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C-C-Changes: There’s a new restaurant in Georgetown where Daily Grill used to be, in the Georgetown Inn, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. It’s 1310 Kitchen and Bar by Jenn Crovato. Crovato, who has partnered with hotel owner Nayan Patel, has set the bar high and cooks pure, as witnessed by her cookbook, “Olive Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper.” She had been personal chef to the late Joe Robert … Rus-Uz, a Russian restaurant and tea room, will open in Hoffman Town Center in Alexandria, Virginia, where Ruby Tuesday’s used to be. It will seat 253 people: 231 inside and 22 outside … A new 40-seat patio was added to Truxton Inn in Bloomingdale. It’s owned by Matt Weiss, who also has McClellan’s Retreat and Barrel.

Chef & GM Update: Tracy O’Grady is the new executive chef at legendary 1789 Restaurant in Georgetown. She was previously chef and co-owner of Willow in Arlington, Virginia … Jake Addeo is the new executive chef at Occidental Grill & Seafood near the White House. He was most recently at BibianaCity Winery, slated to open this month in Ivy City, named Heather Otto as general manager and Colleen Hendricks as director of sales.

A new Scotch whisky bar and restaurant named Scotts will open where Co Co. Sala used to be at 927 F St. NW. Owner Simon Lowe relocated to D.C. from London to be closer to family. In fact, the bread served at Scotts will come from Lyon Bakery, owned by Simon’s son-in-law, Alan Hakimi. The restaurant and bar will also include the Cask Club, a 35-seat private club within the restaurant — with a separate entrance — that will feature a variety of selections from the U.K.-based Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Seating 45 at the bar and 70 in the dining room, Scotts will have a raw bar and serve comfort food such as roasts carved and served from a gueridon cart. A September opening is targeted.

Shake Shack, Philz Coffee, Cava, and We, The Pizza are all slated to open by the fourth quarter of this year in Virginia’s new Ballston Exchange project, formerly known as Stafford Place I and II, where the National Science Foundation is located.

Spin, a ping pong-themed bar and restaurant founded by actress Susan Sarandon, is slated to open in the basement of the National Press Club building, 1332 F St. NW, in the fourth quarter. It will serve gourmet snack food with beer, wine and cocktails.

Alfredo Solis, owner of El Sol and Mezcalero, is about to open Little Havana at 3704 14th St. NW. Chef Joseph Osorio will run the kitchen. It will open with dinner only, eventually offering breakfast and brunch featuring Cuban coffee, fresh tropical juices and pastries. It will seat 60 inside with an additional 16 seats on the patio. Heriberto Casasanero, formerly of Copycat Co., will preside over the rum bar in the back.

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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