After a bit of a summer slump, fall will bring a robust freshman class of restaurants, from a few set to open in October at the District Wharf to new neighborhood hangs. Since openings are moving targets, note that these restaurants could open anytime from September through November. These are the spots we’re tracking:
100 District Square SW, requinbymic.com
The District is getting its own location of Requin from Chefs Jennifer Carroll and Mike Isabella. The restaurant had a successful start in Virginia’s Mosaic District, and will soon open its D.C. version in the mammoth District Wharf development. Requin will sit squarely on the boardwalk, where it will have extensive patio seating for warm weather. Carroll’s cooking showcases flavors from the South of France, Morocco, Spain, and Greece, and diners can expect a more refined menu compared to the brasserie-style offerings in Virginia.
All-Purpose (Navy Yard)
79 Potomac Ave. SE, allpurposedc.com
The second location of All-Purpose, located across from Nats Park, could be open in time for playoff season, which will be a double win if the home team finds itself a contender. Chef Mike Friedman says the menu will include the greatest hits from the Shaw location, plus some twists. “I want our Capitol Riverfront location to reflect a meeting of the minds between the New York/New Jersey coast and the Sicilian/Amalfi coast,” he says. Think chickpea panelle (Sicilian fritters), tuna carpaccio, and “fun new pizza combos.” Also unlike the Shaw location, there will be several outdoor spaces including a rooftop bar overlooking the river.