June saw several restaurant openings in the upper Georgia Avenue corridor (think Brightwood and Brightwood Park). There were, of course, a few closings in the city as well, including Ripple in Cleveland Park and Restaurant Nora in Dupont Circle. Here's a rundown of noteworthy developments.
Castello's: After what turned out to be a long lead time, the restaurant opened with a fusion menu of international and American foods, with several cocktails inspired by the Caribbean. Outdoor patio seats are coming soon. 5201 Georgia Ave. NW.
Chicken + Whiskey: As the name suggests, the focus here is chicken: You'll find South American rotisserie birds, along with salads, sandwiches and arepas, as well as a whiskey list of more than five dozen bottles. 1738 14th St. NW.
Crimson Diner: Ian and Eric Hilton (Chez Billy Sud, Brixton, etc.) now have a Southern diner with all-day breakfast in Chinatown's Pod Hotel. 627 H St. NW.
Farmbird: Forget fried chicken. This new spot focuses on grilled birds, served in rice plates, salads and sandwiches. 625 H St. NE.
Franklin Hall: The massive beer hall on the 14th Street corridor has a long draft list and such dishes as Frito pie, loaded nachos and grilled sausages. 1348 Florida Ave. NW.
Hummingbird: This restaurant from Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve) in Old Town's Hotel Indigo is heavy on seafood. 220 S Union St., Alexandria.
Imm Thai on Georgia Avenue: From the team behind Imm on H. 5832 Georgia Ave. NW.
Library Tavern: Brightwood Park continues to expand its dining and drinking options with the opening of this restaurant and bar, featuring literary-themed cocktails and a mix of Persian and pub food. 5420 Third St. NW.
Maxwell Park: The Shaw wine bar, from sommeliers Brent Kroll, Niki Lang and Daniel Runnerstrom, features about 50 wines by the glass, with monthly rotations centered around different themes. 1336 Ninth St. NW.
The Salt Line: The New England-themed restaurant with former Birch & Barley chef Kyle Bailey at the helm features fresh seafood and a prime patio near Nationals Park. 79 Potomac Ave. SE.
Sushi Gakyu: At his new downtown D.C. restaurant, Yoshihisa Ota, executive chef at Bethesda's Yuzu Japanese Dining, seeks to introduce diners to a style of sushi beyond the spicy tuna or avocado roll. 1420 New York Ave. NW.
True Food Kitchen: The health-driven chain with a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free offerings picked Bethesda for its first Maryland location. 7100 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda.
Chix: It appears the remaining 14th Street NW and Navy Yard shops of the local chain are closed.
Halal Guys: The H Street location that opened last month is now closed indefinitely for maintenance, PoPville reports.
Maso: The salad and sandwich shop lasted about two years near Dupont Circle.
Nam-Viet: The Cleveland Park restaurant closed after 20 years.
Restaurant Nora: Nora Pouillon's Dupont Circle dining room, open since 1979, was the nation's first certified organic restaurant.
Ripple: The seven-year-old restaurant in Cleveland Park recently got a creative jolt from new chef Ryan Ratino, but business wasn't good enough for it to stay afloat.
Tortilla Coast: The Logan Circle outpost of the Tex-Mex restaurant opened in 2012. The Capitol Hill location remains open.