The second-floor bar at Succotash in Penn Quarter, the second installment of the Southern-inspired restaurant in the Washington area. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)

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.

Openings

Ancient Rivers: You'll find small plates focusing on the food of Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq at this new spot from Andy Shallal on 14th Street that replaces Mulebone2121 14th St. NW.

BrescaFine-dining meets casual at this 14th Street spot from former Ripple chef Ryan Ratino. 1906 14th St. NW.

Fox Loves Taco: From the owners of Little Red Fox. Go for the vegetarian tacos, aguas frescas and kombucha on tap; stay for the cheery, bright vibe716 Monroe St. NE.

JinyaThe Los Angeles-based ramen shop opens its second space in the region. 1336 14th St. NW.

Kapnos TavernaChef 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. 

Lil'BA Southern-inspired cafe from Bayou Bakery's David Guas. Think pimento grilled cheese, beignets and croissants with spice from an everything-bagel. 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW.

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.

Nobu: The acclaimed sushi chain arrived — finally — in the West End. 2525 M St. NW.

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.

SweetgreenThis 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 BambaChef 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.

Closings

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.

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