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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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LITTLE CHICKEN: THE WHARF
11 Pearl Street SW Little Chicken has officially opened at The Wharf next to Pearl Street Warehouse. The space features 60 indoor and outdoor seats, as well as TVs throughout. Chef Chris Morgan, Chef Gerald Addison, and Casey Patten have fine tuned tenders, saucy sandwiches, wings, and more at Little Chicken. Guests can also sip on cocktails such as the Orange Crush, Big Green Tonic, Wharf Water, and more. The sandwiches are bigger and saucier than they were in the original launch. For dessert, guests can enjoy multiple soft serve flavors. Little Chicken is open daily at 11:00 a.m. For more information, visit their website here.Photo by Hawkeye Johnson
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HAN PALACE: GEORGETOWN
1728 Wisconsin Avenue NW Chris Zhu has opened the fourth location of his restaurant, Han Palace in Georgetown. Known for its made to order authentic Cantonese Dim Sum, as well as other traditional dishes, this new location will have menu options only found there. Some of these new dishes include Pineapple Fried Rice with Shrimp and Braised Abalone with Rice. The Georgetown location is also offering three different set menus for two, ranging in price from $78 - $128. Happy Hour is also offered at this new Han Palace location on Sunday- Friday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Guests can also look forward to the cocktail list that features options like soju, sake, cocktails, and more. Han Palace Georgetown is open Monday - Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website here.Photo from Han Palace Website
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MAKERS UNION: CATHEDRAL COMMONS
3701 Newark Street NW Makers Union from Thompson Hospitality has opened their fourth location in Cathedral Commons. This new Makers Union location is 4,328 square-feet and features a total of 158 seats throughout the dining room, bar, and outdoor patio. The menu at Makers Union Cathedral Commons is a blend of tradition and flare. Executive Chef Dan Logan created a menu that features handmade pastas, savory dinner entrees and a lunch menu for those on-the-go or looking for leisure. Some menu highlights include a Black N’ White Clam Linguini, Grilled Branzino, Southern Surf N’ Turf , and more. This location also highlights a chef-driven brick oven menu featuring a variety of Oven-Fired Oysters, Baked Brie, Flatbreads and French Onion Soup. Brunch is available on the weekend, boasting a Family-Style Menu with highlights such as Maryland Crab Cake Benedict, Warren’s Fine Fried Chicken & Waffles, and bottomless Mimosas. Makers Union also has their own curated beverage menu. For more information, visit their website here.Photo by Fun Food Group
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PASCUAL
732 Maryland Avenue NE The Popal Family and their Chefs Matt Conroy and Isabel Coss, have opened their new modern Mexican restaurant, Pascual, in Capitol Hill. The menu at Pascual is hearth-focused and gives guests a taste of Mexico City in DC. Some menu highlights guests can get excited for include Lamb Neck Barbacoa, Skate Zarandeado, Mexican Chocolate Cake, and more. The priority at Pascual is sustainable, seasonal ingredients which is why the team has worked with local farmers to grow Mexican ingredients to use in their dishes. The cocktails at Pascual take inspiration from Mexican cantinas. The wine list features natural wines that pair with the flavors that are signature to Mexican food. In the mornings, Pascual will serve coffee and pastries from their side window panaderia called “Volcán”. Pascual is open Monday and Thursday from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website here.Photo by Deb Lindsey 
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MOOD SWINGS FOOD HALL
1625 First Street NW Taj Sohal, DC's Youngest Restauranteur, has opened a new food hall in the space formerly home to Glassey's in DC's Bloomingdale neighborhood. Mood Swings Food Hall understands the daily struggle of deciding where to eat when hunger strikes, so to satisfy everyone's cravings, Mood Swings features a new menu each month. Every month, Mood Swings will let the public vote on what kind of cuisine they would like, and Mood Swing's will announce the new menu, cocktails list, and events on the 1st of each month. This month's featured cuisine is Soul Food. Guests can get excited to enjoy new dishes and sip cocktails while enjoying this month's events. For more information, visit their website here.
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YOUR ONLY FRIEND
1114 9th Street NW Your Only Friend, a sandwich bar created by Sherra Kurtz and Paul Taylor, will has officially returned to DC. Your Only Friend is a unification of a cocktail bar and sandwich shop, and is inspired by the idea of a high-low concept. Guests can get excited for offerings that are weaved with nostalgia at Your Only Friend. Along with sandwiches, Your Only Friend also serves snacks for lunch and dinner. Some menu highlights include the Return of the Mack, Meatball Sangwich, Mort & Mootz, and much more. Your Only Friend is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. - Midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website here.
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THE URBAN GRAPE
1301 9th Street NW Husband-wife duo, TJ and Hadley Douglas, have opened the first location of their progressive wine shop, The Urban Grape, outside of Boston in DC's Shaw neighborhood. As America's largest certified black-owned beverage retailer, The Urban Grape curates wine, beer, and spirits with an emphasis on representation for diverse makers, regions, and varietals. At The Urban Grape, TJ and Hadley developed a Progressive Scale, their propriety system that categorizes wine by its body instead of varietal or region. By using this scale, The Urban Grape prioritizes exploration. The 4,300 square-foot location is much larger than its Boston location, and will act as the distribution hub for the brand. For more information, visit their website here. Listen to TJ and Hadley Douglas on Foodie and The Beast here.Photo Courtesy of The Urban Grape 
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AP PIZZA SHOP
4747 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD Chef Mike Friedman along with his team from All-Purpose Pizzeria, The Red Hen, and Boundary Stone have opened a new restaurant, AP Pizza Shop, in Bethesda, Maryland. AP Pizza is a love letter to the pizzerias of Chef Friedman's youth in New York and New Jersey. The new restaurant offers deck oven slices, as well as innovative pizzas and Italian-American antipasti. Some menu highlights from the lunch and dinner menus include Broccoli Calabrese Salad, Mozzarella en Carozza, Roasted Garlic Knots, and more. A kids menu is also available at AP Pizza Shop. AP Pizza Shop is open Sunday - Thursday from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website here. 
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AVENTINO CUCINA
4747 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD Chef Mike Friedman and his team behind DC restaurants All-Purpose Pizzeria, The Red Hen, and Boundary Stone have opened a new restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland. Aventino is named after one of the seven major hills in Rome Aventino showcases vibrant and traditional Roman cuisine with nods to the Roman-Jewish ghetto and Mid-Atlantic seasonal ingredients, as well as a selection of spritzes and negronis. The space is two-levels and features enough space for up to 130 guests. Some menu highlights guests can get excited for include Gnocco Fritto, Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe, Rigatoni alla Gricia, and more more. The beverage program is designed by Chelsey Cantanucci and features a selection of spritzes and negronis, as well as a vibrant Italian-leaning wine list from Wine Director Joe Quinn. Aventino is open for dinner Sunday - Thursday from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website here.Photo from Aventino Cucina Facebook
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LA BONNE VACHE
3265 Prospect Street NW Rob and Claire Aikens, along with Ari and Claire Wilder, have opened a new French Bistro, La Bonne Vache, in the space formerly home to Booeymonger in Georgetown. The main highlight of this new concept is the unique twist they have on their burgers. The bistro features 42-seats and also features a variety of french fare aside from the burgers, that can be paired with their selection of beers, wines, and champagnes. John Kim and Butcher Pat LaFrieda are assisting Aikens in the kitchen of La Bonne Vache. Some menu highlights guests can get excited for include Le Croque Madame, Truffle Brie, Roti de Boeuf, and more. La Bonne Vache is open Wednesday - Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit their Instagram here.Photo from La Bonne Vache Facebook
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