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Opening its second Arlington location, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, founded in Florida, is a fast-casual eatery that focuses on fare such as grilled meats, spicy salsas and bulging burritos. Also look for it on Joyce Street in the Pentagon Row shopping mall; its third location in the DC area will be in Columbia Heights sometime this summer. Lunch & Dinner daily. Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, 2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, 703-294-6040.
District Taco has opened a D.C. branch, serving breakfast tacos all day. Meanwhile, the lunch and dinner menus feature items such as nachos, quesadillas, shrimp ceviche and tacos and burritos that can be stuffed with your choice of protein (carnitas, carne asada, pollo asada, al pastor, etc.). District Taco, 1309 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004, 202-412-2516.
The Pig has opened in Logan Circle. The menu features many variations on pork, including charcuterie plates, pig ramen, Carolina smoked barbecue pulled pork with macaroni and cheese, salad with crispy pigs' ears and marrow vinaigrette, and boar merguez sausage with eggplant confit and herb yogurt. "Less Pig" options range from grilled octopus with a potato fritter and romesco to garlic roast hen with greens and mushroom-giblet gravy. The Pig, 1320 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005, 202-290-2821.
Chef Mike Isabella (Graffiato by Mike Isabella) will debut his second Washington, DC restaurant on May 24, 2012. Bandolero in Georgetown will feature modern Mexican small plates with menu items such as suckling pig taco with apple and habanero mustard, lamb sopes, and a "fish stick taco" made with mahi mahi battered with crushed tortilla chips. The two-level space draws inspiration from the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead for its black walls, mismatched furniture and accents of animal skulls. Bandolero, 3241 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007, 202-625-4488.

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Patio Aplenty at 901 Restaurant & Bar
In DC's Penn Quarter neighborhood, 901 Restaurant & Bar has opened the city's largest outdoor seating area, with more than 800 square feet of space and 55 seats. It beckons patrons to enjoy the restaurant's modern American cuisine with Asian overtones. Dishes come in two sizes, letting diners sample many different items to enjoy alone or to share with friends. In addition to the all-day sharing menu, general manager Kelvin Nwosu announced the addition of two daily happy hours to the lineup of offerings on the patio. You can request patio-seating reservations, but these cannot be guaranteed, as space is limited. 901 Restaurant & Bar, 901 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-524-4433.
Blue Duck Tavern has introduced a new breakfast menu New Breakfast Menu at Blue Duck Tavern
Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt Washington D.C. has introduced a new breakfast menu with Southern-inspired dishes like eggs Benedict with pork belly and sauce choron; short rib hash with olive oil poached eggs and horseradish sauce; and fried chicken liver with sweet rella relish, fried eggs and smoked gouda grits. Other options include pastries, housemade hot biscuits and gravy, blueberry stacked pancakes, and brioche bread pudding cinnamon french toast with sour cherry butter. Breakfast is served at Blue Duck Tavern Monday through Sunday from 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Blue Duck Tavern, Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-419-6755.

Chef Shuffle
Jon Mathieson, formerly of Michel Richard's shuttered Michel restaurant, is now executive chef at BLT Steak. He replaces Victor Albisu. BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202-689-8999.


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.

Zola Wine & Kitchen, the wine shop combined with a chef's test kitchen, is closing its doors. Zola Wine & Kitchen, 505 9th St. NW, Washington, DC, DC 20004, no phone.
Georgetown restaurant Farmers & Fishers will re-open as Farmers, Fishers & Bakers, a different dining concept. Farmers & Fishers, Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, no phone.

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