Logan Circle Welcomes Italian Warmth … Sette Osteria Opens Soon

Sette Osteria plans to open this March in the Logan Circle space formerly occupied by Mcafe bar at 1634 14th St, NW. Owner Iraklis Karabassis also has a Sette Osteria in Dupont Circle and Café Milano in Georgetown. Chef Nicola Sanna will feature house-made pastas and southern Italian pizzas. The dining room seats 72, with a 30-seat private dining space. The outdoor patio will seat 45.

C-C-Changes: Could Robert Wiedmaier’s culinary tribute to fine dining, Marcel’s, possibly get better? In design: yes. Local designer Charles W. Craig, who worked with Robert and Polly Wiedmaier on their own home, was tasked with creating a new design that is lighter, brighter and festive. There’s new carpeting, new sheer curtains, framed silk scarves designed and signed by Art Deco master Erté, plush high-back leather chairs, starburst-chandeliers and new Rosenthal china bearing Marcel’s familiar logo. The popular, private table 25 is now completely enclosed by floor-to-ceiling drapery.

Mike Isabella is expanding his Greek concept Kapnos into Bethesda. Kapnos Kouzina (“kitchen”) will open this summer at 4900 Hampden Lane, where Vapiano used to be. The Bethesda outpost will feature more home-style Greek platters meant for two to four people.

Quick Hits: Seven Hills Pizza is slated to open in DC’s Palisades neighborhood near BlackSalt, where Marvelous Market was … Derek Brown’s empire will expand once again with the addition of Scarlet Oak, slated to open in the Navy Yard area at 909 New Jersey Ave SE … Brixx Pizza is slated to open in Clarendon next to Nam Viet J ‘N G Tavern, a burger place with lots of beers on tap, will open in Petworth, from the folks who brought you Jackie’s and Bar Charley … Another fast casual pizza concept, Mod Pizza from Seattle will open at Silver Spring’s Ellsworth Place … Kin Da Thai and Sushi will open in Takoma Park where Takoma Bistro used to be. Owners also operate Aroi Thai in DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood.

Openings Update: Ted’s BULLETIN will open its Gaithersburg location on February 9, making it the second matchboxfoodgroup restaurant in Montgomery County. There is a matchbox open in Rockville on Rockville Pike … This 160-seat Ted’s will feature a train theme inspired by the original Gaithersburg train station, a historic landmark that was built in 1884. The restaurant will also have a 40-seat outdoor patio … SER (stands for Simple Easy Real), a Spanish-themed restaurant, is aiming for an early February opening in Ballston, as the winners of the Ballston Restaurant Challenge … Pizza Studio, the fast-casual build-your-own pizza concept, plans to open in Baltimore’s Charles Village in mid-February and its first DC location, at Dupont Circle’s 1333 New Hampshire Ave, NW, is slated to open by the end of February or early March.

Stanton & Greene will open at 319 Pennsylvania Ave SE where Pour House was on Capitol Hill. Owners include Sonoma’s Eli Hengst and Jared Rager as well as August Paro of Beuchert’s Saloon. The menu is brought to you by executive chef Josh Hutter and chef de cuisine Damian Brown. The cocktail program was created by Erik Holzherr of Wisdom and Church & State. The 180-seat restaurant is named after Capitol Hill’s Stanton Park and the Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene statue. A Q1 2015 opening is targeted.

Founding Farmers plans to open its next restaurant in Tysons Corner at 1800 Tysons Blvd this month. The 262-seat restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, is designed by GrizForm Design Architects. It’s owned by a conglomerate that includes the North Dakota Farmers Union and the National Farmers Union.

Chef & Ops Execs Update: Table’s chef de cuisine, Patrick Robinson, will now run the kitchen in the Shaw neighborhood restaurant, taking over from Frederik de Pue. Table will continue to emphasize seasonal dishes. Frederik will focus on his catering operation, 42 Degrees. Pizza Studio has hired regional operations veteran Scott Black to oversee the Washington, DC and Baltimore locations. Black previously worked as vice president of operations for &pizza and regional director of operations for Noodles & Co.

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