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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Once again, José Andrés brings to center stage in DC a unique dining experience. This time, it comes with the opening of his China Chilcano. The name may not suggest the type of cuisine offered, which is a combination of Chinese, Peruvian and Japanese flavors and dishes, native to Peru. Andrés has composed a distinctive menu for the ultra-contemporary Penn Quarter newcomer. Check out the drinks list that ranges from standard wines to assorted Peruvian liquors and piscos to Peruvian beers. Lunch & Dinner daily. China Chilcano, 418 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-783-0941.
 
Good news for Northern Virginians: Founding Farmers opened its first location in Virginia at Tysons II in the McLean area. The Tysons restaurant offers full-service breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Menus contain favorite dishes from other Founding Farmers restaurants in the area, plus some very Virginia-specific selections, with products and ingredients sourced from Virginia farmers and producers. So patrons should look for Virginia honey-glazed hams, house-churned butters, Southern biscuits, and other unique menu items. Founding Farmers Tysons, Tysons II, 1800 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA 22102, 703-442-8783.
 
Bistrot Royal has opened in Alexandria, taking over the space once home to its sister restaurant Bastille. With a thoughtfully updated décor, the newcomer invites locals to drop by for an espresso or even a bowl of steaming mussels. Chef Michelle Poteaux, co-owner with her husband Christophe, will also prepare such desserts as vanilla bean crème brûlée and profiteroles au chocolat. Lunch Tues.-Sat., Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sun. Bistrot Royal, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-9110.
 
Tadich Grill, one of America’s oldest restaurants based in San Francisco, is opening a location in downtown DC on Pennsylvania Avenue in the early months of 2015. True to its traditional menus, the restaurant will feature seafood and meats grilled over mesquite. All menu items will be prepared from scratch and the menu itself will be printed fresh daily. In its first few weeks of operation, Tadich Grill will offer dinners only from Monday to Saturday, but will start lunch service shortly thereafter. Tadich Grill, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, no phone.
 
New Glover Park restaurant Arcuri is noted for its limoncello, a liqueur that’s made on the premises and consists traditionally of lemon peels, sugar and grain alcohol. Arcuri’s team is set on inventing new flavors by using a variety of fruits, spices and sugar. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Arcuri, 2400 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-827-8745.
 
After closing her popular Bangkok Joe's contemporary Thai eatery, chef Aulie Bunyarataphan has reopened the site with another Southeast Asian-focused venue, named after her grandmother. At Mama Rouge Southeast Asian Bistro, the chef has tempered the traditional heat to appeal to modern American palates, but has still retained the flavors and regional influences that have popularized the cuisines of Southeast Asia. Look for a mix of Burmese, Thai, Chinese and even French flavors in the dishes. Mama Rouge Southeast Asian Bistro, The Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-4422.
 
Good news for Ben’s Chili Bowl fans: its newest location has opened at the B/C terminal of Reagan National Airport. The eatery has fed countless Washingtonians and visitors to the District for more than 55 years, and it has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Oprah and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Ben's Chili Bowl, Reagan National Airport, B/C Terminal, Arlington, VA 22202, no phone.
 

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News Bytes

Meat-eaters, Rejoice!
Chef Michael Abt of Le Diplomate is bringing back an old favorite for meat-eaters: prime rib. But his meat will be a premium, USDA-certified Black Angus beef that will be seasoned with salt, rubbed with olive oil, and dry-rubbed with herbes de Provence. After curing for 24 hours, the cut of beef will be slow-roasted at 200 degrees, then rested for 30 minutes before it is hot-roasted to reach the rare/medium-rare internal doneness. When plated, the portion comes with a beef jus made with red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and finely puréed cooked potatoes. Le Diplomate, 1601 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-332-3333.
 
Roast chicken and frites from the Frites Grill menu at Mimi’s Cafe Frites Grill Menu at Mimi's Cafe
Chef Katie Sutton, the head of the culinary team at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants, spent two months in France perfecting her version of the French frite that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The results can now be found on the Frites Grill menu, offering steak frites, grilled salmon & frites, grilled chicken & frites, mussels & frites, and roasted chicken & frites. For more information and locations, visit www.mimiscafe.com
 

Chef Shuffle
Chef Will Artley, who has cooked at some of DC’s finest restaurants and was most recently the chef at Pizzeria Orso in Virginia, has taken over the reins of power steakhouse BLT Steak. Artley has also competed on Food Network's “Chopped.” BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202-689-8999.
 
Following the recent departure of chef Nicholas Stefanelli from Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, Jake Addeo takes over the kitchen of this popular Italian restaurant. Addeo has 16 years of restaurant experience, including working in both New York City at Abboccato Italian Kitchen and Felidia before moving to Hong Kong. There he served as executive chef at Trattoria Doppio Zero for three years. He was also executive chef of BLT Steak in Hong Kong. Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, 1100 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-216-9550.
 

Closings

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CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC closed December 6 CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC closed December 6, 2014. Hotel management reports that a new restaurant concept will take the CityZen space in the future. CityZen chef Eric Ziebold is striking out on his own with a new restaurant opening near the Mount Vernon Triangle in DC. CityZen, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024, 202-787-6148.
 

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