by Tim Regan August 3, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Taylor Gourmet near Farragut Square

A popular local sandwich shop has plans to open a new location downtown.

Taylor Gourmet is slated to move into the former Crumbs Bake Shop location at 888 17th St. NW later this year. Signs advertising a new sandwich eatery went up last week.

A walk through Taylor Gourmet’s seasonal menu reveals subs stuffed with ingredients such as turkey, feta and salami alongside slightly offbeat sandwich fillings like strawberries and cantaloupe and cucumber slaw.

This isn’t the only eatery with its eyes on the area. Sweetgreen also plans to open a new location down the block, as we reported last week.

A Taylor Gourmet representative declined to comment on the opening.

by Borderstan.com August 2, 2016 at 10:20 am 1 Comment

Osteria Al Volo at 1790 Columbia Road NW

A D.C. pasta maker’s restaurant is set to arrive in the former Pasta Mia space in Adams Morgan in the coming days.

Osteria Al Volo, an Italian eatery from Cucina Al Volo, is scheduled to open at 1790 Columbia Road NW next Friday, Aug. 12, according to a banner a Borderstan reporter spotted yesterday outside the restaurant.

Founded last year by Daniele Catalani and his nephew, Matteo, Cucina Al Volo makes pasta using ingredients from local farmers and sells it at Union Market and at farmers markets at 14th and U streets NW and in Bloomingdale.

Daniele told Borderstan in June that Osteria Al Volo will have “high quality fresh pasta of course and Italian cooking classes.”

Pasta Mia left Adams Morgan in March after 25 years in business.

by Alyse Mier July 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Thaiphoon July 2016

A longtime Dupont Thai restaurant is set to debut a new look when it reopens later this week.

Thaiphoon, located near the northern edge of Dupont Circle at 2011 S St. NW, will open its doors and unveil its “new and fresh” as soon as tomorrow, said to general manager Lloyd Angus.

The restaurant, which ran under Mai Thai owner Woody Tongrungs until it was sold to a new owner in 2014, closed for remodeling about three weeks ago. The reason for the facelift, Angus explained, is that Tongrungs bought back his old restaurant after noticing it was “not living up to its standard.”

“The previous owner had done some remodeling of his own, but the building itself just needed to be worked on,” Angus said. “Business had slowed down so much it was a good time to make everything like new. We want out old customers to come back and see everything new and fresh in a different environment.”

Diners can expect to see some new items on the menu, Angus added. Offerings on the updated menu include basil shrimp and salmon and grilled trout wrapped in banana leaves. The restaurant will also serve such mainstays as spring rolls, crispy tofu and chicken satay.

“Our chef was brought over from Mai Thai Georgetown and she’s been amazing,” Angus said. “Everything is made by hand and fresh.”

by Tim Regan July 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Tasty Burger is set to open at 2108 8th St. NW this month

A Boston eatery known for its burgers, fries and shakes will open near the 9:30 Club later this week.

Tasty Burger is set to open in the Atlantic Plumbing development at 2108 8th St. NW this Thursday, the company announced this afternoon.

When it opens, the new burger joint will serve burgers, shakes, hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Tasty Burger’s menu will also include mumbo dipping sauce and a gin rickey cocktail, two culinary items rumored to have been invented here in D.C.

“I don’t want people thinking… this is a Boston place coming to D.C. because that’s not who we are,” Tasty Burger owner David DuBois told us last month. “We’re a neighborhood restaurant group wherever we are. That’s just who we are.”

Read more from a Tasty Burger press release:

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by Tim Regan July 13, 2016 at 10:05 am 0

A new fast casual restaurant built around quinoa bowls and automated ordering has plans to open an outpost in downtown D.C.

A representative for San Francisco-based Eatsa has filed building permits to open a 3,733 square foot cafe at 1627 K St. NW. Real estate company J Street Properties helped the tech-focused fast food joint lease the space in April, according to a press release.

The forthcoming eatery has also filed plans with DDOT to serve up to 18 patrons on tables outside.

When it opens, Eatsa will sling customized quinoa bowls with little to no human interaction. Instead of talking to a cashier and moving down an assembly line Chipotle-style, customers order on tablet kiosks then retrieve their food from glass door “cubbies” without uttering a word.

The restaurant’s menu includes quinoa bowls and kale salads topped with ingredients such as arugula, chickpeas, paneer and avocado.

The chain currently has locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles but hopes to open 10 locations across the U.S. this year, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

Photos via Eatsa

by Tim Regan July 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

District Distilling Company July 1 2016

It looks as though a distillery restaurant and bar will open near the 14th and U street corridors soon.

District Distilling Company is undergoing final inspections and is on track to open at 1414 U St. NW “within the summer,” possibly in a matter of weeks, said one of the company’s co-owners when reached via the company’s general phone number today. Though the man did not provide his full name, the distillery’s owners have previously expressed a desire to remain anonymous.

A peek through the forthcoming restaurant and bar’s windows revealed an interior that looked nearly complete. Silver mash tuns and other pieces of brewing and distilling equipment could also be seen through one ground floor window.

When the business opens, it will likely serve its own bourbon, gin and vodka, according to Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau filings uncovered by the Washington City Paper. The two-story business will also have room for 170 people, according to a settlement agreement it struck with neighbors and Dupont’s ANC 2B last year.

by Alyse Mier June 27, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

A Chinese restaurant with dim sum and fresh seafood is slated to open its doors on 14th Street next week.

Da Hong Pao Restaurant & Bar will arrive at 1409 14th St. NW some time next week, according to an employee with the restaurant.

“Grand opening next week,” reads a sign on the front door of the business. “Serving traditional Cantonese style dishes, fresh seafood and dim sum.”

When the new restaurant opens, it will include a large dining room and bar area alongside four fish tanks near the entrance.

The business has been in the works, off and on, for roughly two years.

by Tim Regan June 20, 2016 at 8:30 am 1 Comment

Chao Ku dishes, photo via Facebook : Chao KuLocals will be able to order dan dan noodles, wok fried spare ribs and “Chinese burgers” at a new restaurant slated to open today in Shaw.

Chao Ku will open its doors at 1414 9th St. NW today by noon, according to the its Facebook page.

The new eatery’s menu includes offerings such as ma po tofu, dan dan noodles with veggies or pork, fried rice and “Chinese burgers” made with lamb, pork or veggies. The restaurant will also serve beer, wine and boozy hot and sour lime ginger punch.

The restaurant — which was Kickstarted with a $30K donation from 125 backers — has been nearly two years in the making.

Photo via Facebook / Chao Ku 

by Alyse Mier June 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

A new eatery is on track to bring breakfast sandwiches, tacos and ice cream sandwiches to 19th Street by the end of the month.

The new restaurant, Moxie’s, will open at 1020 19th St. NW the week of June 27, according to owner Marcus Barnett.

The menu at Moxie’s will include chipotle breakfast burritos, fish tacos with roasted pineapple slaw and Bahn Mi sandwiches, Barnett said.

“The tacos will be a pretty huge hit,” he added. “You can’t get them anywhere else.”

For dessert, diners can indulge in an array of ice cream sandwiches made with warm cookies, Barnett said.

The eatery will also add to a growing trend in D.C. restaurants: self service. Instead of walking up to a counter staffed by humans, Barnett said diners will place their orders on computerized kiosks.

“We’re one of the first completely self-serve restaurants in D.C.,” Barnett added. “Customers will be able to walk up to the kiosk, place their order on a touch screen, pick their ingredients… everything will be made in-house.”

Food photos via Facebook / Moxie’s D.C.

by Tim Regan June 14, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Locals will be able to buy pizzas named after Dupont Circle and Pennsylvania Avenue when U Street’s newest pizza joint opens today.

Boston’s Upper Crust Pizzeria is scheduled to open at 1301 U St. NW at 11 a.m. this morning, employees at the shop told us.

Upper Crust sells 22 specialty pizzas, some with D.C.-centric names, like “The GW,” “Pennsylvania Ave,” “The Nationals” and “The Dupont.” The company’s pizza chefs also sling customizable pies bedecked with up to nearly 50 toppings and nine kinds of cheese alongside baked lasagna, salad and calzones.

Though Upper Crust shuttered 10 locations — including one in D.C. — after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2012 amid allegations of worker exploitation, the company seems to be back in growth mode. An Upper Crust location opened in Arlington last November.

The U Street pizzeria is the company’s first location in the District since its bankruptcy filing.

by Tim Regan June 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

A new pizza restaurant is set to open on 14th Street NW by the end of the month.

Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Vetri will open its doors at 2221 14th St. NW on June 24, the company announced on Facebook last week.

“D.C. we’re coming at ya!” the post reads. “Pizzeria Vetri DC opening June 24th.”

The pizza place — which was acquired by retail chain Urban Outfitters last November — will likely serve the company’s standard menu of pizzas, salads and booze. Pizzas include salsiccia pies topped with sausage and roasted fennel and the marinara, which is bedecked in oregano, crushed tomatoes, garlic and olive oil.

Pizza photo via Facebook / Pizzeria Vetri; h/t to the ever watchful U Street Buzz

by Tim Regan June 6, 2016 at 10:20 am 0

There’s a new destination on U Street for smoked meat and booze.

Exiles, the tavern taking over the former Stetson’s space at 1610 U St. NW, officially opened to the public over the weekend, according to co-owner Brian Hillery.

The bar’s food menu includes smoked chicken wings and beef brisket, barbecue pulled pork and an all-day breakfast sandwich made with pork sausage, bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. At the bar, patrons can order local beers, wine and cocktails like the “Bourbon Smash,” a 19th-century concoction made with Bulleit bourbon, mint leaves, lemon and simple syrup.

The bar will hold a grand opening ceremony later this month when it installs its new neon sign, Hillery said.

Opening night image via Facebook / Exiles

by Tim Regan June 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

A new bar is slated to bring a long list of seasonal cocktails and a fried chicken-centric menu to U Street later this year.

The forthcoming hangout — dubbed the Service Bar — is in the works at 926-928 U St. NW, according to co-owners Glendon Hartley, Chad Spangler and Chris Willoughby. (Side note: The building’s landlord once planned to open a 24-hour restaurant called Just Chicken in that spot, but those plans fizzled months later.)

When Service Bar opens, its employees will serve a menu that includes a changing list of cocktails and five or six food options, according to a statement from a representative for the bar.

“Service Bar DC is cocktail driven concept coming to the U Street Corridor this Fall,” the statement reads. “If you love the cocktails from the original Ocopa D.C. Pisco menu, MXDC, Provision 14 or the recently opened Bonfire, you should be very excited as the men behind those cocktail programs are the men behind this bar.”

Hartley and Spangler are partners in local beverage consulting firm Menehune Group and Willoughby is a veteran of the former Jin Lounge on 14th Street.

“Both Glendon and Chad’s imagination paired with masterful technique and culinary savvy guarantee a reason to get excited,” the statement continues. “Chris is currently reaching deep into his Trinidadian and African American roots to build a menu based solely on the greatness of fried chicken.”

The new bar is due to open some time this fall.

Photo of Chad Spangler and Glendon Hartley by Marcus Bennett

by Tim Regan May 31, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

Chipotle at 1010 Vermont Ave NW 1

There’s a new Chipotle in town.

The national chain famous for its huge burritos opened a new location at 1010 Vermont Ave. NW on Sunday, according to employees at the store. Signage for construction of the Chipotle went up earlier this year.

The new location — which seats roughly 30 people — joins Chipotle’s other outposts in Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Chinatown, Mount Vernon Triangle and elsewhere.

by Tim Regan May 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm 3 Comments

Rogue in Shaw

The team behind the Fainting Goat (1330 U St. NW) has plans to open a Hong Kong themed eatery in Blagden Alley.

Fainting Goat co-owners Greg Algie and Henry Bruce plan to open the yet-to-be-named restaurant and bar with chef Nathan Beauchamp in the former Rogue space at 922 N St. NW, Algie told us this afternoon.

Algie laid out an early vision of the planned business during an ANC 2F ABRA committee meeting last night.

“We’re looking at doing a Hong Kong themed restaurant bar,” Algie said during the meeting. “Hong Kong has great a tradition of food and a European influence with the expat nightlife, so it kind of merges together.” The eatery will also include a “little cocktail bar,” Algie added.

Though the team is still hammering out the concept, Algie said the restaurant and bar could open as early as December.

“We are finalizing stuff right now,” Algie said.

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