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The menu at Continental Modern Pool Lounge in Rosslyn (near the Continental) comes from the inspiration and talent of Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Smoked & Stacked. The connection for this project — a 180-seat indoor/outdoor beer garden near the Rosslyn Metro station — is Continental owner Curt Large, a partner at Roofers Union and Ripple, where Marjorie was executive chef. For those who know Curt, he’s involved with a lot more restaurants we all know and love.
Massachusetts-based Oath Craft Pizza will open in Merrifield’s Mosaic District at 2905 District Ave in Q4 2017. This fast-casual pizza chain is known for its avocado oil-seared crust. Its first location is on Nantucket, so many DC locals who travel there and in the Boston area should be familiar with the brand.

Quick Hits
Luke’s Lobster and Compass Coffee will open at 800 17th Street, NW. IMM on 9th Thai restaurant will open at 1419 9th Street, NW in Shaw where Chao Ku, Vegetate, Cafe Eagle, Taqueria Mexicana, Northern Restaurant, and Secret Lounge used to be. Expansion includes IMM on H Street, NE corridor and IMM on Georgia in Brightwood. Eric and Ian Hilton plan to open Crimson View rooftop bar atop the Pod Hotel in Penn Quarter at 627 H Street, NW this month. Yoshi Ota plans to open Sushi Gakyu at 1420 New York Avenue, NW featuring omakase-style meals. He is a kikisake-shi, which is the equivalent of sake sommelier. From James and Piya Cammeron, the folks who brought you Thaiverse in Lovettsville, Va., comes Thaiverse 2 in Middleburg, Va.

Chef & GM Update
Bryan Moscatello is new chef at 701 Restaurant in Penn Quarter. Dave Hollander is the general manager at True Food Kitchen in Bethesda. He is a veteran of Carraba’s.
C-C-Changes: The Occidental Grill completes its renovations this month. The bar has moved to the former Wine Room across from the original entrance – and it’s open. There is a new semi-private dining space where the bar used to be. The entrance now directly faces Pennsylvania Avenue, instead of the side near The Willard. The Dabney Wine Bar will open this month, within The Dabney in Blagden Alley, featuring cocktails as well as wines.

Just Opened
True Food Kitchen at 7100 Wisconsin Ave in Bethesda. Gorsha, a fast-casual Ethiopian eatery specializing in Ethiopian-style tuna poke, opened at Union Market. The chef and owner, Hiyaw Gebreyohannes, also supplies Ethiopian products to Whole Foods Markets. Sugar Shack opened in Shaw by former Alexandria city councilman Rob Krupicka, his third (Arlington and Alexandria) in the region. Cleveland-based Choolah Indian BBQ opened its second area location at 21426 Epicerie Plaza in Sterling, Va. The first is in Mosaic District in Fairfax. California-based Honeyfish Poke opened in at 1615 Rockville Pike. This fast-casual eatery features build-your-own-protein-bowls, poke-style. Plans are to open in DC at 1401 K Street, NW.

Openings Update
Black Restaurant Group’s Addie’s at Park Potomac Avenue plans to open in late summer. Matt Baker’s Gravitas, featuring a variety of tasting menus, plans to open in September at 1401 Okie Street, NE in Ivy City. Jason Berry and Michael Reginbogen, of KNEAD Hospitality + Design, plan to open 9,000-square-foot Succotash, featuring chef Ed Lee’s Asian-infused southern cooking, at 915 F Street, NW in August.

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