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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Fig & Olive opened a branch in Washington, D.C. Fig & Olive, the Mediterranean restaurant with several locations including New York and West Hollywood, opened a branch in Washington, D.C. The menu features shareable small plates (e.g. fig-Gorgonzola tartlet, zucchini carpaccio) and dinner entrées such as rosemary lamb chops served with goat cheese gnocchi and eggplant braised with thyme and honey. Fig & Olive, 934 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202-559-5004.
 
Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., 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. In addition, local chef José Andrés will launch his own eatery in the property, which is being developed within the historic Old Post Office building. 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.
 
Provision No. 14 has opened on 14th & V Streets in the space that formerly housed now-closed Diego. The culinary team is led by executive chef James Duke and chef de cuisine John Leavitt. Both chefs have worked extensively in several local, high-end restaurants, including 2941 Restaurant, 1789 Restaurant and Tallula. Their unusual menu features such dishes as the Filipino pork pata, made from a whole braised pork leg that is deep-fried and summer melon with Ibérico that are compressed and served on micro greens. Provision No. 14 is the first restaurant of Social Restaurant Group. Provision No. 14, 2100 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-827-4530.
 
Husband-wife partners Robb Duncan and Violetta have opened Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee, another artisanal gelato store in DC, this time in the new and very fashionable CityCenterDC. Besides presenting gelato, they plan to introduce a new way for patrons to enjoy coffee. A high-pressure nitrogen machine will infuse each cup with nitrogen to create a smooth iced coffee. The idea is that gelato plus these innovative high-tech, high-caffeinated cups of Joe will please customers who can lounge at the communal table or who duck into the private alcove near the entrance. A standing bar for guests is also provided. Open daily. Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee, CityCenterDC, 904 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-733-2879.
 

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News Bytes

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 www.thewatergatehotel.com. The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-827-1600.
 
doi moi Introduces Pan-Asian Weekend Brunch
Pan-Asian restaurant doi moi has launched a weekend brunch that features a mix of traditional and contemporary takes on Southeast Asian breakfast and lunch specialties. Executive chef/partner Haidar Karoum’s menu is showcasing such dishes as a Vietnamese sizzling crêpe (banh xeo), Thai three-egg omelet with spicy minced pork (moo jeaw gai sab) and a western Laotian soup with poached egg, pork belly and chili-garlic oil (khao tom kai). For a sweet option, guests can enjoy Vietnamese sesame seed beignets served with pandan pastry cream at the start or end of their meal. Bar director Adam Bernbach has created several brunch cocktails for the occasion, including a Southeast Asian take on the Bloody Mary and a coconut concoction made with passion fruit, oat whiskey and sparkling wine. doi moi, 1800 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-733-5131.
 

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.
 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Meskerem Ethiopian, one of Adams Morgan's hot spots for ethnic eats, has closed. Meskerem Ethiopian, 2434 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, no phone.
 

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