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Walrus Oyster and Ale House Sets Opening Date, Pinstripes Announces New Chef

By Rina Rapuano  |  July 8, 2014
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- The Walrus Oyster and Ale House has announced an opening date of July 31, when the collaboration between Star Restaurant Group and culinary adviser Bob Kinkead of Campono will start serving, well, oysters and ale. The National Harbor space will encompass 6,700 square feet and offer seats for 150. There will be “oversized” frozen drinks, 14 beers on tap and a deck with room for 75 (152 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD; 301-567-6100).

- Pinstripes, the Georgetown restaurant and bowling alley, has a new executive chef with a pedigree. Chef Ryan Ross, who formerly served as chef de partie at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery in Las Vegas and locally at The Majestic in Old Town, has created a chef’s garden on the canal patio to provide produce and herbs for the kitchen. “Not only is the garden a beautiful addition to Wisconsin Avenue, but it will provide Pinstripes with seasonal, peak-flavor produce that will further enhance our from-scratch menu offerings,” says Ross.

-  Daikaya executive chef Katsuya Fukushima has teamed with 3 Stars Brewing Co. to create The Sansho Panza, a saison-style beer that incorporates yuzu and sansho pepper. The fusion brew will debut at Daikaya’s upstairs izakaya on Thursday for $9 a serving. This will be the first of many joint efforts between the local brewery and the Chinatown hot spot (705 Sixth St. NW; 202-589-1600).

- Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop announced plans to open its second DC-area location in Rosslyn July 29. The Wilmington, DE, import was widely reported to be a favorite of Vice President Joe Biden when the shop at 18th and M streets NW opened last November. Local franchisee George Vincent Jr. plans to open a dozen of the sandwich shops in the next two years. The Rosslyn storefront will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 AM-9 PM and Sunday 11 AM-7 PM (1500 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-465-2277).