Tracking recent restaurant openings across the DMV
September 22, 2017
14TH STREET CORRIDOR—Award-winning chef turned restaurateur Ryan Ratino is putting his stamp on modern cuisine — think: intensive beef tastings, raw seafood dishes, and home-spun pasta dishes — at self-styled Bresca. He’s joined in this latest venture by fellow Ripple alum Jose Arguelles and Colada Shop co-founder Juan Coronado. Status: Opening at 5 p.m. 1906 14th Street NW; website.
Scott Parker is part of a group of partners who together have built something of a nightlife empire in Arlington.
A-Town Bar and Grill, Don Tito and Barley Mac have all been hits along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. And now Scott and his partners are getting ready to open (in the next couple of weeks) The G.O.A.T., a new sports bar right across from the Clarendon Metro station in the former Hard Times Cafe space.
Scott has helped to build this empire based on Sunday Fundays and happy hour drink specials all while having a somewhat unique personal background for a bar impresario: ...
Patio dining can be overrated when it comes to tables near a noisy, busy street. Try one of these restaurants instead, which offer brunch in pretty (and quiet!) al fresco oases. Beuchert’s Saloon 623 Pennsylvania Ave., SE The pretty back patio of this Capitol Hill eatery is just as atmospheric as the inside (granted, its […]
Burgeoning juice bar is adding a second D.C. shop next year
Vegetarian drink-, bowl-, and taco-maker Fruitive is building up its presence in the District with a new health food stand.
The Virginia-based chain debuted locally at CityCenter DC in 2015, and now its second area location is scheduled to open next summer right off of Dupont Circle (1330 Connecticut Avenue NW).
The fruit- and vegetable- friendly eatery also operates a trio of locales in hometown Virginia Beach. On the menu: cold-pressed juices (coconut colada, coffee-date), wraps, salads (kale, quinoa), sandwiches (portobello, avocado), waffles, coffees, and custom bowls (acai, ...
Find everything from natural wine bars to a Swiss chalet
When bar owners and restaurateurs started renovating abandoned storefronts along H Street NE a decade ago, there was a feeling that they were all in it together. “We knew that we weren’t in competition with each other,” Granville Moore’s chef Teddy Folkman told the Washington City Paper earlier this year. “We were in competition with other neighborhoods.”
Sure enough, the H Street strip became a vibrant destination packed with places to drink and eat. Atlas District stalwarts such as Granville Moore’s, Rock and Roll Hotel, Horace and Dickie’s, ...
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Empire builder Mike Isabella is going to college. Well, Kapnos Taverna is, anyway. The modified Greek eatery he first installed in Arlington a few years back is scheduled to begin serving dinner in College Park, Maryland, on Monday, September 25. The latest outpost, tucked into the new Hotel at the University of Maryland (7777 Baltimore Avenue), features seating for 143, the roasted meats and mezze customers have come to expect from chef George Pagonis, plus the new saison Isabella created with 3 Stars Brewing Company. Next up: Putting the finishing touches ...
Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema is second-guessing his initial perception of James Beard Award-winning chef Frank Ruta’s latest contribution to the local dining scene. Tagged as the best new restaurant in his spring dining guide, Siestema says Mirabelle seemed to be on a four-star trajectory — until the inconsistent meals started piling up. While it’s a still “wondrous beauty watched over by a solicitous bunch,” Ruta’s food “needs to soar higher” to justify its high prices (dinner entrees average $43). Since going back a few times, he’s encountered some puzzling ...
Laoban Dumplings is shifting from pop-up to quick service
Months after introducing D.C. diners to the type of steamed dumplings he fell in love with while working overseas, Laoban Dumplings founder Patrick Coyne is inching closer to owning a full-fledged restaurant by planting his pop-up operation inside the shops at 2000 Penn.
“It’s a very humble space … just a couple of counters,” Coyne tells Eater about the former carry-out spot he’s currently converting into the first kinda-sorta, brick-and-mortar version of his mobile kitchen. (The second Bindaas in the area is moving in nearby as well.)
After a string of popular pop-ups at Compass Rose, the Passenger, On Rye, and elsewhere, Laoban Dumplings will open its first storefront in Foggy Bottom in the next few weeks. Patrick Coyne started the dumpling company earlier this year after a career in tech and energy consulting and venture capital. He became particularly enamored with […]
Combine your love for cocktails and the classroom this Thursday with the Willard InterContinental’s History Happy Hour. The event will be held at the Round Robin Bar from 6 to 8 PM, and guests will learn how to create three cocktails from Jim Hewes, the Willard’s veteran bartender. The menu will feature drinks honoring Charles Dickens, Walt […]
The new home of unadulterated vino is open on H Street
A new homegrown wine bar featuring “all natural” wines is now open in the Atlas District, adding D.C. to the growing roster of cities that have embraced more conscientious drinking.
Dio Wine Bar, which officially opened its doors September 20, focuses on wine produced from organic or biodynamically grown grapes. “Not a lot of people know there’s an incredible amount of additives that go into winemaking,” founder Stacey Khoury-Diaz tells Eater. “There is a vast array of interventions you can take to change wine.”
Those tweaks range from introducing additional acid or tannins into the mix, or extracting water to increase alcohol or sugar levels.
After ditching her career in international development, Sonoma County native Khoury-Diaz decided to spread her knowledge about natural wines by going the brick-and-mortar route.
“We are creating a program that is more transparent. We want to create a space where people can walk in and ask about what they’re drinking,” she says.
So how prevalent are natural wine bars? New York, Boston, and San Francisco all have a constituency, but it’s new territory for D.C.
While there’s no legal definition for “natural wine” the lineup of 30 wines on Dio’s opening menu ranges from local products to those adhering to sustainable farming practices. An unfiltered rose from Rosemont in Virginia makes a deliberate effort not to remove sediment, which is said to add a distinct flavor.
There’s also a sparkling grüner veltliner from Old Westminster Winery that’s grown on a limestone hillside in western Maryland.
Bottles range from $40 to $120. Two-thirds of the list can be purchased by the glass ($12 to $18). Some of the wines aren’t your average Whole Food finds, which makes the event of going out for date night extra special.
One dry style is made from apples in the northeast and not distributed in D.C. but was driven down directly from Vermont (“natural winemaking can overlap with cider makers,” Khoury-Diaz notes). She also scored some varietals that are normally reserved for club members.
A compact menu of bar snacks like olives and pickles will later evolve to include cheese and charcuterie. Meanwhile, a weekday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. will slash wine prices down to $7 or $8.
Spirits play a small part in the operation. Cocktails include all locally made products such as Green Hat Gin from New Columbia Distillers, and flavored liqueurs from Don Ciccio and Figli.
Khoury-Diaz admits she’s not a designer, billing the billing the construction process as as a “bootstrapped effort.” So she consulted with friends more versed in aesthetics when it came to coordinating colors and textures.
She worked with a local calligrapher to come up with six wine-related quotes splashed across the floor. A favorite is the “Lobster and Shrimp” visible upon entry, an ode to rapper Drake’s favorite pairing to his moscato.
“It’s a reference to how much the hip hop community has influenced wine over time. Moscato is huge among R&B artists,” she says.
Family pictures dot the walls, with one depicting her best friend’s grandfather enjoying his own homegrown wine in California. Wine cork art and other knickknacks line the 900-square-foot space.
Part of her inspiration behind the look was Thomas Jefferson’s welcoming Monticello estate.
Not all beers are created equal, and an event at The Sovereign in Georgetown this Saturday is a testament to just that. Zwanze Day is like the Super Bowl for craft beer aficionados—an annual opportunity to gather with other fanatics and taste one of the rarest beers in the world. The Sovereign is a repeat host for Zwanze […]
Boba and Bites plans to do “elevated” Asian street food
He’s been doing fine dining in Merrifield since before there was a Mosaic District. Now Sea Pearl founder Sly Liao is ready for his next challenge: netting a new clientele with bubble tea and Asian street food at Boba and Bites.
“The dining scene has changed since then,” Liao says of the shift in the hospitality landscape since he opened his Asian-inspired, modern American restaurant in late 2008. The new cafe, which is taking shape right behind his flagship restaurant (and next to a Panera), is all about quick ...