Restaurant Roundup: Progress Ahead

Future site of Burger, Tap & Shake

Major changes are taking shape across from the Tenleytown Metro station. The facade of the former EURAsian restaurant at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street has been removed, along with the outdoor seating area. New tenant Burger, Tap & Shake plans to update the exterior with sleek, new signage and a remodeled outdoor patio that can accommodate roughly 40 diners. No word on an opening date, but it’s good to see the project moving forward. For more on BTS’ plans, read our previous updates here and here.

Also on the horizon is a new restaurant at the now closed Casa Fiesta space at 4910 Wisconsin Avenue. As we reported last month, the Latin American restaurant has changed hands over the past year and the new owners have struggled to attract customers despite renovating the interior and creating a completely new menu. They are hoping that a reboot as an Italian restaurant might prove more successful.

Last week, the ABC Board approved a request for a temporary operating retail permit at the Wisconsin Avenue address under the name Tartufo. This type of permit is usually issued when a business is awaiting the transfer of ownership of an existing license. The granting of the permit seems like a positive indication that Tartufo may open soon. But don’t hold your breath yet. The owners were projecting a relaunch date late last month, which has come and gone.

Incidentally, for those who might be curious, tartufo is an Italian ice-cream dessert, which is in keeping with the anticipated cuisine for the restaurant.