If you're in the mood for new barbecue or pizza spots, July delivered. Here's a look at noteworthy openings, plus a few closings.
Across the Pond: The restaurant and pub near Dupont Cirlce took over the space formerly occupied by Greek restaurant Mourayo. 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW.
BBQ Bus Smokehouse: The team behind the BBQ Bus food truck opened a brick and mortar spot in Brightwood, serving sandwiches, picnic plates, sides and plenty of meats by the pound. 5830 Georgia Ave. NW.
Chiko: Chinese-Korean from Matchbox co-founder Andrew Kim and chefs Danny Lee (Mandu) and Scott Drewno (the Source). The fast-casual spot on Barracks Row offers pickled things, dumplings, noodles and more; for $50, you can taste much of the menu at the reservations-only Kitchen Counter, which offers a "unique interactive dining experience." 423 Eighth St. SE.
Falls Church Distillers: Sip or purchase bottles of craft spirits — several gins, vodkas and a bourbon, for now — plus munch from a menu of antipasti and other Italian plates. 442 S. Washington St., Falls Church.
Imm Thai on Ninth Street: Yet another expansion from the Imm Thai team. 1414 Ninth St. NW.
Jenkins Capital BBQ: Columbia Heights gets a smoky addition. Expect brisket, pulled pork and smoked chicken, plus burgers and plenty of tots. 3365 14th St. NW.
Pizzeria Paradiso: The local stalwart's fourth location is its first in Maryland; it shares space with nonprofit community art studio Art Works Now. 4800 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville.
ThinkFoodLab: Score another one from José Andrés — the Penn Quarter space is devoted to testing out various ThinkFoodGroup concepts. For now, you'll find an expanded menu from Pepe, Andrés's Spanish food truck. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Bar Civita: The Italian-American spot in Woodley Park opened in 2015.
Boundary Road: The space on H Street will transition into a new venture, Bar Elena. Expect pinball machines.
Maki Shop: The owners are shifting focus to wholesale distribution of their maki hand rolls. The 14th Street spot opened in 2015.
Rumba Cafe: The Adams Morgan restaurant was open for nearly 20 years.
Straw Stick and Brick: After five years, the Brightwood Park deli closed on July 31.