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Chef José Andrés (Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, etc.) will open America Eats Tavern at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. The restaurant will offer a new interpretation of American classics and also recognize native ingredients. This dining concept started out as a year-long temporary restaurant in Washington, D.C., but the Virginia space is intended to be a permanent home. America Eats Tavern, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Corner Blvd., McLean, VA 22102, 703-506-4300.
City Tap House DC, a 180-seat, craft beer-centric American pub, is slated to open in late-November. Sixty different local, national and international beers available by the draft and bottle will be featured. Popular brews such as Allagash and Sierra Nevada will be offered, as will domestic and European craft selections such as Founders and Bosteels, along with local labels 3 Stars, DC Brau, and Mad Fox. For reservations or additional information, call 202-733-5333 or visit www.citytaphousedc.com. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. City Tap House DC, 901 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-733-5333 .
Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group is opening two more Shake Shack locations in the DC metro area, one at Union Station and the other in Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia. Both Shacks are slated to launch in mid-2014, which will increase the total number of area outposts to five. Known for its all-natural Angus burger, fresh frozen custard and craft beers, the burger brand has earned a cult-like following in the region. For more information, visit www.shakeshack.com. Shake Shack, 1216 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-683-9922.
Mike Isabella, a runner up on "Top Chef All-Stars," plans a summer 2014 opening for his Greek restaurant called Kapnos Taverna. It will mirror Kapnos, his DC restaurant. While some of the dishes from the original Kapnos will appear on the newcomer's menu, there will be noticeable differences, including the addition of weekday lunch, weekend brunch and happy hour selections. Expect the largest wine program in Isabella's family of restaurants, as well as up to ten cocktails on tap. Kapnos Taverna, 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203, no phone.
El Centro D.F. in Georgetown has a look similar to its 14th Street sibling, but with the addition of a 55-seat outdoor patio. House-infused tequilas and new dishes have debuted on the Georgetown menu, too. Guests can expect more than 270 different types of tequila and mezcal, handcrafted margaritas and classic Latin cocktails. Four variations of tableside-prepared guacamole include traditional, bacon, tuna tartar and spicy crab. Traditional Mexican braises, or cazuelas, served with warm tortillas, Mexican-style rice and creamy yogurt crema fresca are also available. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. El Centro D.F., 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-4100.
Named for Fabio Trabocchi's nine-year-old son Luca, Casa Luca pays tribute to Trabocchi's family heritage and his upbringing in the Le Marche region of Italy. Casa Luca features the traditional, authentic and affordable cooking of Le Marche families. Expect charcuterie and cheese selections, Le Marche flatbreads such as crescia and chichì, antipasti and salads del campo (from the fields), house-made pastas, and main courses such as roasted and grilled meats and fish. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Casa Luca, 1099 New York Ave., Washington, DC 20001, 202-628-2888.
Ashok Bajaj is opening NoPa Kitchen + Bar, a 160-seat American brasserie in the heart of Penn Quarter in the former home of Zola. The name represents the restaurant’s location just north of Pennsylvania Avenue. The executive chef is Greg McCarty, a graduate of The George Brown Chef School in Toronto, Canada. His culinary career started in the kitchen of Jean-Georges in New York City. He cooked under chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten for six years, progressing from line cook to executive sous chef of Dune in the Bahamas. He returned to Manhattan to open Nobu 57. NoPa’s bar has expansive windows that overlook 8th St. The adjacent lounge has raised banquette seating and there is also a communal table for six and accommodations for 14 along the lounge's windows. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. NoPa Kitchen + Bar, 800 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-347-4667.
Reunion Dinner at Bourbon SteakChef Shuffle
Bourbon Steak will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a reunion dinner on December 16, 2013. Chef Michael Mina will mark the occasion with a meal that will feature the chefs associated with the restaurant over the years: David Varley, Adam Sobel, Zachary Mills, Lincoln Carson and John Critchley, who is the current executive chef. A cocktail reception will start the evening at 7 p.m., leading to a six-course dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $165 per person or $250 per person including wine pairings, and excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations or more information, call Toni Jackson at 202-944-9173 or email BourbonSteak.WAS@fourseasons.com. Bourbon Steak, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-944-2026.
Eric McKamey has been appointed the new chef de cuisine at Masa 14. McKamey, whose menu will rely on seasonal ingredients from local farmers, will introduce Thai shrimp ceviche with coconut milk, serrano chiles, basil and mango, along with drunken adobo pork with long beans, cilantro, chayote squash and tequila for fall. Prior to joining Masa 14, McKamey was executive chef at The Curious Grape Wine, Dine & Shop in Arlington and worked as sous chef at PassionFish in Reston. He has also worked at The Oval Room, Central Michel Richard and CityZen. Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-328-1414.
Todd Wiss has been promoted to executive chef of Firefly. He takes over from Danny Bortnick. Firefly, Hotel Madera, 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-861-1310.Closings
After two years, Bistrot Le Zinc has shuttered. This French-influenced American eatery was located in upper Northwest DC. Bistrot Le Zinc, 3714 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC 20016, no phone.
Ri-Ra in Bethesda closed its doors in September 2013 after 10 years in business. In a message on the Irish pub's web site, Ri-Ra cited the expiration of its lease as the reason and announced that a new location will open in Georgetown. Ri-Ra, 4931 Elm St., Bethesda, MD 20814, no phone.
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