Frederick, Md.—-Volt‘s Bryan Voltaggio not only has his sprawling $2 million North Market Kitchen concept in the works. The former Top Chef contestant tells WaPo critic Tom Sietsema that he’s also opening a 30-seat soup-and-sandwich joint called Lunchbox, as well as a yet-unnamed diner coming this spring.
Arlington, Va.—-Memphis Barbeque in Crystal City could open as soon as Nov. 25. WaPo‘s special smoked meat correspondent Jim Shahin investigates the cagey ways of proprietor Chris George, who confirms only that the place “will serve wet and dry ribs, which, this being a Memphis-style barbecue restaurant, is a little like the owner of a burger joint saying he will sell burgers.”
Alexandria, Va.—-Cathal and Mechelle Armstrong‘s long-awaited “epicurean emporium,” Society Fair, is expected to open by Christmas. The couple takes HuffPo DC on a tour of the yet unfinished food market, which will include a bakery, butchery, wine shop, bar, and demo kitchen.
Merrifield, Va.—-Cava Grill has leased a 2,100-square-foot space for its next location in the Mosaic District now under development. Washington Business Journal has the scoop.