Dishes from Rasa, a new fast-casual Indian restaurant in Navy Yard. (Rey Lopez)

The final month of 2017 saw several new dining options pop up around the Washington area, but several other places — both newcomers and established ones alike — closed up shop. Here's a rundown of the notable happenings:


Al Volo Trattoria & Bar: Cucina Al Volo continues to expand with this spot in Cleveland Park, which is replacing the former Ripple. 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Arepa Zone: Lovers of Venezuelan food, rejoice: This location is much larger than the stall of the same name at Union Market, plus it includes a little market where you can buy cheese, soft drinks and candy. 1121 14th St. NW.

Brothers and SistersLocated in the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan, the restaurant led by Erik Bruner-Yang serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea — plus a late-night menu. 1770 Euclid St. NW.

The Dabney Cellar: A tavern directly below the restaurant by Jeremiah Langhorn and Alex Zink. Expect classic cocktails, ciders and beers, plus a wine list that emphasizes small producers. 1222 Ninth St. NW.

Isabella Eatery: This food hall on the third floor of Tysons Galleria is nearly twice the size of Union Market. You can find nine concepts from the restaurateur, including Arroz (tapas and sangria), Octagon Bar (classic cocktails) and Retro Creamery (ice cream and shakes). 2001 International Dr., McLean.

Masala Story: A casual spot for Indian cuisine arrives in Brookland. 3301 12th St. NE. 

Rasa: A new place to get your fast-casual fix, featuring flavors inspired by southern and northern India (plus a masala gin and tonic, among other beverage options). 1247 First St. SE.

Unconventional DinerModern comfort food (see: croque monsieur mac and cheese) and less obvious diner dishes (such as chickpea stew) are served at this Shaw spot in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 1207 Ninth St. NW.

WawaYou may argue it's not a restaurant, but this outpost of the sandwich-selling convenience store — the largest in the country — is hard to overlook. 1111 19th St. NW.


Ancient Rivers: The restaurant (formerly Mulebone, which was formerly Eatonville) closed after just three months.

Banana Cafe: The Barracks Row spot was open for 25 years.

Bruegger's Bagels: The chain closed several area locations (one remains, in Ballston).

Nido: Woodbridge loses a dining option.

On Rye: No more beet Reuben or babka ice cream sandwich for Chinatown.

Veloce: This fast-casual pizza place, from Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso, opened in 2015.

Read more: 

The month of November in restaurant openings and closings

The month of October in restaurant openings and closings

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