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Former chef at The Source, Scott Drewno, Mandu owner/operator Danny Lee, and Drew Kim, one of the founders of matchboxfoodgroup, have formed Fried Rice Collective (get it?). They will open Chiko on Barracks Row at 423 8th Street, SE where DC-3 used to be. Half the menu will be Chinese (Chi) and half will be Korean (ko). No fusion. The format will be a fixed price tasting menu. It will open this summer for dinner and brunch only for the 28-seat restaurant. Carry-out, delivery, and lunch to come later.
NY-based Michael Dorf plans to open City Winery in Ivy City where Love nightclub was on Okie Street, NE, next door to Ivy City Smokehouse. The plan is for it to include a 300-seat concert venue, winemaking operation, restaurant, bar, and rooftop bar. A Q4 2017 opening is planned. Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, and New York currently all have a City Winery.
Mark Ridley and his wine aficionado wife, Sharon, will open The Brass Tap, a craft beer bar, at National Harbor at 164 Fleet Street. The Ridleys are franchisees of the Tampa-based brewpub operation. It focuses on local beers and will offer more than 60 lines of beer on draft and more than 100 bottles, that are national, regional, and from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. There are 108 seats with a long bar that seats 16 and a patio that seats 26. And what goes best with beer? Sports viewing, so there will be 13 TV screens throughout the brewpub. The couple also opened The Brass Tap in Baltimore.

Quick Hits
Reid Shilling, former sous chef at The Dabney, will open Shilling Canning Co. in the Capital Riverfront’s Arris Bldg in Q 2018. Habit Burger Grill will expand into Prince Georges Co. at Riverdale Park Station, then at the Shops at Waldorf Center in Waldorf, Md. The Burger Joint will open at Monroe Street Market in Brookland’s Michigan Ave., NE in Portland Flats apartment building. Hummingbird by Cathal Armstrong opens in The Hotel Indigo in Old Town, Alexandria. Risky Ricky’s will open at Junction Square Town Center in Herndon. It’s a wine bar, piano bar, and restaurant. The Conche is a chocolate-themed restaurant (a la CoCo Sala) on Village Market Blvd. in the Village at Leesburg. Owner Santosh Tiptur comes from Coco Sala. Adam Stein of Red’s Table will open The Eleanor in Ivy City. It will be a complete entertainment place, with bowling, movies, a stage, an outdoor patio, and lots of parking spaces.

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes
Big Bear Café in Bloomingdale will expand upwards — with a rooftop with 49 seats and a second floor with 65 seats in its current building at 1700 First St., NW. It will quadruple its size to 194 seats. The Bar at the St. Regis Washington, DC has been renovated and has re-launched.

Just Opened
Milkboy Arthouse is a restaurant, performance space, and gallery in College Park Md. Atlanta-based Breakers Korean Grill & Barbecue opened in Fair City Mall in Fairfax, Va. by Maryland businessman Bobby Kim. Siren by Robert Wiedmaier opened in The Darcy hotel with John Critchley as chef de cuisine (see this month’s FSM cover story.) Capo Italian Deli opened in Shaw at 715 Florida Ave., NW.

Chef Update
Cable Smith has taken over the chef reins (reigns!) at The Royal. He previously was chef de cuisine at Requin in Mosaic District in Fairfax. Jay Caputo is the chef at The Riggsby in the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel. The restaurant is operated by Michael Schlow Restaurant Group, with which he has history. Kevin Ettenson takes over chef duties at Red’s Table in Reston. He was most recently at the Sky Dome Lounge at the Crystal City DoubleTree.
Pastry chefs Tom Wellings and Camila Arango will open Pluma by Bluebird Bakery, a cafe and bakery in The Edison building at 391 Morse Street, NE, near Union Market. The 30-seat cafe will offer outdoor seating as well for its morning-through-night service.

Openings Update
The Salt Line will open near Nats Park in early June. True Food Kitchen in Bethesda will open mid-June; Capo Delicatessen in Shaw in early June.

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