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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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PROST DC
919 5th St NW Prost DC, a new Bavarian beer hall, has finally opened their doors. From restaurateur Eric Heidenberger, the concept has replaced the former Silo. Drawing influence from Heidenberger's German lineage, Prost features a menu of authentic German cuisine. Standouts include the pork schnitzel sandwich, spaetzle with beef short rib or seasonal vegetables, and the “Deutsch baby” pancakes. The new beer hall features a long list of European import beers and come in liter mugs or boots.  Photo Credit: Eric Heidenberger
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OTHER HALF BREWING
1401 Okie St NE Other Half Brewing, from co-founders Andrew Burman, Matt Monahan, and Sam Richardson, has just opened up their taproom in Ivy City. It's located in the former Pappas Tomato Factory building. Keeping with social distancing guidelines, guests are currently only allowed weekend curbside pick-up. Other Half Brewing features a 22,000-square foot production facility and taproom along with a 7,500-square foot outdoor patio and 5,000-square foot indoor tasting and taproom. In terms of specialties, Other Half focuses on "hazy IPAs, lagers, and barrel-aged stouts". In time, guests can also expect the facility to incorporate 20 lines of Other Half beer on draft. www.otherhalfbrewing.com
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COLONY GRILL: CLARENDON
2800 Clarendon Blvd Colony Grill has just launched their first DMV location. The beloved pizza chain comes from Connecticut and is serving up New England-style bar pies aka thin crust. Most notably, Colony Grill is infamous for their hot oil topping crafted from serrano peppers. Currently, guests can enjoy lunch and dinner for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. The pizza spot allows guests to choose from a plethora of toppings: mushroom, sausage, pepperoni, and many more. They're also offering up gluten free crusts. In terms of libations, Colony Grill has twelve beers on tap along with a selection of different wines. www.colonygrill.com  Photo Credit: Colony Grill 
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POP-UP: CLOUS DU ROY
1124 9th St NW Corduroy and Baby Wale, two seperate DC restaurants, have teamed up and opened Clous Du Roy. Located in the alley behind both spots, the menu features a selection of plates that focus on fresh produce and ethically sourced proteins. In terms of the atmosphere, Clous Du Roy features a new mural wrapping around the back of both buildings along with fire pits.   
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PLNT BURGER: ALEXANDRIA
1700 Duke St  Chef Spike Mendelsohn's burger concept has just opened up their seventh location in Alexandria. Located inside Whole Foods, guests are able to enjoy the beloved menu of plant based and kosher-certified burgers in a fast casual environment. Aside from the plant based burgers, PLNT BURGER is also serving up salads, fries, whisked cookies, and oat milk soft serve. Unique to this location, guests are able to order the Tracye O’Tasty soft serve; made with chocolate oat milk soft serve combined with a special recipe. The new flavor was created in honor of Tracye McQuirter after the successful launch of her 10,000 Black Vegan Women's Program. www.plntburger.com ; 571-570-4867.
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WINELAIR
1120 22nd Street NW WineLAIR, the American branch of German-based WineBank, has opened its first location outside of Europe this September. The 5,000 square-foot space features private member cellars and personal lockers, as well as bar and lounges fit to hold up to 199 people. WineLAIR offers a variety of different membership packages ranging from Inidividual Platinum to Corporate Black Membership. Club members get to enjoy a variety of perks including a full-service wine bar with bottles and liquor from around the world along with a menu curated by chef Ris Lacoste. www.winelair.com ; 512-983-3750. Photo by WineLAIR  
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PICCOLI PIATTI PIZZERIA
10241 Old Georgetown Road Bethesda's Wildwood Shopping Center has just recieved a new culinary concept: Piccoli Piatti Pizzeria. The new 3,473 square-feet spot is introducing Bethesda residents to a new style of pizza: Neo-Neapolitan Pizza, which is a hybrid between Neapolitan and American style. Aside from the 12-inch pies, guests can also pick from a menu with sandwiches, pastas, and even a fried calzone.
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THE ROOST: SLICE JOINT
1401 Pennsylvania Ave SE Slice Joint, located inside The Roost (new multi-use food and beverage hall), has just become open to the public. The NY style pizza concept is serving up pizza by the slice and square grandma-style pies. Slice Joint comes from owner Rachael Marie, an NYC native who most recently worked at Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta's. Due to COVID-19, guests are not able to order in for walk-up service but are welcome to order the pizza for takeout here. www.theroostdc.com ; 202-986-3088. Photo Credit: Neighborhood Restaurant Group 
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SWEETERIA DESSERT CAFÉ
8646 Colesville Road Sweeteria Dessert Café is now open. The new coffee and dessert café comes from the owners of Kao Thai and is locatedin the space formerly home to Your Whole Body. Guests have the chance to choose from a variety of sweet treats and seasonal specials. Highlights from the menu include a strawberry croissant with fresh strawberries and cream and thai tea toast with coconut ice cream. For those missing a sweet tooth, Sweeteria also offers salads and roti. 301-328-5877. Photo: Source of the Spring Staff
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THACHER & RYE
228 North Market St Thacher & Rye, previously known to the public as Volt, has just reopened their doors to the public. The original concept shut down in March due to COVID-19. Upon reopening, guests were informed that celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's new concept Thacher & Rye would be vastly different from the first restaurant. Thacher & Rye features a menu with more approachable items like burgers, lasagna, roast chicken, and french fries. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy their American fare in an environment best described as the "everyday, neighborhood restaurant". www.thacherandrye.com ; 240-332-3186.
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