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SUNDAY MORNING BAKEHOUSE: MCLEAN
PROJECTED OPENING: Winter 2024 1800 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA Sunday Morning Bakehouse will be opening its first Northern Virginia location in McLean's Heming development this Winter. This family and female-owned elevated bakery will occupy 3,100 square-feet of ground space. Guests can get excited to enjoy Handmade Croissants, Seasonal Breads and Pastries, Special Occasion Cakes, and much more. For more information, visit their website here.
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MUI
PROJECTED OPENING: Winter 2024 967 Rose Avenue, North Bethesda, MD A new Japanese-inspired restaurant, Mui, will be opening at North Bethesda's Pike & Rose in the space formerly home to The Block this Winter. This 8,506 square-foot restaurant will feature non-traditional Japanese dishes as well as traditional kaiseki, sushi, omakase from Japan (which will be the highlight of Mui). Some additional menu options will be seafood and meat cooked on a Robata grill. The food menu will be complemented by an agave, scotch, and sake menu curated by a highly trained mixologist. More information to come as the opening is closer. For more information, click here.
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NED'S CLUB WASHINGTON DC
PROJECTED OPENING: Winter 2024 734 15th Street NW Ned's Club Washington DC, an elite downtown club, will be opening this Winter in the space formerly home to Riggs Bank and American Security and Trust Company. This new DC location will be Ned's Club's fourth location, and it will be its first club-only location that caters only to its members. In DC, Ned's Club will boast two private restaurants, Loft Restaurant and Rooftop Terrace. Applications to become a member of Ned's Club opens in May, with fee and number of members TBD. Ned's Club was founded by Nick Jones and Ron Burkle. The theme at Ned'c Club DC will be “roaring 20’s”. For more information, visit their website here.
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CECE'S ROLAND PARK
PROJECTED OPENING: June 13th, 2024 10 Village Square Suite 10, Baltimore, MD Cece's Roland Park will be opening this June in Baltimore's Village of Cross Keys. Cece's Roland Park will bring an elevated dining experience to Baltimore. This new restaurant will boast a 7,000 square-foot interior and a 3,500 square-foot exterior. Michelin-Starred Chef Nick Sharpe will lead the kitchen at Cece's, which will feature an innovative European menu with coastal influences. Cece's will also have a carefully created wine and cocktail menu that will offer Cece's Signature Martini, tequila selections, and a collection of French and Italian wines. For more information, visit their website here.
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FLIGHT: NATIONAL LANDING
PROJECTED OPENING: Late 2024 269 19th Court Street, Arlington, VA Co-Owners Swati Bose and Kabir Amir will be reopening their wine bar, Flight, later this year in National Landing, after their Chinatown location closed at the end of last year. This new 2,175 square-foot location will feature a similar selection to its former location, however, this new National Landing location will act more as a bottle shop, rather than a bar and restaurant. Flight will open with a much smaller wine list that features 150 wines. More information to come as the opening gets closer.
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SOJOURN FERMENTORY
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2024 1400 Bridgeport Way #103, Suffolk, VA Sojourn Fermentory will be opening in Suffolk, Virginia this Summer. The brewery and cidery with a tasting room and full kitchen will be the first of its kind in the Suffolk market. This new venture is a partnership between Jinson Chan and Michael Pawley. Sojourn Fermentory will offer progressive European-style lagers, ciders and American ales, including limited releases of barrel-aged stout. Czech Republic-inspired lager service, complete with dedicated Lukr faucets, will be the highlight of the taproom. The taproom will feature a family-friendly area and an indoor and outdoor beer garden with live music. The kitchen will offer Roman-style pizzas made from in-house 72-hour fermented organic dough, Florence-style sandwiches with freshly baked bread, and small plates that pair well with craft beer. For more information, visit their website here.
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M. FRANCES
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2024 1452 4th Street NE M. Frances, a non-profit fine dining restaurant from The Lee Initiative, will be opening in DC's Union Market neighborhood this Summer. M. Frances's mission will be to serve as a think-tank project, implementing real time research and solutions for independent restaurants to be more sustainable, innovative, and fair. With the help of university partners, mentor chefs, and an in-house research team, M. Frances will tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the restaurant industry and publish the findings in an open-source method. M. Frances will be the first of its kind in America. The restaurant will offer a hyper-local and seasonal seven-course tasting menu which will be created by a collective of chefs rather than the traditional Executive Chef method. The all-female culinary team will consist of: Chef Amy Brandwein, Chef Lisa Donovan, Chef Liliana Myers, Chef AuCo Lai, Chef Taylor Davis, and Lindsay Ofcacek. For more information, visit The LEE Initiative's website here. 
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DUKE'S GROCERY: POTOMAC
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2024 10128 River Road, Potomac, MD Duke's Grocery will be expanding and opening a location this Fall in Potomac, Maryland's Potomac Village Shopping Center. Guests at this new Potomac location can anticipate the menu to include Duke Grocery's staples such as Massive Sarnies, Seasonal Bevvies, Hearty Salads, Local Beers, and more. Duke's Grocery Potomac will feature a 32-seat dining room, a 14-seat bear area, a 10-seat high top seating area, a 16-seat banquette seating area, and a 24-seat outdoor dining area. For more information, visit their website here.
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HOTEL HERON
PROJECTED OPENING: June 20th, 2024 699 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA A new hotel, Hotel Heron, will open in the heart of Alexandria this June. Originally opened in 1926 as the George Mason Hotel, Hotel Heron will combine the iconic inn with a new building that houses a modern event space and elevated guest rooms. This new 134 room boutique hotel will have a ground floor restaurant serving hearth inspired Mid-Atlantic cuisine, a cozy craft cocktail bar in the heart of the hotel, and an open-air seasonal rooftop bar with views of the Potomac. Some amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center and meeting spaces. For more information, click here.
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PROVIDENCIA
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2024 1321 Linden Court NE Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, Pedro Tobar, and Daniel Gonzalez will be opening a new neighborhood cocktail bar, Providencia, this Summer. The dinner and drinks menu will highlight the ingredients from their home countries (Taiwan, Mexico, and El Salvador). The two-story space will feature a large bar with 15 seats and an intimate lounge with 8 - 12 seats.