Pei Wei Asian diner, a fast casual national chain owned by PF Changs, is coming to 1212 18th St, NW. The 4,000 s.f. restaurant will start construction in late September, taking over the Mattress Discounters space below 18th St. Lounge.
Morton's Steak House, the archetypal steakhouse chain, is getting a face lift. The location at 1050 Connecticut Ave, NW will undergo renovations to open the floor plan. Work is slated to start at the beginning of September.
Panera Bread, the bakery/cafe chain, is opening it's fourth DC location in Chinatown at 673 H St, NW. Construction will begin in October.
eatsPlace, a pop-up restaurant space, is raising funds via Kickstarter to renovate a 100 year old vacant building in the Parkview/Petworth neighborhood. The brains behind the project, Katy Chang, hopes to create a commercial, community kitchen for a variety of chefs using local ingredients. Chang hopes to start renovations in 2012 and open in the Spring of 2013.
*correction: Panera will be opening its fourth DC location not second.