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Keeping you up to date on the absolute latest in restaurant openings in the DC Metro area.
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BAMMY'S
301 Water St SE Bammy's, co-owned by Chef Gerald Addison and Chef Chris Morgan, has oficially opened up in Navy Yard. The restaurant will be offering takeout to customers Sunday-Wednesday from 5PM-10PM and Thursday-Saturday from 5PM-11PM. Currently, guests are able to enjoy a limited menu that features a variety of options. Specifically, there are snacks like the Pimiento Fried Chicken, in addition to larger plates like 1/2 Jerk Chicken, Curry Veggies, and Curry Goat. Side dishes range from the Macaroni Pie to Collard Greens. Guests also have the option to enjoy beverages like beer and handcrafted cocktails. 202-123-4567 ; www.bammysdc.com
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TACO + PIÑA
4041 Campbell AvenueTACO + PIÑA, the brainchild of Chef Graham Bartlett, has officially opened up to the public. Taught by Richard Sandoval (the creator of El Centro, Masa 14, and Toro Toro), Chef Barlett has equipped the menu with a fresh, modern take on Mexican cuisine. The new concept, which is currently offering contactless pick-up and delivery, features a selection of tacos, enchiladas, and nachos. Standout plates include the fried chicken tacos, shrimp and chorizo nachos, along with the roasted mushroom and cheese enchilada. www.tacoandpina.com ; 703-567-4747
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FRUITFUL PLANET MARKET & CAFE
3019 11th St NThe founder and CEO of South Block, Amir Mostafavi, has just opened up Fruitful Planet Market & Cafe  next to their Arlington location. The new non-profit cafe is currently donating 100% of proceeds to local families in need, providing them with an abundance of fresh produce. Guests have the opportunity to order for pick up and choose from a variety of cold-pressed juices, lattes, espresso drinks, and of course acai bowl kits. www.southblockjuice.com/fruitful-market ; 703-465-8423.
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COLUMBIA ROOM: CHARITY-DRIVEN SANDIWCH POP-UP
124 Blagden Alley NWThe Columbia Room, the stylish cocktail bar created by Derek Brown, is switching up their business model as a result of COVID-19., The concept is offering guests a variety of to-go cocktails and small plates for pickup. Most recently, the Columbia Room has announced the opening of of a sandwich pop-up: Get a Hero Be a Hero. Per every sandwich ordered, the charity-driven idea awards one sandwich to first responders, hospital workers, or those in need. Standout creations includes the Mort & Mootz, a hero-inspired dish with mozzarella, mortadella, shredded lettuce, onions, Duke's mayo, pickled red onion, and dressing, along with the Caul Me Maybe; a vegetable Bánh mì, roasted cauliflower, Duke's mayo, Maggi seasoning, pickled onions, cucumber, daikon, carrot, jalapeño, and cilantro. www.columbiaroomdc.com ; 202-316-9396
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CALL YOUR MOTHER: CAPITOL HILL
701 8th St SECall Your Mother has officially opened up their much anticipated Capitol Hill location. While the restaurant is not traditionally open to full capacity, due to COVID-19, guests are still able to order ahead for a contactless pick up. Currently, the menu is limited and features a selection of bagels and schmears along with their infamous chocolate chunk cookie.  www.callyourmotherdeli.com
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MUCHAS GRACIAS
5029 Connecticut Ave NWChef Christian Irabién was on track to launch his restaurant, located in Chevy Chase, when the COVID-19 outbreaks placed a sharp halt on the process. As the kitchen had already been carved out, chef Irabién and his team made the decision to launch Muchas Gracias in the meantime; a Latin-inspired mercado offering grocery items along with a daily menu representative of chef's childhood in both Mexico and Texas. While the larger restaurant remains on hold, guests can either choose to have a contactless pickup or delivery. Some standout dishes from the new pop-up include the homemade guacamole and tortilla chips, chicken tinga verde, and the short-rib taco platter. For now, Muchas Gracias remains open Tuesday-Sunday from 4:00 - 8:45 PM. www.muchasgraciasdc.com ; 202-244-5000.
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Hei Hei Tiger
2001 International Drive, McLean, VA The team behind the Hong-Kong inspired restaurant, Tiger Fork, has opened up Hei Hei Tiger. Translating to 'Happy Happy Tiger', the new concept features a variety of Cantonese food, including Chinese BBQ, HK-Noodle Bowls, and Milk Tea. Will Fung, Nathan Beauchamp, and Greg Algie are co-owners in the project and are leading the culinary program at Hei Hei Tiger. The restaurant has an octagon shaped bar at Urbanspace, led by Beverage Director Ian Fletcher, and features traditional Chinese medicinal cocktails, teas, and tonics. 703-775-2312 ; www.heiheitiger.com
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Som Tam
1309 5th St NEChef Alex McCoy has opened up a Thai stand in Union Market: Som Tam. The stand specializes in Northeastern Thai street foods, such as Pounded Salads, Khao Soi (a Curry Soup), and Khao Gaeng (Curry Rice). Lekki Limvatana and Satang Ruangsangwanata, known for Fat Nomads Supper Club, are currently leading the project. McCoy is also planning to open a shop in NoMa this summer; borrowing inspiration from the business of Thailand's streets, which will operate out of a converted ATM vestibule. www.somtamdc.comPhoto Credit: Alex McCoy
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LULU’S WINEGARDEN + LULU'S MERCADO
1940 11th St NW Lulu's Winegarden, from the team behind Michelin-honored Latin eatery Royal, is open in The District. Guests will be able to enjoy the new spot and its communal atmosphere in either of the two outdoor wine garden patios or indoor area. Lulu's offers a menu that has been curated by Cable Smith (who leads all culinary efforts at Royal) and features small bites like the French Onion Toast and Chicken Corn Dog Bleu. In terms of something more filling, Lulu's Winegarden also serves up loaded salads and sandwiches like the Grilled Carrot Salad and Crispy Chicken Sandwich. As a result of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the patio is not yet open to the public. However, the Lulu's team has just launced Lulu's Mercado. Inside the grab-and-go market, customers are able to purchase homemade dips, sauces, and seasonings. Lulu's Mercado is also offering a selection of sandwiches like the Crispy Chicken Sandiwch and Pastrami Pork Belly. Additionally, customers are able to shop for liquid essentials inside the pop-up wine shop; ranging from cocktails to wines. Customers can opt for a contactless delivery service through Caviar and pick-up via GoTab. 202-332-9463 ; www.luluswinegarden.com     
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MAKAN
3400 11th St NWChef James Wozniuk, known for his previous work at Maketto and Spoken English, has launched Makan   in the downstairs space above the Thirsty Cow. Focusing on Southeast Asian cuisine, the menu is split up into two sections: 'Starters' and 'Nasi Campur' (which translates to 'with rice'). For starters, guests are able to enjoy dishes like Roti Jala, thin crepes dipped in vegan curry or the pickles starter dish which features a tart lime pickle with spices and diced veggies. In terms of the 'Nasi Campur' section, Makan offers plates like Beef Rendang and Pajeri Nenas (pineapple curry).  Photo Credit: Rey Lopez
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