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The brand new, two-level CIRCA at Chinatown celebrated its grand opening today and features a dining experience inspired by the local Chinatown community.

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The 7,600-square-foot neighborhood-driven restaurant concept from Metropolitan Hospitality Group (MHG) is the largest location to date with:

- A long bar on the first floor & flexible dining seating

- An additional craft cocktail bar upstairs named the Dragon Bar 

- Plus, a large dining room and private dining space on the second floor 

The new CIRCA location is home to two (2) murals including #CIRCAdragon, an exterior installation that nods to Chinese culture symbolizing strength and good luck, and a new interior piece, inspired by the Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms.

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“We’re thrilled to open our doors in one of the most prominent and event-driven DC neighborhoods,” says Matthew Carlin, President of MHG. “CIRCA at Chinatown is a re-imagination of the brand that perfectly blends the signature CIRCA elements, which DC has come to know and love, with a uniquely inspired nod to the neighborhood as seen through the incredible design, build-out and now extended menu selection.”

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In addition to the popular menu fare, CIRCA at Chinatown will unveil a new craft cocktail menu for the upstairs Dragon Bar along with new neighborhood-inspired selections featuring Asian-infused elements such as:


YUZU TO LOVE ME | orange peel + lemongrass infused Mizu Shochu, Joto Yuzu, Angostura bitters, Dassai Sparkling Sake

SAKE TO ME | Joto Junmai sake, Ruffino Prosecco, Domaine de Canton, ginger, Joto Yuzu,  strawberry, mint

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DRAGONSLAYER #1 [FOR SHARING] | Cane Run rum, Goslings dark rum, Goslings 151 rum, orange curacao, orgeat, lime, lemon | serves 2-4


BULGOGI LETTUCE WRAPS | marinated short rib, bibb lettuce, sticky rice, kimchi aioli, chopped peanuts

FORBIDDEN RICE BOWL | pickled cucumbers, carrots, wakame, bean sprouts, crispy shiitake mushrooms, garlic spinach, gochujang, 63° egg

THAI SHRIMP + PEANUT FLATBREAD | shrimp, peanut sauce, scallions, Thai basil, cilantro, carrots, bean sprouts

Chinatown will be the third location for CIRCA, which has locations in both Foggy Bottom and Clarendon. MHG also owns and operates Open Road and TRIO Grill restaurants in Merrifield, with plans to open another CIRCA in Navy Yard in summer 2018 and Open Road in Rosslyn in fall 2018.

Brittanie Clement