Friday, March 25, 2011

The Ground Floor

Rogue 24: Former Vidalia chef R.J. Cooper will open this 2,600 s.f. space at 922 N Street in Blagden Alley. The restaurant features 24-course tasting menus as well as six-course a la carte offerings in the 14-seat salon. Brian Miller and Lauren Winter of Edit designed the windowless space, which is accented by a skylight and offers diners a close-up view of the kitchen.

Dupont Italian Kitchen/La Fonda: the restaurant owned by Michael Askarinam of Dupont Italian Kitchen, is coming along in the space at the corner of 14th and V. Though the owner held the building for three years, it was not until the previous tenant's lease expired that he was able to begin construction.

Medium Rare: From Tom Gregg and Mark Bucher of BGR: The Burger Joint comes this 100-seat steakhouse at 3500 Connecticut Ave. NW in the former Yanni's Greek Taverna space. Brian Zipin, formerly of Ray's the Steaks, will run the front of the house. Opening day is Monday.

DSW: DCUSA will soon have its own Discount Shoe Warehouse at 3100 14th Street. With locations in Silver Spring and Pentagon City, the newest branch is hiring, though it's to be determined as to when it will open.

Babette: 3307 Cady's Alley will house the eighth branch of the San Francisco-based women's clothing store, scheduled to open this spring.

Sixth Engine: Set in the oldest former firehouse in D.C., this 1855 building at 400 Massachusetts Ave. will house an American bistro by the folks behind The Dubliner and Glover Park's Town Hall, which includes Gavin Coleman, Jeremy Carman, Paul Holder, Paul Madrid, and Tim Walsh. A classic building owned by Douglas Development, the Mt. Vernon Square location is poised to open late this year. The building will offer 7900 s.f. of space and extensive outdoor seating.

Tackle Box: The Cleveland Park 4,000 s.f. outpost of this bare-bones seafood spot owned by Jonathan Umbel is scheduled to open the end of April. Tackle Box claims this eatery will offer the largest raw bar in D.C.

Toki Underground: Tonight marks the friends and family soft opening of the highly anticipated ramen shop in the Atlas District set to open April 1. Eric Bruner-Yang will helm the tiny restaurant that's above The Pug.

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Anonymous said...

So what is the DIK/La Fonda going to be like at 14th and W? Is the old La Fonda from 15 years back pre-Cobalt going to re-open? If so, fantastic, because I loved that place.

A-lo on Mar 28, 2011, 4:23:00 PM said...

Chef Boyardee makes better italian food than Dupont Italian Kitchen.


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