Chef/GM/Mixologist Update: Trummer’s On Main in Clifton, Virginia, named Jon Cropf as the restaurant’s new executive chef. He hails from The Drawing Room in Charleston, South Carolina … Laurent Aubel has been promoted to executive chef at Bar Dupont at the Dupont Circle Hotel … Jorge Chicas is chef de cuisine at BLT Steak DC. He was executive chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés in Los Angeles and, before that, at ThinkFoodGroup’s Zaytinya in Penn Quarter.
The Ivy City ’hood keeps getting tastier. The fourth-quarter opening of Pidzza combines the best of Turkish pide and American pizza, hence the name. It will open in the new Douglas Development project at the Hecht’s building at 401 Okie St. NE.
Quick Hits: San Francisco-based fast-casual restaurant chain Eatsa is signed to open this fall at 1627 K St. NW. Customizable quinoa bowls will make for an automated, faster fast- casual dining experience … Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants will open Ocean Prime, featuring steak and seafood, this month at 1341 G St. NW, in the downtown space where Ceiba used to be … Yoshi Ota plans to open Sushi Gakyu, a 67-seat restaurant at 1420 New York Ave. NW by the end of the year. He also owns Yuzu Japanese Dining in Bethesda … A full-service Wingo’s with an accompanying sports bar will open in the first- quarter of 2017 at 2339 18th St. NW in Adams Morgan where Angles Bar and Little Fountain Café were. The original Wingo’s is in Georgetown (you knew that).
What’s new at the Wharf: K.N. Vinod and Surfy Rahman of Indique and Bombay Bistro plan to open an Indian restaurant in the new development. Pearl Street Warehouse, a tavern with live musical entertainment, will open, care of the owners of Cantina Marina. The main drag, Pearl Street, will also have Kaliwa, an Asian restaurant from Cathal Armstrong. Eric and Ian Hilton will do what they do best, opening The Brighton, a high-energy waterfront pub. But wait, there’s more. Nick Stefanelli of Masseria plans to open an Italian restaurant and market. Fabio and Maria Trabocchi plan to open a Spanish seafood (advantage: Maria) restaurant called Del Mar. Jen Carroll and Mike Isabella plan to open two oyster bars, plus a second location of their French Mediterranean restaurant, Requin, which is open in Merrifield, Virginia.
Recently opened: Rick and Valerie Dugan opened The Grilled Oyster Company in the Cathedral Commons project above Glover Park. Rick was general manager of Brio Tuscan Grill in North Bethesda and also the late, great O’Donnell’s in Bethesda … Luigi Diotaiuti of Al Tiramisu opened Aperto at 2013 I St. NW where Primi Piatti used to be.
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