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Curt Large of Roofers Union, Geoff Dawson of Tin Shop, Franklin Hall and TallBoy and Ryan Seelbach of Takoda and Cortez plan to open The Boardwalk where Iron Horse used to be at 507 7th St. NW in Shaw near Capital One Arena. It will feature food (corn dogs, cotton candy), beverages and games that you’d find at the beach. A November opening is planned.

From the folks that brought you Tail Up Goat, at 1777 Columbia Road NW in Adams Morgan, comes its “little sister,” Reveler’s Hour, featuring a lower price point than Tail Up Goat. Jon Sybert will run the kitchen. Bill Jensen has the wine program covered and Jill Tyler runs the house. The name is pure poetry — literally. It’s a drinking song and one of the Odes of Anacreon. The dining room will seat 65 and the bar about 30. They are targeting a December opening.

Ann Cashion and John Fulchino will open a second location of Taqueria Nacional at 3213 Mount Pleasant St. NW, where Taqueria Los Compadres was. An opening early in the fourth quarter is targeted. The Mount Pleasant location will be similar in size and design to their T Street NW location.

Gina Chersevani will open Last Call in the Union Market District at 1301 Fourth St. NE. It opens where a 1940s-era cafeteria (and maybe a speakeasy) used to be. Chersevani, who also runs Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market and outdoor frozen drink cart Suburbia, will offer very reasonably priced beverages. She had me at icy Irish Coffee.

Just Opened: Sfoglina Pasta House opened in Rosslyn, Virginia, at 1100 Wilson Boulevard, where WJLA is located. It’s brought to you by Maria and Fabio Trabocchi. Award-winning professional pasta-maker Simonetta Capotondo is at the helm … Ari Gejdenson of Mindful Restaurant Group and Lady Abarca, formerly of Corduroy, opened Via at 2000 Fenwick Ave. NE. Danis Blanco (Abarca’s husband), the executive chef, will feature Peruvian-style charcoal chicken. Via translates to “street” or “go” in Italian, so think casual. Gejdenson also owns and operates Ivy City’s La Puerta Verde, Ari’s Diner and Dock FC nearby.

New York City-based Mexicue from Thomas Kelly will open where The Meatball Shop was at 1720 14th St. NW. The food truck concept is now brick ’n’ mortar. It features Mexican and American Southern food. It should open early in the fourth quarter.

Linda Roth is the founder and CEO of Linda Roth Associates, a public relations and marketing firm that specializes in the hospitality industry. Visit her online at


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