The Latest Dish

Bindaas location in Cleveland Park. Photo by R. Lopez.

When the former Doubletree hotel on Massachusetts Avenue NW near Scott Circle reopens as The Darcy, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, it will have a café called Siren and a bakery called Lil’ B. Chef-consultants on the project are Robert Wiedmaier and David Guas. A second-quarter 2017 opening is planned.

Ashok Bajaj and chef Vikram Sunderam will open a second location of Bindaas, their Indian street-food concept, at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, where Johnny Rockets was. A fall 2017 opening is expected. This Bindaas (the word means ‘carefree’ in Hindi) will differ from the original in that it will have curries on the menu and offer lunch service as well as carryout.

Linda Roth is president of Linda Roth Associates, a public relations and marketing firm that specializes in the hospitality industry. Reach her at

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