The Chinese buffet place that closed a while back (a block from Duangrat's) looks like it has a new sign "Hokkaido Seafood Buffet" and activity behind the papered-up windows.
Rosita's little shack near the Liberty gas station (across from Peking Gourmet) is opening soon as "Al Jazeera Cafe."
The Ethiopian place near Thai Square is apparently closed.
There is a new wine bar: Village Vines -- near Frank's Engraving on Columbia Pike at S. Walter Reed Drive. <HOLD ON, is it called Village Vines? I know for sure that Village Vines is definitely a new restaurant discount service. villagevines.org ). Now I will be heading down there this week, so I'll check the wine bar's name.
There is a new "Salsa Room" that looked flashy in the place of some other Mexican place nearby the new "Village Vines." Can't recall the name. Looked open, inviting and modern (at least what I could see as we drove by). (I think this place is just east of Bangkok 54 -- but don't quote me).
The Thai place near Peking Gourmet Inn which used to be Neisha Thai is now another Thai. How long it has been the new name, I don't know. I think there was a different name after Neisha closed there; maybe this is the second replacement?
Other stuff: The Yorktown Bistro (Geo. Mason & Lee Hwy) looks like it is down for the count.
Ruffino's (never went; at Lee and Glebe) is closed, but it seems a new place might be going in there....
No activity apparent on the old Alpine.
District Taco had a decent breakfast clientele on Sunday around 9:30 am.
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