Archive for January 12, 2015

City Paper’s Daily Recap: January 12

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

WBJ:  Team bagel vs. team biscuit.

Washingtonian:  What top restaurants have planned for Restaurant Week.

Post:  Health-conscious Halsa opens today in Brookland.

PoPville:  Burger King closes in Union Station.

ARLnow:  Sweet Leaf to open in Ballston next month.

Eater:  Sneak peek at Bonchon’s first D.C. location in Navy Yard.

UrbanDaddy:  A new bar with fake splattered blood on the floor.

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Stanton & Greene Coming to Capitol Hill

Stanton & Greene Coming to Capitol Hill

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Stanton & Greene is the result of a collaboration between three different bar owners in D.C. Eli Hengst and Jared Rager of Sonoma, and August Paro of Beuchert’s Saloon are partnering up to work on the project, which is coming into the former home of the Pour House.

The building can seat 180 and has three floors. On the main floor, an “American bistro” will serve executive chef Josh Hutter’s food. Upstairs is a bar; downstairs, the plans are not yet finalized — though a bar will definitely be there.

Construction is happening now, ...

New Company, Republic Kolache Co., to Open Soon

New Company, Republic Kolache Co., to Open Soon

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Kolaches are a popular treat in Texas — pastries from the Czech Republic made from soft dough and different types of filings. Chris Svetlik and Brian Stanford, both hailing from Texas, will soon be bringing the snacks to D.C. They plan to open Republic Kolache Co. this year, sometime within the next two months.

The pair will begin by popping up at restaurants and serving their snacks at farmers’ markets. They hope to open up a brick and mortar shop, though that will not be for quite some time, according to Svetlik. Look ...

City Paper’s Daily Recap: January 6

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

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Comfort Food, Indian-Style: Kitchari

Comfort Food, Indian-Style: Kitchari

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Comfort food is similar across all cultures — warm, rich, satisfying. Kitchari, an Indian one-pot dish, hits all of those notes and more. Similar to risotto, the bean and grain dish has a creamy texture and tastes far worse for you than it actually is. You won’t typically find it on a restaurant menu — it’s home cooking at its finest.

White rice and yellow moong dal are simmered together to create a porridge-like texture. Puree it and serve it to young children, or eat it yourself when you aren’t feeling well. The dish is ...

Columbia Heights Says Goodbye to Mad Momos

Columbia Heights Says Goodbye to Mad Momos

Source: PoPville

Mad Momos, which opened in December 2012, is now closed permanently. The restaurant closed for the holidays between December 22 and January 5, but word broke today that the space would not be reopening as previously planned. According to a note from the owners, they are hoping to change their focus to other “opportunities that will better enhance [their] community in Columbia Heights.” They thank their staff and customers and wish patrons a happy new year.

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Dumplings, Soup Noodles En Route to EatsPlace

Dumplings, Soup Noodles En Route to EatsPlace

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

EatsPlace is saying goodbye to one of its first residents, DC Born & Raised. The Southern restaurant will leave the space this Thursday, making room for the newest occupant — owner Katy Chang. Chang will be serving dumplings and noodle soup for one month, beginning on January 10th.

Chang’s menu will feature vegan options as well as carnivorous plates, and will spice things up with her grandmother’s line of hot sauce. Each dish will be $10 or less. For dessert, make room for an ice cream sandwich made with Rice Krispies — and ...

Vigilante Coffee to Pop Up at Impala

Vigilante Coffee to Pop Up at Impala

Source: Eater DC

Vigilante Coffee Co. will be opening on H Street on January 16. A pop-up cafe will be starting at Impala Cantina Y Taqueria, where the coffee company will be serving their drinks as well as doughnuts. A sidewalk window will be open for ordering from the outside. The operation will be in business Friday to Sunday, from 7:30 am to 1 pm.

Auston Redington, Vigilante’s retail director, said that the pop-up will continue to run until Vigilante can open its permanent location, according to Eater DC. Their new space will open across from Maketto sometime this year.

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Penn Quarter to Gain European Bakery

Penn Quarter to Gain European Bakery

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Bakers & Baristas will open next Thursday, a new European-style bakery owned by Aaron Gordon of Red Light and Draft Table. Joined by chef Lindsay Meehan and pastry chef Naomi Gallego (of Blue Duck Tavern), Gordon will be serving a medley of European treats and desserts. Gordon owns the adjoining space, Red Velvet, as well.

With seats for 32, Bakers & Baristas will serve Compass Coffee in the morning, as well as danishes and cafe sandwiches throughout the day. Other treats will also be available, including brioche buns, yogurt tarts, coffee cake, and cookies. The ...

Beau Thai Opens on 7th Street

Beau Thai Opens on 7th Street

Source: PoPville

Beau Thai opened on December 26 in their brand new Shaw location. They left their old location on the 23rd, closing after dinner service to move the establishment several streets away. They had been working out of their New Jersey Avenue location for over four years.

Management wrote that a new restaurant will be taking over their old space later in the season. According to PoPville, word on the street is that a new noodle house will be coming into the space they left behind.

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New Mike Isabella Restaurant, “Kapnos Kouzina,” to Open in Summer

New Mike Isabella Restaurant, "Kapnos Kouzina," to Open in Summer

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Mike Isabella has been branching out from his D.C. mainstay restaurants recently. The Washington Post reported today that another Kapnos, Kapnos Kouzina, will be opening in Bethesda this year. The original Kapnos in D.C. opened in 2013; Kapnos Taverna will open in Ballston at the end of January.

A press release stated that Kouzina will feature “traditional and classic” cooking, though it will still retain dishes from the other two restaurants. Look for exclusive dishes like Greek spiced crispy chicken with attiki honey, and whole branzino in spicy clam broth. Lunch will also ...

Eater DC’s Wire: January 2

Source: Eater DC

Graffiato has reworked the menu for its Notorious B.I.G. tribute dinner, after the original sample caused a stir. Controversial item names have been replaced now.

District 2 Bar & Grille suffered damages from a fire this New Year’s Day, according to Washingtonian. The bar is currently closed due to the damages.

Eater National collected a roundup of the “most scathing restaurant reviews” in the country. Todd Kliman’s killer review of America Eats Tavern made the list.

Restaurant Nora’s 36th birthday brings a $36 menu, available through the month of January.

CakeLove in Shirlington has closed. U Street’s ...

Thomas Foolery Bar Closing Temporarily

Thomas Foolery Bar Closing Temporarily

Source: Eater DC

Thomas Foolery, a bar filled with old games and candy and built for nostalgia, is going to be closing for a brief period of time starting today. The whimsical establishment will remain closed for between two and four days for renovations, according to the Facebook page — though there is no set date for the bar to reopen. The bar made the Business Insider list of the 50 Coolest New Businesses in America recently, according to Eater DC.

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Feast on Korean Street Food at BUL

Feast on Korean Street Food at BUL

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Asian food is creeping into Adams Morgan — the most recent addition to the lineup is BUL, from the folks behind Sakuramen. Jonathan Cho and Jay Park serve Korean street food from the brand new establishment, which seats 70 and offers up a medley of authentic Asian eats. On the menu is kimchee and hangover soup, which is made with fish and has “restorative qualities.”

Though the restaurant does not have a liquor license yet, it will open an Asian bar once it does. The bar will be stocked with sake, beer, ...

Coppi’s Attempts to Extend its Hours

Coppi's Attempts to Extend its Hours

Source: PoPville

Coppi’s, now located at 3321 Connecticut Avenue NW, is attempting to extend its hours according to a liquor license posted outside their establishment. They want to stay open until 2 am daily. Additionally, they are hoping to include live music as a part of their entertainment.

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