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Two New DC Food Halls and Other Openings

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Posted on August 30
Oysters from The Square.

Oysters from The Square. (dc.thesquare/Instagram)

September might be the hottest food month of 2023. There are not one, but TWO food halls opening, a brekkie pop-up, a new restaurant by the owners of Le Diplomate, and more. Here’s what’s coming to D.C.’s food scene this fall.

The Square (Downtown):

This long-awaited K Street food hall opens Sept. 5, with 16 vendors taking up an entire downtown block. They include Spanish tapas, BBQ, sushi, oysters, and more.

El Presidente (Union Market):

From the makers of Le Diplomate and St. Anselm’s, this Mexican restaurant is an instant classic. It boasts an in-house masa program that turns corn into tortillas and 200 agave spirits. Reservations are now open.

Hiraya (H Street):

This beloved Filipino vendor is branching out of The Block food hall with a cafe (opening mid-September) and a restaurant (opening TBD). The cafe menu includes Filipino pastries, breakfast sandwiches, silog, and purple yam lattes.

Shababi (Shaw):

A Palestinian breakfast sandwich and pastry pop-up is coming to Shaw’s Right Proper Brewing from September 7-29. The all-star team includes chef Marcelle Afram and Jill Nguyen of Capitol Jill Baking.

The menu at Hiraya’s pre-opening pop-up.

The menu at Hiraya’s pre-opening pop-up. (hirayadc/Instagram)

The Cove (Navy Yard):

Essentially a giant beach club, the Cove has lounge chairs, party games, and tropical cocktails. Opening in September.

San Matteo (Petworth):

The Al Volo team is bringing Italian to Upshur Street with homemade pastas, whole fish, and New York steaks.

This new food hall opened Friday and already has a full lineup of vendors, including Lebanese kebab shop Yasmine, smoothie shop Soul Rebel, and Pizza Serata.

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