City Winery, a 40,000-square-foot combination winery, restaurant, bar (rooftop), private event space and music venue, is planning to open in Ivy City in Northeast DC. The New York-based company has locations in Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville and New York, with one of the way in Boston. Owner Michael Dorf, who hopes to open by end of 2017, hopes to bottle a 2017 vintage and launch DC’s first 21st century winery.
Robert Wiedmaier’s latest hotel-based restaurant, Siren, will open at The Darcy (formerly the Scott Circle DoubleTree). John Critchley, most recently at Brine in Fairfax’s Mosaic District, is Siren’s chef. A second-quarter opening is targeted.
Circa is planning to open its fourth location in the D.C. metro area at 781 Seventh St. NW in Penn Quarter, where Zengo was, by the end of this year. With locations in Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom and Clarendon, Zengo is operated by Richard Sandoval Restaurants, which also has Masa 14 (14th Street NW), El Centro D.F. (14th Street NW and Georgetown) and Toro Toro (McPherson Square). Along with Circa, Falls Church-based Metropolitan Hospitality Group owns Open Road Grill and Trio Grill in Merrifield, Virginia. The group plans to open Circa and Open Road locations at 99 M St. SE at the Capitol Riverfront (Nationals Park) in 2018.