Back in September 2021 we let you know the popular DC restaurant The Salt Line would be making its way over to Bethesda Row, taking over the location at 4900 Hampden Lane that was previously home to Greek restaurant Kapnos until 2018. While an opening date has not yet been set, the restaurant is currently hiring and we anticipate a summer opening. Construction has been ongoing at the restaurant for over a year.
The Salt Line DC location is a waterfront venture that opened near Navy Yard in June of 2017 with a 100-seat patio bar overlooking the Anacostia River. It has been a hit and pre/post Nats game destination due to its proximity to Nats stadium, sizable bar, and blend of popular food and drink with views of the river. While the Bethesda location won’t be overlooking the water, Bethesda Row offers a highly walkable, bustling downtown experience in Montgomery County.
Per The Salt Line website: “At The Salt Line, we’re taking inspiration from that magical blend and creating a lively and welcoming experience of classic New England dishes influenced by the bounty of the Chesapeake.Each day The Salt Line features a rotating selection of local Chesapeake and New England oysters. When available, you can find ‘Cthulhu Deeps’, The Salt Line proprietary oyster, on the menu. Hailing from Otter Cove farm on the Damariscatta River in Maine, Cthulhu Deeps are the perfect balance of crisp, briny, and salty with moderate flavor and texture.”
The Riggsby was originally expected to open in the space in spring/summer 2020 and would’ve been adjacent to fellow Schlow restaurant group fast-casual spot, Prima, which opened in May 2019 ended up never reopening after the Covid closures in March 2020 and plans for The Riggsby fell through. Chiko took Prima’s place in 2021. Featured photo shows The Salt Line DC location, courtesy of The Salt Line.