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FRANK PEPE PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA
PROJECTED OPENING: Spring 2022 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 this Spring. 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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TAWLE: MOSAIC DISTRICT
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2022 2911 District Avenue Suite #140, Fairfax, VA Restaurateurs Rose Previte and Mike Shuster will be debuting Tawle in Fairfax's Mosaic District this Summer. Located in the space formerly home to Jinya Ramen Bar, this will be Previte and Shuster's first restaurant in Virginia. Omar Hegazi will serve as the Executive Chef at Tawle, and he will oversee the dine-in, take-out, delivery, and grab and go offerings. Tawle aims to be a joyful gathering place, where guests can enjoy family-style, prixe-fixe, and a-la-carte options. A bar for beer, wine , and cocktails will also be at Tawle.   Photo Courtesy of Tawle
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EL MERCAT BAR DE TAPAS
PROJECTED OPENING: January 21st, 2022 101 Gibbs Street Unit C, Rockville, MD Chef George Rodrigues will be opening his first solo restaurant in Rockville Town Center this Winter. Located in the space formerly home to Gumbo Ya, El Mercat Bar and Tapas will aim to capture the essence of Spanish cultural diversity through simple and delicious food. Guests can get excited to enjoy seasonal, shareable, and house-made dishes that will take them through a vibrant Spanish culinary journey. Guests can also get excited to enjoy El Mercat Bar de Tapas's wine list, that will consist of only Spanish wines. Menu options will include vegetarian, carne, and seafood options for guests to enjoy. Photo by Rey Lopez/Leading D.C.
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LUCKY DANGER: WESTERN MARKET
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2022 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Chef Tim Ma will be expanding his American-Chinese take-out restaurant in Foggy Bottom's Western Market this Summer. The space will be set-up for easy to-go ordering with indoor and outdoor seating available throughout Western Market. The menu will consist of a range of Lucky Danger signatures such as sesame chicken, lo meins, crab ragoon, and more. Lucky Danger will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here.
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PICCOLINA
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2022 963 Palmer Alley Way NW Chef Amy Brandwein will be expanding her all-day cafè, Piccolina, this Summer at the CityCenter D.C. development. By taking over the space adjacent to it, Piccolina will be adding 1,200 square-feet of space and offering a total of 70 seats in the cafè. Guests can also get excited for a wider selection of cafè style dishes as well as a check-out counter solely for to-go orders. Some additional changes include an expanded bread program, more salads and grains for lunch, and homemade Sicilian granita. For more information, visit their website here.
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ELLIE BIRD
PROJECTED OPENING: Late 2022 110 Founders Avenue, Falls Church, VA Yuan and Carey Tang of Rooster & Owl will be opening a new restaurant, Ellie Bird, in Falls Church's Founders Row Development at the end of the year. Named after the couple's young daughter, Ellie Bird will be a lot more casual than its 14th Street predecessor and focus on cotemporary, fast casual comfort. The menu will feature some variations of carryout options from Rooster & Owl such as miso caesar salad, seafood paella, housemade pastas, and more. A kids menu will also be available at this 70-seat dining concept in the Founders Row developement. Ellie Bird's dishes will range in price from $15.00 to $25.00 for brunch courses and $17.00 to $38.00 for dinner courses. For more information, visit Rooster & Owl's Instagram here.
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MI VIDA: PENN QUARTER
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2022 575 7th Street NW Culinary Director Roberto Santibañez and KNEAD Hospitality + Design will be opening a new 300 seat MI VIDA in the space formerly home to Rosa Mexicana in Penn Quarter this Fall. This 10,000 square-foot space will be MI VIDA's largest location. MI VIDA's menu is rooted in the history and traditions of Mexico. For more information, visit their website here.
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SOLACE OUTPOST: NAVY YARD
PROJECTED OPENING: Early 2022 71 Potomac Avenue SE Solace Outpost will be opening their second location in D.C.'s Navy Yard neighborhood early this year. This new location will be located right across the street from the home plate entrance to Nats Park. Guests can get excited to enjoy Solace beers as well as menu options featuring elevated "ball park fare" such as burgers, tots, bowls, and more. For more information, visit their Instagram here.  
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TACO BAMBA: HERNDON
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2022 2445 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA Chef Victor Albisu has announced he will be opening his seventh Taco Bamba loctation in Herndon's Dulles Shopping Center this Summer. This 2,850 square-foot space will feature 20 to 30 seats indoors, including bar seating. An outdoor patio will also be open seasonally at this new spot. Similar to its predecessors, Taco Bamba Herndon's menu will feature menu options that represent the neighborhood. Beverage Director Amin Seddiq will overlook the bar menu. Guests can get excited for free coffee until noon and menu options such as tacos, tostadas, super tortas, and more. For more information, visit their website here.
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CAUSA
PROJECTED OPENING: January 31st, 2022 920 Blagden Alley NW The team behind Service Bar in the Shaw neighborhood of D.C. will be opening a new restaurant, Causa, later this month. This new spot will serve upscale Peruivan food with a focus on raw seafood and grilled meats. The space itself will be able to hold up to 162 people inside and 50 people on the outdoor patio, with live entertainment offered both indoors and outdoors. For more information, visit their website here.