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A new Ted's Bulletin opened in Reston Town Center. People familiar with Ted’s Bulletin in DC will appreciate the dining room with its vintage feel, thanks to the use of skylights and old-time fixtures. The dining room seats 151 and has a semi-private meeting room ideal for business meetings, while the bar provides plenty of standing room. As for the menu executed by Jacob Hunter, patrons can look forward to hearty American comfort food, from overloaded breakfast burritos to buttermilk country-fried steak at other meals. Pastry chef Kelsey Pitta oversees the bakery program, which produces the same offerings as the DC location along with seasonal pies and pastries. Ted's Bulletin, 11948 Market St., Reston, VA 20190, 703-956-9510.
Recently opened City Tap House, located near the new CityCenter, offers patrons American pub fare plus an immense beer list. More than 40 beer lines and two beer engines will let City Tap House feature over 60 different local, domestic and European craft beers available by the draft and bottle. Seasonal and special edition releases will also be options during the year. As for the food, chef Scott Swiderski has fashioned a menu that stars such contemporary favorites as brick-oven pizzas, mussels, unusual salads and hefty sandwiches that might feature lobster, short ribs or pork. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. City Tap House, 901 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-733-5333.
Coming to Georgetown in early 2014, Pinstripes will offer patrons everything from bocce courts to Italian-American food in a picturesque setting. In addition, patrons can take advantage of a fully stocked wine cellar, bowling alleys, an outdoor patio with a fireplace, and private space for parties. Pinstripes, The Shops at Georgetown Park, 3222 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-625-6500.
GRK Fresh Greek will open a location in Washington, D.C., joining the original GRK Fresh Greek in New York. The restaurant offers a quick-service approach to Greek cuisine with a focus on high-quality ingredients. The menu keeps things simple with a few salads (Greek, lentil or garden salad), sides (potato chips, brown rice with herbs) and "yeeros" made from locally sourced meat. These are not your average gyros --- hence the creative spelling. Choose from chicken, pork or lamb and beef wrapped in a house-baked pita or served on a plate with a side. GRK Fresh Greek, 1140 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, no phone.

News Bytes

Zaytinya Features Upcoming Greek Festival
Greek cookbook author Aglaia Kremezi will be the special guest of José Andrés and his culinary team at Zaytinya from January 22-31. During her stay, she and Zaytinya’s chef Michael Costa will offer special lunch and dinner dishes inspired by the traditional Choirosphagia, an ancient tradition on the Kea and Cycladic islands, celebrating the butchering of an entire pig. Kremezi and Costa will also team up to teach a cooking class on Tuesday, January 28, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., priced at $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity but including food and beverage. Zaytinya, Edison Place, 701 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-638-0800.
New Menu at Bistro Vivant
Bistro Vivant has introduced a new menu with bistro dishes such as crispy duck confit, hanger steak and frites, and steamed mussels.  Bistro Vivant, 1394 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101, 703-356-1700.

Chef Shuffle
Katie Busch has been appointed chef de cuisine at Bistro Vivant, which offers a seasonally driven, authentic French menu. Busch most recently worked as executive chef at Hospoda, a Czech restaurant in New York. Bistro Vivant, 1394 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101, 703-356-1700.
Ovvio Osteria in Merrifield has hired executive chef Giovanni Carlo, who will reform the menu to reflect his Italian heritage. He will leave the pizzas and other popular dishes such as the wild mushroom risotto and pasta Bolognese on the menu, and will introduce braised pork shank and grilled branzino. The Italian-born chef has worked internationally and came to the United States to work for Roberto Donna at the closed Galileo in DC. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sun. Ovvio Osteria, Halstead Square, 2727 Merrilee Dr., Merrifield, VA 22031, 703-573-2161.
Trummer's on Main has appointed Reggie Abalos as its new executive pastry chef. Chef Abalos cooked in the metro area for over six years, at Poste Moderne Brasserie, Table, Citronelle and Galileo. In his new position, he plans to blend savory and sweet, balancing a contemporary approach with traditional techniques. Abalos will enhance the restaurant’s commitment to local sourcing and feature seasonal products. Look for such goodies as a chestnut cake with chestnut purée and his own house-made gelatos. Trummer’s on Main, 7134 Main St., Clifton, VA 20124, 703-266-1623.


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