Maketto. Such a tease.
The seemingly forever-in-progress restaurant/market from Toki Underground's Erik Bruner-Yang and DURKL's Will Sharp has been on local "Most anticipated openings" lists for three years in a row. But there's finally an opening date: April 10, 2015, with a pre-party on April 4.
We've added that 2015 in the date because this is not the first time we've been told that Maketto will open in April.
In fact, there have been many overly optimistic predictions of Maketto's opening date over the past few years, many of which were our own.
June 4, 2012: "As of right now, it is hard to tell, but the goal is early next year." -- Erik Bruner-Yang in Eater
August 8, 2012: "[Maketto] is aiming for a Spring 2013 opening." -- Shilpi Paul, DC Urban Turf
March 25, 2013: "On the weekends, Bruner-Yang envisions a full dim-sum menu and a farmers market in the open-air space out back. He expects all this to happen in six months, too, although demolition just recently began." -- Tim Carman, The Washington Post
July 8, 2013: "Maketto, DURKL's Will Sharp and Bruner-Yang’s modern mixed-retail and restaurant marketplace located at 1351 H Street NE, is not set to open until late 2013." -- H Street Great Street
August 1, 2013: "Ever since Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang began previewing Maketto’s dishes at a pop-up at [the since-closed] Hanoi House, most diners have had the same three questions: “When is Maketto opening?” ... The first answer: Hopefully by the end of the year." -- Holley Simmons, Express
Oct. 10, 2013: "Early summer rains had delayed construction crews a "little bit" from the scheduled October debut ... Bruner-Yang is now hoping for a December launch." -- Tim Carman, The Washington Post
November 19, 2013: "Maketto—slated to open in Northeast DC’s Atlas District this winter—is a far more ambitious project." -- Washingtonian
December 17, 2013: Maketto makes Eater DC's list, "Here are the most anticipated winter openings."
Date unknown, DURKL "About" page: "Set to open in 2014, Maketto will house the first DURKL flagship store, a new restaurant by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, and the first flagship for local coffee roasters, Vigilante Coffee." -- DURKL
January 15, 2014: "Sharp talked to us last week about the progress on the space, which, to be frank, still doesn't look like much. (It was originally slated to open in February 2012, then October.) Two years later, we have a better idea of what's in store when the retail-meets-restaurant space does open, perhaps as soon as this spring." -- Lavanya Ramanathan, The Washington Post
June 4, 2014: "Brace yourselves for these hot summer openings ... It might be wishful thinking, as this restaurant has appeared on several anticipated openings list before this, but players are saying summer could happen for this project." -- Missy Frederick, Eater DC
August 19, 2014: "Get ready for a blockbuster fall with these anticipated restaurant openings ... The project is a long time coming...will it make it open by fall?" -- Missy Frederick, Eater DC
March 26, 2015: "D.C.'s most anticipated spring openings ... The project is a long time coming, but construction finally seems to have moved along." -- Missy Frederick, Eater DC
March 30, 2015: "The seemingly forever-in-progress restaurant/market from Toki Underground's Erik Bruner-Yang and DURKL's Will Sharp has been on local "Most anticipated openings" lists for three years in a row. But there's finally an opening date: April 10, 2015, with a pre-party on April 4." -- Maura Judkis, The Washington Post