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Haidar Karoum, former executive chef of Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi, has returned to the kitchen with his first solo venture. (Image: Scott Suchman)

Restaurant Rumblings: Aaron Silverman opens a coffee shop and other news

The D.C. food scene is constantly evolving, and it can be hard for even the biggest food fan to keep up. Restaurant Rumblings is here to get you up to speed on the latest bar and restaurant news, from hot openings to exciting new menus.

Recent openings:

Chloe
1331 4th St. SE

Haidar Karoum, former executive chef of Proof, Estadio, and Doi Moi, has returned to the kitchen with his first solo venture. Chloe opened for dinner service Friday, January 5 with a menu that takes influences from across the globe, from the Mid-Atlantic to the Mediterranean and beyond. Examples include a roasted chicken with Vietnamese greens, as well as a house Bavarian white sausage. Drinks feature domestic and international wines along with craft beers and spirits. Both a brunch and carryout lunch menu will follow.

Little Pearl
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE

There’s another way to get a taste of chef Aaron Silverman’s inventive eats. Little Pearl—a nod to its fancy sister restaurant, Pineapple & Pearls—is a coffee shop by day and wine bar at night. Graze on snacks like anchovy toast or smoked onion dip while sipping wine from the bar’s thoughtful selection of by-the-glass pours and bottles. The coffee menu is available Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the evening menu is on from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and until 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Notable closings:

Ancient Rivers
2121 14th St. NW

It was a short run for the Middle Eastern-influenced Ancient Rivers, which opened in the fall replacing Mulebone at the intersection of 14th and V St.

On Rye
740 6th St. NW

The Chinatown Jewish deli is closed after just over a year of business. The menu of sandwiches–including a babka ice cream version—and matzoh ball soup was one of the few places in the city of its kind.

Chef changes:

Loris Navone is in as the newest executive chef at Bibiana (1100 New York Ave. NW). The native Italian comes to D.C. via Miami Beach, where he was consulting executive chef at Casa Tua restaurant. Navone will take up the torch in restaurateur Ashok Bajaj’s Italian osteria, known for its pastas, meats and fishes. The restaurant was temporarily closed for renovations, but reopens today, January 8.

On the menu:

Local pop-up retailer Shop Made In DC (1330 19th St. NW) has changed up its vendors. Through February, the shop will feature food from Prescription Chicken and Jinsei Juice. Come and build your own soup from a selection of broths like hangover or vegan bone broth, and toppings that include vegetables, chicken, matzoh ball and egg noodles. Or try the Thai basil coconut dumpling or creamy Old Bay Chicken. It’s all available from 11 a.m. to close. Jinsei is serving its lineup of juices and tonics from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Lunch joins the rotation at Ana, the onsite restaurant at District Winery (385 Water St. SE), today, January 8. The menu features a hearty root vegetable bisque with clams, a marinated tofu katsu sandwich and duck wings with green papaya slaw and red curry, among other dishes. Some of Ana’s dinner favorites–including the crab beignets—make an appearance as well. Hours are Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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