The Ground Floor is DCMud's, weekly column on new retail in the D.C. area
Rosa Mexicano: a 7,304 s.f. Rosa Mexicano will open in the former BambuleBrasserie space at 5225 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase. Slated for a November opening, the third Rosa Mexicano in the area (after Penn Quarter and National Harbor) will offer its crowd-pleasing standbys: guacamole made tableside and a mini-library sized selection of tequila.
The Standard: Housed in the original Garden District location at 1801 14th Street, the barbecue and burger joint is putting the finishing touches on the tiny upstairs kitchen, the downstairs bar, and an outdoor beer garden for a mid-March opening.
Hill Country: The barbecue and music mecca set to open by Georgetown Day School alum Marc Glosserman, this Penn Quarter location is gearing up for an opening day around March 12th. Aside from Texas-style barbecue, expect decadent sides and PB&J cupcakes and a prime location to draw the masses.
Blue 44: In the former Senor Pepper space at 5507 Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase comes the neighborhood's eatery slated to open in March. Owned by the folks behind Wisconsin Avenue's Cafe Ole, the restaurant is under renovation to make way for a family-friendly New American restaurant.
District of Pi: The pizza purveror from St. Louis that's an Obama family favorite is slated to open at 910 F Street. Can't wait for the brick and mortar shop? Follow the Pi truck on Twitter.
Unnamed Bar: Set to open in the former Anna Maria space at 1737 Connecticut Avenue is the bar still unnamed, brought to the neighborhood by the owners of Rocket Bar. And it really is a bar: light bites but plenty of booze and games: think shuffleboard, pool, bocce, and darts.
Mellow Mushroom: The Atlanta-based company will open its first D.C. franchise in a renovated commercial storefront in the heart of Adams Morgan, at 2436 18th Street. The local owners will add a roof deck along with substantial renovations. Mellow Mushroom will feature more than 20 beers on tap, a selection of bottled microbrews, artisanal pizza, calzones, and hoagies. Judging from DCMud's previous sampling, upscale pizzerias better look out.
Circa: The second location of the Dupont Circle eatery is slated to open at 23rd and Eye. Expect 20 wines by the glass, a solid selection of beers, lunch, brunch, dinner and late night menus, and a standard fare American menu.
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