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December 2011 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The dining room at Fiola With great enthusiasm, DC's dining public welcomes back to town Fabio Trabocchi, who made famous the now-closed Maestro in The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. After a stint in NYC, Trabocchi returned to Washington to launch his own upscale Northern Italian restaurant, Fiola, where he creates the foods from his youth in Italy's Le Marche region. He even understands DC's work ethic, offering a businessman's three-course lunch. Fiola, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-628-2888.
 
For anyone looking for a low-cal substitute for fast-food chains, Litestars may be the answer. A local French cook has taken it upon herself to turn away from butter and all sorts of rich, creamy dishes to showcase a line of calorie-trimmed fare in this cafeteria-as-restaurant. Indeed, you can start your day with a light but healthful breakfast of oatmeal, muesli, yogurt and an egg white omelet tartlet, all accompanied by a "soupdrink" of blended fruits and vegetables. Lunch and dinner options also fall within the minimal fat and calories category: meat-filled tartlets, big salads, vegetable-fruit drinks. Litestars, 2101 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-293-0281.
 

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News Bytes

So Long, Lima
Latin-infused restaurant-bar-lounge Lima will change to a more Asian-influenced restaurant called Fujimori in 2012. Lima, 1401 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 208-789-2800.
 

Chef Shuffle
Chefs and longtime friends Brian McBride and Robert Wiedmaier are partnering for numerous ventures, including the opening of a restaurant in a year's time showcasing their joint culinary talents, with McBride running the kitchen. In the meantime, McBride will join his friend in overseeing the workings of Brasserie Beck and the Mussel Bar, helping to keep them true to their Belgian roots. McBride's own hearty but refined rustic cooking will enhance the comfortable, casual, old neighborhood feeling at both restaurants. Brasserie Beck, 1101 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-408-1717.
 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Washington D.C. to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. La Colline, R.I.P.

The fine French dining establishment 2941 Restaurant, under the eye of executive chef Bertrand Chemel, will close for two weeks in early January while management converts the restaurant to a more informal setting with a modern American menu with Mediterranean influences. Guests can look forward to a variety of choices, from sharable snacks to a selection of grilled entrées and house-made pastas. 2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-270-1500.
 

CULINARY EVENTS
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