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Turncoat Loosens Up Chevy Chase With Bathtub Gin and Bootlegger Mugshots

- EaterDC, Aparna Krishnamoorthy 

Chevy Chase drinkers can now saddle up to a dimly-lit streetcar bar to sip Prohibition-era cocktails as Al Capone looks on from above. Turncoat, the last piece of the Heights food hall project, is only accessed through an outside door tagged with a tiny emblem (5406 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase).

“A little bit of mystery, but not enough that people can’t find it,” says Chad Sparrow, founder of Common Plate Hospitality. “The Chevy Chase neighborhood is a bit lacking in bar options, and we’d like to bring the speakeasy experience to the neighborhood.”


Fairfax’s New Seafood Spot Blends Asian and Creole Flavors Under One Roof

- EaterDC, Tierney Plumb

Kreole’s unique menu model showcases comforting Southern flavors alongside spicy Asian influences, with dishes that jump from gumbo to garlic noodles (2985 District Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia). The nucleus of the operation is a seafood section stuffed with crab (king, snow, blue, Dungeness), lobster, crawfish, shrimp, clams, mussels, or oysters. Customize orders with a choice of sauces (garlic butter, spicy Korean, Cajun) and spice levels that tick up from mild to fire.

Patrons can pair the seafood-heavy spread with sides like corn, apple sausage, potatoes, boiled egg, sticky rice, ramen noodles, and fries doused in Cajun or Old Bay seasonings. Kick off the feast with starters like charbroiled oysters, fiery shrimp, crispy wings, fried deviled eggs, shaky beef, spicy Korean raw crab, fried rice, clam chowder, and salads.

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The Heights Food Hall: Search for the next Superstar

- WJLA, Good Morning Washington

Big news from Common Plate Hospitality! Not only is a new food hall coming to the DMV, they're giving away one of the stalls! Common Plate Hospitality is running a competition for the final stall in the food hall.

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These highly anticipated DMV restaurants are opening their doors to the public

- WJLA, Olivia Wood

The highly anticipated Friendship Heights food hall, The Heights, plans to open soon. The food hall will have a speakeasy ("The Turncoat"), restaurant ("Urbano"), bar ("The Heights Bar"), and eight stalls located throughout their Chevy Chase location. Visitors can try just about every cuisine they can think of from each of the stalls. Whether you're in the mood for sushi from Chef Kevin Tien of "Moon Rabbit" or if you're craving vegan Indian food from "D.C. Dosa" by Chef Priya Ammu, The Heights has you covered. There will also be Texas-style barbecue from "Supreme BBQ", boba drinks from "AunTea Boba", and soft serve from "Mimi's Handmade Ice Cream".

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Stall Wars: The Heights Food Hall winner is crowned!

- WJLA, Good Morning Washington

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The Heights food hall in Chevy Chase plans to open late August, early September

- WTOP, Michelle Goldchain

"A brand new food hall called The Heights will soon open its doors in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with eight concepts, a full-service restaurant and a speakeasy in tow.

The opening is set for late August or early September, according to Chad Sparrow, the managing director of Common Plate Hospitality.

The 10,300-square-foot space will include several restaurants helmed by well-known chefs, including Priya Ammu of DC Dosa and Kevin Tien, who is known for his work with Himitsu, Hot Lola’s and the now-closed Moon Rabbit. The food hall will also be unique in the region for allowing food runners to send orders directly to those seated in the dining hall with the help of QR codes, as opposed to requiring customers to line up at the food stalls to make their orders."

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30 Black-Owned Businesses in Alexandria to Support Right Now

- Visit Alexandria

"Want to deepen your impact on small businesses? Help say that “Black lives matter” by supporting these Black-owned businesses in Alexandria today, tomorrow and beyond. Explore our non-exhaustive list of restaurants, retail, beauty and wellness businesses, and see how owners described their operations to us. Keep reading for inspiration on where to grab your next cup of coffee, get a hair refresh or upgrade your yoga game.


Delve deeper into Alexandria’s Black history and culture here."

The Grove

A Luxe New Mediterranean Restaurant Hopes to Get Maryland Its First Michelin Star

- Eater DC, Tierney Plumb

"Alexandria-based Common Plate Hospitality (Mason Social, Urbano, Augie’s Mussel House, Junction Bistro) steps out of its casual comfort zone in July with the opening of an ambitious Potomac restaurant with gastronomic appeal.

Nestled in the Cabin John Village shopping center, the Grove’s Mediterranean-hopping menu will showcase flavors and techniques synonymous with regions of coastal Spain, Italy, and Greece (7747 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, Maryland). Newly named executive chef Jose Lopez-Picazo is a huge fine-dining hire for Common Plate. Lopez-Picazo’s stateside cooking career kicked off in the late 1990s under José Andrés in D.C. and flourished across the U.S. in large Las Vegas roles at Aria’s Julian Serrano Tapas and the Bellagio’s French-Spanish showpiece Picasso, which earned two Michelin stars and the James Beard Award for outstanding restaurant during his time there."

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New restaurant will open in Potomac in July, hopes to bring Maryland’s First Michelin Star

- Moco360

"This summer a new fine-dining restaurant, The Grove, will open in Potomac bringing a Mediterranean-inspired menu. The Grove will be located at the Cabin John Village shopping center at 7747 Tuckerman Lane.

The Spanish executive chef, Jose Lopez-Picazo, kicked off his career with Jose Andres in D.C. and later flourished at Michelin-starred restaurants in Las Vegas. This is the first-ever project in Maryland for Alexandria-based, Common Plate Hospitality, which owns several other restaurants in D.C. and Virginia. [Eater DC]"

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The Grove restaurant to open at Cabin John Village in Potomac

- Rockville Nights

"The trend of high-quality tenant additions continues at the revamped Cabin John Village shopping center in Potomac. A new restaurant called The Grove has leased the vacant restaurant space formerly home to Lahinch Tavern and Grill at 7747 Tuckerman Lane. All that is known at the moment is that The Grove will be a new dining concept from the Common Plate Hospitality restaurant group, which is already making a big push into Montgomery County with its upcoming food hall called The Heights in Chevy Chase."

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