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January 2015 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Bistrot Royal has opened in Alexandria, taking over the space once home to its sister restaurant Bastille. With a thoughtfully updated décor, the newcomer invites locals to drop by for an espresso or even a bowl of steaming mussels. Chef Michelle Poteaux, co-owner with her husband Christophe, will also prepare such desserts as vanilla bean crème brûlée and profiteroles au chocolat. Lunch Tues.-Sat., Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sun. Bistrot Royal, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-519-9110.
 
Tadich Grill, one of America’s oldest restaurants based in San Francisco, is opening a location in downtown DC on Pennsylvania Avenue in the early months of 2015. True to its traditional menus, the restaurant will feature seafood and meats grilled over mesquite. All menu items will be prepared from scratch and the menu itself will be printed fresh daily. In its first few weeks of operation, Tadich Grill will offer dinners only from Monday to Saturday, but will start lunch service shortly thereafter. Tadich Grill, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, no phone.
 
Good news for Northern Virginians: On February 5, DC restaurant group Founding Farmers will open its first location in Virginia at Tysons II in the McLean area. The Tysons restaurant will offer full-service breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Menus will contain favorite dishes from other Founding Farmers restaurants in the area, plus some very Virginia-specific selections, with products and ingredients sourced from Virginia farmers and producers. So patrons should look for Virginia honey-glazed hams, house-churned butters, Southern biscuits, and other unique menu items. Founding Farmers Tysons, Tysons II, 1800 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA 22102, 703-442-8783.
 
New Glover Park restaurant Arcuri is noted for its limoncello, a liqueur that’s made on the premises and consists traditionally of lemon peels, sugar and grain alcohol. Arcuri’s team is set on inventing new flavors by using a variety of fruits, spices and sugar. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Arcuri, 2400 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-827-8745.
 

News Bytes

Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Returns January 19-25
More than 200 restaurants in the metropolitan area will participate in the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week January 19-25, 2015. The bi-annual promotion features three-course fixed-price lunch and dinner menus at the region's top tables, priced at $20.15 (lunch) and $35.15 (dinner). For the full list of participating restaurants and reservations, visit www.ramw.org/restaurantweek
 

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
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.

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