If it seems like there's always a new restaurant or bar opening, or closing, around Washington, that's because it's the truth. Here's a roundup of some of April's most notable comings and goings.
Ashlar: The neighborhood tavern led by chef Bobby Surdam debuted in the newly renovated Kimpton Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria.
Bangkok Joe's (2.0): Married couple Aulie Bunyarataphan and Mel Oursinsiri (T.H.A.I in Shirlington, Tom Yum District) revived the Georgetown restaurant they closed in 2014.
Cava Grill Dupont Circle: It's the local chain's 15th opening.
The Den at Politics & Prose: The longtime bookstore's expanded cafe features food from the team behind the Little Red Fox.
Métier: Eric Ziebold's prix-fixe sibling to Kinship, near the Convention Center, serves a $200 seven-course dinner.
Pineapple and Pearls: Rose's Luxury chef and owner Aaron Silverman's much-awaited second restaurant also features a prix-fixe format, with an all-inclusive $250 price tag that includes 12 to 16 dishes in seven to 10 courses.
Praline Bakery & Bistro at Glen Echo: Chef-owners Susan Limb and Patrick Musel bring their Bethesda concept to the historic park (a Mosaic District location is also in the works), with grab-and-go sweet and savory fare, plus picnics. (Opens Saturday.)
Bistrot Royal: Christophe and Michelle Poteaux are closing this casual bistro in Alexandria on Saturday to focus on their nearby Bastille.
Crane & Turtle: Chef Makoto Hamamura and pastry chef Katy Kinch decided to relocate to New York, but "passion project" pop-ups from the restaurant staff continue for the next few days. Anxo, Washington's first dedicated cidery and Basque restaurant, will pop-up in the space for 10 nights beginning May 4.
El Sol: Only temporarily. Sibling chefs Alfredo and Jessica Solis announced plans to close this location on 14th Street NW in early May, and reopen down the block as Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana sometime this summer. The 11th Street location is unaffected.
Hälsa: The health-focused fast-casual eatery, which came to Brookland in January 2015, is looking to reopen in a new location.
Millie & Al's: The Adams Morgan landmark had a run of more than 50 years.
Sona Creamery: The Capitol Hill restaurant and cheesemaker opened in 2014.
Teaism Old Town: It was the newest location of the local family of cafes.