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Scott Drewno, former chef at The Source; Danny Lee, owner-operator of Mandu; and Drew Kim, a founder of Matchbox Food Group, have formed Fried Rice Collective (get it?) and will open Chiko on Barracks Row at 423 8th St. SE, where DC-3 used to be. Half the menu will be Chinese (Chi) and half Korean (ko). No fusion. The format will be a fixed-price tasting menu. The 28-seat restaurant will open this summer for dinner and brunch only. Carryout, delivery and lunch will come later.

A City Winery — with a 300-seat concert venue, a winemaking operation, a restaurant, a bar and a rooftop bar — will open on Okie Street NE where Love the Club was, next door to Ivy City Smokehouse. A November opening is planned. Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville and New York currently have a City Winery. The company was founded by New Yorker Michael Dorf.

Mark Ridley and his wine-aficionado wife Sharon will open The Brass Tap, a craft-beer bar, at 164 Fleet St. at National Harbor. The Ridleys are franchisees of the Tampa-based brewpub operation (they also opened one in Baltimore). The bar will offer some 60 lines of beer on draft and more than 100 bottles — national, regional and from D.C., Maryland and Virginia. There will be 108 seats with a bar that seats 16 and a patio that seats 26.

Quick Hits: Reid Shilling, former sous chef at The Dabney, will open Shilling Canning Co. in the Arris Apartments at the Yards early next year … The Habit Burger Grill will expand into Prince George’s County, Maryland, at Riverdale Park Station, then at the Shops at Waldorf Center … BGR The Burger Joint plans to open in the Portland Flats apartments at Monroe Street Market on Brookland’s Michigan Avenue NE … Hummingbird by Cathal Armstrong opened 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 on Village Market Boulevard in the Village at Leesburg. Owner Santosh Tiptur comes from Co Co. Sala … Adam Stein of Red’s Table will open The Eleanor in Ivy City. It will be a complete entertainment center, with bowling, movies, a stage, an outdoor patio and plenty of parking. 

CCCHanges: 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. The café will quadruple in size to 194 seats … The St. Regis Bar on K Street at 16th Street NW has been renovated and re-launched.

Just opened: MilkBoy ArtHouse is a restaurant, performance space and gallery in College Park, Maryland … Atlanta-based Breakers Korean Grill & BBQ opened in Fair City Mall in Fairfax, Virginia … Siren by RW (Robert Wiedmaier) opened in the Darcy hotel with John Critchley as chef de cuisine … Capo Italian Deli opened in Shaw at 715 Florida Ave. NW.

Chef Update: Cable Smith has taken over the chef reins at Royal in LeDroit Park. He previously was chef de cuisine at Requin in Fairfax’s Mosaic District … Jay Caputo is the new chef at The Riggsby in the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel. He has a history with Michael Schlow Restaurant Group, which operates the restaurant … Kevin Ettenson takes over chef duties at Red’s Table in Reston. He was most recently at the Skydome at the Crystal City DoubleTree.

Pastry chefs Tom Wellings and Camila Arango will open Pluma by Bluebird Bakery, a café and bakery in The Edison building at 391 Morse St. NE, near Union Market. The 30-seat café will also have outdoor seating for their morning-through-night service.

Openings Update: The Salt Line opened near Nats Park on June 6 … True Food Kitchen in Bethesda will open June 14.

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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