What’s Happening!
Chef Ryan Ratino, formerly of Ripple is opening his own shop — Bresca (honeycomb in Spanish, and yes, there are bee hives in his future), slated to open by October on 14th Street, NW in the former first floor of Policy Restaurant & Lounge. Entrances are separate. Ryan coined the term, “bistronomy” to describe his cooking, defined by avant-garde gastronomic cooking rooted in French technique — served a few notches down in a casual bistro vibe. The main dining room will seat 58, with a 12-seat bar. Ryan plans a rooftop herb garden that will double as a lounge. Juan Coronado of nearby Colada Shop, has collaborated with him to design the cocktails, with a nod to things honeycomb and bees — including a “Dihedral” cocktail made with beeswax-infused tequila reposado. He had me at tequila reposado.

Danielle Poux has targeted October to open Danielle’s Desserts in downtown DC at 1130 Connecticut Ave., NW.  The new store will be triple the size of the original store in Tysons Galleria.

Turkish journalist Emel Bayrak plans to open Café Georgetown at 3141 N Street, NW near Paolo’s. Emel, who covers the White House beat, has a personal reason to get into the business, as she is also a Georgetown resident. She plans to host interviews (and stream them) at this coffee shop featuring coffee from La Colombe, as well as a wine bar. This sounds similar to what CNN producer Carol Joynt did at Nathan’s and George Town Club. Her plan is to open by end of Q3.

Glory Days Grill has signed a lease to open a new restaurant at Nursery Landing on West Nursery Road near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport by the spring of 2018. This will be the company’s seventh location in Maryland.

Ashish Alfred plans to open a new steak concept on the first floor of his 4935 Bar and Kitchen on Cordell Avenue in Bethesda. George’s Chophouse will serve steak and feature a raw bar. The second floor space at 4935 will continue to be a venue for special events and receptions. Ashish, who also owns and operates Duck Duck Goose in Bethesda, named George’s after his late brother. He plans to open another Duck Duck Goose in Baltimore’s Fells Point area.Just Opened:American Prime in Tysons Corner opened end June by Arlington’s Epic Smokehouse guys — Joon Yang and Wayne Hallahan…Across the Pond has opened in Dupont Circle where Mourayo used to be.Openings Update:City Winery is slated to open in late Q4 in Ivy City, DC…City Tap Dupont is also slated to open in Q4.

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