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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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RASA: MOSAIC DISTRICT
2906 District Avenue #160, Fairfax, VA Co-founders Sahil Rahman and Rahul Vinod have opened a new location of their restaurant, RASA, in the heart of Virginia's Mosaic District. This beloved fine fast-casual Indian restaurant serves vibrant build-your-own and chef-inspired bowls, as well as cocktails and homemade vegan soft serve, that is infused with Indian flavors. RASA serves as the only Indian option available within the Mosaic District. This new location also features RASA's first-ever childrens menu, creating Indian options for all ages. RASA is open daily from 10:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; 571.378.0670; For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Holly Barzyk
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HALFSMOKE: BETHESDA
7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD Owner Andre McCain has opened the third location of HalfSmoke in Bethesda's Montgomery Mall Food Court. HalfSmoke is a dining destination that offers options such as house-made sausages, wood-grilled entreès, house-made desserts, and more. Beer, wine, and signature cocktails are also available at HalfSmoke for guests to enjoy. McCains's inspiration for HalfSmoke was to create a restaurant that filled the void for a premium offering of the sausage. Some menu options guests can get excited for include Pinky and the Brain, Wood Grilled Wings, Loaded Sweet Potato Tots, and more. HalfSmoke is open Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here.
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VERMILLION
1120 King Street, Alexandria, VA After closing down in March 2020 due to the pandemic, Vermillion has undergone extensive renovations and has officially reopened. Vermillion's kitchen continues to be lead by Chef Ben Pflaumer. Chef Pflaumer aims to celebrate and extend the restaurant's commitment to cooking that starts with the best ingredients, especially those grown locally. Some menu options guests can get excited for include Potato Ravioli with Ode Salt Oysters and Lemon Balm, Rosedo Beef Carpaccio with Celery and Watergrass, Eastern Shore Mushroom Steak with Black Soy Beans and Bordelaise, and more. Small plates range in price from $8.00 to $16.00 and large plates range from $22.00 to $32.00. Vermillion also boasts an extensive cocktail program, and a menu that features 75-whiskey options; 703.684.9669; For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Leading D.C.
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CITY RIDGE
14 Ridge Square NW The highly-anticipated neighborhood, City Ridge, has opened in D.C.. City Ridge sits on 10-acres and includes 700 apartments and 154,000 square-feet of retail space. Some occupants of the retail space include Wegman's, Taco Bamba, Tattè Bakery, King Street Oyster Bar, and many more. On July 9th, between 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., guests are invited to gather and celebrate the opening with a day full of festivities. Some activites guests can get excited for include A Wimbeldon Watch Party on City Ridge's Great Lawn, Live music from local bands and D.J.s, Community ceremony revealing City Ridge's signature sculpture featuring city leaders and project stakeholders, and more; For more information, visit their website here. Photo from City Ridge Website
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CHOPTANK
110 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD Atlas Restaurant Group has expanded to Annapolis, with the opening of their second location of Choptank, their classic fish and crab house. This new concept is located in "Ego Alley" at Downtown Annapolis' well-known City Dock. The menu reflects the Cheaspeake-style cuisine that Annapolis has become known for, utilizing local seafood. The menu features: oysters, soups, sandwiches, and much more, centered around a large raw bar and highlights Maryland's blue crab. There is also a beverage menu that guests can pair with their meals. Choptank boasts a 7,500 square-foot interior and a 8,500 square-foot outdoor dining space that overlooks the water, with a covered bar space and dockside crab deck. For more information, visit their website here. Photo by The Choptank Annapolis Photography
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IN BOCCA AL LUPPO
2400 Wisconsin Avenue NW Carolyn and Massimo Papetti have opened a new soccer-themed pizzeria, In Bocca Al Luppo, in Glover Park. In Bocca Al Luppo serves its guests with a slightly lesser known style of pizza: Pizza Romana Tonda Bassa. Known for its crispy and cracker thin crust, this type of pizza is served unsliced which keeps the oils from seeping into the crust. Massimo's cousin from Salerno, Italy, Fulvio de Rosa, will lend a hand in his mastery of this style in collaboration with Chef de Cuisine Jacob Brown. In Bocca Al Lupo is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; 202.750.7939; For more information, visit their website here.
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CITYSWING
901 New York Avenue NW CitySwing, the multifacitated golf brand from Tari Cash, has officially opened their first storefront in D.C. The goal of CitySwing is to take one of the most exclusive sports and create an inclusive culture. Whether a guest is an avid golf player or they have never picked up a club, CitySwing is the place to practice, play, or get introduced to the game. This 2,400 square-foot space features two private suties, built with top of the line golf simulators using Trackman technology. Each suite is soundproof and has personal televisions. Putting greens are also available for those who want to focus on their short game. Guests can also enjoy cocktails and a bite to eat in the lounge area when they are done playing; 202.902.0983; For more information, visit their website here.
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BURTONS GRILL AND BAR: GAITHERSBURG
109 Commerce Square Place, Gaithersburg, MD Burtons Grill and Bar has officially opened its 18th location at Kentlands Market Square in Gaithersburg. The 5,000 sqaure-foot restaurant serves lunch and dinner, and it features space for up to 196 guests. There is a dining room with 106 seats, a 44-seat bar, and an outdoor patio that can seat up to 46 guests. The restaurant's culinary program is led by Chef Nicholas Jettmar, who will prepare Burton's classics such as the Crab Crusted Haddock, General Tso Cauliflower, Firecracker Shrimp, and more. This new location also features an expansive craft cocktail program. Burtons's Grill and Bar Gaithersburg is open Sunday and Monday from 11:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.; 240.798.2021; For more information, visit their website here. Photo from Burton's Facebook
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PIZZA TBD
4856 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD The newest culinary project from Steve Salis, Pizza TBD, has opened within Bethesda's Ensemble Digital Kitchen, a digital dining hub serving menu options from several Catalogue restaurants. Pizza TBD combines the light and airy texture of Roman-style pizza with the pan cooking technqiue of Detroit-style pizza. The pizzas are crafted with high quality dough and premium ingredients. Some pizzas prepared by Culinary Director Vincent Griffith and the Pizza TBD team include the Queen Margherita ($15.99), Truffle Shuffle ($17.99), Pep Boi ($19.99), and more. Pizza TBD is available for pick-up and delivery. Pizza TBD is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. unti 9:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here. Photo Courtesy of Pizza TBD
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BOMBAY STREET FOOD: NATIONAL HARBOR
151 American Way, National Harbor, MD Restaurateur Asad Sheikh has brought India's vibrant colors to National Harbor, with the opening of the third outpost of his concept, Bombay Street Food. Similar to his first two locations, the National Harbor location incorporates flavors of both tradtional and street food vendors, in the kitchen led by Executive Chef/Partner Arjun Ranabhat. To reflect the waterside location, the menu includes a variety of seafood dishes such as Lobster Masala, Boatman's Fish, and Fish & Chips. The menu also features Bombay Street Food favorite's such as Vada Pav and Dahi Puri. The two-level space boasts 150 seats, with 85 seats available outside across the two patios. Bombay Street Food National Harbor is open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here. Photo Courtesy of Bombay Street Food
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