Coming Soon: Tackle Box To Cleveland Park, Eve Empire Expands, More Italian On 14th

Georgetown's Tackle Box.
Photo: tackleboxrestaurant.com

There's lots of delicious restaurant news floating around out there ... for those keeping track:

• Tom Sietsema reports that an old McDonald's that has sat vacant for years at 3407 Connecticut Ave. will be revived as a new location of Georgetown's popular seafood spot Tackle Box. The end of the year is the target opening.

The historic building that will house Virtue Feed and Grain.

• Work on Virtue Feed & Grain, the next project from restaurateurs Meshelle and Cathal Armstrong (pictured) and mixologist Todd Thrasher (Restaurant Eve, The Majestic, PX and Eamonn’s), is set to start in the next few weeks inside a historic feed building at 106 South Union St. on Old Town's waterfront.

The Irish-American pub menu will feature dishes like pigs in a blanket with housemade pastry, cockles and mussels, and toasties (grilled cheese sandwiches with ļ¬llings). Thrasher will be assembling a selection of specialty, on-tap craft beers. "Opening a pub was inevitable — I’m Irish, it’s in my blood,” chef Armstrong says. Look for an opening next spring — and stay tuned for news of another ambitious concept up the Armstrongs' sleeves.

Planned home of the new Italian Shirt Laundry at 14th and Q streets.

• Meanwhile, 14th Street will be getting two new Italian restaurants, according to Tom Sietsema. The creators of the British-flavored Againn will open Italian Shirt Laundry, a pizzeria and bakery, in the old dry cleaner space at 1601 14th St. NW and Italian Cinema at 1404 14th St. NW. The Whisk Group is partnering with Abdo Development on the new spots.

• Speaking of Againn, a second location is slated to open June 29 at in Rockville at 12256 Rockville Pike.


Anonymous said...

The Restaurant Eve team is pretty smart. Chef Armstrong was one of the front and center chefs at the chefs move to school project. Watch for his new foundation to tackle school lunches.

Anonymous said...

I will be surprised if any restaurant can ever open in a ex dry cleaner,. too many toxic chemical around -- I don't think the health dept will allow it.

Anonymous said...

Any news on the Mario Batali restaurant in Ballston?

LK said...

I think Virtue Feed & Grain will be in the old Olsson's Books building. Gorgeous space - I'm glad it's going to such good use (although RIP Olsson's).

Amanda said...

I think Mario in Arlington was just a rumor. I'll check up on it.

Anonymous said...

the Rustico and Buzz space were both slated for July, last I heard. however, I walked by there on Saturday night and the sheetrock has just been installed. It seems to me to be months away still