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June 2014 Archive

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Openings

Mixologists and brothers Ari and Micah Wilder, with partners Armin Amin and Adrian Williams, plan a July opening for their new cocktail bar. They selected the name “Chaplin” as a way to honor Charlie Chaplin, the British actor and comedian of the silent films era. Cocktails will be influenced by the entertainer’s films and will include the Gold Rush with Champagne, Amaro Montenegro, peach liqueur, peach bitters and golden flake. As for the menu, the partners are still deciding on a theme and a chef to hire. Chaplin Cocktail Bar, 1501 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, no phone.
 
DC’s newest Thai eatery, Soi 38, is the go-to place for underground Thai night-market eats. To help celebrate summer in the District, owners Nat Ongsangkoon and Dia Khanthongthip are launching the “Summer Sling’back” happy hour that features a 50-percent discount on their signature Singapore Sling cocktails, draft beers, and various small plates. The program lets patrons enjoy such dishes as coconut-marinated pork belly with spicy lime sauce; green chilies stuffed with minced shrimp and chicken; and slow-roasted duck wrapped in a soft roti shell. Happy hour runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Lunch & Dinner daily. Soi 38, 2101 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-558-9215.
 
Pepita, a Mexican cantina from DC chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella, is scheduled to open in early 2015 in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood. It will be a casual, neighborhood bar and restaurant adorned with plant life and wood finishes. The dining room will be connected to a small patio, and customers sitting outdoors will be able to order drinks from the bar through open service windows. Guests can expect items like tacos, soups, salads, tortas, ceviches and house-made salsa and guacamole as daily staples, and specials like caja china-roasted suckling pig. The drink program will include a wide variety of tequila and mezcal, margaritas (frozen or on the rocks) and hot or frozen Mexican coffee (available with an added shot of tequila). Pepita, 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203, no phone.
 
Chef Michael Schlow has opened Tico in the Louis Project. Schlow debuted the first Tico in Boston in 2011. It is an American establishment that is influenced by the chef’s travels to Spain, Mexico and Latin America. On offer are ceviches, tacos, small plates, a la plancha selections and family-style entrées. Formerly executive chef of the Boston outpost, George Rodrigues oversees the kitchen in Washington. Tico, Louis Project, 1926 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-319-1400.
 
Chef Jose Andres opened America Eats Tavern at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner Chef José Andrés (Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, etc.) has opened America Eats Tavern at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. The restaurant offers a new interpretation of American classics and also recognizes 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, 703-744-3999.
 

News Bytes

Lupo Verde Serves Brunch
Lupo Verde now offers brunch, with a rustic Italian menu that includes an assortment of antipasti, such as the insalata di pomodoro of frisella bread, fresh tomatoes, red onions and red peppers; and Italian french toast made with Italian brioche, pear jam and mixed nuts. For mains, patrons will find poached eggs in San Marzano tomato sauce; grilled sirloin steak with two eggs any style; and crêpes either with cheese or Nutella. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekend. Lupo Verde, 1401 T St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-827-4752.
 
Copperwood Tavern Celebrates Canines
Copperwood Tavern is celebrating canines monthly with a Dog of the Month “Wall of Fame.” Patrons who want to show off their dogs can enter their picture into a restaurant contest by emailing a photo to info@copperwoodtavern.com. Accompanying the photo must be the dog’s facts: name, birthday, breed, and several words why this dog should be the pick of the month. A dog is eligible to win the title only once and must be a resident of Arlington County or the local DC area to pick up the prize at Copperwood Tavern. What the winner earns is a customized dog basket from the restaurant’s sponsor, Dogma Bakery; a $50 gift card for Copperwood Tavern; a restaurant bandana; a shout-out on social media; and the framed dog photo hung in a place of honor in the restaurant. Copperwood Tavern, Shirlington Village, 4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206, 703-552-8010.
 

Chef Shuffle
Joe Palma has been tapped as the new executive chef of Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. Palma has worked as executive chef at High Cotton in Charleston, South Carolina, and also extensively in Washington, where he was chef de cuisine at Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert. Prior to that, Palma reinforced his fine dining experience with Yannick Cam at Le Paradou, and Michel Richard at Citronelle. Bourbon Steak, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-944-2026.
 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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