This week's top dish from Eater DC, Curbed's restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog...
LOGAN CIRCLE—Incredibly popular barbecue beer garden Standard has opened back up for the season as of this week. That's all you need to know, really, but Eater did chat with owner Tad Curtz about what's in store for the new season.
EATER MAPS—Eater updated their monthly heat map, which changes frequently to highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment. Boundary Road makes the cut this time around, but see the whole map right here.
SHIT PEOPLE YELP—Eater debuted a new feature this week titled Shit People Yelp in which Derek Brown of The Passenger/Columbia Room shared his thoughts on some of the more ridiculous reviews you might find on Yelp.
BETHESDA—Some more information came through this week regarding chef Robert Wiedmaier's previously known expansion plans for Bethesda, namely that he's opening a spot named Wildwood Kitchen in the old Jean-Michel space.
NOMA—Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray have turned over daily operations of their less-than-a-year-old restaurant Watershed to a Dallas-based company. Kassoff Gray chatted with Eater to explain what this all means for the restaurant and for the restaurateurs.
CHEF SHUFFLES—This week brought word that chef Roberto Donna is returning to Washington after leaving for Arizona last month amid legal troubles stemming from tax debts and payments owed to former employees of his failed restaurants. Now Donna will be helming the kitchen at La Forchetta in the old Balducci's space near American University — and he has also issued a mea culpa.
MT VERNON SQUARE—Eater took a look at what the early diners are saying about Sixth Engine, the new restaurant/bar set in an historic firehouse. There's some good news on the cocktails, a few lukewarm reviews for the food and over-the-top raves, too.