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September 2013 Archive

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Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group is opening two more Shake Shack locations in the DC metro area, one at Union Station and the other in Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia. Both Shacks are slated to launch in mid-2014, which will increase the total number of area outposts to five. Known for its all-natural Angus burger, fresh frozen custard and craft beers, the burger brand has earned a cult-like following in the region. For more information, visit Shake Shack, 1216 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-683-9922.
Mike Isabella, a runner up on "Top Chef All-Stars," plans a summer 2014 opening for his Greek restaurant called Kapnos Taverna. It will mirror Kapnos, his DC restaurant. While some of the dishes from the original Kapnos will appear on the newcomer's menu, there will be noticeable differences, including the addition of weekday lunch, weekend brunch and happy hour selections. Expect the largest wine program in Isabella's family of restaurants, as well as up to ten cocktails on tap. Kapnos Taverna, 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203, no phone.
El Centro D.F. in Georgetown has a look similar to its 14th Street sibling, but with the addition of a 55-seat outdoor patio. House-infused tequilas and new dishes have debuted on the Georgetown menu, too. Guests can expect more than 270 different types of tequila and mezcal, handcrafted margaritas and classic Latin cocktails. Four variations of tableside-prepared guacamole include traditional, bacon, tuna tartar and spicy crab. Traditional Mexican braises, or cazuelas, served with warm tortillas, Mexican-style rice and creamy yogurt crema fresca are also available. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun. El Centro D.F., 1218 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-4100.

News Bytes

James Beard Foundation's (JBF) Taste America Local Dish Challenge
Zengo DC has joined more than 100 other restaurants in the James Beard Foundation's (JBF) Taste America Local Dish Challenge. Come to the restaurant from September 21-October 19, order the Taste America Local Dish, take a snapshot of the dish, and post the picture to Instagram with #JBFTasteamerica with the hashtag of your city. The more often you dine at Zengo (or any of the other restaurants in cities posted on the James Beard website), the greater are the chances that your city will win up to $10K to support a local food charity. Zengo, 781 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-393-2929.
Thanksgiving at Blue Duck Tavern
Park Hyatt Washington DC and Blue Duck Tavern have Thanksgiving all planned out, with a three-course "brunch into dinner" service from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Starters will include seasonal salads, breads, meats and cheese followed by such entrées as wood oven-roasted Maine scallops; apple cider-glazed roasted turkey; slow-roasted rib-eye of beef with béarnaise sauce; and Muscovy duck breast with confit leg. Seasonal desserts conclude the meal. Cost: $95 per person for adults, $42 for children six years and older. To make reservations, call 202-419-6755. Blue Duck Tavern, Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-419-6755.
Special Menus at Zaytinya September 13-23
As part of ATA-DC's Turkish Cuisine and Restaurant Week, Zaytinya will offer a special three-course lunch and four-course dinner menu. For $18 at lunch and $30 at dinner (excluding drinks, tax and gratuity), guests can enjoy the traditional flavors of Turkish cooking during the weeklong event. Zaytinya requests that the entire table participate in the experience. Zaytinya, Edison Place, 701 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-638-0800.

Chef Shuffle
Eric McKamey has been appointed the new chef de cuisine at Masa 14. McKamey, whose menu will rely on seasonal ingredients from local farmers, will introduce Thai shrimp ceviche with coconut milk, serrano chiles, basil and mango, along with drunken adobo pork with long beans, cilantro, chayote squash and tequila for fall. Prior to joining Masa 14, McKamey was executive chef at The Curious Grape Wine, Dine & Shop in Arlington and worked as sous chef at PassionFish in Reston. He has also worked at The Oval Room, Central Michel Richard and CityZen. Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-328-1414.
Todd Wiss has been promoted to executive chef of Firefly. He takes over from Danny Bortnick. Firefly, Hotel Madera, 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-861-1310.


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.

After two years, Bistrot Le Zinc has shuttered. This French-influenced American eatery was located in upper Northwest DC. Bistrot Le Zinc, 3714 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC 20016, no phone.
Ri-Ra in Bethesda closed its doors in September 2013 after 10 years in business. In a message on the Irish pub's web site, Ri-Ra cited the expiration of its lease as the reason and announced that a new location will open in Georgetown. Ri-Ra, 4931 Elm St., Bethesda, MD 20814, no phone.

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