This week's top dish from Eater DC, Curbed's restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog...
CHINESE FOOD WEEK—This past week was (and still is) Chinese Food Week in the Eater universe and a lot of local restaurants got in on the action. Proof, Ripple, Graffiato, Watershed, J&G Steakhouse and Smith Commons all created special Chinese takeout-inspired menu additions for the week, restaurateurs shared their favorite orders, Eater interviewed some of the Chinese food scene's hottest chefs and there was a Peking Duck Power Hour.
ROSSLYN—Surprise! Michael Landrum opened up a steak-and-cheese restaurant in the old Ray's Hell Burger Too space on Wilson Boulevard this week, totally by surprise. Landrum is very adamant that you not call this sandwich a cheesesteak.
DUPONT CIRCLE—Also this week came the news that rather than expand Komi, Johnny Monis is opening a restaurant named Little Serow. It will serve Thai food family-style and at a cheaper price point than his well-loved Komi.
SHAW—The ill-fated Shaw's Tavern was finally denied its liquor license and owner Abbas Fathi was declared "unfit for licensure" in a fact-finding document from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
CHEF SHUFFLES—Some gigantic chef shuffle news this week is that Brian McBride is leaving Blue Duck Tavern and the Park Hyatt (where he's worked for more than two decades) to join restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel's, Brasserie Beck, Brabo and Mussel Bar. They'll be working on new projects together, including a restaurant of McBride's own.
OPENING REPORT—A whole slew of restaurants opened this week, including the Potomac location of Founding Farmers, a new Nando's Peri Peri and Tasti D-Lite.