Since I first put together Part 1 and Part 2 of restaurants opening in 2011, I’ve been bombarded by emails reminding me of yet even more restaurants coming up. We’re working on a tool that will enable us (and therefore you!) to keep a better running list of the now 50-plus restaurants opening…but for now, here are some more hot-spots for you to look forward to this year in DC.
Another reason that as a Navy Yard resident I’m getting more and more jealous of the Southwest Waterfront everyday – not only do they have a Safeway, but now a new restaurant called Station 4. Bullfeathers on Capitol Hill just reopened earlier this month under the same management behind Tunnicliff’s Tavern, Stoney’s, and Ulah Bistro. That same team is now bringing us this 4,000 square foot American bistro-style restaurant. Again, I love patio dining, and I love brunch on the weekends, so I will definitely be at Station 4.
1101 4th St. SW
Expected Arrival: ASAP
People never believe me when I tell them I don’t drink coffee, but I really don’t; I would much rather have a Diet Coke or Diet Snapple. But even though I sadly don’t have the coffee coolness factor, I AM excited for Pound Coffee in Capitol Hill Southeast. I’ll be there for the rice and spice lunch specials, Falafel Fridays, and maybe even the Nutella latte (yeah, don’t think so). While you wait for this location to open, check out Pound Coffee at 1300 2nd St. NE in NoMa. Lunch looks amazing.
621 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Expected Arrival: ASAP
I said it in my last Restaurant Outlook, and I’ll say it again: man, DC has a lot of steakhouses. But with creator Mark Bucher of BGR: The Burger Joint behind the project, my guess is that it will indeed do well. Add in famous chef Michel Richard consulting and, well…when does this open again? Tom Sietsema writes that there will be one feature — hello, steak frites — on Medium Rare’s menu. And that dinner will cost you about twenty dollars. With Richard consulting, there will of course be dessert. My favorite part of the Medium Rare so far is that Bucher plans to play Rosetta Stone tapes with dating tips in the bathroom.
3500 Connecticut Ave NW
Expected Arrival: February/March 2011
I love breakfast. Like I really love breakfast. This new fast-casual establishment comes to DC from the brain of Thierry Jugnet, also the owner of Mosaic Cuisine & Cafe in Rockville, Maryland. Here I thought I was bad starting my day with a banana muffin from Corner Bakery, now I’ll probably start it with a fluffly waffle with nutella and strawberries. Jugnet tells me that waffles will also be served with more unusual “toppings” like ice cream and chicken salad. Wicked Waffle stands at just over 600 square feet. Jugnet says if the idea takes off, he hopes to open other Wicked Waffles in the area.
1712 Eye St. NW
Expected Arrival: April 2011
Yes, yes, yes. Owners Chef Vincent Bradberry and Marc Ross are bringing a creperie to Capitol Hill. This will be a relaxing neighborhood cafe serving local residents an option for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Patrons can expect “delicious crepes made to order, homemade soups, garden fresh salads, and a great cup of coffee.” I already want the candy bar crepe — Nutella, coconuts, almonds & whipped cream. Yeah, I’m excited…I just hope the Twitter account is actually updated when the establishment opens.
257 15th St. SE
Expected Arrival: Spring 2011
It is the newest venture by Saied Ayoubi, opening right next to his Perry’s. According to The Feast, Mintwood Place is named after the street where Ayoubi lived in Adams Morgan some thirty years ago. The restaurant will feature American comfort food like grilled pork chops, brussels sprouts and New England seafood chowder. The Feast says that Mark Furstenburg, one of the minds behind Marvelous Market and G Street Food, is consulting for Mintwood.
Expected Arrival: 1813 Columbia Road NW
I’m feeling a pizza overload, but maybe that’s because I don’t actually like pizza – crazy, I know. Prince of Petworth reported earlier this month that Mellow Mushroom pizza would open up in July in Adams Morgan. From the website: “We are more than just pizza and beer. We want to provide you with an experience filled with colorful art, eclectic music and food that comforts your soul.”
2436 18th St. NW.
Expected Arrival: July 2011
Another award-winning, thin-crust pizza comes to us from the pizza gods, or from Boston. According to the website: “Our menu has grown from classic combos to more unique and daring pairings – all atop a mouth-watering thin crust pizza.” Personally I just want to see the pizza-tin decorated ceilings. Plus, the “slice of the day” looks great. Not a bad location either, one block from the White House.
1747 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Expected Arrival: 2011
Know of even MORE restaurants coming to the DC area? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.