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Loudoun County is the next…Loudoun County. One Loudoun, a development in Ashburn, will host metro-area restaurant groups ready to expand west. Robert Wiedmaier plans to open a new Italian-concept restaurant. Matchbox Food Group plans to open a Matchbox next summer. Bryan Voltaggio is already northwest of D.C., so he’ll travel south to open his second Family Meal (the first one is in Frederick) at One Loudoun in late summer or early fall. More outside-of-D.C. concepts slated to open there include Uncle Julio’s Mexican restaurant (from the folks who brought you Rio Grande) and Redskins Grille, from a company that opens NFL-themed restaurants.
Texas de Brazil plans to open where Buddha Bar used to be in NoMa (aka Mount Vernon Triangle) on Massachusetts Avenue, NW. The churrascaria-style Brazilian steakhouse with Texas-style hospitality is known for its all-you-can-eat service right at the table. There is currently a location in Fairfax’s Fair Oaks Mall and in Richmond. A fourth-quarter 2014 or first-quarter 2015 opening is targeted.
Robert Irvine of “Restaurant Impossible” and “Dinner Impossible” cut a deal to open Robert Irvine Fresh Kitchen at the Pentagon. It’s a restaurant in Arlington you may not be able to visit unless you an employee or a contractor. Irvine has the military creds, as he began his career in the British Royal Navy and was a guest chef at the White House mess (run by our navy). It will offer full-service, as well as fast-casual and fast food, for breakfast and lunch. A February 2015 launch date is expected.
A new Italian restaurant, Noelia, opened where Finemondo was at 1319 F St., NW, near Metro Center. Owner Kaiser Gill hired Carmen Piazza, formerly of Sette Osteria and Café Milano, as executive chef. The businessman comes from a restaurant family that owns and operates Aabshaar, a Pakistani restaurant in Springfield, and Shineys in Annandale. Noelia, named for his niece, will serve modern Italian comfort food.