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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.
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.
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 RichardChef Shuffle
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.
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.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.
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