Luke's Lobsters: Though rumor has it that the popular New York restaurant is headed to 622 I Street N.W., but Ben Conniff of Luke's Lobsters said they're not true. "No one from D.C. had confirmed with us that we had even decided on a location or signed a lease. We're still looking for spaces. When we find one, we'll let you know."
El Centro D.F.: Zengo's Richard Sandoval and Kaz Okochi, the partners behind Masa 14, will offer their second fusion dining concept as a casual tequileria and taco joint with a sit-down restaurant, bar and lounge that's set to open in May.
Fiola - According to chef Fabio Trabocchi's wife Maria, the restaurant will soft open this Friday, with a 10% discount for guests as staff continues to fine-tune its training. The decor, she says, is Italian villa and the food is rustic, "like Fabio cooks at home," she said. "If you're looking for Maestro, you won't find it here."
Public tenley: The sibling to the Dupont Circle location has opened in the long deserted building next to the Dancing Crab. The sports bar-wing & burger venue has two levels and upper and lower patio spaces, with a hipster design unique to Tenley.
Bistro 18: The coffee house, bistro, bar and art gallery is slated to open Monday. With late night hours until 1 or 2 A.M. daily, the restaurant will also serve brunch on weekends.
Jack Rose: Jack Rose, named for the drink (or the guitarist) this long awaited sibling to Bourbon is showing off its facade sans plywood now that the copper and window work is finished. The newest Bill Thomas restaurant will open in May.
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