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OFFICINA CAFE
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No New Info At This Time 1615 L St NW Nicholas Stefanelli, Michelin-starred chef and DC veteran, is planning to expand Officina next year. This new venue will be a little more low-key than the original three-story location. The new one-story cafe will house up to 60 guests indoors and 60 outdoors. Officina Cafe will be offering guests breakfast, lunch, and happy hour. The cuisine will remain the same as the original location at the Wharf; however, Stefanelli says that he wants to put more of an emphasis on pasta. Photo Credit: www.dc.eater.com    
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DARU
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Summer 2021 1451 Maryland Ave NE Daru, brainchild of Dante Datta and Suresh Sundas, will be introducing a cocktail bar that borrows influence from Indian culture. Sundas, currently the bar manger at EllÄ“, will be bringing his cocktail expertise to the new concept by incorporating various Indian spices into each of his creations: fenugreek, black and red cardamom, tamarind, and coriander. Daru, meaning hooch in Hindu, will be located on the basement floor and will also be serving some small plates. Some standouts from the menu include the jackfruit kati roll, kebabs, and chicken wings. Photo Credit: www.washingtoncitypaper.com  
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COLLECTION 14
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: No New Info At This Time 2102-2124 14 St NW The Madison Investment team, real estate experts, have recently announced their latest and largest DC project: Collection 14. This new venture will boast retail, residential, event, and office space. This concept serves as DC largest landmark redevelopment project in the past decade. Residents who decide to live at Collection 14 will be able to enjoy a slew of amenities while also taking full advantage of the new retail and culinary concepts. The team is still sorting out specific details for the commercial space. Stay tuned for details. Photo Credit: Heather Freeman    
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PHILOTIMO
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: Fall 2021 1100 15th St NW Nick Stefanelli new Greek concept, Philotimo, is set to open up to the public sometime next year. This dynamic concept will offer traditional indoor seating as well as a summer garden and sidewalk cafe. In terms of cuisine, Philotimo will offer guests authentic imported cheeses, wines, wild herbs, and olive oil. Stefanelli is dedicated to represent all sections of Greece, borrowing food and wine influence from the regions of Thessaloniki all the way to crete.     
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Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
PROJECTED OPENING: 2021 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, a 94-year-old family owned pizza chain based in New Haven, Connecticut, will be opening its first restaurant in Maryland at Bethesda Montgomery Mall. Due to COVID-19, the opening has been pushed to sometime next year. The restaurant features a variety of specialty pizzas such as their White Clam and Original Tomato Pie. The pizzas range in price from $10 to $31 and varies between 12, 16, and 18-inch pizzas and patrons have the ability to customize their own toppings. Photo by Tom McGovern      
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Peaceable Kingdom
PROJECTED OPENING: No New Info At This Time 2100 Second Street SW James Beard Award Winner, Chef Spike Gjerde, known in the DC area for A Rakes Progress in the Line DC hotel and for his Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, has plans to open a restaurant, Marys, and a 20,000 square foot food hall at Buzzard Point. This food hall space will incorporate an indoor farmers market, coffee shop, and (a second) full service restaurant and two bars. Other food businesses will also be able to lease space in this food hall, leading to quick-service food counters.
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THE PENDRY
PROJECTED OPENING DATE: 2022 The Wharf, D.C. The Wharf will soon be receiving its fourth hotel: The Pendry. Coming from Pendry Hotels & Resorts, a boutique brand, this new 140,000 square-foot concept will have 136 guest-rooms as well as three new food & beverage ventures within the space. Guests can also expect a full-service spa as well as a meeting and event space.  
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COWORKING SPACE + FOODHALL: ALEXANDRIA
PROJECTED OPENING DATE:No New Information At This Time 200 Stovall StWith the help of the ALX Community brand, Scott Shaw is spearheading a brand new coworking space and food hall concept. Located on the bottom of a new 520-apartment residential building, the food hall will have about twelve different vendors along with a central bar. Guests will be able to enjoy their cuisine while also playing games like corn hole and shuffle board. At night, the space transforms and will be inviting live entertainment to perform on stage.Photo Credit: www.bizjournals.com 
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Hank Dietle's Tavern
PROJECTED OPENING: No New Info At This Time 11010 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD Popular dive bar Hank Dietle Tavern is expected to reopen, after closing in February 2018 following a massive fire. New owners Thomas Bowes, Sarah Bonner, and Alan Kresse are hoping to refurbish the bar, while also making some changes to the establishment like offering a greater variety of live music, featuring more genres of music, and having bands perform on more days of the week. The owners are also looking to put on a fundraising concert for the bar. Photo by Charlie Wright      
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Mill At 10 Duke Street
PROJECTED OPENING: October 2021   10 Duke Street, Alexandria VAJames Beard award winning chef, John Currence, who founded City Grocer in Oxford, Mississippi, has been named as chef de cuisine and operator at the Mill at 10 Duke. Currence will be overseeing this 6,400 square-foot casual restaurant and market that was once a mess house feeding Union troops during the Civil War. Look forward to a casual tavern on the ground floor and an open kitchen and a more intimate dining room on the second floor. The market section will consist of grab and go items and coffee, beer, and wine. Discussions are still taking place for what food will be served, but Currence, who is a native of New Orleans, says his food is often influenced by French Creole and Cajun styles. Photo by Bonnitt Builders