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Peter Chang's Rockville restaurant to open in 2015; TaKorean, Brookland Pint both open

Tuesday - 8/19/2014, 12:38pm  ET

Peter Chang, the chef whose Virginia restaurants serve some of the most sought-after Chinese food on the East Coast, is making his way into the D.C. region.

Chang will open an eponymous restaurant at Rockville Town Square in early 2015, according to the development’s owner, Federal Realty Investment Trust.

The 3,100-square-foot restaurant will serve signature items such as Peter Chang’s duck in stone pot and Grandma’s steamed pork belly as well as a range of Szechwan cuisine. The former chef of the Chinese embassy in Washington also has restaurants in Fredericksburg, Williamsburg and Charlottesville, and plans to open a Fairfax location later this year.

Chang’s cooking has become decidedly easier to find in recent years as he has expanded his empire of restaurants. Before opening Peter Chang’s, he cooked at a range of Chinese restaurants around Virginia and other parts of the south, often staying for just a few months before moving on to a new kitchen.

In other restaurant news:

• Brookland Pint: A new spot for beer in Brookland is now open. Brookland Pint, from the owners of Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights and Smoke & Barrel in Adams Morgan, opened Monday in the Monroe Street Market development. The restaurant just across from the Brookland station on Metro's Red Line has 24 beers on tap and a menu of upscale bar food that pulls from a variety of international influences, including a vegan mofongo and a roast pork banh mi. The restaurant seats 118 inside and 48 on an outdoor patio.

• TaKorean: This latest restaurant offering at The Yards in Capitol Riverfront opened Monday. The fast-casual TaKorean serves a Mexican-Korean hybrid cuisine, including tacos filled with bulgogi (Korean soy-marinated beef) and topped with kimchi, a Korean pickled cabbage.The location, 1309 Fifth St. SE, is the first proper brick-and-mortar store for TaKorean, which began as a food truck and has operated at a stall in Union Market for the past two years. It joins Sweetgreen, Vida Fitness and Harris Teeter at the 12Twelve building from Forest City Washington.

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