courtesy of ‘_rockinfree’
What’s coming: Fifty years ago when I was a student at University of Maryland-College Park, I fell in love with Chipotle. Only I could get myself into credit card debt by buying one vegetable burrito every day for one year. Anyway, Prince of Petworth hears that Chipotle will open up a series of Asian themed restaurants this year that could be called ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. Long name. A source tells PoP that ShopHouse has signed a lease in Dupont Circle at 1516 Connecticut Ave next to BGR.
In openings: Tom Sietsema tweets that Penn Quarter’s Hill Country BBQ will start serving its brisket and beans on March 12th. Hello Texas! Just two weeks later on the 28th, Pizzeria da Marco will open in Bethesda. Metrocurean tells us that the 130-seat restaurant will serve traditional Neapolitan pizzas fired in a 4,500-pound wood-burning oven. In what’s prob my fave opening of the month, PoP reports that Paila Chilean Grill and Cafe has opened up at 1424 Park Rd in Columbia Heights. See the menu here.
‘Chilled Soup, Hot Summer’
courtesy of ‘LaTur’
Fun read: DCLovesFood gives us a review of Number 68 Project, calling it the closest thing we have to Top Chef. Oh, and speaking of pop-up restaurants, Sensorium starts cooking, serving and performing in Navy Yard on April 12th. The point of this culinary delight, which comes with a side of vignettes (or is it the other way around?), is to awaken the senses.
A “new” chef coming: The Washington Post also writes that retaurateur Michel Richard is one week away from naming a replacement for Arthur Cavaliere, who left Central last month after one year in the kitchen. “Richard says he has three candidates in mind. One is already at the bistro, another is French-American and the third lives in France.” Interesting…
Good Deal: You gotta love saving money. Starting in March, every Monday for 16 weeks U St’s Local 16 will offer a bottle of wine for $16.