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WREN
PROJECTED OPENING: October 2021 1825 Capital One Drive South, Tysons, VA The Watermark Hotel has announced a new restaurant that will be opening on the eleventh floor of the hotel, Wren, this October. Guests can dining at Wren will be able to experience a bird's eye view of the surrounding city while enjoying the Japanese-American cuisine. Leading this new concept is Chef Yo Matsuzaki, who will draw from locally-grown ingreditents to provide guests with sophiscated cuisine that combines Japanese street food and modern American elements. Luis Mantilla will act as the Beverage Director for Wren, offering guests curated cocktails and local craft beers. For more information, visit The Watermark Hotel's website here. Photo by Greg Powers
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CHAIA: POP-UP
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2021 7237 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD A new fast-casual, vegetarian taco restaurant, Chaia, is coming to Downtown Bethesda this Fall as a pop-up. Founded by Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern, Chaia will serve a taco menu including menu options such as braised mushroom, creamy kale and potato, chipotle sweet potato hash, and more. Tacos start at $4.50 per taco. Chaia's food will be cooked at their Chinatown location, and brought to Bethesda to be served. For more information, visit their website here.
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THE RUNAWAY
PROJECTED OPENING: January 2022 3525 12th Street NE Christine Lilyea, the owner of Slash Run in Petworth, will be opening a similar concept, The Runaway, in D.C.'s Brookland neighborhood early next year. Located in the space formerly home to Steel Plate, this incoming concept is expected to serve pub grub, cocktails, local craft beers, and more. Guests can expect this new spot to have a similar feel to Slash Run, with some of the same menu items while incorporating new options as well. This multi-level space is expected to feature a dedicated music venue side, a dining room, and a patio. For more information, visit their Instagram here.
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BESIDE THE POINT
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2021 2100 2nd Street SW Beside The Point will be opening this Fall, right next door to The Point at Buzzard Point. This new spot will operate as a carryout shop, and guests can get excited a variety of specialty items such as Ivy City Smokehouse items, pizza, salads, ice cream, and more. Local craft beers and wine will also be available for carryout. For more information, visit The Point's website here.
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LITTLE SESAME: BETHESDA
PROJECTED OPENING: Early 2022 7118 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD Co-Founders Nick Wiseman, David Wiseman, and Ronen Tenne will be opening their first Little Sesame location outside of D.C. in Maryland's Downtown Bethesda early next year. Known for their freshly spun hummus and seasonal pita sandwiches, this 1,200 square foot shop will seat 20 people indoor and an additional 20 people outdoors. There will also be a designated pick-up area for those ordering to-go. For more information, visit their website here.
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THE PERCH
PROJECTED OPENING: September 17th, 2021 Capital One Center, Tysons, VA The Perch, known as a "park in the sky", will be opening on the eleventh floor of the Capital One Center in Tysons this September. This new concept allows guests to experience interactive modern art, walk through a beautiful park, enjoy games in the plaza, and more. There will also be a variety events scheduled for guests to enjoyed. To kick off the opening, The Perch will be throwing Perchfest to kick off the grand opening. For more information, visit Capital One Center's website here.
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ROYAL PALM SOCIAL CLUB
PROJECTED OPENING: Spring 2022 26 N Street and N Street SE Owners Fritz Brogan and Reed Landry will be opening a new concept, Royal Palm Street Club, in the new West Half building, directly across from the centerfield gates at Nationals Park. This n13,000 square foot concept will boast a two-floor bar-centric restaurant, featuring multiple bars, garage doors leading to outdoor areas, twenty-five big screens, and more. Royal Palm Social Club will boat a vibrant atmosphere with beach cuisine and drinks. This new concept will also feature arcade games, table games, and shuffle board.  Rendering by Studio Saint
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NEWLAND
PROJECTED OPENING: Late November/Early December 2021 327 7th Street SE Chef Andrew Markert will be opening a new Capitol Hill restaurant, Newland, in the space formerly home to Montmarte at the end of this year. Newland, named after the street he grew up on in Baltimore, will allow guests to taste the first flavors he tasted in his mother and father's kitchen; with menu items such as crab, char-grilled steak, over open coals, Mid-Atlantic ingredients, and more. Joining Markert at this new concept is Mackenzie Conway, who will orchestrate a wine-focused program that highlights underrepresented wines. Conway will also provide a variety of cocktails, featuring his takes on classic, seasonal, and modern creations. For more information, visit their Instagram here.
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FOXTROT: DUPONT
PROJECTED OPENING: October 2021 1601 Connecticut Avenue NW Foxtrot Market will continue its expansion into the District with the opening of a new storefront in Dupont Circle this October. Foxtrot will serve as a neighborhood destination where guests can gather and celebrate local makers, pick up a bottle of wine, or pantry essentials, or grab a cup of coffee and meal. This new Dupont location will feature expanded culinary offerings such as charcuterie boards and house made craft sandwiches. A patio will be available for guests at this new location. For more information, visit their website here.
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INCA SOCIAL
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2021 1776 Wilson Boulevard Unit #1, Arlington, VA Inca Social will be bringing its Peruvian flavors to Arlington this Fall. Known for taking Peruvian cuisine to a new level by pairing a Latin kitchen experience with local craft beers. Chef Roger Arakaki and Executive Chef Michael Ciuffardi will be collaborating to bring the menu to this new Inca Social location. A ghost kitchen will also operate out of this new concept, offering Latin fare. Live music and bottomless mimosas are expected to be offered at this location, and can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio space. For more information, visit their website here.