Coming Soon

A round-up of recent restaurant opening news:

BLT Steak
Chef Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak is tentatively slated to open Nov. 13. The contemporary steakhouse will be located at 1625 I St. NW.

The's Going Out Gurus have the scoop on Circa, a new coffeeshop and restaurant expected to open at 1601 Connecticut Ave. NW in the former WrapWorks space. The Gurus report that Munehiro Mori, late of Asia Nora and Wolfgang Puck's Chinois, will serve as chef. A March opening is mentioned.

Also from the Post, Tom Sietsema reports in his chat today that Mandu, the Korean restaurant replacing Mt. Everest (pictured) at 1805 18th St. NW, could open as early as Nov. 10. Check out this link for more details.

Neighborhood Restaurant Group, the parent company of Evening Star CafĂ©, Vermilion, Tallula and Rustico, will open Buzz, a 35-seat bakery, coffee house and dessert lounge located at 901 Slaters Lane in Alexandria's Potomac Plaza. Pastry chef Lisa Scruggs will oversee the menu, which will offer cupcakes, housemade doughnuts, and pies and cakes in two sizes (eight inch and mini four inch). Also in the plans: “drinkable desserts,” including at least 20 wines by the glass, digestifs and after-dinner cocktails, and savory items like a brioche muffin filled with eggs, bacon and cheese. Hours will run from 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Update: Buzz is slated to open Nov. 14.

Sticky Fingers
In other bakery news, the owners of the all-vegan Sticky Fingers Bakery plan to complete their move to a larger space at 1370 Park Rd. in Columbia Heights around the second week in November, reports the Washington Business Journal.