courtesy RAKUMI

Ed. Note: The owners of Kotobuki (upstairs) have taken over the former Makoto space at 4822 MacArthur Blvd, NW.

From an email:

“Finally we open the new restaurant “RAKUMI ” last week!! We are authentic Japanese Izakaya/sake house. Great selection of sake and Japanese beer. Serving Sukiyaki,Sha-bu sha-bu, yakitori, several noodles and small appetizers too.”

Check out their menus here.


What does it all mean? Let me tell you what it all means. Nothing. It means nothing. In the wise words of Gorgias:

“Nothing exists; Even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and Even if something can be known about it, knowledge about it can’t be communicated to others. Even if it can be communicated, it cannot be understood.”

Thanks to Will for sending:

“Starbucks Dupont south is closing on December 30th.”

What the hell – first one of the many Comfort One closes and now one of the many Starbucks is closing. Dark days in Dupont indeed.

Now hold on just a second – a liquor license application has just been applied for a Tokyo Pearl at 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW: Read More


1901 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Grant reported on Friday: “Toryumon Japanese House at 19th and Penn is getting delivery of rice and noodles right now.”

This is the long vacant subterranean space previously home to SOHO, Crossroads and Heritage India/Zanzibar. And it looks like they’ve opened on Sunday:

Check out their menu here.

“Toryumon Japanese House offers tasty Southeast Asian Cuisines. It’s trendy eatery offering creative sushi, Tokyo style Ramen Asian fushion meals!

Toryumon Japanese House serving everything on the menu is freshly prepared in-house with thoughtful attention to even the most subtle details. Read More


via Facebook

About a month ago I mentioned that Izakaya Seki would have new hours starting Oct. 1st (closed Mondays and Tuesdays.) Turns out they also had some positive changes in store for October as well! Meet the Katsu Sandwich (カツサンド)

pork cutlet with shredded cabbage on perfect japanese sandwich bread.

available for pick up only


1117 V Street, NW


2140 F Street, NW

A reader reports:

“We just got a new carryout in Foggy Bottom. A new Rolls By U location opened up yesterday at 2140 F Street beneath the FoBoGro.”

Rolls by U’s website says:

“The Power of the People. Our vision is to provide simple, fresh, flavorful, healthy food that is fully customizable by U. We want to give U the power to create and enjoy. We’ve sourced the freshest ingredients and combined them with healthy sustainable couterparts so U can feel good about what U are eating. We want U to be in control and have fun.”

Check out their Menus here.


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828 Upshur Street, NW

Word is finally out on who’s taking over the Cappy’s Crabs space on Upshur – City Paper reports:

“While Japan will be the leading culinary influence for both the food and drinks, the restaurant is very much wrapped up in the personalities and viewpoints of its young, first-time restaurateurs. [Carlie Steiner and Kevin Tien] That’s why they’re dubbing it “New Japanese” cuisine because Tien, the executive chef, will punch up traditional Japanese preparations with Latin, Southeast Asian, and Korean flavors.

Himitsu will start by serving dinner Tuesdays-Saturdays from 5 p.m. to close. They will not take reservations. Instead, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Mid-October is the projected opening date.”

On Facebook they shared on Saturday:

“Gettin’ lit @himitsudc // see you in a few weeks!!”

Stay tuned for an exact opening date.


1420 New York Ave, NW looking west towards the White House

The liquor license placard for Sushi Gakyu says:

“New Restaurant featuring Japanese cuisine. Total Occupancy load is 67. Sidewalk Café with 24 seats.”

sushi sign

Saint Michel (previously Camille’s Cafe) closed back in October 2013. Updates as Sushi Gakyu gets closer to opening.

sushi 1420 New York Ave, NW

Update from an email:

“Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Executive Chef Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota—known for his successful Bethesda, MD restaurant, Yuzu Japanese Dining—will open his newest restaurant, Sushi Gakyu at 1420 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC in December 2016.

Neighborhood Retail Group helped secure the space which will offer patrons an upscale dining expierience including traditional and modern-style sushi, sashimi and Japanese fish menus. Let us know if you’d like to set up an interview with Neighborhood Retail Group Managing Principle and Co-Founder Bethany Scanlon along with Chef Yoshi.”

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