D.C. restaurant employees are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, bars are emerging from winter hibernation, and patio-friendly climate is already arriving in suits and begins. The general public well being emergency just isn’t over by any means — indoor eating continues to be capped at 25 p.c via not less than the tip of March — however a post-virus actuality appears close by. Restaurant openings have barely slowed all through the novel coronavirus pandemic, and spring is filled with intriguing new choices for Latin small plates, coastal Mexican, Italian-American, Irish, Caribbean, Spanish, and extra. These are the 15 most anticipated openings of the spring, as chosen by Eater D.C.’s editors.
What: Chef Enrique Limardo’s follow-up to scene-y Latin restaurant Seven Reasons will mesh Mediterranean and South American flavors together with his surreal plating and modernist cooking strategies.
When: Opens Friday, March 19
The place: 1124 twenty third Avenue NW (West Finish)
Las Gemelas Cocina Mexicana
What: The group behind standard high-end Mexican restaurant Espita are opening a cocktail bar within the Union Market district with a menu filled with snacks, toasts, and plenty of seafood dishes that convey Southern Mexican seashore cities to thoughts. Cooks Rob Aikens, Ben Tenner, and their crew of cooks need to showcase cooking and plating with extra “finesse” — suppose toast topped with carrot turmeric hummus and smoked cashew or a salmon crudo tostada with salsa verde, cucumber, smoked trout roe, and cilantro oil — to enrich the dual taqueria that simply opened on the other finish of the place the bar sits in Latin market La Cosecha. The opening bunch of cocktails all price between $10 and $12.
When: Late March
The place: La Cosecha, 1280 Fourth Avenue NE
Mattie and Eddie’s
What: Cathal Armstrong, the chef that constructed his high-quality eating popularity at Restaurant Eve (now-closed) earlier than opening Hummingbird and pan-Asian Kaliwa, is opening an Arlington restaurant named after his grandparents that may serve Irish pub classics out of substances pulled from Mid-Atlantic farms. Count on native oysters, black pudding, shareable sausage rolls, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips.
When: Late March
The place: Westpost (previously Pentagon Row), 1201 S Joyce Avenue, Arlington, Virginia
Barca Pier & Wine Bar
What: A floating bar in Previous City fashioned out of converted shipping containers takes ideas from conventional Spanish seashore bars, or chiringuitos, full with views of the Potomac River and D.C. within the distance. Mediterranean-influenced small plates and finger meals will be part of a prolonged wine checklist, beer, and cocktails. Alexandria Restaurant Companions’s new sister restaurant Ada’s on the River sits subsequent door.
When: Tentatively scheduled to open Tuesday, March 30
The place: 2 Pioneer Mill Method, Alexandria, Virginia
What: Restaurateur John Kunkel’s Miami-based restaurant for buttermilk biscuits, bourbon-bacon chocolate cake, fried hen, and (entire) lobster mac ‘n’ cheese slides into the previous Mt. Vernon Triangle home of New Orleans restaurant Acadiana. The Southern alternative is lined with leather-based and brass touches from Rockwell Group, the identical designers behind Jaleo Las Vegas and Nobu New York. Yardbird’s first location in the Mid-Atlantic joins present outposts in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Singapore (there’s six in all). D.C.-specific dishes will embody wagyu beef carpaccio and native Elysian Farm lamb shank with home made pasta and spring vegetable ragu, a consultant says.
When: April 1
The place: 901 New York Avenue NW
What: Lore Group, a global outfit identified for its sharply designed luxurious motels in London and Amsterdam, is near opening Lyle DC, its second D.C. property, within the former Carlyle lodge in Dupont. After planting an opulent brasserie full of Corinthian columns in its Penn Quarter lodge, Riggs DC, Lore goes for a New American place with aspirations of turning into a extra informal neighborhood spot. Chef Nicholas Sharpe has a menu filled with dishes that aren’t so simple as they sound, together with a gluten-free, twice-fried hen that units up in a single day with potato starch earlier than getting a last coating of rice flour.
When: Early April
The place: Lyle lodge, 1731 New Hampshire Avenue NW
What: The ultimate piece of the Roost food hall in Capitol Hill is a full-service restaurant devoted to the kind of old-school, Italian-American meals discovered at purple sauce joints throughout the Northeast. There can be no riffing right here, simply penne alla vodka, tacky garlic bread, and hen Parm made with domestically sourced substances. Chef-partner Matt Adler, who used to run Navy Yard’s Osteria Morini and later labored for Michael Schlow’s restaurant group, consulted for Neighborhood Restaurant Group to assist every vendor on the Roost sharpen their menu. As a result of it’s an NRG challenge, beer director Greg Engert is bringing on Italian-style dry-hopped pilsners and sours from Italy.
The place: The Roost, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
De Rhum Spot
What: Paul Yellin, a strolling rum encyclopedia who grew up in Barbados and was the manager chef at a resort in St. Lucia for 4 years, is opening a two-level bar with a patio in Columbia Heights. De Rhum Spot will provide an analogous menu to Cane Rhum Bar, the Charleston, South Carolina, restaurant Yellin closed final spring after a 4-year run. Street food representing a number of Caribbean islands consists of jerk hen, flippantly fried Gulf mahi mahi bites, stamp n go (saltfish fritters), ginger beer-braised pork, and a seared ahi tuna tower. Allowing points delayed a fall opening, however Yellin hopes to have a well being inspection in hand shortly and plans to open earlier than the liquor license transfers over from the property’s previous life.
The place: 2827 Sherman Avenue NW
What: The restaurateurs and seafood purveyors behind Ivy Metropolis Smokehouse, Tony and Joe’s, and Nick’s Riverside Grill, are opening a wood-burning grill and uncooked bar to usher within the subsequent section of improvement for Buzzard Level, the Southwest waterfront neighborhood that’s residence to D.C.’s professional soccer stadium. A market part referred to as Beside the Level will promote soft-serve ice cream, calamari cones, lobster rolls, fries, sushi, bagels, spreads, and smoked salmon.
The place: 2100 Second Avenue SW
What: Mexico Metropolis chef Alam Méndez Florián takes a mulligan with new companions after his first D.C. space challenge, Urbano 116, swapped out contemporary Mexican for Tex-Mex. The 2-level area that used to carry B Too will embody a taco bar and an emphasis on mezcal, however it’ll open for takeout and supply first. Méndez Florián’s menu will embody dishes like Ensenada-style shrimp tacos, a shrimp quesadilla with comfortable shell crab, and grilled octopus al pastor. Pastry chef Elisa Reyna and mixologist Arturo Rojas are additionally based mostly in Mexico.
The place: 1324 14th Avenue NW
Period Wine Bar
What: Mount Rainier, Maryland’s eating renaissance continues this spring with the arrival of a new wine bar that showcases grapes from underrepresented areas like Mexico and the Center East together with a spread of world small plates. Period comes from first-time restaurateurs Michelle and Ka-ton Grant, a well-traveled duo who’ve referred to as Mount Rainier residence since 2018. The 2-level nook fixture situated close to new comfort foods spot Pennyroyal Station will provide 25 wines by the glass (and not less than 50 by the bottle), plus wine lockers for members beneath.
The place: 3300 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, Maryland
What: The meals truck that focuses on quite a lot of egg sandwiches — from commonplace bacon and cheddar to riffs with fried inexperienced tomatoes or burger patties — introduced this week it’s opening two standalone shops, together with one in Cleveland Park. A 24-hour store is anticipated to open in Shaw this summer season.
The place: 3420 Connecticut Avenue NW
What: Lengthy Shot Hospitality, the restaurant group behind legendary Irish pub the Dubliner and New England-style seafood spot the Salt Line, is taking over Cajun and Creole cuisines with a New Orleans-style restaurant in a newly constructed area on the base of the Midtown Middle improvement downtown. Chef Kristen Essig, previously of Coquette in New Orleans, has moved to D.C., and Neal Bodenheimer of nationally celebrated cocktail bar Cure can also be a accomplice. The restaurant has a 30-seat outside bar, a tiled fountain, and a lined patio. Inside there’s a uncooked bar, a charcuterie case, and a sunken eating room.
When: Late spring
The place: 1100 fifteenth Avenue NW
Baker’s Daughter Chinatown
What: Baker’s Daughter, chef and restaurateur Matt Baker’s pandemic-era companion cafe to his Michelin-starred, tasting menu-focused Gravitas, expands to Chinatown this spring. In comparison with the primary, which opened in September close to Gravitas in Ivy Metropolis, the sophomore location can be “extra espresso oriented” with grab-and-go pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and fresh-pressed juices. His star breakfast sandwich creation is produced from home made sourdough, fried egg, Virginia ham, applewood-smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, arugula, and espelette pepper aioli. Pastry chef Aisha Momaney will increase the brand new model’s lineup of baked items, including prepackaged single-serving custards and truffles.
When: Late spring
The place: 675 Eye Avenue NW
What: Celeb chef and humanitarian José Andrés will sub out the Bethesda location of his pioneering tapas vacation spot Jaleo with an offshoot of NYC’s hit consolation meals spot Spanish Diner. The 6,500-square-foot alternative, billed as Andrés’s “Iberian take of the traditional American all-day restaurant,” plans to open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spanish Diner debuted in 2019 to a lot essential acclaim inside ThinkFoodGroup’s Mercado Little Spain.
When: Late spring
The place: 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland