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New restaurants, repeat dinners and overhauled bars on the menu this month

Looking for something to do today or over the surprisingly cool month of July?

Here some bits, bites and a little industry chatter, all mixed together, that may help you decide how to plan your upcoming dining adventures.

Senor Iguana’s is now open in the former Calistoga sandwich site (4000 Dutchmans Lane), albeit a soft opening. If you’re not familiar with the now five-unit Mexican chain, launched in 2007 in Clarksville, it’s not your run of the mill refried beans and fajita joint. Founded and operated by Mexican immigrant Juan Segoviano, the mini-chain has conducted a mega-overhaul of the former sandwich shop, added a cool bar and expanded and upgraded outdoor seating. Best news of all is it’s launching breakfast in August—on a block with Denny’s and Wild Eggs, and Panera Bread two blocks away.

Fernando, Christina and Yaniel Martinez are planning a new, semi-upscale restaurant in the basement of their current restaurant Mussel & Burger Bar. Some years back when Fernando worked in multiple Miami restaurant kitchens—under the direction of such chefs as Douglass Rodriguez—he picked up new inspiration for dishes his team will roll out possibly before this year ends. Details are sketchy at this point, but when Fernando says, “Believe me, it’ll be cool,” you believe it.

If you’re bummed you missed the first two Great Gatsby dinners hosted by the Oakroom last month, you’re in luck. The events were so successful that the restaurant has decided to do a third dinner on July 26. Click here to make your reservations.

The Haymarket Market Whiskey Bar will unveil its new expanded bar this Friday. Those who’ve been to late night, live music spot know well its diminutive but well stocked bar can get behind during service peaks. But as owner Matthew Landan tells us, the new bar, which is 30 feet long and made from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves, will triple capacity. So belly up on July 12 to see the new creation and listen to some good tunes. Click here for more info.