Officina opens an airy cafe open all day in the city center. Photograph by Deb Lindsey
1250 Fifth St., NE
If you’re like us and devour the Diplomate’s bread basket, add this “micro-bakery” near Union Market to your list. Starr Restaurants Group’s brand new alley exclusively sells the same baguettes, sourdough balls, cranberry and nut breads and jams, available from 9 a.m. until sold out. Look for an expanded menu of La Colombe pastries, breads and coffee in the coming months.
1705 14th St., NO
A team of hospitality vets hide behind this retro-chic 14th Street bar. Former Rappahannock Oyster Company bartender JP Sabatier mixes well-known and less-seen classics in the cozy space, which also has a patio. Food: Southern aperitif snacks like pigs in blankets.
1615 L St., NO
Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli adds a chic third Italian location to his growing Officina portfolio, which includes a Wharf flagship and Georgetown cafe / market. The latest version is designed to meet the needs of a downtown crowd (tourists, office workers, etc.) with espresso drinks and pastries in the morning, paninis and pizza to go, and a spacious bar for an after-work aperitif, as well as homemade pasta and more.
801 E St., NO
The massive two-story Penn Quarter bar, Penn Social, just reopened in time for football season, and they’ve added six new 86-inch TVs for fans. Look for deals during college and NFL games, like $ 5 Port City beers, $ 4 Millers, and $ 10 frozen cocktails or flatbread pizzas. Soon: a New street-level restaurant, bar and cafe dubbed Little Penn, set to debut next month.
Rako roaster coffee
2016 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Sisters Lisa and Melissa Gerben launched Rako roasters Almost two years ago, roasting sustainably sourced single-origin coffees at a green production facility in Lorton, Virginia. They have now expanded to an all-day cafe and natural wine / cocktail bar in Clarendon, where you can stop in the morning for a baklava latte or cold nitro brew, and end the day with a negroni and a coffee infused cold cuts. plank.
Starr Hill Biergarten
1805 Capital One Drive, Suite 1100, Tysons
A huge 5,000 square foot beer garden on the roof and lounge at Virginia’s Starr Hill Brewery has just landed in Tysons. The 24-tap bar sits atop the Capital One Center entertainment room, surrounded by La Perche, a 2.5 acre sky park with greenery, sculptures and walking trails.
915 F St., NO
After closing for more than a year, Knead Hospitality + Design’s dazzling collaboration with Louisville chef Edward Lee has reopened as a Southern Steakhouse. Commodities like ‘dirty’ fried chicken and shrimp and oatmeal join a new line of smoked steaks, sauces like bourbon-bordelaise, and sides, all in an elegant historic bank building (also new : more plants!). Brunch, including a family feast, begins this weekend.
The thirsty crow
3400 11th St., NO
The colorful basement bar under the Malaysian hotspot Makan celebrates its “grand reopening“on Thursday, September 9 after a November 2019 debut and closure in the era of the pandemic. Chef James Wozniuk has reinvented the old Meridian Pint space into a Malaysian-American mashup bar with plenty of TVs for watching games from NFL and football, pool tables, 24 draft lines, and fun meals like mashed fried chicken with tomato sambal and chili peppers.