2014 Preview: A Look at What’s Coming Soon

By Rina Rapuano  |  January 2, 2014
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If you had trouble keeping track of the dizzying number of 2013 restaurant openings, just wait until you hear what restaurateurs and chefs have in store for you in 2014. Here are 10 spots you can look forward to trying in the next few months - two of which are from DC's indomitable Spanish chef, José Andrés. And if the openings keep up at this pace, it should prove to be another exciting year for Washington's dining scene.

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    China Chilcano

    News broke in October that José Andrés would open a new place in Penn Quarter tentatively called China Chilcano. The Peruvian-Chinese mash-up is slated to open this spring on the same block as Jaleo and will highlight the Chifa cuisine of Peru, serving dishes like fried rice, dumplings and ceviches.

    418 Seventh St. NW

  • Fiola Mare

    Chef Fabio Trabocchi is expected to open the much-anticipated Fiola Mare at the Washington Harbour in Georgetown early February. The chef-owner of Fiola and Casa Luca plans to serve the freshest fish - simply prepared and with a side order of river views. 

    3050 K St. NW; 202-628-2888

  • Roofer’s Union

    The folks behind Cleveland Park’s well-loved Ripple are moving quickly to open a new spot in the former Reef building in Adams Morgan. As we reported, chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley will prepare housemade sausages and thoughtful bar snacks starting in January, when Roofer's Union expects to open its doors.

    2446 18th St. NW; 202-232-7663

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    Lupo Verde

    DC can’t seem to get enough of Italian food - perhaps because our survey revealed it to be our favorite cuisine? And it’s a good thing, because there’s plenty of it on the way - including the mid-January opening of Lupo Verde at 14th and T streets NW.

    1401 T St. NW; 202-488-0897

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    Toro Toro

    Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval is dipping into the DC market yet again with this contemporary Pan-Latin steakhouse concept slated to open this spring. Based on the Dubai original, the South and Central American shared plates will include arepas and ceviches, and parties can request tableside meat carving.

    1300 I St. NW

  • Flight Wine Bar

    Co-owners Swati Bose and Kabir Amir put their stamp on the wine-bar concept starting mid-January in Chinatown with the opening of Flight. The restaurant will feature more than 30 wines by the glass and the cooking of chef Bradley Curtis, who has cooked at beloved DC spots like Zaytinya and Graffiato.

    777 Sixth St. NW

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    America Eats Tavern

    The food world was abuzz last summer when it was announced that José Andrés would reopen his temporary ode to America on a more permanent basis in the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton in November. That date wasn’t meant to be, but judging by this note on Facebook, 2013’s loss is 2014’s gain: “Good things take time - now scheduled to reopen in Tysons Spring 2014.”

    1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA; 703-506-4300

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    Grilled cheese is finally getting its due in February with this entire restaurant wrapped around an homage to the homey sandwich. But it’s not just a gimmick at GCDC - cheesemonger Sophie Slesinger, who was named as one of Zagat New York's 30 under 30 rising food professionals earlier this year, has been tapped to run the cheese program.

    1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-393-4232

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    Red Apron Butcher/Parts & Labor

    This long-awaited project by chef Nathan Anda and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group will be a combination sustainable butcher shop, breakfast and lunch spot, commissary and charcuterie seller - and we're hoping it hits its latest target opening date of February. Sandwiches that have gained a following at Red Apron's Merrifield and Union Market locations - like the porkstrami, meatball and burger - will be served here as well. Parts & Labor, the adjacent (and predictably meat-heavy) restaurant and bar helmed by chef Ed Witt, is expected to open soon after. 

    709 D St. NW

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    Chef Frederik De Pue has retooled the now-shuttered Azur and expects to reopen mid-January as Menu, a market, bistro bar and restaurant spread out among three levels of the massive Penn Quarter space. De Pue, who also owns Table in Shaw, will serve lunch and dinner daily on the top floor of this new concept, which will highlight European country cooking.

    405 Eighth St. NW; 202-347-7491