The St. Regis, Washington, D.C…
…has grown its culinary footprint in downtown D.C. Sébastien Giannini has been named executive chef of the facility’s new, modern Mediterranean restaurant that will launch in Q1. He was most recently executive chef and culinary director at the W Montreal, a five-star hotel in Montreal, Canada. He was a finalist of the prestigious Bocuse d’Or, as well as the official coach of Team Canada, Bocuse D`Or Culinary Competition, where Team Quebec placed first in Canada.

Food halls: hot trend for 2018…
Forest City plans to open Quarter Market, a new 25,000-square-foot food hall replacing Ballston Mall. There will be over 12 restaurants, including: Timber Pizza Company; Bartaco, from the folks who brought you Barcelona Wine Bar; Buredo; Cucina Al Volo; Ice Cream Jubilee; Baltimore-based Mi & Yu Noodle Bar; Baltimore-based Pinch Dumplings; Rice Crook, from the folks who brought you Bun’d Up; and Swizzler (gourmet hot dogs). A fall 2018 opening is targeted.
Smoking Kow BBQ food truck owner Dylan Kough plans to open a real store in Alexandria at 3250 Duke Street where Sinbad Mediterranean Food & Bakery used to be. It will be a full-service restaurant, as well as a commissary for the food trucks. Currently, Smoking Kow cooks out of Union Kitchen.
Guapo’s plans to open its ninth location at the Georgetown Waterfront where Orange Anchor used to be. It will seat 110, with 50 on the outdoor patio. Jorge Figueredo from ThinkFoodGroup is the new director of operations, and Sergio Galindo is the corporate chef.

Quick hits
Duke’s Grocery is expanding to Foggy Bottom where Kinkead’s used to be at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The 4500-square-foot restaurant will be much larger than Duke’s Grocery in Dupont Circle and will include an outdoor patio.
Royette Smith plans to open a Horace & Dickie’s in Glenarden in Prince George’s County at 7901 Martin Luther King Jr. Highway. This will be carry-out only. Horace & Dickie’s has locations in Seat Pleasant, off H Street, NE in D.C., and in Takoma Park.
Reese Gardner will open Tulips, a three-story restaurant, bar, and Champagne lounge where Irish Whiskey Public House used to be in Dupont Circle at 1207 19th Street, NW. Not only is Tulips named for his great grandmother but expect tulip-shaped glassware. The bar is on the middle floor, the dining room is on lower level, with the Champagne lounge on the upper level.
John Leavitt is the executive chef, who comes from Clarity and Water & Wall in Virginia. James Duke continues as corporate chef for the company, which also includes Copperwood Tavern and Quinn’s on the Corner.
Recently opened in Adams Morgan: Lucky Buns, featuring burgers, at 2000 18th Street, NW. Mixologist extraordinaire Jo-Jo Valenzuela has joined the team. Korean restaurant Bom Restaurant & Bar has opened at 2440 18th Street, NW, where Millie & Al’s used to be.

Food and fitness
The enormous St. James wellness and entertainment center coming to Springfield in 2018 will include a full-service restaurant, upscale lounge, and market café, provided by Spike Mendelsohn. It will be open to the public, as well as St. James members, with indoor and outdoor seating. Also in the plans, a FIFA regulation-sized turf field, two NHL regulation-sized ice rinks, four full-length basketball courts, an Olympic regulation-sized pool, and a 6,000-square-foot indoor water park.

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