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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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CHESAPEAKE
PROJECTED OPENING: August 19th, 2022 925 U Street NW The owners of Duke's Grocery will be opening a new crab shack and seafood house with a bar on U Street this August. Chesapeake will feature a fast casual dockside atmosphere with a range of shellfish options and a bustling bar. Guests can get excited to sip crushes and beers locally sourced from the District, Maryland, and Virginia. All seating will be outdoors, and guests can enjoy menu items such as Maryland blue crabs, lobsters, snow crab legs, and more. For more information, visit their website here.
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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.