Archive for August 31, 2016

Eater’s Labor Day Brunch Guide

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Source: Eater DC

Here’s who’s serving brunch this Monday | Summer’s farewell weekend is right around the corner and many people have the luxury of extending the celebrations through Monday. For those lucky folks, restaurants are offering a rare weekday brunch on September 5. After all, a long weekend just wouldn’t be complete without mimosas on a Monday.

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Takoma Beverage Company Will Be the Neighborhood’s Next Cafe

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Source: Eater DC

The neighborhood joint is coming late this year or early 2017 | A partner in Clarendon’s coffee-and-wine destination Northside Social is helping to bring somewhat of a replica across state lines in Takoma Park.

Takoma Beverage Company will be a new cafe selling hand-crafted coffee and tea, along with beer, wine, and cocktails prepared by trained baristas. The man behind the coffee program is Seth Cook, co-owner and the current coffee director of the six-year-old Northside Social. Takoma Beverage Company will also offer breakfast sandwiches and pastries. In the afternoon, booze will join the mix, as will charcuterie, cheese, and smaller …

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Landlord Sues Boe Restaurant for More Than $250,000 in Unpaid Rent

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Log cabin-themed restaurant Boe has closed at 9th and H streets, Northwest. A sign on the door reads: “BOE IS ON PAUSE… We’d like to thank you for your past business, support and grateful having you as a customer. Stay tuned.” But an eviction lawsuit filed last week in DC Landlord and Tenant court indicates the closure is more than a “pause.” The restaurant owes more than $250,000 in unpaid rent, taxes, and other fees from March through August, according to the complaint filed by the landlord, BOP 799 9th LLC.

Co-owner Errol Lawrence, who …

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First Look: Tapa Bar

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Source: Brightest Young Things DC

Brothers Alvaro and Alonso Roche, owners of Fairmont Avenue’s Bold Bite, have expanded their empire and gifted Bethesda with a new tapas restaurant in the process. TapaBar occupies the corner of Fairmont and Woodmont avenues, meaning that the Brothers Roche don’t have to travel very far when moving from one establishment to the other. …

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Food and Booze Pop-Ups You Don’t Want to Miss

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Cappy’s Crabs | 828 Upshur St., NW | It’s the final week for Paul Ruppert and chef Johnny Spero’s Petworth crab house, which wraps up its summer run on Sunday. The team has yet to announce what kind of restaurant (or bar) will land in the space next, but we know one thing for sure—it’s last call for steamed Chesapeake blues and Old Bay fries. | When: Tuesday through Friday, 5 to 10 pm; Saturday noon to 10; Sunday noon to 9 pm. Closes Sunday, September 4.

Gravitas | Chef Matt Baker readies to open his ambitious restaurant in Ivy City, which …

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BOE (Formerly Oya) Has Closed its Doors Downtown

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Source: Eater DC

It had a short run | Oya’s experiment as BOE, a Penn Quarter lounge, has come to an end. The restaurant is closing its doors. A spokesperson for the restaurant confirmed the closure. The company also owns Asian restaurant SEI and used to own SAX (which has since been sold to new owners). It sent along this statement: “We have been at the forefront of the food revolution in DC for the past 10 years…We have consistently pushed the envelope with our vision for ambiance and the culinary experience and we are pleased to see D.C. make its mark as a …

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Shopping Cart: Old Line Fish Company’s community-supported fishery program

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

The CSF offers bi-weekly pickups in Annapolis beginning Sept. 8.

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La Cuchara review: Big, brash and Basque in Baltimore

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

2.5 stars | Enormous and stylish, it celebrates the food and drink of northern Spain

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Five festivals to check out in September

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

FOOD CALENDAR | Sample food from around the world or sip some craft beer.

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The great shrimp debate: Tails, you lose

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

CHAT LEFTOVERS | Why do some restaurants make you deal with that last half-inch of shell?

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The Halal Guys is opening in Springfield on Friday

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

The New York food-cart sensation now has franchise locations around the world.

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Trump Kids Should Sue Their Father, Geoffrey Zakarian Says in Deposition

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Donald Trump Jr. says he didn’t find out that Geoffrey Zakarian would no longer open his restaurant at the Trump International Hotel from the celebrity chef himself. He read it in the New York Times. “We had had prior to that, a pretty good personal relationship,” Trump Jr. says in a deposition for the lawsuit with Zakarian that followed. “Had dinner a bunch times and became quite friendly. So I was a little surprised.” The two had talked the previous day, on July 8, after fellow restaurateur José Andrés announced he was backing out of his lease …

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A Big Name in D.C. Wine Moves On, Plus More Intel

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Source: Eater DC

Mini news bites for the morning

Staff shuffles | Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s revered wine director, Brent Kroll is moving on to a general manager position at the wine-focused Proof. The rapidly-expanding restaurant group has lost a few big names in recent months, from Jeff Faile to Kyle Bailey — their longtime publicist just left last week as well. [WCP]

All sales are final | An interesting tidbit from Washingtonian’s coverage of the upcoming The Shaw Bijou: all sales will be final for tickets to the tasting menu-centric restaurants. That means no cancellations in the case of illness or other last-minute situations, …

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Restaurants Are Now Being Designed With Instagram In Mind

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Source: Washingtonian Food

It’s a beautiful evening on Columbia Room’s patio, and the smartphone cameras are out in force. Guests at the cocktail bar in Shaw snap images of the golden pineapple tumblers, fresh herb garnishes, and tabletop terrariums in copper cups. The effect is casual-chic. But actually, every single photogenic detail has been intricately planned with a particular app in mind—Instagram. Thoughtful presentation of food, drinks, and decor is nothing new in the hospitality world. What is new is how they’re conveyed through technology. Just as “everyone’s a critic” on Yelp, everyone’s a photographer thanks to Instagram and its 500 million–plus …

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Pro Tips for Getting a Seat at Bad Saint

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Source: Washingtonian Food

What happens when Bon Appetit magazine’s #2 New Restaurant in America is a tiny Filipino spot with only 24 seats–mostly stools–and no reservations? Lines. Long, Rose’s Luxury-style lines. “We haven’t seen anything like the lines that are greeting us every day,” says Bad Saint co-owner Genevieve Villamora of the recent crowds outside the Columbia Heights restaurant. “We’re so appreciative—especially in the second half of August when it can easily be a slow time for restaurant.” The Bad Saint team shouldn’t worry about slow business anytime soon. Crowds have been so large, and the space is so small, that there’s …

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