In Washington, D.C., restaurateur Michael Landrum (Ray’s Hell Burger) fired up Nice ‘n’ Greasy, Steak ‘n’ Cheesy, which sounds like heaven on earth to us. The comfort food spot Carolina Kitchen aims to open a District location shortly, Aroi Thai Sushi Bar debuts soon, and Far East Taco Grille food truck is planning on opening a brick and mortar grab ‘n’ go. Two vets of The Palm are aiming to open the steakhouse-meets-BBQ-joint Epic SmokeHouse this summer, while Leek American Bistro with Nathan’s vet Nathan Spittal is looking at a later summer opening. Chef-Owner Jeff Black (Pearl Dive Oyster Palace) aims to open Empire, the “largest oyster bar on the East Coast,” by the end of the year. Heritage India closed its Dupont Circle location, but hopes to relocate it elsewhere. Sauca parked its fleet of food trucks.
In Philadelphia, Plenty is under new ownership, and Tea Shake Fusion reopened.
In Boston, Blue Ribbon barbecue launched a food truck. The Mad Men-inspired Sterling’s will open in the not-so-distant future. Kirby’s Kitchen—which has only been open for a few months—is closing temporarily to re-concept.
Photo of Jeff Black, Empire.