The Latest Dish: The Fine Dining is Back


Frederik de Pue’s Belgium and French inspired restaurant, The Henri, at 1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW, will debut on February 15 with 60 seats, 6 PDR’s (seating parties of 3 to 80), a 50-seat bar, a Bonnet rotisserie, and rooftop space. It’s named for Frederik’s beloved grandfather. Frederik has maintained his catering business in the D.C. area for years, as well as his Annapolis restaurant, Flamant.  

NYC’s high-end Chinese restaurant, Philippe by Philippe Chow, will open at the second phase of The Wharf at 635 Wharf St. SW in Q3 2022. Seventy-five seats of the 270-seat restaurant is under a covered patio. The Wharf’s second phase grand opening is slated for early Q4 2022. Papadopoulos Properties represented Philippe by Philippe Chow as well as all necessary food groups: Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream, Lucky Buns, and Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls. 

New York-based The Group NYC will open La Grande Boucherie in the Federal-American National Bank Building (where Hahn Shoes was), in the main hall at 699 14th Street NW. This D.C. outpost will be its fifth, with four others open in NYC. They will also launch an upscale Japanese restaurant, Washoku Room, and an Italian indoor/outdoor Italian trattoria called Olio é Piu in the former bank space.  

A stunning rooftop bar, Smoke & Mirrors, offering a panoramic view of D.C.’s iconic buildings and memorials opens February 17. The rooftop offers indoor as well as outdoor space, a bar as well as restaurant, atop the new AC Hotel Washington DC Capitol Hill at 867 New Jersey Ave SE, at Navy Yard.    

Just Opened: Nick Stefanelli’s salute to fine Greek cuisine, Philotimo, opened at Midtown Center at 1100 15th Street NW. There’s a prix fixe menu for the 62-seat restaurant plus a la carte menu at the 10-seat bar. Private dining space is available. Nick also plans to open a coffee and wine bar at Midtown Center in March.  

Greg Algie and Nathan Beauchamp (formerly at Restaurant Eve) of Blagden Hospitality Group (Tiger Fork, Fainting Goat, Calico, Primrose) plan to open Bar Ivy at 3033 Wilson Blvd. in Clarendon in Q2 2022. It features a 125-seat patio. Jonathan Till, formerly of Del Ray’s Evening Star Café, is the executive chef. They plan to open a second location in Bethesda at Wilson & The Elm, 7272 Wisconsin Ave.    

Massimo and Carolyn Papetti of I’m Eddie Cano in Chevy Chase will open a pizzeria at 2400 Wisconsin Ave NW in Glover Park where another pizzeria, Arcuri, used to be. A Q2 2022 opening is targeted. They plan to expand I’m Eddie Cano into the small space next door with an SRO European-style bar called Italian Bar.  

From B Social Hospitality comes The Cove at 25 Potomac Ave SE in Navy Yard where Bardo Brewing used to be. They’ll serve classic and tropical cocktails and plan to make their own hard seltzers and craft beers. The plan is to open in time for the start of The Nationals’ 2022 baseball season. The Cove will be double the size of its sister operation, The Lot, in Clarendon.    

Quick Hits: The owners of Donburi at 2438 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan have re-opened it as Mokinbird Smoked Chicken…. New York City-based Death & Co legendary cocktail bar, will open in Q3 where Derek Brown’s Columbia Room served spirits, in Blagden Alley…. Meanwhile, Call Your Mother is opening where Blue Bottle Coffee was at 1471 P Street NW….. Butter Me Up will serve an expanded breakfast 2.0 when it leaves its Halfsmoke nest and opens in Logan Circle at 1409 T Street NW…. Tammie Disayawathana of Sisters Thai plans to open in Tysons at 7730 Capital One Tower Rd., near Capital One Center’s new performing arts hall in Q4 2022. It will be her fifth location…. Amy Brandwein’s Piccolina all-day Italian café will expand into the space formerly occupied by The Great Republic at CityCenterDC, thereby doubling her space there…. Boston-based Tatte Bakery and Café will open where David Chang’s Momofuku was at CityCenterDC.    

Foxtrot’s  gourmet market expansion in the DMV includes a 14,000 sq.-ft. site in at 3300 New York Ave. NE, to build its commissary kitchen for more efficient distribution to its locations in Georgetown, Mount Vernon Triangle and Dupont Circle, and its future locations near Logan Circle and in Old Town, Alexandria, at 701 King St.   

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

 

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