Washington, DC

1346 4th Street, SE photo by Scott Suchman

From a press release:

“Chef Michael Rafidi announces a May 30 opening for Yellow, a cafe and bakery with Levantine roots, located within his Navy Yard restaurant, Albi, at 1346 4th Street SE. The carryout cafe will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-3pm, offering a taste of the Levant for breakfast, lunch, and all-day coffee. Chef Gregory Baumgartner, who oversees pastry at Albi, also leads the program at Yellow, which merges classic French technique with Middle Eastern flavors. Rafidi puts his mark on the menu with a selection of mezze and pita sandwiches. Read More


1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Update: thanks to Ian for sending the photo above confirming Panera Dupont has permanently closed.

A reader reports:

“I am (was) an employee at the Dupont Circle Panera. The one right across from Krispy Kreme! I just got a call from my manager that the store can’t survive any longer, and it will be shutting down. I didn’t receive an exact date as to when operations will be 100% offline. Up until this point they’ve been working with a skeleton crew of a manager and one single employee.”

And thanks to Denis for sending something to keep an eye on from the Wall Street Journal:

“The U.S. division of bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien filed for bankruptcy protection as pandemic restrictions continue to wreak havoc on fast-casual dining chains.”


1337 11th Street, NW at O Street

Thanks to Kari for sending: “I live down the street from Nina May and have seen my fair share of restaurants open and close (I am looking at you “The Bird ” and “Frenchy’s Naturel“) any way, looks like Nina May is now open for coffee, breakfast and lunch and I really want them to succeed. It is a tough corner with not too much foot traffic.”

From a press release:

“After a successful launch in the Fall, Shaw’s New American restaurant Nina May has introduced a daytime café within the restaurant. Open Monday – Friday, from 7 am – 2 pm, the café’s menu reflects the team’s continued dedication to locally sourced and sustainable food ingredients. Read More


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