The Latest Dish: L’Annexe, the Ardent, Yria, Papadakis, More

In the fourth quarter of 2020, Eric Eden and David Deshaies of Unconventional Diner plan to open The Ardent, a 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean restaurant, at 200 Massachusetts Ave. NW in the Capital Crossing development. To create Capital Crossing, one of the largest commercial real estate projects ever undertaken in the District, New York’s Property Group Partners constructed a platform over Interstate 395 and rebuilt the street grid between Capitol Hill and the East End.

Yria, serving authentic high-end Greek cuisine, will open at 1118 23rd St. NW in the West End. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will have its own bakery, open to the public, next door. Yria is the ancient name for the Greek island of Paros, the home of renowned chef and owner Argiro Barbarigou and her signature restaurant Papadakis, now located in Athens in the foothills of Mount Lycabettus. Her business partner, Alex Alevras, is from Athens. An opening in the first quarter of 2020 is planned.

Quick Hits: Will Arlington, Virginia, pizza favorite Pupatella open where Rosemary’s Thyme Bistro was in Adams Morgan? … CaliBurger, operating out of Wunder Garten in Northeast D.C., has found a brick-and-mortar home at the Boro in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Plans call for it to open as a burger bar in the second quarter of 2020.

Just Opened: Chasqa Fine Indian Cuisine in Glover Park at 2334 Wisconsin Ave. NW … L’Annexe. a library-themed cocktail bar serving small plates of Mediterranean cuisine, where Unum used to be at 2917 M St. NW in Georgetown. Owner Fady Saba hired Beuchert’s Saloon chef Andrew Markert to design the food menu. Beverage director Mick Perrigo most recently helmed the bar at Left Door, the upstairs speakeasy in Logan Circle.

Hugo Mogollon, executive director of Community Foodworks, is now executive director of FRESHFARM. FRESHFARM and Community Foodworks will merge into a single organization under Mogollon’s leadership and the FRESHFARM brand.

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 on the web at


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