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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