9 Restaurant Openings to Watch For in 2015

Be on the look out for these hot openings in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Momofuku business partner Christina Tosi’s award-winning bakery, Momofuku Milk Bar. Photograph by Danielle Kosann/The New Potato.

District

Centrolina

Projected opening: Spring

Chef Amy Brandwein, formerly of Alba Osteria, is bringing an Italian market/osteria to CityCenterDC. Her 52-seat restaurant will serve wood-roasted meats and fresh pastas, while the shop will supply cheeses and charcuterie. 974 Palmer Alley, NW.

Convivial

Projected opening: Summer

After the success of Mintwood Place, chef Cedric Maupillier and restaurateur Saied Azali are on to their next venture: a casual French-American place with all-day, cafe-style dining in Shaw. 801 O St., NW.

The Dabney

Projected opening: Summer

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne—formerly of the landmark McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina—will debut in Shaw with a Mid-Atlantic-inspired restaurant centered around a ten-foot wood-burning hearth. 1222 Ninth St., NW.

Unnamed Momofuku Restaurant

Projected opening: 2015

After years of speculation, restaurateur David Chang confirmed plans to open a 4,500-square-foot restaurant in his native Washington’s CityCenterDC. Also look for a branch of business partner Christina Tosi’s award-winning bakery, Momofuku Milk Bar, with sweets such as “crack pie” and “compost cookies.” 11th and I sts., NW.

Maryland

PassionFish Bethesda

Projected opening: Spring

After six years in Reston, PassionFish chef/owner Jeff Tunks is opening a sister seafood restaurant in downtown Bethesda. Expect an international array of fish dishes, including a longtime PassionFish staple: lobster with red Thai curry. 7187 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda.

Peter Chang Cafe

Projected opening: February

Rockville’s Chinese-food scene is poised to get even tastier when former Chinese Embassy chef Peter Chang shows up bearing wontons in chili oil and other fiery Szechuan dishes. 20-A Maryland Ave., Rockville.

Virginia

Brine

Projected opening: March

Rappahannock Oyster Co. co-owner Travis Croxton will unveil a 5,000-square-foot eatery in the Mosaic district. A raw bar is a given, but diners can also look forward to wood-grilled seafood and Prosecco on tap. 2985 District Ave., Fairfax.

Clarity

Projected opening: February

Chefs Jonathan Krinn and Jason Maddens met at Fairfax restaurant 2941. Now, they have transformed a deli into a dining room, communal bar table, and chef’s counter. The menu will change frequently, with pastas plus steaks and game. 442 Maple Ave. E., Vienna.

Yona

Projected opening: Spring

Ballston is getting a ramen shop, thanks to former Pabu Izakaya chef Jonah Kim. The menu will nod to his Korean heritage and his Japanese training, with pork-rich noodle soups and small plates such as steamed duck buns and gochujang-and-bourbon-glazed chicken wings. 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

This article appears in the January 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.