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Dino's Grotto, Fishnet, Maco About to Open; A Monthlong Ode to Pork

By Rina Rapuano  |  May 5, 2014
Credit: Dino's Grotto

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- Dino’s Grotto - the second act for Dino owners Dean and Kay Gold, who owned the late Dino in Cleveland Park - is set to open in Shaw May 15. The casual neighborhood spot has room to serve 76 on its two levels, including a communal table for 10 and a 14-person bar on the lower level. Dean Gold will serve as chef, leaning heavily once again on his relationships with local, organic farms as well as sustainable fisheries and butchers. The menu will include small snacks, panini, antipasti and market-driven entrees (1914 Ninth St. NW; 202-686-2966).

- Eater DC reports that a DC version of College Park’s Fishnet seafood restaurant opens tonight at Progression Place (1819 Seventh St. NW).

- Macon Bistro & Larder plans to open Saturday in Chevy Chase, DC, offering “the classic bistro cuisine of Macon, France, and the southern hospitality and traditions of Macon, GA.” Chef-owner Tony Brown has hired chef de cuisine Michael Matis, who trained at such local kitchens as CityZen and the now shuttered Citronelle before heading to Miami. Dishes on the opening menu will include grilled mountain trout with pecan persillade, pork rillettes, boiled peanuts and raclette with fingerling potatoes. The "larder" part of the name means it will also sell prepared foods like caramels, pickles, biscuits and heat-and-eat entrees (5120 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-669-2115).

- Birch & Barley honors the pig throughout May starting with MayHam Charcuterie Boards available tomorrow through Sunday. Selections will include 1-year-old aged prosciutto, city ham and pork butter with freshly baked bread available at both Birch & Barley and ChurchKey. Chef Kyle Bailey will also source one 20-pound suckling pig per week for a dinner for four to six guests that includes four family-style courses with beer pairings and an after-dinner drink from the kitchen staff's private whiskey stash. The dinner costs $95 per person, excluding tax and tip. Reservations can be made for Tuesday through Saturday at the convenience of the group from by calling 202-567-2576.