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Ashok Bajaj, the owner of the dual restaurants Ardeo+Bardeo, has closed Bardeo and opened in its place Bindaas, an Indian eatery under the direction of Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam. While sipping Indian beers or craft cocktails, patrons can scan the menu to pick out a variety of savory snacks, kebabs and assorted street foods that include pork, fish, chicken, beef and vegetables. Bindaas also features an open kitchen that allows cooking fragrances to entice patrons and to show off the chefs at work creating the unusual treats that include pathar gosht, a lamb kebab cooked on a stone oven and served on a bed of saffron rice; and uttapam, a fermented rice pancake with lentils and shrimp pepper. Note: Bindaas is Indian slang for “independent” and “cool.” Sister restaurant Ardeo will continue to offer its American menu. Bindaas, 3309 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008, 202-244-6550.
RPM Italian restaurant may look sleekly contemporary, but its owners – including celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic – maintain an authentic Italian menu. It features freshly made pastas, slow-roasted meats and assorted seafood, all prepared with a slight twist. Cocktails and desserts pay homage to classic Italian flavors. For any foodie seeking an upscale party setting or a spot to sip wines, RPM is the place. Dinner Mon.-Sat. RPM Italian, 601 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-204-4480.
Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac has opened her upscale bakery called Buttercream Bakeshop. For breakfast, MacIsaac offers such goodies as the Buttercream Breakfast Bun with scrambled eggs, sharp cheddar and breakfast sausage rolled in milk bread. Other featured treats include her “Flakies,” a croissant-styled pastry with seasonal fillings, and the CinnaScone with butter, sugar and cinnamon. Besides premium coffees, MacIsaac has lined the shelves with sweets (pies, cakes, brownies) plus some bakery-focused gift items and cards. And on occasion, she will host baking classes. Open daily. Buttercream Bakeshop, 1250 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-735-0102.
Local management group Long Shot Hospitality plans to open a restaurant called The Salt Line on the waterfront’s Dock 79 in early 2017. The casual New England menu will be under the culinary direction of chef Kyle Bailey, and much of it will feature seafood, even seafood sausages. The Salt Line will also showcase a regional craft beer selection and a creative cocktail program that will be the centerpieces for the outdoor bar located along the riverfront. The Salt Line plans to serve dinner daily and weekend brunch upon opening.
D.C. chef Eric Ziebold, formerly of CityZen, has opened Métier, located below Kinship. It presents a more intimate dining experience. Métier, 1015 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-737-7500.
The Grill Room's Upcoming Fast Lunch
Executive chef Frank Ruta of The Grill Room will launch a grab-and-go sort of lunch menu he dubs On the Fly starting September 6, 2016. It will feature an entrée plus a choice of wine or a seasonal sorbet, all for $28, minus tax and tip. The planned menu will star such dishes as barbecued Wagyu flank steak; Moroccan spice-crusted tuna; and ricotta and spinach ravioli. As guests lunching for pleasure or business enjoy the setting, they can also overlook the C&O Canal. The Grill Room, Rosewood Washington, D.C., 1050 31st St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-617-2424.
Ambar's Balkan Lunches
Not familiar with Balkan food? The best introduction comes from Ambar on East Capitol. The owners have expanded their lunch menu with an assortment of open-face sandwiches served “European style with a Balkan twist.” Chef Ivan Zivkovic has created a crispy meat pie made from phyllo; a ham-and-cheese crêpe with Gouda; and a spicy sausage sandwich with green peas and a root vegetable stew. Lunch specials allow patrons to select any two sandwiches plus a glass of house wine, a beer or a special Ambar fruit drink. Ambar, 523 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202-813-3039.
A Tribute to Michel Richard
The culinary world mourns the passing of chef/restaurateur Michel Richard, who died August 13, 2016, at the age of 68. Michel Richard Citronelle was a longtime favorite on the Washington, D.C., dining scene. His bistro, Central Michel Richard, remains open. Read André Gayot’s tribute.
Lupo Verde to Support Defenders of Wildlife
From July 2016 to the end of the year, 14th Street NW favorite Lupo Verde is launching a “save wildlife program to support the Defenders of Wildlife,” which has as its logo a wolf. For a restaurant with a name that translates as “green wolf,” this outreach effort makes sense. To support it, patrons can order the chef’s special new pizza Capitano with tomatoes, eggplant, red peppers and smoked scamorza. The sale of each pizza, priced at $16, will donate $2 to the fund. Craft drinks can also benefit the fund: the Lupo Alberto at $12 will net the fund $2 per order. Lupo Verde, 1401 T St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-827-4752.
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Esencias Panameñas features Panamanian food but with a Caribbean twist. Owner-chef Yadira Stamp has released a new beverage program offering libations made with raspadura, the Panamanian version of simple syrup. The menu features seven non-alcoholic cocktails, including the Chicheme Frio with hominy corn, condensed milk, evaporated milk, coconut milk and spices. Alcoholic drinks include a signature Red Sangria, which is made from a combination of wine, hibiscus flowers that have been house-steeped and fresh ginger. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Esencias Panameñas, 3322 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20010, 202-688-7250.
Charlie Palmer Steak has welcomed executive chef Mike Ellis, who marks his homecoming to Washington DC and to the restaurant. He will use the menu to showcase locally caught fish and shellfish and locally raised meat and poultry. Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-547-8100.
Proof has appointed Austin Fausett as its executive chef. Fausett’s prior job was with Clifton’s Trummer’s on Main, where he worked as executive chef for three years. Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Proof, 775 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-737-7663.Closings
DC-3, which served up unique hot dogs in a nostalgia-dedicated setting, has closed its doors. DC-3, 423 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003, no phone.
1789 Restaurant is temporarily closed through Labor Day 2016. Repairs are being made to the roof. 1789 Restaurant, 1226 36th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-965-1789.
Poste Moderne Brasserie has closed. Executive chef Kyoo Eom will continue to oversee the culinary program at Washington, D.C. Hotel Monaco, A Kimpton Hotel. A new restaurant concept is scheduled to debut in Fall 2016. Poste Moderne Brasserie, Hotel Monaco, 555 Eighth St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, no phone.
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