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We can’t wait for these D.C.-area restaurants to open in 2016

In 2015, Washington had so many restaurant openings that it left our heads -- and stomachs -- spinning. Looking ahead to 2016, we see no signs of a slowdown. Here are some of the debuts we're particularly looking forward to.

All Purpose

Projected opening date: March.

Chef Michael Friedman is pulling inspiration from the New Jersey pizza joints of his youth for his new Shaw restaurant. This is Friedman's second venture with partners Michael O'Malley and Sebastian Zutant, the first, of course, being Bloomingdale's popular Red Hen. (Gareth Croke and Colin McDonough, co-owners of Boundary Stone, are also part of the new project.) At All Purpose, expect "straightforward Roman" cuisine mixed with Italian American classics. 1250 Ninth St. NW.

[Red Hen's Michael Friedman is opening a pizza-focused restaurant]

Bantam King

Projected opening date: Early spring.

Chicken ramen is the name of the game at this venture from the team behind Daikaya. Partners Daisuke Utagawa and chef Katsuya Fukushima were in Japan researching ideas for their second ramen shop (also debuting next year, in Shaw) when they decided they, along with Yama Jewayni, needed to open another new spot -- which will serve Japanese fried chicken, too. 700 Fifth St. NW.

[Daikaya to double its presence in Chinatown with Bantam King, a chicken ramen spot]

Buttercream Bakeshop

Projected opening date: March.

This will be pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac's first solo venture (and yes, it's in the same building as Friedman's All Purpose). Since she left Buzz Bakery and Neighborhood Restaurant Group, MacIsaac has kept herself busy with wedding cakes and the occasional pop-up, but now we'll have daily access to her pastries and other sweet confections. Her lineup will have savory options as well, with possibilities such as soft pretzel hot pockets, sandwiches on house-baked bread and salads. 1250 Ninth St. NW.

[Tiffany MacIsaac set to open Shaw storefront for Buttercream Bakeshop]


Projected opening date: March.

Another familiar face is coming to Shaw: Former Tallula chef Rob Rubba. Like Tallula, Hazel comes from Neighborhood Restaurant Group. The food will be "progressive American​ and globally influenced," highlighting locally sourced ingredients. Rubba's working with NRG's beverage directors Jeff Faile, Brent Kroll and Greg Engert on a list of low-alcohol cocktails and wine from such "underappreciated" regions as Georgia (the country) and Brazil. 808 V St. NW.


Projected opening date: February.

While other chefs -- Mike Isabella, Tony Conte -- have recently made the move from the city to the suburbs, Tim Ma (Water & Wall) is doing the opposite. He and his wife, Joey Hernandez, will be opening their first restaurant in the District in -- where else? -- Shaw. (Their sandwich and butcher shop Chase the Submarine recently opened in Vienna.) The Chinese-French bistro will frequently change up its menus, though you can probably count on regularly seeing Ma's signature crème fraîche chicken wings1924 Eighth St. NW.

[With Kyirisan, Tim Ma takes another crack at naming his Shaw restaurant]


Projected opening date: Second half of the year.

Prolific chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson already has restaurants in New York, Chicago, Costa Mesa, Calif., Bermuda and Sweden, but this will be his first in the Washington area. Samuelsson is still developing the menu, but he thinks it may include such fare as crabs and oysters. He'll be joined at the MGM National Harbor casino by restaurants from fellow chefs José Andrés and Michael and Bryan Voltaggio. National Harbor, Md.

[MGM National Harbor casino will feature restaurants by the Voltaggio brothers, José Andrés and Marcus Samuelsson]


Projected opening date: February.

This will be the second of two dining rooms former CityZen chef Eric Ziebold is opening near Mount Vernon Square. The first, Kinship, started welcoming diners this past weekend for its a la carte menu served in a more-casual environment. Métier, on the other hand, will be the smaller, more luxurious space and will serve a $150 or so tasting menu. 1015 Seventh St. NW.

[Métier is the name of Eric Ziebold's new luxury dining room]

Pineapple and Pearls

Projected opening date: January for the cafe, March for dinner service.

You may have heard of Aaron Silverman's first restaurant in Washington, Rose's Luxury. The restaurant that earned the No. 1 spot in our Fall Dining Guide will soon be joined by a sibling that will offer coffee and cafe service by day and a prix fixe dinner by night (four days a week). Silverman is billing the new establishment as fancy but not formal. And, for those that hate the lines at Rose's, take note that Pineapple and Pearls will take reservations. 715 Eighth St. SE.

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A hungry person's guide to the Washington Convention Center's restaurant makeover

2015 Fall Dining Guide