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From a press release:

“MRP Realty, a developer of commercial, residential, industrial and mixed-use real estate along the Southeast corridor, announced today the family behind Taqueria Habanero, the popular Puebla-style restaurant known for bringing authentic Mexican homestyle cooking to the DMV, will open two new locations in early March as the anchor tenant at the recently renamed Bryant Street Market food hall. Formerly The Bevy, the food hall will be a central element of the rapidly burgeoning Bryant Street development in DC’s Edgewood neighborhood. Read More


photo by Scott Suchman courtesy Le Fantome Food Hall

From a press release:

“Le Fantome, an all-day, international food hall in Prince George’s County will open on Monday, August 22. Located in The Station at Riverdale Park, the 8,500 square foot project is a collaboration between Cafritz Enterprises and leading hospitality consulting group Hospitality HQ (HHQ). Le Fantome will open with a full-service bar, seasonal patio, and a diverse array of offerings from three dine-in stalls. The food hall’s seven locally-owned and operated ghost kitchen concepts will open separately on Monday, August 29th for dine-in ordering via QR code, delivery via select third party apps, and pre-ordered pick up.

The all-day dining destination’s three dine-in food stalls include Chef Esther Choi’s casual Korean eatery Mökbar, Top Chef D.C. winner Kevin Sbraga’s hot chicken joint Sonny & Sons, and modern sushi counter Horu Sushi. The food hall will also house seven ghost kitchen concepts: Alta Calidad Taqueria, Bombay Kitchen, Dayo’s Kitchen, Fishscale, Greek Aroma Mediterranean Grill, Laoban Dumplings, and Mr. Bake Sweets. One of the ghost kitchen stalls will serve as a community kitchen, designed to be a springboard for up & coming chefs and small business owners. Le Fantome plans to rotate community kitchen occupants frequently.

“We are thrilled to officially be a part of Prince George’s County’s diverse dining scene,” said Akhtar Nawab, Chef & Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner at Hospitality HQ. “Le Fantome’s unique lineup of vendors includes options for Korean and Indian street foods, traditional Nigerian dishes, creative sushi, comforting Southern fare and more from the shared kitchens of local culinary talent. Our team looks forward to welcoming in our neighbors in Riverdale Park and College Park, students and staff from just up the road at the University of Maryland and visitors stopping by our block from the wider D.C. area.”

Le Fantome inaugural vendor lineup includes the following (*denotes ghost kitchen): Read More


Roaming Rooster goodness courtesy Western Market

Western Market is a go! From a press release:

“Phase One: NOW OPEN

Capo Italian Deli
The popular italian sub shop that originated in Shaw and specializes in deli-style sub rolls with Boar’s Head meats properly sliced in front of you, in-house cooked roast beef, chicken parmigiana, special homemade Italian dressing and even witty cocktails, such as their popular “Fauci Pouchy.” Capo’s second brick-and-mortar location has reminiscents of the old school, hearty traditional italian deli’s found in cities like New York, Philadelphia and Boston with traditional classics found in your hometown deli to experience at Western Market.

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls is a fast-casual concept, serving authentic, simply-prepared lobster rolls since the 2014 opening of their flagship in Annapolis, Maryland. Mason’s serves sustainable Maine Lobster, Crab, and Shrimp Rolls, Chowders, Bisques, and Maine Root sodas all direct from Maine. With locations all of the east coast, the Western Market location will be the latest location in Washington D.C.

RAWish, a new concept from Gangster Vegan DMV owners James and Taneea Yarborough, offers an organic raw menu of creative salads, sandwiches, bowls, smoothies, and freshly pressed juices and nut milks. With a focus on making nutritious food affordable and accessible, RAWish is an exciting new chapter in the Yarboroughs’ commitment to re-inventing the plant-based lifestyle. The couple owns two Gangster Vegan locations (in Baltimore’s Cross Street Market and in Riverdale, MD).

Roaming Rooster
Roaming Rooster puts a modern spin on classic, homestyle southern fried chicken, using only hormone- and antibiotic-free grain-fed free-range chicken. The popular eatery that started as a single food truck in 2015 and rapidly expanded to a fleet of four trucks and a location in Woodridge, will open its second brick-and-mortar at Western Market. Roaming Rooster has not only a dedicated local following, but also received national attention during last year’s #chickenwars.”

Phase Two: Currently Looking To Open Later This Fall Read More


rendering for 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From an email:

“We are excited to share information about a new full-service social bar and restaurant concept coming to Western Market in early 2022. ExPat Hospitality from partners Chef Tim Ma (American Son/Lucky Danger), Jonas Singer (Union Kitchen/Bling Dog Cafe) and Ben Sislen (Kingfisher/The Crown and the Crow) will open the group’s first venue at Western Market, joining the new food hall’s diverse tenants at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW. ExPat will be the largest restaurant in Western Market, offering an American style barbecue menu along with other southern staples. Read More


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