Heritage India Expands DC Footprint

Restaurateur and hotelier Sanjeev Tuli and his wife Mitul, are expanding their Heritage Management Services empire. In addition to the extraordinary Heritage India on Wisconsin Ave. NW in Glover Park and on P St. NW in Dupont Circle, they will soon open a new restaurant (or two) at 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Here they will be featuring an international selection of small plates—around the world in 80 plates—taking advantage of its proximity to World Bank and IMF. Crossroads will feature authentic dishes from Africa/Asia, Mediterranean, Latin America, America, Europe and, of course, India. It’s slated to open by end of Q1 2013. They will also replace the Thai restaurant in the Glover Park building below Heritage India, with a southern Indian concept called Malgudi, named after a fictional town created by a renowned cartoonist in India. That is slated to open in February. All of their buildings feature two restaurant concepts, as Café Luna is their second concept on P St. NW under Heritage India.

Bob Kinkead will open Ancora, a new concept restaurant at 600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, where Rivers at the Watergate used to be. Ancora means “again” in Italian. This will be his third restaurant in DC (Twenty-One Federal, Kinkead’s) hence, “again,” and the Italian influence comes from his daughter, Kelly, who has lived in Italy for quite a while with her family. There has been a growing Italian influence on Kinkead based on his many visits there. And Bob loves seafood, so expect to see seafood (again) with Mediterranean twists. It’s slated to be open by Valentine’s Day for six months, then close for renovation. Jeff Gaetjen, his chef from Kinkead’s, will be the chef de cuisine at Ancora.

Bryce Gerlach, Adam Hiltebeitel, Joe Chapman and chef Dick Jones have signed a lease to open Arcuri in Glover Park where Kavanaugh’s Pizza used to be. Arcuri will serve American-Italian fare, including wood-fired brick oven pizza, pasta and seasonal dishes using local products. Bryce is “Mr. Arcuri” as it his great grandfather’s name, who was born in Italy. Adam and Joe have worked at Faccia Luna and Overwood. Richard is a CIA graduate who has worked at 2941 in Falls Church and Pesce in Dupont Circle. An April opening is planned.

UK-based The ONE Group will open STK Steakhouse, a modern steakhouse and a chic lounge where Casa Nonna was on Connecticut Ave. NW just south of Dupont Circle. Music is part of the mix, as there are DJ’s spinning at their other STK Steakhouses in London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas and Atlanta. Geared toward women clientele, their website features babes in short tight dresses, so men will be close behind.

Just Opened
Tash House of Kabob on Barracks Row on 8th St. SE. Owner Nari Modanlou is a Moby Dick House of Kabob veteran, and owns the one in Ashburn. Tash offers full table service for its Persian cuisine. Upstairs, Nari’s wife, Vanessa Lim, will operate the second location of pan-Asian restaurant Nooshi, slated for a February opening. Its menu will be similar to its sister operation on 19th St. NW in downtown DC.

Notting Hill in Old Town Alexandria just opened where Le Gaulois used to be. Frank Morales is the chef.
Flavors of India, featuring Indian food, has opened in the former Marshall’s Bar & Grille space on L St. NW.

Brendan McMahon, August Paro, and Nathan Berger plan to (re)open Beuchert’s Saloon at 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Originally a speakeasy in the 1920s, it was hidden by a Singer sewing machine shop and a gramophone store to mask the noise level (remember, it was Prohibition). The newly restored Beuchert’s will feature its own garden. Additional produce as well as chicken and eggs will come from East Oaks Organics Farm, operated by Brendan’s family. The farm also provided them with wood for the restaurant’s floorboards and tabletops. The plan is for the menu to change weekly. The modern-day incarnation of Beuchert’s Saloon is slated to open shortly.

Chef & Sommelier Update
Sommelier extraordinaire, Mark Slater, will now oversee the wine program at Bastille in Old Town Alexandria, for Christophe and Michelle Poteaux. Most recently he was with Ray’s The Steaks. Mark built his reputation at Michel Richard’s Citronelle, winning a James Beard award for wine service while there.

Miles Vaden is new chef at Nage at Courtyard Embassy Row. He previously worked at Passion Food Hospitality and Fiola in Penn Quarter.

Quick Hits
El Centro D.F. is slated to open where The Third Edition was in Georgetown. Vino Volo is slated to open its next location in Tysons Galleria by 2Q 2013. PAUL Bakery signed a lease to open in Columbia Square building in Penn Quarter.

What legendary restaurateur will open a new restaurant in Penn Quarter near Freedom Plaza? When will LEYE’s Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab find a home in DC?

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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 or visit her website at

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