The Latest Dish: Western Market Opening in Foggy Bottom


Western Market,a12,300 square-foot food hall at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, NW in Foggy Bottom is slated to open in Q3 2021.Food vendors include:Alitiko:Greek street food;Arepa Zone: Venezuelan menu;BandoolaBowl: flavors inspired by Burma, Vietnam, and Thailand;Capo Deli: Italian deli;NimAli:Guatemalan street food;Onkei:sushi and Japanese comfort food;RAWish:healthy foodcare ofBaltimore’s Gangster Vegan; Roaming Rooster:fried chicken sandwiches;Tigerella:an all-day cafe from the folks who brought youEllē;CaptainCookie & the Milkman: cookies (need we say more?);and, Mason’sFamous Lobster Rolls. With multiple entrances and expansive outdoor patio seating, it brings a variety of food options to the folks working at the nearby World Bank and George Washington University.TzuritOr’s Boston-basedTatteBakery & Cafeis continuing its expansion into the D.C. metro area.

Next up:CityCenterDCwhereMomofukuand Milk Bar(over 10,000 square feet) used to be. The177-seat bakery and cafewill operateon the main floor, while thelower-level spaceworks wellas a commissaryand commercial kitchen that willmakebakedgoods for all its locations in the metro area, including1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW,D.C.,1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, D.C., and 7276 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda.

Stephen Starr, of D.C.’sLe DiplomateandSt. Anselm,plans to open an Italian restaurant and 1000 square-foot Italian market in the formerDean & DeLucaspace in Georgetown on M Street, NW. The plan includes California chef and baker extraordinaire Nancy Silverton ofOsteriaMozzaandPizzeriaMozzaand founder ofLa Brea Bakery.Due diligence is being done to add a wine cellar bar in the basement.

Chef Update:PhilMarzelliis executive chef at the newly renovated and reopenedRistorante Toscaat1112 F Street, NWin downtown D.C. Previously, he wasexecutive chef at FabioTrabocchi’sCasa Luca,which becameSfoglinadowntown… Jonathan De Pazwas namedexecutive chefat theSofitelWashington, DC Lafayette Square.Previously, he was the chef de cuisine forPrimrosein Washington DC…. Alicia Wang is the executive pastry chef for theLine hotelin Adams Morgan. She had been a pastry chef forA Rake’s Progress, one of the hotel’s restaurants…. TylerStout is the executive chef at Ashok Bajaj’s newFrenchrestaurant,La Bise,whereThe Oval Roomused to bein downtown D.C.Tyler comes fromTroqueton Southin Boston. He also worked atMacon Bistro & Larder.

The Line DChotel plans to openNo Goodbyesrestaurant, replacing the four restaurants that had been there. It will serve meals for all day parts.Patrick “Opie” Crooks, the former executive chef at A Rake’s Progress, overseesthe kitchen. Opie also worked at Jeremiah Langhorne’sTheDabney.No Goodbyes will take overBrothers & Sisterson the main floor of the hotel.Sit-down service will occur at dinner.A Rake’s Progress’s upstairs space is now a venue space.

Margaux Riccio and Shaun Sharkey are targeting Q4 2021 to openBubbie’sPlant Burgers and Fizzat 2412 18th Street, NW in the heart of Adams Morgan.The certified Kosher classic diner was born as a pop up out ofRock & Roll Hotelon H Street, NE. It will seat 100 indoors, with an outdoor patio and lower level (akabasement)spacefor private parties.The partners also ownPowPow(vegan) andPlantFood Lab, a plant-based testing center. Beverage director Mick Perrigo, formerly ofLeft Door, will oversee the creativebarprogram.

Quick Hits: Debby Portillo and Fernando González opened2Fifty Texas BBQatUnion Market. The first one isinRiverdalePark in Prince George’s County…. JonTaffer, host of “Bar Rescue” is partnering with Cuisine Solutions to openTaffer’sTavern at 700 Sixth Street, NW in Penn Quarter by end of Q4 2021…P.F. Chang’s To Go, for off-premise takeout/delivery, plans to open several locations in the D.C. metro area, the first in Lafayette Center, 1120 20th Street, NW.It’sslated to open Q4 2021.

Just Opened:ElSecretode Rosita(1624 U Street, NW)opened whereChi-Cha Loungeused to be.It’sstill owned by Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld (Latin Concepts)—and still has Chi-Cha fries.Still Peruvian themed, withexecutive chef Eugene Perret,a native of Peru, at the helm.Alan Cabrera is the beverage director for the redesigned bar. He’s a veteran of Lettuce Entertain You. (LEYE) and FabioTrabocchirestaurants… SommelierextraordinaireElliBenchimolopenedApéro, a Champagne and caviar bar at2622 P Street NWin Georgetown. It’s open all dayandseats45 inside andaccommodates16on the patio…. Emmy Squaredopened at Navy Yard at 1300 4th Street, SE D.C.They currently have a store in Shaw, with a new one slated for Old Town, Alexandria in early Q3 at 124 King Street wherePizzeriaParadisoused to be…. IsmaelMendez openedQuiQuiat 1539 7thStreet, NW in Shaw, specializing in foods from Puerto Rico.

Linda Roth is Founder & CEO of Linda Roth Associates (LRA), a DC-based public relations & marketing firm that specializes in the foodservice and hospitality industries. Follow her at: @LindaRothPR #LindaRothPR or www.lindarothpr.com

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