast 80-seats that view the open kitchen and wood-fired oven on the main floor. The bar program will focus on fresh ingredients with a focus on technique, while offering an extensive beer and wine menu. The bar will be located in the center of the dining room; For more information, follow @opal_dc for updates. Photo from Nina May D.C. Instagram
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NAMA KO: 14TH STREET
PROJECTED OPENING: September 2022 1926 14th Street NW Restaurteur Michael Schlow has announced he will be opening a new restaurant, Nama Ko, in the Louis building on 14th Street. Inspired by Schlow's passion for Japanese culinary traditions, Nama Ko will build off his K Street restaurant, Nama Sushi, and is expected to open in September. Nama Ko will be led by Executive Chef Derek Watson and General Manager Aziz Ghazaz. Chef Watson will provide guests with innovative dishes, creative small plates, beautiful shashimi presentations, and more. The restaurant will feature 12 seats at the sushi bar, about 80 seats in the dining room, and 15 seats at the bar. Final food and beverage menus will be made available closer to the opening; For updates on Nama Ko's opening, follow them on Instagram @namakorestaurant or visit their website here.
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TAFFER'S TAVERN
PROJECTED OPENING: August 23rd, 2022 706 6th Street NW Taffer's Tavern, the full-service restaurant founded by Jon Taffer, has announced they will be opening its first D.C. location next to Capital One Arena this August. This new location is the second full-service Taffer's Tavern location, after it opened a limited-menu location at FedEx Field. Inspired by neighborhood pubs, Taffer's Tavern is designed after Old-World taverns. Some menu options guests can get excited for include Brasied Short Ribs, Jon's Roast Beef, Tot Roast Fries, and more. Taffer's Tavern will also boast a best-in-class beverage program that features a variety of spirits, wines, and beers; For more information, visit their website here.
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SIDEKICK BAKERY: ALEXANDRIA
PROJECTED OPENING: 2023 2495 Mandeville Lane, Alexandria, VA Sidekick Bakery will be opening a new location in Alexandria's new Carlyle Crossing mixed-use development next year. Sidekick Bakery first opened in Ballston and have expanded and evolved under Culinary Director Vincent Griffin. Originally, Sidekick Bakery started as a passion project to re-program Ted's Bulletin. Some menu options guests can look forward to at Sidekick Bakery include hand-rolled croissants in varities like Superfood and Frosty and Fries, Black Sesame Cookies and Cream, and more. The Bakery in Carlyle Crossing will feature a larger menu, to include an all-day cafe-style fare; For more information, visit their website.  
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GUY FIERI KITCHEN & BAR: CAPITAL ONE ARENA
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2022 601 F Street NW Guy Fieri will be debuting his first full service D.C. restaurant, Guy Fieri Kitchen & Bar, this Fall, in Capital One Arena's Caesars Sportsbook. The menu will feature some of Fieri's most iconic creations, like his "Bacon Mac 'N Cheeseburger", Fieri's "Donkey Sauce", and his famous "Trash Can" nachos. Guy Fieri Bar & Kitchen will replace the restaurant in Caesars Sportsbook run by Nick Stefanelli; For more information, visit their website here.
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THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS
PROJECTED OPENING: Late 2022 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW José Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup announced it will be opening The Bazaar by José Andrés in the historic Old Post Office building, as part of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Penn Quarter. The Bazaar will take guests on a sensory adventure, both traditional and avant-garde, in a bold and playful atmosphere. After initially opening in California, José Andrés has taken The Bazaar to Miami, Chicago, New York, and more; For more information, visit their website here.
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YELLOW: GEORGETOWN
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2022 1524 Wisconsin Avenue NW Chef Michael Rafidi will be opening a second location of his Levantine cafè, YELLOW, in Georgetown this Fall. Like its Navy Yard predecessor, YELLOW will feature an all-day menu, but it will include some menu offering that are unique to the new Georgetown location. This 1,700 square-foot space is larger than the Navy Yard location, and will feature 30 seats inside and an additional 30 seats outside. Chef Rafidi will be bringing the popular Navy Yard sandwiches to Georgetown but as shawarma wrap-style sandwiches instead of the current pita pockets. Coffee Director Ayat Elhag will lead the coffee program at the Georgetown location, where he will focus on Levantine-inspired drinks from intentionall sourced Counter Culture beans. Wine Director William Simons will lead the bar and wine program at YELLOW, where he will curate retail and by the glass selections; For more information, visit their website here.
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CHANG CHANG
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2022 1200 19th Street NW Chef Peter Chang and his daughter Lydia Chang have announced they will be opening a new dual restaurant concept, Chang Chang, in Dupont Circle this Fall. This new 5,000 square-foot space located in the in Mai That's former location, will be a two-in-one restaurant with parallel dine-in and carryout services, which will function separately. There will be little to no overlap between the two operations. Chang-In, the full-service side of Chang Chang will offer a new take on seasonal modern Chinese cuisine, and Simon Lam will head the kitchen. Chang-Out will fetaure carryout and delivery options from Peter Chang's popular locations.  Photo Courtesy of Peter Chang
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LE FANTOME FOOD HALL
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2022 4501 Woodbury Street, Riverdale, MD A new all-day food hall, Le Fantome, is opening in The Station at Riverdale Park this Summer. This 8,500 square-foot food hall will be bringing nine culinary concepts to the mixed-use development, selected by Chef Akhtar Nawab. Le Fantome is inpired by European cafè culture and offers guests three casual dine-in food vendors, a full-service bar, and six ghost kitchen vendors. The three dine-in stalls at Le Fantome include: Mökbar, Sonny & Sons, and Horu Sushi. Some of the ghost kitchen vendors include: Laoban Dumplings, Dayo's Kitchen, Alta Cadidad Taqueria, and more. Le Fantome will boast 83-seats which include a 35-seat bar and 24-seat outdoor patio; For more information, visit their website here.
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OUR MOM EUGENIA: ARLINGTON
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2022 4044 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA Owner Eugenia Hobson will be opening a new outpost of her Greek restaurant, Our Mom Eugenia, in Arlington's Village at Shirlington this Fall. This 3,604 square-foot space will be located next to the ChiKo and feature soups, salads, spreads, seafood, meat, and more. The restaurant will also offer craft cocktails and an all-Greek wine list. Our Mom Eugenia will be open for lunch and dinner; For more information, visit their website here.