all purpose
1250 9th Street, NW

From a press release:

“All-Purpose Pizzeria in Shaw will serve Sunday brunch from 11am until 2:30pm beginning on Sunday, April 9.

Chef Mike Friedman and his team have created a variety of classic brunch dishes with creative Italian American twists. Dishes include The Continental, an assortment of house made salumi, seasonal fruit, cheese, pizza toast, butter & jam; Eggs Fra Diavolo (a twist on eggs in purgatory) with calabrian chiles, soft polenta, feta and basil; Crispy Fried Potatoes with a rich gorgonzola crema; the Tigelle ‘Egg & Cheese’ Sandwich with fried mortadella, egg, provolone and arugula; a Nutella Bomboloni (an Italian-style filled donut) topped with an airy whipped ricotta and sprinkled with powdered sugar. (more…)

1595 I Street, NW

Rare Steakhouse is the steakhouse based in Madison, Wisconsin. The placard says:

“An upscale restaurant that will serve steaks, seafood, sides, and alcoholic beverages. The restaurant is requesting to have a Sidewalk Café, Summer Garden, and Live Entertainment. Total Occupancy Load is 445 seats. Sidewalk Café total occupancy is 20 seats and Summer Garden total occupancy is 160 seats.”

You can see their menu here. Updates as they get closer to opening.

In sight of the newly opened Mirabelle on the other side of 16th Street:


rinconcito fire
1326 Park Road, NW

Back in October, Columbia Heights gem, El Rinconcito II suffered a terrible fire. Finally some good news from a reader:

“talking to one of the owners of El Rinconcito on Park Road. They are aiming to reopen the second week of April.

And since they have one of the best outdoor dining areas in Columbia Heights, this is fixing to be very good timing and very good news, indeed.

735 8th Street, SE

Sushi Hachi is coming! The liquor license placard says:

“A sushi restaurant that will serve appetizers, sushi, grilled stir-fry, and Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is requesting to have a Sidewalk Café. Total Occupancy Load is 99 seats. Sidewalk Café total occupancy is 24 seats.”

Zest closed back in October 2015 so the owners could focus on Agua 301 in Navy Yard. Updates as Sushi Hachi gets closer to opening.


2435 18th Street, NW

The former Toledo Lounge space (briefly Libertine) has been fully transformed. Rosario’s website says:

“The new spot, Rosario, is a tribute to chef Rosario Patti, a mentor of Smoke and Barrel
chef Logan McGear.

We hope you enjoy the delicious food, handcrafted cocktails, and exquisite Italian wine selection, all presented to you in an atmosphere that will transport you to a sensual dining experience.

Executive Chef

Chef Logan McGear has a far more diverse culinary background than his Arkansas roots might have you believe. Although it was a connection to his home state, and experience with BBQ, that ultimately brought him to Smoke & Barrel in DC in 2011, he’s always drawn from a global arsenal. His early career in Hot Springs began in 2003 as apprentice for Chris Rix at French-Asian fusion bistro The Exchange and in 2005 for Mirabelli Restaurant Group at Pompeii Cafe & Wine Bar.

As someone with a thoughtful understanding of cooking technique, lusting after further cultural growth his ambition led him to the tutelage of Chef Rosario Patti in 2007, the namesake of our Rosario. Rosario and his partner Santo had restaurants previously in Manhattan and San Francisco before relocating to a slower paced Arkansas. McGear has always loved Italian food so it was only natural for him to seek a position under a hero of the category in Little Rock. It was there that he sharpened his focus upon a regional fare, and began to understand the intricacies of Italian, when one looks beyond the Americanized iteration.”

Check out the menu:

Rosario_Menu (PDF)

Wine_Cocktails (PDF)

rosario facebook
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On Thursday I shared some scuttlebutt saying that Bibibop would likely be buying the ShopHouse locations. Likely no more! Restaurant News confirms:

“Bibibop Asian Grill said Friday that it is the buyer of the leases for 15 closed ShopHouse Asian Kitchen locations, a deal that will double the Columbus, Ohio-based chain’s size virtually overnight.”

You can see their menus here. DC locations include 1516 Connecticut Ave, NW in Dupont, 2805 M Street, NW in Georgetown, 710 7th Street, NW in Chinatown and the first floor of Union Station (pictured above.)

900 16th Street, NW

Check out the menu here: Mirabelle-Menu-(PDF)

From Mirabelle’s website:

“Mirabelle is a contemporary celebration of the American and French table offering refined fare from James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Frank Ruta and Pastry Chef Aggie Chin. Influenced by modern American hospitality sensibilities, Mirabelle provides an inviting and sophisticated setting perfect for dining and entertaining in the heart of D.C.’s bustling downtown neighborhood, just two blocks north of the White House. (more…)