The Latest Dish: Restaurants Blooming in Adams Morgan

Restaurants Bloom in AdMo  

Just Opened: Andy Brown has opened Andy’s Pizza in Adams Morgan at 2465 18th Street, NW where &pizza used to be. There are locations at Atlas Brew Works on Half Street SE, in Shaw at 2016 9th Street NW, in Navy Yard, and at Tysons Galleria. Andy’s Pizza was named the 2021 winner of the world pizza competition at the International Pizza Expo & Conference in Las Vegas. 

Just Opened: SoleLuna, a coffee (from Ecuador) and pastries shop, at 1787 Columbia Rd, NW in Adams Morgan, where Nicecream used to be. Brought to you by the team behind Al Volo Osteria, Taqueria Al Lado, and Retrobottega in Adams Morgan and Trattoria al Volo in Cleveland Park… traditional Japanese izakaya restaurant, Shōtō, opened at Midtown Center with the largest selection of Japanese whiskeys on the East Coast. Executive chefs are Kwang Kim, who was corporate executive sushi chef at Zuma (12 worldwide locations), and Alessio Conti, who was executive chef at Aman Resorts.  

Western Market at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW has two more food operators serving the Foggy Bottom neighborhood: Falafel Inc., offers classic Mediterranean flavors — and partners with the World Food Programme, a leading humanitarian food organization, as each $10 food purchase helps feed a refugee. Arepa Zone, allows diners to dig into traditional Venezuelan food such as arepas, patacóns, tequeños, cachapas, and pabellón bowls.     

Chef Update:   Daron Lee was named executive chef of Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square. An alumnus of the University of Central Florida and the French Culinary Institute, he was previously executive chef at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.  

Captain Cookie & The Milkman is targeting a Q2 2022 opening in Arlington’s Courthouse neighborhood at 2200 Clarendon Blvd. Originally a food truck operation, owners Kirk and Juliann Francis now have locations in Eastern Market, Brookland and Foggy Bottom.   

Quick Hits: Gordon Ramsay’s GRNA is planning to open a two-story Hell’s Kitchen at The Wharf’s phase II development in SW D.C. with indoor and outdoor seating…. Founders Table Restaurant Group is slated to open Dos Toros in at 7th and G Streets, NW in Penn Quarter (near its sister operation, Chopt) and at 215 Pennsylvania Ave SE on Capitol Hill where Firehook Bakery used to be.   

Denver-based Sage Restaurant Concepts is slated to open Baja-inspired seafood restaurant, Hello Betty, in Q2 2022 in the Canopy by Hilton at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda. The 138-seat restaurant includes a 14-seat PDR and 40-ft Delta Deadrise 23-seat boat bar on the patio. Ryan Zemel is the restaurant GM.  


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    



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