Dayum, Shaw

Just a few days ago, I reported with excitement that All Purpose and Buttercream would be coming to my neighborhood. Well in the past 48 hours, several more spots have announced their upcoming plans to open in Shaw:

  1. Daikaya has announced plans to open a second ramen shop, serving Sapporo-style ramen.
  2. Neighborhood Restaurant Group (the people behind Birch & Barley, Churchkey, Bluejacket) will be opening Hazel, with chef Rob Rubba. Rubba was previously at Azur and Tallula (both now closed), and hosted a pop-up dinner in January at Dolcezza to preview some of his dishes.
  3. Tim Ma (chef of Water & Wall, and Maple Ave.) will open Freehand, his first restaurant in DC.
  4. In the same building as Buttercream and All Purpose will be Espita Mezcalería, Josh Phillips’ first restaurant. This place will showcase artisanal mezcals and Oaxacan food.

It is crazy to think about all the changes that are about to take place around this place. Is this DC’s next big neighborhood? Hopefully my rent won’t be reflecting that…


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