Autumn may mean back to school, but around here it also means highly anticipated restaurant openings. Here's a rundown of the noteworthy ones, plus a few closings.
Kapnos Taverna: Chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella continues to expand with this addition at the Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park. Expect a menu inspired by the coastal regions of Greece. 7777 Baltimore Ave., College Park.
The Little Beet: Veg-friendly options get a boost in Rosslyn, with the second location of this small chain offering salad, grain bowls and breakfast. 1800 N. Lynn St., Arlington.
Succotash: A spinoff of the location at National Harbor, chef Edward Lee brings some much-needed Southern food to the District in this large, bright space. As Tom Sietsema writes in his review, “Let the eating of shrimp and grits, and bourbon milkshakes, begin.” 915 F St. NW.
Sweetgreen: This Georgetown space is much larger — by nearly 1,700 square feet — than the original M Street location. In partnership with Freshfarm, a community farm stand sets up Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (through Oct. 28) in the parking lot. 1044 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
Taco Bamba: Chef Victor Albisu's third location of the Mexican street food spot opened in Springfield. 6691-A Backlick Rd., Springfield.
Wilson Hardware: Serving up contemporary American food and draft cocktails in Clarendon. 2915 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
Red Apron Burger Bar: The Dupont Circle restaurant closed less than nine months after opening. You can still get your burger fix, though: The concept relaunched at EatBar on Barracks Row, for both delivery and dine-in.
Maria’s Bakery and Cafe: The Chinese staple in Rockville is no more.
Mulebone: The 14th Street space, formerly known as Eatonville, is now to be known as Ancient Rivers (see above).
Correction: A previous version of this article said that Lil'B serves New Orleans-inspired dishes. The cafe is Southern inspired. This version has been updated.