Is Rosslyn on the verge of having a dining scene? That's the question Y&H pondered in a March column after the madhouse opening of middling Heavy Seas Alehouse. Well, Rosslyn is no 14th Street NW yet, but it does have two new spots on the way: Sip Wine Tasting & Tapas Restaurant and SpinFire. Both will open in the Monday Properties building at 1501 Wilson Blvd., where Heavy Seas is also located.
Sip Wine Tasting, which is expanding from Georgia, will offer more than 80 different wines available by the sip, half-glass, full-glass, or bottle. Many of the wines will be poured from self-serve wine machines. The vino will be accompanied by a tapas-style menu from chef Greg DeMichiel, who was on the Food Network show Cutthroat Kitchen. The Georgia menus include dishes like burrata in a jar, short rib mac and cheese, and sous vide chicken kebabs. Every dish will have a suggested wine pairing. The restaurant is slated to open in December.
Meanwhile, SpinFire is the latest competitor to &pizza, Custom Fuel Pizza, Bergami's, and forthcoming Blaze Pizza. The made-to-order fast casual pizza joint, where your pie is baked in 90 seconds, comes from Washington Pigskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon along with restaurant entrepreneur Fouad Qreitem and private equity executive Norm Chirite. The place will also serve salads, gelato, beer, and wine. It's set to open this fall. Another SpinFire location is coming to Ashburn, Va.
Photo via Sip Wine Tasting & Tapas Restaurant