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ATOMIC WINGS
PROJECTED OPENING: Winter 2021 Georgia Avenue near Howard University Childhood friends and business partners Fred Whit and Phil Monde are opening the first Atomic Wings in D.C. This new spot will bring new job opportunities to the students at Howard University, a historically Black university, as it will open near Howard's campus. Whit and Monde made it their mission to start a franchise business that would positively impact the communities that support HBCU and Black culture across the country. Atomic Wings serves antibiotic and hormone free all-natural wings in over 14 propriety sauces. For more information, visit their website here.
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TACO BAMBA: ROCKVILLE
PROJECTED OPENING: Spring 2021 1627 Rockville Pike Chef Victor Albisu has announced that the first Taco Bamba location in Maryland will be opening this Spring at Congressional Plaza in Rockville. This 2,766 square-foot space will feature a menu of tacos that are original to this new location and will expand their catering and delivery services to the Maryland suburbs. Guests can get excited for wings, enchiladas, chilaquiles, as well as Taco Bamba's famous torta sandwiches. Something else to look forward to are Maryland-inspired nuestros tacos that may feature fillings like crab cakes with slaw. There will also be a bar menu, overseen by beverage director Amin Seddiq, that will have classic and original cocktails, agave spritis, as well as local and Mexican beer and wine. For more information, visit their website here.
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BAKER'S DAUGHTER: CHINATOWN
PROJECTED OPENING: Winter 2021 675 I Street NW Chef Matt Baker has announced that his Baker's Daughter cafè and market will be opening a second location in Chinatown later this Winter. This all-day store front offers prepared foods, coffee, pastries, and weekly meal kits. Though they are primarily focused on carryout and delivery, this 600 square-foot location will offer patio seating, perfect for warmer months. In comparion to its Ivy City predecessor, this Chinatown location will have a more pared-down menu and a heavier focus on grab and go dining. Pastry chef Aisha Momaney will be expanding the selection of house-made pastries and baked treats at this new location. For more info, visit their website here.
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DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUS PIES
PROJECTED OPENING: Mid- Late June 2021 4602 14th Street NW Rodney Henry, the founder of Dangerously Delicious Pies, has announced that the Baltimore eatery, known for sweet and savory pies, coffee, and more, will be coming to D.C. this Summer. After touring with his band, Henry would return with little to money and would bake pies in his downtime in between tours to make money, later becoming Dangerously Delicious Pies. Some pies guests can get excited for include pulled pork bbq, spinach goat cheese, chocolate cream, and more. For more information, visit their website here.  
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POW POW
PROJECTED OPENING: No New Info At This Time 13th and I Street NW After originially opening on H Street back in 2016, Shawn Sharkey and Stephen Cheung are opening another Pow Pow location in the Northeast Corridor of Washington, with an exact opening date to be announced. Pow Pow is known for its version of "new asian" food. Guests can get excited to enjoy food such as plant-based salads, bowls, and egg rolls the size of an arm. Sticky Rice owner, John Yamashita will be in charge of creating the menu. 
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NIGHTHAWK PIZZA
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2021 Westpost at National Landing Chef Johnny Spero, Aslin Beer Co., Scott Parker, and The Wave Group have formed a partnership and created a fun new brand, Nighthawk Pizza, coming to Westpost at National Landing next Fall. Nighthawk Pizza will focus on making exclusively low ABV beers, similar to those of old-world styles for the working class, as well as an innovative approach toward pizzas, sandwiches, and more.  The team aims to create a new beer hall experience that pays homage to the 90's in its design elements. 
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D.C. CENTRAL KITCHEN
PROJECTED OPENING: Early 2022 RiverPoint at Buzzard Point D.C. Central Kitchen will be moving from their longtime headquarters in downtown D.C.,  to RiverPoint, a new Southwest D.C. development, in early 2022. They will be consolidating their satellite locations into one modern facility at RiverPoint. D.C. Central Kitchen is a nonprofit and social enterprise that began by providing hands-on culinary job training to individuals facing employment barriers. This new location will be surrounded by 480 residential units and around 73,000 square feet of retail space. 
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ROAMING ROOSTER: TENLEYTOWN
PROJECTED OPENING: Winter 2021 4600 Wisconsin Avenue NW Roaming Rooster will be opening a new location in Tenleytown next year, at the space formerly occuppied by Muncheez. Originally starting as a food truck and just opening a new location on U Street in September, Roaming Rooster is quickly spreading across the District. They are known for their fried chicken that guests can feel good about eating. For more information on Roaming Rooster, click here.
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MAH ZE DAHR BAKERY: CRYSTAL CITY
PROJECTED OPENING: April 2021 1550 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA Mah Ze Dahr Bakery will be opening a new location at The Amazon Campus in National Landing next year. This location will be Mah Ze Dahr's largest and latest location and will serve as a cafe and bakery, as well as commisary kitchen for upcoming openings in the DMV. This location will offer selection of breakfast and lunch options and is designed to continue the brands original NYC narrative with clean monolithic white stone, rich blue mill work, and a grander scale channeling Parisian flair. For more information on Mah Ze Dar Baker, visit their website here.
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THE COMMODORE
PROJECTED OPENING: Winter 2021 1636 17th Street NW After closing their doors a year ago, The Commodore will be returning to D.C. in 2021, in the space that is currently occupied by Brick Lane in Dupont. Known for their creative burgers, Southern barbeque, and affordable cocktails, The Commodore will be bringing back some old favorites, as well as some new surprises. For more information, visit their Facebook here.