The Latest Dish: Here Come the Bars and Omakase Spots

UnOrdinary Hospitality’s Radovan Jankovic and Marko Bogdanovic, creators of Residents Café & Bar in Dupont Circle, and chef Rob Curtis, who curated the transformation of Mercy Me restaurant in Yours Truly Hotel, are slated to open Cana, a Brazilian caipirinha bar in Adams Morgan at 2412 18th St. NW. An opening late in the second quarter is targeted.  

Nick Cordero (sans father Mike) plans to open Saki — an omakase-style Japanese restaurant with a speakeasy-style bar — in Arlington’s Commodore building at 2025 15th St. N. His partners are Dr. Greg Lee and chef Masaaki “Uchi” Uchino, formerly of Sushi Nakazawa.  

And speaking of the Cordero clan, Mike, Nick and Anthony Cordero (Barley Mac, Don Tito, Taco Rock, Bronson Bierhall) have opened Carbonara: Old School Italian & Wine Bar at 3865 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington.  

Openings Update: The team behind Bar Chinois will open Bar Japonais at 1520 14th St. NW, where Estadio used to be, on June 21 … Also on June 21, Atlas Brew Works will open its Alexandria location … Sixty Vines will open its Foggy Bottom location on June 11.  

New York-based Fireman Hospitality Group (Bond 45, Fiorella Italian Kitchen, Brooklyn Diner, Brooklyn Deli, Redeye Grill, Trattoria Dell’Arte) plans to open Cafe Fiorello at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, where Tadich Grill used to be. Shelly Fireman’s company is not new to the DMV, as it has operated Fiorella Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria and Bond 45 at National Harbor in Prince George’s County since 2010 and 2011, respectively.  

Just Opened: Peter Chang and daughter Lydia Chang, with partner Erik Bruner-Yang, have opened NiHao, a Chinese restaurant featuring Sichuan food, at 1550 Crystal Drive in Arlington’s National Landing … From the folks who brought you Sonny’s Pizza and No Kisses bar in Park View comes Catboat Pizza Bar, at the Washington Sailing Marina between Reagan National Airport and Old Town Alexandria. Yes, it has kayak access.  

Quick Hits: Johanna Hellrigl (Doi Moi and Mercy Me) and her husband Micah Wilder (Chaplin’s and Zeppelin) are planning to open a restaurant in Navy Yard featuring northern Italian food … The Group NYC will open Italian trattoria Olio e Più in the same 14th Street NW building as La Grande Boucherie, with patio seating up to 70. Also planned: Omakase Room, with an omakase sushi counter seating between 10 and 12 … Stathis Antonakopoulos opened Carnegie Diner & Cafe at 501 Maple Ave. W, at Vienna’s Village Green shopping center, where Yellow Diner used to be … Andy’s Pizza plans to open a new restaurant in Bethesda at 4600 East West Highway, where Booeymonger used to be … Rajiv Chopra and his wife Shivani opened Tamashaa, an upscale Indian “gastro bar,” in Columbia Heights at 3115 14th St. NW.  

Linda Roth is the founder and CEO of Linda Roth Associates, a D.C.-based public relations and marketing firm specializing in the food service and hospitality industries. Follow her at @LindaRothPR, #LindaRothPR or   





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