Carluccio’s Looks to Serve Italian in Alexandria Via UK

UK-based Carluccio’s plans to open their first U.S. outpost in Old Town Alexandria, at 100 King Street (which has been the site of many fine restaurants). They also plan to open at the new Southwest Waterfront project. Although the restaurant hails from the UK, the founder is Antonio Carluccio from Salerno in the southern part of Italy.

Hakan Ilhan, plans to open L’Hommage Bistro Francais at the m.flats at 450 K St. NW. The restaurateur also owns Al Dente near Tenleytown on New Mexico Ave NW, Alba Osteria in NoMa at 425 Eye St. NW as well as Bistro Atelier, a French restaurant at Dulles International Airport. He first entered the restaurant scene with his Pizza Autentica pizzerias. This new French restaurant in the Mount Vernon Triangle area includes a full-service bistro with a bakery and quick serve café. Private dining space is also available in the 220-seat restaurant.

Jose Andres plans to expand his relationship with George Washington University beyond teaching, lecturing and giving commencement addresses. The next step is a restaurant (shocker), a fast casual concept called Beefsteak that focuses on vegetables. Yes, the name appears to be incongruous with vegetables, but Jose is not your typical restaurateur. It will be located at 22nd & Eye Streets NW on campus, in the new science and engineering building.

Claudia Rivas, who is a chef/owner of Brasas Rotisserie & Grill in Waldorf plans to open Claudia’s Steakhouse in downtown DC at 1501 K St. NW this spring with new business partner Charles Adams. Think steaks – and (closer to her roots) – ceviche. It will seat 288 with private dining rooms for up to 100 people.

Chef & GM Update: Wil Goings has been named executive chef at Tadich Grill, slated to open in January 2015. Wil was Executive Director of Food and Beverage at Chef Geoff’s & LIA’s restaurant … Ron Robbins, formerly of San Francisco’s Blvd and Clyde’s Tower Oak Lodge, has been named general manager of the San Francisco-based Tadich Grill slated to open at 10th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW in January 2015 … D’Oyen Christie is the new executive pastry chef for Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown. Previously, he was executive pastry chef for Fairmont properties in Nanjing, China and Fairmont’s Empress in British Columbia. … David Deshaies, corporate chef of Central Michel Richard has been named General Manager/Partner as well.

Openings Update: Mango Tree, the Thailand-based restaurant with locations in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Dubai, Jakarta and Manila, brought to you by Pitaya Phanphensophon and Richard Sandoval at CityCenterDC, is slated to open in December.

Quick Hits: Lobster ME, a fast casual lobster-centric concept serving lobster grilled cheese, lobster tacos as well as the trademarked Lobsicle, is slated to open in the new Dining Terrace at Westfield Montgomery Mall … ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen plans to open its next metro area location at Union Station where Yo! Sushi used to be … Sakuramen owner Jonathan Cho plans to open a new Pan-Asian restaurant in Adams Morgan where Cafe Lautrec and Cafe Toulouse used to be at 2431 18th St. NW. He also plans to expand Sakuramen, opening up a new level which should be completed by end of Q2 2015.

Carla Hall has licensed her name to a new southern-inspired 150-seat restaurant to open at Reagan National Airport in Terminal A, operated by OTG, which operates other restaurants at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority properties. The restaurant name is Page, but not sure what the reference is to Carla or the airport. Future plans call for a Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen in NYC in 2015 as well as in DC in 2017.

Just barely open in Merrifield’s Mosaic District, Fox Restaurant Group’s True Food Kitchen signed a lease to open at the Solaire luxury apartment building at Woodmont and Wisconsin Avenues in Bethesda. It is slated to open in Q1 2016. Fox Restaurants also has Zinburger, a burger-focused wine bar, opening in Springfield Town Center in Q1 2015.

Just Opened: Adams Morgan’s Amsterdam Falafelshop opened in Clarendon on Wilson Blvd. Other locations on the horizon include Georgetown, Downtown DC, Bethesda and Silver Spring … Willie’s Brew & Que has finally opened in the Boilermaker Shops near Nats Park. Mama Rouge opened in the Shops at Washington Harbour at the Georgetown waterfront in the Bangkok Joe’s space which had the same owners, Aulie Bunyarataphan and Mel Oursinsiri Chez Billy Sud has taken over the Café La Ruche spot a few blocks up in Georgetown … Washington Firehouse has opened at North Capitol Street & Quincy Place NW from the folks who brought you Shaw’s Tavern. Chef Peter Prime from Shaw’s, created the menu … Cava Grill opened its sixth location in Chinatown at 707 H St. NW … Highline is opening at 2010 Crystal Dr. in Crystal City by the folks who also own and operate Penn Social, CarPool, and Buffalo Billiards Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse opened in Gaithersburg’s Downtown Crown development, its second in Montgomery County … Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opened at the Virginia Gateway shopping center in Gainesville. They have locations locally in Woodbridge, Fredericksburg and Leesburg.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s B Side, recently opened in Merrifield’s Mosaic District, joining The Partisan and Red Apron with Chef Nathan Anda at the helm. Cocktails are named for famous B Side record tracks (for those who know what the B Side of a record was). It’s all about the cocktails, beer and wine at B Side.

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