A Friday night at Mussel Bar.

Photo credit: Stacy Zarin-Goldberg

What’s Coming

At press time, none of these restaurants was open yet—with the exception of Jake’s, Stella and Seasons 52, which had just opened and were too late to be reviewed for this issue. Most of the others are slated to be up and running soon, or by summertime. Check the Table Talk blog for updates on opening days, and for other new restaurants to come.

Blue 44: Classic American favorites in the old Señor Pepper space at 5507 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Bold Bites: Gourmet hot dogs from the Venezuelan Roche brothers at 4901 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda.

Cafe Deluxe: The fourth location of this local all-American chain at 9811 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg, www.cafedeluxe.com.

Founding Farmers: Sibling of the popular downtown eatery that focuses on sustainable ingredients from family farmers. Located at 12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac, www.wearefoundingfarmers.com.

Freddy’s Lobster and Clams: New England-style seafood shack as interpreted by Grapeseed’s chef-owner Jeff Heineman at 4867 Cordell Ave., Bethesda.


Jake’s American Grille: Burgers, steaks and sandwiches in a restaurant named after the owner’s grandfather, an accomplished Navy test engineer. Located at 5018 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-966-5253, www.jakesdc.com.

Jetties: The popular NW D.C. sandwich shop takes its fresh carved turkey breast to Woodmont Triangle at 4829 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda,

Nando’s Peri-Peri: Two new locations for this international Afro-Portuguese grilled chicken chain—4829 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, and 224 Boardwalk Place, Gaithersburg, www.nandosperiperi.com.


Newton’s Table: American cuisine with an Asian flair from chef-owner Dennis Friedman at 4917 Elm St., Bethesda.

Pizzeria da Marco: Neapolitan pizza cooked by Italian-born chef Dino Santonicola at 8008 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, www.pizzeriadamarco.net.

Plaza del Sol: Tex-Mex and Latin American cuisine at 4932 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda.


Ren’s Ramen: Popular Bethesda Japanese noodle shop relocates to 11403 Amherst Ave., Wheaton.

Rosa Mexicano: The hip Mexican chain opens this fall in the former Bambule Bistro space at 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., www.rosamexicano.com.

Seasons 52: Fresh grill and wine bar chain, with dishes all under 475 calories. Located in North Bethesda Market, 11414 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, www.seasons52.com.


Society: Homegrown former professional basketball player Jason Miskiri plans a Caribbean-American restaurant in the old Nicaro space at 8229 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring.

Stella: American restaurant specializing in seafood at 9755 Traville Gateway Drive, Rockville, 301-762-5148, www.thestellarestaurant.com.

Sugo Macaroni and Pizza Bar: A joint venture from the guys who own Cava restaurants (and Cava Mezze Grill), and the guys who own the Mamma Lucia chain. Look for Italian-inspired small plates and wood-fired pizza at 12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac.