Washington, DC

1306 G Street, NW

From a press release:

“The owners of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, together with Tin Shop – a creative bar and restaurant development group founded by Geoff Dawson and Peter Bayne – announce the opening of Astro Beer Hall, a two-level beer hall and full-service coffee shop. Astro Beer Hall will be located in the Mackey’s Public House space, at 1306 G Street, NW, adjacent to the original Astro Doughnuts.

Astro Beer Hall will be an all-day counter service bar, coffee shop and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner with an expanded menu of Astro’s beloved fried chicken and doughnuts alongside a newly developed offering of bar snacks, salads, made to order cake doughnuts and more. Read More


12th and H Street, NW

From a press release:

“Ashok Bajaj is pleased to announce Knightsbridge Restaurant Group’s new concept replacing Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca at 1100 New York Ave, NW, (entrance on 12th and H Streets), in the heart of downtown Washington. On September 9, Modena will open with an entirely new menu created by recently appointed Executive Chef John Melfi who is returning to Knightsbridge Restaurant Group.

Bibiana will close August 31. The restaurant will undergo a refresh with a new color scheme, new artwork and the addition of planters filled with greenery. Melfi’s new menu will showcase Italian-influenced seasonal cuisine driven by sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. One can look forward to exploring the new antipasti trolley from Italy and dining on vintage china made by Villeroy and Bosch. Read More


14th and U Street, NW

Been getting a lot of queries about the status of the 14th Street Streetscape project:

“The 14th st streetscape project has been going on forever. When will it end?”

Originally anticipated completion was “May 2019” but now the whole thing from Thomas Circle to Florida Ave is expected to finish in “Fall 2019”.

The floating bus stops and protected bike section down by Thomas Circle is looking good: Read More


inside 1050 31st Street, NW courtesy CUT

From a press release:

“The newly reopened Rosewood Washington D.C. unveils an evolved version of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, the refined steak restaurant by the celebrated master chef, and rooftop lounge, CUT Above, offering sweeping views of the city. Located in the heart of Georgetown, CUT D.C. is reflective of the culinary diversity of the Mid-Atlantic region and the historic charm of the neighborhood.

“I want this CUT to be different, one that is true to its location,” said Wolfgang Puck. “It’s important to me that CUT D.C. has its own soul that reflects just how unique the Mid-Atlantic is and how diners want to eat now. While guests will still be able to order the signature steaks they have come to love at CUT, we want to showcase the bounty of the region and create a menu that encourages sharing.”

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Leading the kitchen is Executive Chef Andrew Skala, who has spent the last 13 years working alongside Wolfgang and his team at Spago Las Vegas, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, and, most recently, CUT New York City. True to Wolfgang’s hallmark ethos of using only the finest and freshest ingredients, Skala has solidified relationships with farmers, ranchers, dairy farmers and fishermen from the area to source seasonal products and items such as seafood from the Chesapeake Bay and wagyu beef from Virginia. Read More


655 New York Ave, NW photo courtesy LEON DC

From LEON:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to announce our second restaurant in DC will open on New York Avenue at 7th St NW on Thursday, August 22nd. We will see you there.”

They were originally supposed to open yesterday but I’ll allow the slight delay because they posted this super cool historical photo of the space on New York Ave: Read More


1270 4th Street, NE photo by Daniel Swartz

From a press release:

La Cosecha​, EDENS’ upcoming contemporary Latin market (1270 4th Street NE) in the Union Market District, will celebrate its opening preview celebration with a festive block party and special concert, presented by title partner ​Events DC and ​headlined by Grammy-winning Latin fusion band ​Ozomatli​ on Saturday, September 7 ​from 11am-7pm. Read More


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