Washington Business Journal - ​New rooftop spots for Southwest D.C., Georgetown and more new restaurant news

One of the city’s most sought-after rooftops is now an option for your al fresco dining and drinking pleasure.

The Rosewood Washington D.C. hotel in Georgetown, formerly known as the Capella hotel, is opening its rooftop to the public starting Wednesday. Under the hotel’s previous management, the roof was only open to hotel guests. Rosewood took over from Capella when the hotel sold for $65 million earlier this year.

The rooftop venue will feature a menu of light fare from chef Frank Ruta, as well as some signature items from the hotel’s Grill Room restaurant like Ruta’s famous burger. (The chef’s burger made a name for itself as one of the best in D.C. during Ruta’s time at the now-shuttered Palena in Cleveland Park.)

The cocktail list will include a rye-inspired frozen drink to tie in with the hotel’s bar, the Rye Bar, along with other cocktails and rare whiskies and Veuve Cliquot sparkling rosé by the glass.

Elsewhere in D.C. restaurant openings:

CityBar: The Hyatt Place Washington D.C./National Mall, which opened earlier this year at 400 E St. SW, has added his own rooftop venue called CityBar. The bar and restaurant will feature craft cocktails, beer cocktails and a small menu of food including ceviche, deviled eggs and grilled fish tacos. The bar will be open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight and offers views of both the National Mall and Potomac River.

Buckeye & Bear: The new bar and entertainment venue that’s taking the place of The Huxley nightclub opens Saturday at 1730 M St. NW. Buckeye & Bear, from Takoda Restaurant and Beer Garden owners Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, will offer live music, comedy shows, karaoke and other entertainment. The 280-seat venue also includes The Green Room, a separate sports bar with a 22-seat bar and six flatscreen TVs.

Fare Well: The new diner from Sticky Fingers bakery founder Doron Petersan will open at 406 H St. NE June 22. The 2,600-square-foot, 46-seat restaurant will incorporate a bakery, diner and bar. Petersan, whose vegan creations have twice won Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” will serve an animal product-free menu of comfort food, Mediterranean-inspired dishes and a wide array of breads, sweets and other baked goods. It will be open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner with late bar hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Canteen: Good news for beer fans around Foggy Bottom and the Golden Triangle neighborhood of downtown: A pop-up beer garden from Neighborhood Restaurant Group is coming to 2100 M St. NW this summer. Canteen is a collaboration between the restaurant group — which counts the beer-focused Birch & Barley/Churchkey, The Sovereign and Bluejacket brewery among its spots — Golden Triangle Business Improvement District and Liberty Property Trust, which owns the property. The beer list will be chosen by NRG Beer Director Greg Engert and the venue will serve a menu of exclusive hot dogs from Red Apron chef Nathan Anda. Canteen will host live music on Saturdays and lawn game tournaments on Fridays.