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Events DC, along with a bunch of political leaders, announced today that the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will soon become home to a slew of new restaurants and bars. Here’s what’s coming:

The Unconventional Diner

Diners are about to be the next big trend with Slim’s Diner, Blue Diner, and others on the way. Further proof: a high-end diner from Mintwood Place co-owner John Cidre and Hu’s Shoes and Hu’s Wear owner Eric Eden.

Smoked & Stacked

Ripple and Roofers Union chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley is among the three local contestants who will appear on the next season of Top Chef, debuting Dec. 2. As stars of the reality cooking show are prone to do, she’s already expanding her imprint on the city with a fast-casual sandwich shop featuring house brined and smoked pastrami. Roofers Union has a section of its menu dubbed “Stuffed & Stacked” for sausages and sandwiches, so the name Smoked & Stacked appears to be a riff on that.

Union Kitchen Grocery

The folks behind the Union Kitchen opened their first grocery in Capitol Hill as an outlet for its producers of chocolate, barbecue sauce, and more to sell their wares. They’d like to eventually have markets throughout the city, and Shaw will be home to the next one.


Good Stuff Eatery and Bearnaise chef/owner Spike Mendelsohn will help open Morris, an expansion of his Dupont “speakeasy,” The Sheppard. (UPDATE: The Sheppard posted on Twitter in September that it was moving.) The cocktail bars’ names come from Senator Morris Sheppard, who authored The Sheppard Bone-Dry Act of 1917 that banned booze in D.C. Let’s hope the new spot doesn’t ban photos.

Stay tuned for more details as we have them.