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Rose’s Luxury is slated to open in second quarter 2013 in D.C.’s Barracks Row. Chef-owner is Aaron Silverman, who previously worked at McCrady’s in Charleston, and Aldea and Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City. It will be a fixed price menu ($46) offering something cold, something warm, pasta, veggies & stuff, meat and a separate dessert menu. The upstairs dining space will be higher (literally) at $90 per person. No rules on how many courses to order.
Ivan Iricanin, who hails from Serbia, just opened a new Balkan restaurant, Ambar, in the popular Barracks Row neighborhood at of Rakija, at 523 8th Street, SE. Ambar spans two floors in 3,000 square feet and has a 700 square-foot outdoor patio on the second floor. Richard Sandoval is a partner with Iricanin in Ambar (as he is with Masa 14 and El Centro D.F. on 14th Street, NW) and is helping to develop the Balkan Mediterranean-inspired menu. Ambar is a Serbian name for a Balkan building for drying maize (corn). Iricanin’s hometown of Trstenik, Serbia, is known as the Land of Wine Goddesses, so the restaurant will offer imported Balkan wines and beer, as well as several types of Rakija, a fermented fruit brandy that is popular in Serbia.
Baltimore-based Attman’s Delicatessen has plans to open in Potomac, Md. Owner Marc Attman predicts an April opening date for the deli in the Cabin John Shopping Center on Seven Locks Road. D.C. has always been a strong market for Attman’s, as 80 percent of the deli’s catering business comes from D.C. As a Baltimore girl, I look forward to the opening of Attman’s closer to my D.C. home.
Former Shaw’s Tavern general manager Reza Akhavan has plans to open an upscale casual restaurant focused on local, seasonal ingredients at 917 5th St., NW, this March. It may or may not be called Success. A chef has not been named yet, but the food will have European and Mediterranean influ- ences. There will also be 12 taps for beer plus wine and cock- tails. The 85-seat spot (including bar seating) will have an industrial- style interior design. Further down the line, Akhavan hopes to open a roof deck.
Chef Update: Takeshi Nishikawa will be the new chef at New Heights in Woodley Park. Previously he worked at Bryan Voltaggio’s Volt in Frederick as well as Restaurant Eve in Old Town, Alexandria. He replaces Ron Tanaka, who will be opening his own place with Sherman Golden of Maple, called Thally. It will be located at 1316 9th St., NW. A spring opening is planned.
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