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Named for the former Riggs Bank at its location, The Riggsby Fine Food + Drink is Michael Schlow’s second DC eatery, joining his 14th Street place, Tico. Making its home in The Carlyle hotel, The Riggsby features American favorites with some European spin. Lunch and supper meals include oysters to start, plus the Tavern burger with bacon jam, and in the evening more upscale entrées. Desserts might include that All-American favorite, strawberry shortcake. Schlow hired Philippe Reininger as executive chef, a man who has cooked at numerous high-end restaurants around the globe. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. The Riggsby Fine Food + Drink, The Carlyle, 1731 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-234-3200.
DC's popular Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has recently opened an outpost in Falls Church, letting hungry Virginians enjoy the combo of sweet, sticky doughnuts and crunchy fried chicken. Chicken comes as fingers, separate pieces, or placed in a sandwich of a savory doughnut or potato roll. Doughnut flavors range from maple glazed and crème brûlée to monthly faves such as Boston cream or Nutella turtle. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Idylwood Plaza, 7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043, 703-356-0800.
Texas Jacks Barbecue will open in Fall 2015 in Arlington. The architecture will reflect a vigorous Texas attitude, as will the barbecue menu itself. Look for smoked goods such as brisket, beef short ribs, pulled pork and various sausages and jerked goat. The restaurant will serve only dinner, but will later launch lunch and brunch service. Texas Jacks Barbecue, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, no phone.
L’Hommage Bistro Français’ menu will offer classic and traditional cooking representative of France. The restaurant will also showcase an on-site bakery where patrons can purchase freshly made breads and pastries. All this will develop under the watchful eye of executive chef Joshua Laban Perkins, who has cooked in such establishments as Brasserie Le Coze in Atlanta. An extensive collection of more than 200 French wines emphasizing all regions of the country will be available, along with 20 wines by the glass and eight on tap. L’Hommage Bistro Français, 450 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, no phone.
Northern Virginians, and plenty of others, are rejoicing in the opening of Clarity, a New American restaurant in Vienna. Why? Its chefs, partners in the now-defunct Inox restaurant in Tysons Corner, have reunited and combined their culinary skills. Jon Krinn (formerly the executive chef at 2941 Restaurant) and Jason Maddens have well-honed kitchen skills and creative ideas that spur them on to create such dishes as citrus-marinated shrimp and scallops and a pork blade chop with roasted beets. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Clarity, 442 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, VA 22180, 703-539-8400.
Reaching out to another segment of his fans, Mike Isabella is opening Pepita Cantina, a Mexican cantina that offers tacos, tortas and enchiladas. But the main focus of this dining experience is the exotic and often tropical drinks composed of rums, tequilas, mezcal, and the more familiar gins and vodkas. Beers include Mexican favorites --- Dos Equis, Negra Modelo and Corona Extra, among others --- plus there are a variety of Latin non-alcoholic beverages. Pepita Cantina, 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203, 703-312-0200.
Pennsylvania 6, located across from Franklin Park, will offer a regional American menu showcasing such dishes as a foie gras mousse with apple cider gelée; wild Burgundy snails; and lamb tenderloin roulade with Yukon Gold potato purée and arugula pesto. Its bar program will include classic cocktails such as the Grapes of Wrath, made from bourbon, grapefruit and brandied grapes. The restaurant’s high-end setting will evoke a modern supper club and bistro, with a dramatic 70-foot bar complete with Carrera marble and oak panels. Surrounding the bar will be a number of communal tables and a six-seat raw bar, plus booths and an elevated lounge. Pennsylvania 6, 1350 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, no phone.
The Royal brings to the LeDroit Park neighborhood casual food as well as a nighttime hot-spot with fresh fruit shaved ice cocktails and house-made vermouth on draft. The restaurant opens at 7 a.m. to offer breakfasts of high-end coffees and teas and typical morning fare, including freshly baked pastries and arepas stuffed with a fried egg. For the rest of the day, the menu focuses on heartier Latin treats, from empanadas to grilled squid and duck chicharron. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. The Royal, 501 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-332-7777.
One of America’s oldest restaurants, Tadich Grill, will open a branch downtown in the former TenPenh location. The DC version will not be a replica of the original outpost in San Francisco, but it will continue its tradition of serving seafood and meats grilled over mesquite. Executive chef Wil Going will create new menus daily. Initially offering dinner service only from Monday to Saturday, the restaurant plans to eventually introduce lunch. Tadich Grill, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-638-1849.
Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., which is being developed within the historic Old Post Office building and opening in 2016, will feature a restaurant from Geoffrey Zakarian called The National. It will be an American bistro and is slated to debut in mid-2016. The National, Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, No phone.
D.C. chef Eric Ziebold, formerly of CityZen, is opening two restaurants offering contemporary American cuisine in winter 2015. Kinship, designed by Darryl Carter, will be situated on the first floor of a historic building. An additional eatery below it will propose an intimate dining experience. Kinship, 1015 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, No phone.
Beloved Middle Eastern restaurant Neyla closed its doors in Georgetown, but relocated to Reston, to the site of the former Paolo’s facing the main square and water fountain. Brighter, airier and much more modern than its predecessor, this swanky version is both bistro and bar with a focus on Mediterranean foods. Expect creamy baba ghanouj with charred eggplant; shwarma sandwiches and assorted salads; and spit-roasted lamb shoulder atop green wheat pilaf. A handful of specialty cocktails and a few select white and red wines are set to accompany any meal. Lunch & Dinner daily. NEYLA Mediterranean Bistro, Reston Town Center, 11898 Market St., Reston, VA 20190, 703-318-8920.

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The Source Undergoes Facelift
The Source by Wolfgang Puck has reopened after a quick redesign of its two-level space. Executive chef Scott Drewno has also redesigned the menu, and it includes an emphasis on the Chinese hot-pot style of cooking. An open wok station and new seating are among additions to the restaurant. Expect a roving tableside soup cart as well as the option to settle in at a hot-pot table where you can taste a series of self-cooked dishes. The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Newseum, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-637-6100.
Adams Morgan Restaurant Offers Revised Menu
Longtime Adams Morgan eatery L'Enfant Café & Bar has introduced a revised menu and happy hour specials. The owners have tapped chef Travis Hearne to run the kitchen as well as to help set up the opening of their second restaurant around the corner. Named for Pierre L’Enfant, whose DC fame is captured in the city’s L’Enfant Plaza, the restaurant features numerous French dishes and wines, including such familiar items as tuna niçoise and steak frites. Indeed, the owners note that they classify the restaurant as a French café, small, intimate, and focused on fine dining. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. L'Enfant Café & Bar, 2000 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-319-1800.
Communal Brunch Now Open
Newcomer to DC and the U Street Corridor, Provision No. 14 is all about shared dishes and interesting small plates. The restaurant has launched weekend brunch, at which patrons can indulge in fried chicken and funnel cakes, steak Benedict, and for the single diner, a biscuit stuffed with breakfast sausages and eggs. The chef has even introduced a braised suckling pig leg hung to dry and then deep-fried. Brunch guests can also sip on cocktails, including three variations of mimosas and two different Bloody Marys.
José Andrés Restaurant for the Big Apple
Super Spanish chef José Andrés, who has been largely based in Washington, D.C., is bringing a version of his restaurant The Bazaar to New York City. The venture will be located in the Philippe Starck-designed SLS New York hotel (444 Park Ave.) and is scheduled to open in summer 2016. José Andrés, SLS New York, 444 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
The Watergate Hotel will include a swanky whiskey bar The Watergate Hotel to Include New Imbibing Options
When The Watergate Hotel re-opens after renovations, it will include a swanky whiskey bar off the lobby as well as a rooftop bar called The Top of the Gate. For more information, visit The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-827-1600.

Chef Shuffle
Jonathan Dearden is chef at Ardeo+Bardeo, taking over from Matt Kuhn. Ardeo+Bardeo, 3311 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008, 202-244-6750.


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