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The Oval Room [Photo: Greg Powers/Official]

VAN NESSFrank Ruta, formerly of Palena, has a new home for now at Bread Furst, where he'll do nightly dinners.

EXPANSION WIRE— Looks like Jose Andres is getting serious about opening a fast casual restaurant.

K STREET— Get ready for more grilled cheese: NY's Melt Shop is DC-bound.

TYSONS CORNER— The latest Shake Shack is opening Monday.

EATER MAPS— The Heat Map has been updated for August with four new, hot restaurants.

ATLAS DISTRICT— Peruvian restaurant Ocopa has opened.

SILVER SPRING— The restaurant portion of BBQ Bus at Denizens Brewing Company is open.

BALLSTON— Ballston lost its location of Protein Bar, but they'll be back in Arlington eventually.

FARRAGUT SQUARE— Oval Room has reopened after a $1 million refresh.

DUPONT CIRCLETownhouse Tavern has closed.

PENN QUARTERPenn Commons (similar to Foggy Bottom's District Commons) is officially open.