A Shorthand Guide to the Latest Restaurant and Bar Openings

February is already turning out to be a busy month for yet more restaurant and bar openings, including some of the year’s most anticipated. In case you blinked and missed one, here’s a shorthand synopsis you won’t need to stare at too long.


Belgian beer – Stella + sour + funky + more bottles than bar stools + beer-braised meats + a deep fried burger + Dutch-style mussels + reindeer chandeliers + hidden alley entrance = The Sovereign (1206 Wisconsin Ave. NW)


Komi and Little Serow alums – a tasting menu + vaguely Mediterranean influence + seaweed sourdough + lamb ribs for two + housemade pastas + eclectic wines = Tail Up Goat (1827 Adam Mills Road NW)


Pizzas inspired by the 13 colonies – historical accuracy + pricing that correlates to historic years + blackboards listing local ingredients + cocktails on draft + a wall made out of nickels – tails-up coins = Declaration (804 V St. NW)


Hank’s Oyster Bar – the oysters + 14 housemade pastas + gluten-free fusilli + pasta samplers + Italian-style meats and fish + negronis + barn doors = Hank’s Pasta Bar (600 Montgomery St., Alexandria)


Fancy cocktail prix-fixe menu + ticketed reservations + ingredients like kelp water and oyster leaf + old fashioneds + highballs + rare spirits – bar stools + leather armchairs = Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW)

The Sovereign by Joy Asico. Declaration photo by Emilio Pabon. Columbia Room photo by Jeff Elkins. Tail Up Goat and Hank's Pasta Bar photos by Jessica Sidman.