The Latest Dish
From Matchbox Food Group comes a new Ted’s Bulletin, its family-style restaurant, opening in Reston, Va., in the Uno’s space. It will be the third in the metro area. The original is on Barracks Row on Capitol Hill and the second will open on 14th Street near Swann St., NW in late summer, just a block from its sister operation, matchbox, at 14th & T. A 4th quarter opening is planned for Reston.
San Francisco-based Vino Volo, known for their airport retail operations, plans to open its largest restaurant and wine bar in the D.C. metro area in Tysons Galleria where Sharper Image was, by summer’s end. It will be larger than its Bethesda store, with 120 seats plus private dining space and a retail store. They have two locations in Dulles International Airport, one in BWI/Marshall Airport as well as Bethesda Row.
NYC chef Daniel Boulud's DBGB Bar & Kitchen is coming to City Center, at the former Convention Center site in Penn Quarter. Boulud started in D.C. when he first came to the U.S. 30 years ago. Expect a brasserie- style restaurant in Washington.
Just Opened: Attman’s Deli has opened in the Cabin John Shopping Center. The original is in downtown Baltimore. The Popal family has opened its latest addition to its empire (Napoleon, Café Bonaparte), Malmaison, a bistro and wine cellar, also in Georgetown at 34th & Water Streets, NW. Their consulting chef is the renowned Gerard Pangaud. Chef de cuisine is Yomi Faniyi. Their pastry chef is Serge Torres, who has worked at Le Cirque in NYC. Decanter opened where Adour was in the St. Regis Washington, D.C. Chef Sébastien Rondier oversees the menu of this Mediterranean- influenced restaurant. Taco Bamba, chef Victor Albisu's taqueria, recently opened in Falls Church, just a few doors down from his mother's Plaza Latina food market.
Openings Update: Smashburger opens their second metro are store on August 7 in Dupont Circle. The first is in Fairfax. Ri Ra plans to open its Georgetown location at the end of October. An August opening is planned for Ovvio at Halstead Square in Merrifield, Va. Pinstripes, offering Italian and American cuisine, is slated to open in November at the Shops at Georgetown Park. The 14,000-square-foot space will also house 14 bowling lanes, 6 bocce courts, an outdoor patio and event space for up to 600 guests. Chik-Fil-A plans an Aug. 22 opening in Rockville in Montrose Crossing Shopping Center. Mike Isabella's newest addition to his restaurant empire, Kapnos, opened at 14th and W Streets, NW. Kapnos is Greek for "smoke" and features the cuisine of Northern Greece. He plans to open G (Graffiato's sister restaurant) by August. It’s next door to Kapnos, offering traditional Italian heroes by day and a four-course, $40 tasting menu by night Au Bon Pain signed a lease to open at 801 17th St., NW. The Deli owners have signed a lease to open at the Watergate complex on Virginia Avenue, NW. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab plans to open in late fall on 15th Street, NW . Richard Sandoval's Toro Toro, a pan-Latin steakhouse, is opening this fall at 13th and I Street, NW. Aaron Silverman's Rose's Luxury should be open on 8th Street, SE, in Barracks Row by early fall.
Chef-GM-Sommelier Update: Harper Mc-Clure has been named chef de cuisine at Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier and the Butcher’s Block at the Lorien Hotel in Old Town, Alexandria, Va. Previously, he was sous chef at Marcel’s… Ethan McKee is new chef at Urbana at Hotel Palomar in Dupont Circle. Previously, he was at Circle Bistro and Equinox. Gene Alexeyev has been promoted to sommelier at Blue Duck Tavern. The Russian-born Alexeyev was assistant manager.
Linda Roth is president of Linda Roth Associates. Reach her at: Linda@LindaRothPR.com. www.lindarothpr.com.