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Opening this week: Béarnaise, Casa Luca, Kapnos

There's a good reason to stay in town this weekend: Three of the summer's most eagerly anticipated restaurant openings are happening with days of each other, bookending the Fourth of July. Want to be the first to check out Béarnaise, Casa Luca and Kapnos? Here's what you need to know.

Béarnaise
313 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Opens: July 3
Celebrity chef: Spike Mendelsohn, owner of We, The Pizza and the Good Stuff Eatery, and former "Top Chef" contestant.
What to expect: A classic steak frites bistro that aims to give Le Diplomate a run for its money. Order your cut of meat -- a house steak, a ribeye or a filet mignon -- and you'll get unlimited frites for the evening. All of the wines are priced at $40 a bottle. Washington Post contributor Nevin Martell got an early look:

 

 

Casa Luca
1099 New York Ave. NW, entrance on 11th Street
Opens:
July 5
Celebrity chef: Fiola's Fabio Trabocchi, the 2006 James Beard winner for best chef in the mid-Atlantic. This isn't his only project for the summer: He's also opening Fiola Mare near the Georgetown waterfront.
What to expect: Trabocchi aims for Casa Luca to be a place where his Fiola customers can take their families -- he even named the restaurant after his 9-year-old son. Patrons can get house-made pastas, roasted and grilled meats, and plenty of vegetables, but without any fussiness. You'll also find rotating daily specials, and wine on tap. Take a look:

 

Kapnos
2201 14th St. NW
Opens: July 5
Celebrity chef: Mike Isabella, a "Top Chef" contender, who also presides over Graffiato, Bandolero and the soon-to-open G, around the corner from Kapnos.
What to expect: Though Isabella's Italian fare has won him many fans, the restaurant is a nod to the chef's former gig as the executive chef at Zaytinya. Guests can sample traditional mezze alongside spit-roasted lambs, pigs and chickens. A chef's tasting menu will give guests a sampling of many of the dishes. Photos, by Greg Powers, are below.

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.
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