Springtime: Blooming! Rebirth! New restaurants! In case you weren't paying attention, it was a typically busy month in dining debuts around the Washington area. Of course, there's a flip side: We saw plenty of closures, too. Here's a recap:
All-Purpose: The Red Hen's Michael Friedman turns from pasta to pizza.
Bonfire: The summer-camp-style theme extends to an entire menu of s'mores.
Buttercream Bakeshop: Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac finally has her first project as an owner.
Cava Grill Alexandria: It's the Mediterranean fast-casual chain's 16th restaurant.
Ottoman Taverna: Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan (Alba Osteria, L'Hommage Bistro Français) opens his first restaurant devoted to his native Turkey.
Radiator: After some delays, the restaurant and bar in the Mason and Rook Hotel is now open in Logan Circle.
Shake Shack Pentagon City: This is the chain's second location in Virginia.
Shouk: The plant-based shop serves up some excellent Middle Eastern-inspired pitas.
Taylor Gourmet Crystal City: It's location number 11 for the local sandwich chain.
Whaley's: The team behind DGS expands into seafood near the Navy Yard.
Atlas Room: Chef-owner Matt Cordes will be introducing a new concept to the H Street NE space.
Bakehouse: The bakery has closed its retail storefront to focus on its wholesale business.
Bistro Francais: It had been a Georgetown institution for four decades.
Cashion's Eat Place: The restaurant that opened in 1995 will be replaced by Johnny's Half Shell.
Food & Wine Co.: The building in Bethesda that housed the restaurant is slated to be torn down and redeveloped.
Melt Shop: The New York import cooked up its last grilled downtown at the very end of April.
Poste: The restaurant in the Hotel Monaco has closed for renovations, with a yet-to-be-named replacement to come.