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SHOUK: BETHESDA
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2021 5436 Westbard Avenue, Bethesda, MD As part of the expansion into Maryland, after originating in D.C., Shouk will be opening a new location in Bethesda's Westwood Shopping Center this Fall. This new Bethesda location will Shouk's first location that is solely carryout. Guests will be able to order onsite or through Shouk's app ahead of time. Shouk's food is crafted from fresh vegetables, beans, and grains and does not use any foods that are processed or engineered. For more information, visit their website here.
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SHOUK: ROCKVILLE
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2021 5568 Randolph Road, Rockville, MD After opening two locations in D.C., Shouk will be expanding to Maryland with a new location in Rockville's Montrose Crossing Shopping Center this Fall. This 2,000 square foot concept will be located just off of Rockville Pike and feature 20 seats. The menu will serve the same menu of plant-based, certified kosher food, that is served at its D.C. predecessors. Carryout, delivery, and dine-in will be available at this new location. For more information, visit their website here.
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CHESAPEAKE
PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2021 925 U Street NW The owners of Duke's Grocery will be opening a new crab shack and seafood house with a bar on U Street this Summer. Chesapeake will feature a fast casual dockside atmosphere with a range of shellfish options and a bustling bar. Guests can get excited to sip crushes and beers locally sourced from the District, Maryland, and Virginia. All seating will be outdoors, and guests can enjoy menu items such as Maryland blue crabs, lobsters, snow crab legs, and more. For more information, visit their website here.
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THAI CHEF STREET FOOD
PROJECTED OPENING: Late Summer 2021 29 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD Federal Realty Investment Trust has announced they will be opening a second Thai Chef Street Food location in Rockville Town Center at the end of this Summer. This 3,535 square foot concept will offer authentic Bangkok-style vendor food that is found along the streets of the Thai capital. After originally opening in Dupont Circle, this new Rockville location will feature a bright and modern atmosphere. Guests can enjoy Thai favorites such as Moo-phing, BBQ pork on skewers, Catfish Dry Curry and more. For more information, visit their website here.
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DLEÑA
PROJECTED OPENING: May 10th, 2021 476 K Street NW Richard Sandoval Hospitality has announced they will be opening a new wood-fire Mexican Cocina and Mezcaleria in the Mount Vernon neighboorhood next week. Dleña will offer guests authentic Mexican cusine with a modern twist, under Executive Chef Carlos Camacho. This 5,000 square foot will offer diners over 250 seats, featuring both indoor and outdoor space. Guests can get excited for dishes such as Wagyu Steak a la Piedra, Camarónes a la Diabla, Coliflor a la Leña, and more. To celebrate its opening, Dleña will be donating proceeds to Dreams for Kids D.C., which helps empower children with physical and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit their website here.  
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LA BISE
PROJECTED OPENING: Mid June 2021 800 Connecticut Avenue NW Ashok Bajaj, founder and CEO of the Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, has announced he will be opening a new 21st century French restaurant, La Bise, this June in the space formerly home to the Oval Room. Guests can get excited for a modern, bright, and colorful interior with an expanded outdoor patio, bar, open-air kitchen, and two dining room options. Tyler Stout will serve as the Executive Chef at this new concept and guests will be able to watch the chefs at work. La Bise strives to be sophisticated but approahable, fun French restaurant and the decor will emulate the French cuisine of La Bise. For more information, visit their website here.  
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CARUSO'S GROCERY
PROJECTED OPENING: May 12th, 2021 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Caruso's Grocery, a 65-seat stand alone restaurant, will be opening across from the Roost next month. This new concept will be modeled after the classic, Italian-American red sauce joint, serving guests with classic dishes. Guests can also get excited about the beverage program at this new spot, featuring a classic and accessible list of wines and cocktails. Wines will be available by the glass, carafe, and bottle, along with a short reserve list. The beer list will consist of a small collection of Italian-style dry-hopped pills and sours. For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Stacey Windsor
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PUNJABI BY NATURE
PROJECTED OPENING: To Be Announced 3115 14th Avenue NW Punjabi By Nature, a restaurant chain from Chantilly, will be opening its first D.C. location in Columbia Heights, in the space formerly home to The Heights. Punjabi By Nature serves authentic Indian cuisine, bringing the best food from Dehli to Virginia, and now D.C. as well. A patio is expected to be available for guests to enjoy at this new location. For more information, visit their website here.  
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AP PIZZA SHOP
PROJECTED OPENING: Mid 2022 4747 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD A new pizza shop is opening in Bethesda next year from Colin McDonough, Gareth Croke, Mike O’Malley and chef Mike Friedman, the team behind All-Purpose Pizzeria, Boundary Stone Public House and The Red Hen. AP Pizza Shop will be an ode to the neighborhood pizzerias the team grew up going to. It will be an all-day concept with Italian coffee and pastries in the morning, paninis and salads for lunch, and a variety of pizzas on the menu, made with all-American dough, local cheese and seasonal and classic toppings, in the evening. AP Pizza Shop will have room for up to 20 guests to dine-in.  
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AVENTINO
PROJECTED OPENING: Mid 2022 4747 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD Chef Mike Friedman, Colin McDonough, Gareth Croke, and Mike O’Malley, the team behind D.C. restaurants All-Purpose Pizzeria, The Red Hen, and Boundary Stone Public House will be opening a new concept in Bethesda next year. Aventino will feature vibrant and traditional Roman cuisine with a menu of antipasti, pasta and more by chef Mike Friedman, and classic cocktails like a selection of spritzes and negronis, in a warm and inviting setting that can hold up to 120 guests.