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Dinners and Movies and Bowling, Oh My!

Phoenix, Arizona-based True Food Kitchen is expanding across the bridge. Its first metro area location in Fairfax, Va. gets a sister operation in Bethesda this summer when it opens in the Solaire luxury apartment building at 7100 Wisconsin Ave. Randall Matthews will be executive chef, serving a rotating menu of healthy food items. The restaurant’s seasonal menu offers gluten-free, organic, vegetarian, and vegan options. It will include an outdoor patio with seating for about 30 people. A local artist (TBD) will create the wall art. Opening day is June 14.
Jordan and Jonathan Stahl will open Tyber Creek Wine Bar & Kitchen in Bloomingdale where Rustik used to be. The name comes from a tributary of the Potomac River. Chef Kerry Tate, formerly of The Heights, reigns over the kitchen and menu. It will seat 45 people, with outdoor seating for 45 more. Renovations included a new floor, new lighting, and a live wall from Holley Simmons of Sill Life.

Quick Hits
Jaimie Mertz will open her brick and mortar Red Bandana at 8218 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda, after introducing locals to her gluten-free baked goods at the Bethesda Farmers Market. Alemayehu Abebe, owner of Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart on 9th Street NW, plans to open in Arlington at 2000 N. 14th Street in Courthouse, with 100 seats inside and an outdoor patio. A summer opening is planned. It will be a bit more upscale than the DC store, as it will include a wine bar … Sports-themed Glory Days Grill restaurant will open its 15th restaurant in Virginia, at 3141 Duke St. in the Alexandria Commons Shopping Center, by Q1 2018. There are 26 Glory Days Grills in four states … District Barbecue will open at Bristow Center in Bristow, Va. …Pitango opens this summer at 1841 Columbia Rd., NW in Adams Morgan.
Chef Roberto Santibañez and Knead Hospitality + Design plan to open Mi Vida, a Mexican restaurant, this November at The Wharf project on the SW waterfront. It will seat up to 400 and include an outdoor patio and private dining rooms. Knead Hospitality + Design will design and operate the space. Santibañez owns New York City’s Fonda restaurants. Mi Vida joins several other SW waterfront offerings, including French Mediterranean restaurant La Vie, Spanish and seafood restaurant Del Mar, Requin, Hank’s on the Water, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, and Kirwan’s Waterfront Pub.

Georgetown Gets Sweeter
Fresh Baguette plans to open in Georgetown where Sweet Frog was, at 1737 Wisconsin Ave. NW, adding to the bakery’s original location at 4919 Bethesda Ave. The business also plans a commissary bakery and small retail operation for Rockville… Pierre-Antoine Raberin and Elisabeth Holder Raberin just opened Paris-based Ladurée, at 3060 M Street NW, filled with their signature macarons, as well cookies and candles, brunch menu items, and teas.
The Capital Burger, a more casual “brand extension” of Capital Grille, will get its debut in DC at 1005 7th St., NW near the Convention Center (former Living Social HQ). Darden Restaurants is using DC as testing ground for the new concept.
Aaron Silverman, chef/owner of Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple & Pearls on Barracks Row on Capitol Hill, may be taking over David Guas’ second Bayou Bakery at 901 Pennsylvania Ave, SE. The original Bayou Bakery continues to operate. By this summer, David will open a casual cafe called Li’l B in The Darcy, a new hotel opening on Rhode Island Ave., NW.
Compass Rose’s Rose Previte and partners Mike Schuster and Andy Lacy plan to open Maydan in the Manhattan Laundry Building at 1346 Florida Ave., NW this fall.  It will offer comfort food from Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Maydan is described as open space where people can gather and dine. Chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan will be co-executive chefs there and at Compass Rose. Chris was previously at The Dabney.
Chef, Somm, GM Update
Thierry Delourneaux was named executive pastry chef at the St. Regis Washington, DC. While at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, he redesigned the brunch menu at the late, great Maestro. He also ran the pastry kitchen of Fairmont Singapore and Swissôtel’s The Stamford. He most recently worked at NYC’s legendary Rainbow Room … Andy Powell was named beverage manager at the St. Regis. Previously, he was wine director at Central Michel Richard … Eric McKamey now heads up the kitchen at DGS Delicatessen at Dupont Circle. Previously, he was executive chef at Mintwood Place … Jamie Rutherford is the new chef at Petworth Citizen. He was also previously at The Dabney and Tail Up Goat… Jennifer Meyer is the new general manager at Bourbon Steak… Jo-Jo Valenzuela is beverage director at Granville Moore’s. Chad Wiese was named new chef de cuisine at The Occidental which is undergoing significant renovation with a new bar and first level PDR, expected to be completed by June.

Just Opened
Chef Logan McGear, formerly of Smoke & Barrel in Adams Morgan, is now cooking at Rosario, on 18th St. where Libertine used to be, in Adams Morgan. Also owned by John Andrade, it is named for his mentor, the late Sicilian native Rosario Patti. The plan is to eventually convert a back storage room into a cocktail bar to be called the Santo Room after Rosario’s husband, Santo Sacco.
Chef/owner Jin K. Oh will open Hando-Medo, a sushi restaurant, on 14th Street in Logan Circle where Popeyes used to be. It will focus on the hand-roll (temaki) style of sushi and have three sushi bars with 25 seats at each, plus an outdoor patio with 12 seats. He also owns Sushi Jin Next Door locations in Silver Spring, Md. and Woodbridge, Va. A summer opening is planned.

Dinner and a Movie
Austin, Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema movie theater and full-service restaurant will open at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, Va. this summer. There is seating for 800+ (that’s a lot of popcorn). A second Alamo Drafthouse will open in 2018 in DC at the Bryant Street mixed-use project at Rhode Island Ave. and Fourth St., NE. Both locations will feature Alamo’s Glass Half Full free-standing bar.

How about Dinner and Bowling?
Bowlmor AMF, will open its first Bowlero location in Virginia, replacing AMF Centreville Lanes. In addition to 32 bowling lanes and a video arcade with ping pong, billiards, and shuffleboard, there will be a sports bar and an “extreme eats” menu which includes the gigantic “Party Pretzel” and the signature Behemoth Burger — a 5-pound, 14-inch-round party burger, as well as its signature S’Mores Skillet. It should be open by the end of April.

About the Author

Linda Roth is president of Linda Roth Associates, Inc. specializing in marketing, promotions and publicity in the hospitality industry. Contact Linda at 202-888-3571 or linda@lindarothpr.com or visit her website at www.lindarothpr.com

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