The Latest Dish: Gogi Yogi, Yardbird, Modena and more!

Just Opened: Gogi Yogi is now open at 8th and U Streets NW in Shaw, brought to you by Duke’s Grocery co-founder Daniel Kramer. First asset: he was raised in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles. This is only exceeded by his second asset: chef Patrice Cunningham, who is of African American and Korean descent … Cleveland Park’s Tino’s specializes in creative toppings on its pizzas at the new 30-seat pizzeria at 3420 Connecticut Ave. NW — think figs, prawns, octopus, squash blossom — and in dessert pizzas. The restaurant is named after chef/owner Logan Griffith’s son, Constantino. Griffith previously worked at the Watergate Hotel … Naanwise opened at 2635 Connecticut Ave. NW in Woodley Park with seating for close to 50 and plans for an outdoor patio … Seattle-based, fast-casual Mod Pizza, featuring build-your-own pies, opened at 12027 Rockville Pike in the Montrose Crossing development in Rockville, Maryland … New York City falafel shop Taïm opened in Georgetown at 1065 Wisconsin Ave. NW … British fast food chain Leon opened its second location, a 70-seat eatery, at 655 New York Ave. NW.

Quick Hit: Miami-beloved Yardbird Southern Table & Bar plans to open where Acadiana was at 901 New York Ave. NW, near D.C.’s Convention Center. Yardbird’s chef John Kunkel made the announcement.

Ch-Ch-Changes: Knightsbridge Restaurant Group’s Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca will be reborn as a new concept called Modena featuring Italian-influenced seasonal cuisine. John Melfi, previously at Fiola Mare in Georgetown, is executive chef. But he has a history with Knightsbridge, as he was executive chef at The Oval Room.

When the first Archer brand hotel opens in the D.C. metro area, it will also include a Charlie Palmer restaurant. The Charlie Palmer Group will manage all the food and beverage operations — restaurant, bar, roof deck, catering — at the new 178-room Tysons hotel, near the McLean Metro stop. The hotel will be part of a mixed-use development that includes residential, commercial and office space. There are Charlie Palmer Steak restaurants at Archer hotels in New York and Napa, California. A summer 2021 opening is targeted.

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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