14 new coffee shops and restaurants to look out for this spring

Misha’s Coffee will open its second location in Alexandria, and other food news to know for the warmer, outdoor-dining months.

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Photo by Blake Wisz

The days of outdoor dining and spring cocktails are quickly approaching here in the DMV. To stay up to date, here are some upcoming and recent openings to know about across Northern Virginia.

Alexandria

The long-awaited second location of local favorite Misha’s Coffee is expected to open this spring, with no set date yet. The local coffee roaster moved its original location (opened in 1991) to 917 King Street last May, and has been working on opening the new location at 6 Prince Street since the news was announced in 2018. The new location will have 48 seats, including a second-floor deck, and will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Other restaurants are on the way too, with Sisters Thai set to open yet another regional location in May 2020, housing Magnolia Dessert Bar & Coffee and offering everything from Thai-style curries to sweet treats. Thai Signature is coming to King Street in 2020 (no set opening date or address announced as of yet), and Pho Nam is also proposed to open in spring 2020. 

Herndon-based Wooboi Hot Chicken will stake new territory in Old Town North sometime this year, as well as Choongman Chicken, which currently has locations in Fairfax and Centreville. For sushi fans, Hinata Sushi Bar & Grill is expected later this month, and Sushi Jin Next Door will come in May. 

Happy hour lovers rejoice! Barca Wine Bar will be coming to Alexandria’s waterfront sometime in 2020, inspired by Barcelona’s beach bars, and this one will be in a carved-out shipping container. The menu will feature Mediterranean-inspired dishes, as well as a lengthy selection of wines from around the world. 

And did we mention dessert? If you’re a frequent visitor of Eastern Market during the summer months, you’ll recognize the red-and-blue van of Goodie’s, a Wisconsin-style custard company that will open its first NoVA location later this year. 

Arlington

The Freshman, a future coffee shop and cafe owned by Nick Freshman of restaurant consulting firm Mothersauce Partners, is set to open this spring in the National Landing neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from incoming Amazon HQ2. Local fans can expect coffee, tea and breakfast on the menu (which originally debuted at a local pop-up in 2019), but other developments for lunch, dinner and happy hour to late-night cocktails are still in the works. The restaurant will be located at 2102 Crystal Drive. 

For Five Coffee Roasters opened its second location of the New York City-based franchise in Courthouse, and is offering a free Nutella-stuffed cookie to every guest with the purchase of a drink for the next three months. The location offers coffee-based drinks, breakfast items and pastries, including several sweet varieties of stuffed cookies. Stop by at 2311 Wilson Boulevard and look out for another potential opening in Tysons in the coming months. 

Sugar Shack Donuts, located at 1014 South Glebe Road, will transition to become independent from its parent company to be named Elizabeth’s Counter in the coming months. The location will continue to serve doughnuts, but will expand its menu to become a bakery, cafe and coffee shop, adding plant-based dishes and ingredients.

Fairfax County

Chantilly-based Cafein opened its second location in Centreville. The cafe and coffee bar will be offering Siphon pour-overs (for all of you coffee snobs) and has temporarily brought back a local favorite to the menu: overstuffed cream puffs. They’re only available on weekends through Easter, so get your hands on one before they’re gone for good, and grab a cup of coffee while you’re at it. 

Loudoun County

The Sugar Shack Donuts location in Leesburg is also separating from the Richmond-based company to form an independent restaurant, and will transition into Corner Donuts and Coffee. Patrons can expect a grand reopening soon and an expanded menu from the location, found at 19332 Town Green Drive in Leesburg. 

A new Vietnamese restaurant is on the way in Ashburn with Saigon Outcast Eatery & Taproom. The new location, which will have a casual, lounge-like feel with counter service and a large outdoor patio, will offer self-serve beer and wine on-tap. The menu will feature banh mi sandwiches, noodle bowls, spring rolls and more, and is set to have a soft opening in mid-March.

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