Customers dig into pizza at All-Purpose, newly opened in Shaw. (Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post)

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.

Bethesda's Food & Wine Co. was among May's restaurant closures. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post)


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.

Olivia's Diner: The Dupont Circle eatery opened last summer, part of a new diner wave in the city.

Poste: The restaurant in the Hotel Monaco has closed for renovations, with a yet-to-be-named replacement to come.

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The top 10 new restaurants in the D.C. area

All-Purpose debuts with bready pizzas and whimsical Italian American fare

Ottoman Taverna serves a vivid taste of Turkey

Cashion's Eat Place to close, Johnny's Half Shell to take over the space