Coming Soon: Vietnamese, Burgers and Sweets

This Vietnamese food lover is thrilled to hear that Ba Bay will be filling the space vacated by Locanda at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE as early as this fall. Prince of Petworth spotted the liquor application, and WaPo's Tom Sietsema gets the details on the new Vietnamese restaurant.

Cousins Khoa and Denise Nguyen, who you may remember from their appearance on NBC's The Chopping Block, are behind the new place. I'm looking forward to another place to score a banh mi sandwich and other Southeast Asian fare.

Meanwhile, pastry chef David Guas has landed a space for his long-planned Bayou Bakery, serving his signature Southern sweets, at 1515 N. Courthouse Rd. in Arlington.

Last spring, Metrocurean got to sample the fried apple hand pies, addictive chocolate pralines and traditional New Orleans-style snoballs that Guas was planning for the bakery, originally slated for 3211 Wilson Blvd. That fell through when Guas and the owners of what instead became Northside Social decided to go their separate ways.

Before setting out on his own, Guas created the desserts for chef Jeff Tunks' restaurants (DC Coast, TenPenh, Ceiba and Acadiana).

Speaking of Tunks, from the Twitter food feed, Tom Sietsema reports that the chef is planning a sixth restaurant at 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. The two-for-one concept will include District Commons and Burger Tap and Shake, according to Sietsema. Watch Metrocurean for more details soon.