Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland Park’

Dean Gold Gets a New Start With Dino’s Grotto in Shaw

It’s opening night at Dino’s Grotto, and already the 20- and 30-somethings are dominating the dinner crowd. Owner Dean Gold, dressed in one of his typically colorful patterned shirts, floats around the canary-walled dining room and checks in on a group of six millennials with cocktails and a bunch of plates clustered on the table. […]

Dino’s Grotto Has Arrived in Shaw

After closing his Cleveland Park restaurant Dino earlier this year, chef/owner Dean Gold officially opens his new spot, Dino’s Grotto, in Shaw tonight. Some things you may recognize: Much of the art and tableware come from Dino. The popular Dino burger also makes its return. And several other customer favorites, like lasagna, boar pasta, and meatballs, get their own […]

Dino Closing its Doors, Citing Competition and Federal Turmoil

After eight and a half years and a pile of accolades, Cleveland Park standby Dino is closing its doors. Reached by phone, owner Dean Gold confirms that the restaurant will shutter at an undetermined date in the coming weeks, citing a wild financial ride this summer and fall. "Business just took a turn south in […]

Octopus Fish Tank and Pasta-less Pasta at Pulpo

Floriana owner Dino Tapper recently soft-opened a new Spanish tapas-inspired restaurant called Pulpo in Cleveland Park. But he hopes it won't be just another small plates place. It’ll have some quirky twists too, especially after the grand opening later this month. Here's what to expect: An “octopus garden”: Pulpo infused its name—which mean octopus in […]

Adventures In Gustatory Bucket Listing: Palena’s Cheeseburger

OK, what hasn't already been written about James Beard Award-winning chef Frank Ruta's elegantly crafted cheeseburger at Palena? Not much. Post critic Tom Sietsema crowned it "the best in the capital." Food & Wine ranked it among the "Best Burgers in the U.S." Even New York-centric food blogger Ed Levine scored it higher than its […]

Mike Isabella Is Cooking Up Another Bandolero Pop-Up

In case you missed his earlier pop-up, Top Chef alum and recent Washington City Paper cover boy Mike Isabella is hosting another preview of his forthcoming Mexican concept Bandolero later this month. This time, the series of five-course, $65-per-person dinners, running April 19 through May 4, will take place at Tackle Box in Cleveland Park. […]

How Many Grateful Dead Songs Can Roger Marmet Turn Into D.C. Restaurants?

Today's announcement that Ripple owner Roger Marmet would be opening a new mini gourmet market called Sugar Magnolia, located right next door to his existing Cleveland Park eatery, had Y&H wondering about the restaurateur's branding strategy. I mean, really? Ripple? Sugar Magnolia? Sounds like somebody dusted off an old LP (specifically, the Grateful Dead's 1970 […]

Dino’s Dean Gold Hopes To Stay Put In Cleveland Park

Not too long ago, things were looking pretty bleak for popular Cleveland Park eatery Dino. "As of this past summer, it didn’t look like it made a lot of sense for me to continue here," says proprietor Dean Gold, citing sluggish business, mounting debt and a lease that's set to expire this coming October. Y&H […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Three-Alarm Crunch Edition

The Food Network show Heat Seekers tackles DC-3's Q's Seoul Bulgogi & Kimchi Dog (pictured) and Three-Alarm Cruncher. [HuffPo] A peak inside Irish Whiskey [Washingtonian] St. Arnold's Mussel Bar opens tonight in Cleveland Park [Uptown Girl] From General Tso's to Buffalo-style: some new sweetbreads at Cafe Saint-Ex. [Twitter] The gang behind Petworth's forthcoming Chez Billy […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Not-So-Bad Baguette Edition

Really, it's OK to slurp your noodles at Toki Underground [NBC Washington] The new management at beleaguered Shaw's Tavern is feeling optimistic about its chances. Maybe someday soon, the place will actually be allowed to serve drinks. [Eater DC] The couple behind Le Caprice DC in Columbia Heights aims to “make people stop saying you […]

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