Tag: Food & Restaurant News

Decline in local farmers’ production could pose DC-area food security challenges

WASHINGTON — Maryland and Virginia farmers produce lots of food that end up on your dinner table, but not as much as they used to. Analysts reporting those findings believe it could be a growing challenge for the area’s food security. “Our production is declining in things like apples, chicken, pork, tomatoes, potatoes,” said Lindsay […]

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New Hilton above L’Enfant Metro will open in April

WASHINGTON — After sitting vacant for nearly six years, the former L’Enfant Plaza Hotel is set for its grand reopening as the Hilton Washington DC National Mall. The 15-story hotel comes back with 367 rooms and 23,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The former L’Enfant Plaza Hotel is set for its grand reopening […]

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Bethesda’s Praline Bakery opens at The Wharf

WASHINGTON — Bethesda’s popular Praline Bakery and Bistro has opened a new location at The Wharf in D.C. Praline Bakery has a full menu at its new, 2,500-square-foot Wharf location, with pastries, cookies, cakes, macarons and coffee, along with soups, salads, quiches and sandwiches. It is adjacent to The Wharf’s 7th Street Park. Praline Bakery’s Bethesda location […]

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Fight food waste, save money: ‘Ugly’ produce delivery launches in DC area

WASHINGTON — There’s a new way to fight food waste, combat climate change, save money, and increase your fruit and veggie intake — and you don’t need to leave the house to do it. Imperfect Produce, a San Francisco-based food delivery company that sources and sells oddly shaped or blemished fruits and vegetables, recently expanded […]

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LEON brings its LOVe Burger to DC

WASHINGTON — London-based fast food chain LEON, which opened its first U.S. location last year in Washington Square at 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW, is putting a plant-based burger on its D.C. menu. The LOVe Burger is made from 100 percent plants and is the first of several new vegan items LEON will add to its […]

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D.C. Brau makes substitution in flagship lineup of beer

The District’s biggest brewery is making a big change to its flagship line of beers. D.C. Brau Brewing Co. is replacing its Citizen Belgian-style ale with Join Resolution, a hazy India pale ale, starting next month. The Citizen has been a part of the brewery’s flagship lineup since it opened in 2011. It will soon […]

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&pizza opens inside the Rayburn House Office Building

WASHINGTON — Many workers on the House side of Capitol Hill won’t need to leave the building for some &pizza. The D.C.-based craft pizza chain has opened a location inside the Rayburn House Office Building. Food services company Sodexo has subcontracted to operate the location. It is &pizza’s 13th location in the District. It also has […]

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Why gov’t. shutdown hurt Apple and Chick-fil-A

WASHINGTON — How much did the 35-day partial government shutdown impact the shopping and dining-out habits of those affected federal employees in the D.C. area? Significantly, according to Dulles, Virginia-based Gravy Analytics. Gravy Analytics — whose location intelligence tools track a billion daily location signals from more than 250 million smartphones and devices — compared […]

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Aldi signs lease for largest D.C. store, in Fort Totten

Aldi has agreed to open a 25,000-square-foot store at Art Place at Fort Totten, the Cafritz Foundation’s redevelopment of the Riggs Plaza apartment complex at South Dakota Avenue and Kennedy Street NE. The store, scheduled to open in 2022, will be the German discount grocer’s second in D.C., after 901 17th St. NE, and its […]

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Bradley Beal and broccoli: New health campaign targets DC-area youth

WASHINGTON — Washingtonians who wander into Giant Food stores this year will see a familiar face — or three — in the produce section. Next to bins of apples, oranges and tomatoes are posters of Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne and Washington Capitals right winger T.J. Oshie — […]

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Federal workers eager to return to work, concerned about future

WASHINGTON — Federal workers who have missed two paychecks said they are eager to return to their jobs on Monday, but they’re concerned about the potential of yet another government shutdown in three weeks. Announcing the agreement on Friday to end the shutdown, President Donald Trump said the government would be reopened for three weeks […]

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SoHo Cafe expands its DC food bar business, weddings too

WASHINGTON — Despite the proliferation of fast-casual lunch options in D.C., downtown office dwellers still like their hot bars and salad bars, and one of the original hot-cold bars is expanding. SoHo Cafe & Market is doubling the number of its downtown locations, for a total of six by early 2019. Newmark Knight Frank represented […]

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Fruitive marks opening of Dupont Circle spot with free avocado toast

WASHINGTON — Fruitive, a small fast-casual chain whose menu is 100-percent plant based, will open its second D.C. location Jan. 25. To mark the opening, the eatery is giving away free avocado herb toast and coffee starting at noon. The Dupont Circle Fruitive is at 1330 Connecticut Ave. in Northwest D.C. Fruitive opened its first […]

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36 million meals ‘are never going to end hunger’: DC Central Kitchen reflects on 30 years

WASHINGTON — Four years ago, Earl Pass felt as if he was being followed. The D.C. resident was just released from prison after serving a 14-year sentence, and nearly everywhere he went — job fairs, his halfway house — Pass ran into representatives and recruiters from DC Central Kitchen. Taking it as a sign, and […]

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DC eatery fined for ID’ing transgender woman over bathroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington, D.C, attorney general says a restaurant will be fined $7,000 for stopping a transgender woman outside a bathroom and asking for her ID. The Washington Post reports D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said Wednesday that the District has settled with Cuba Libre over the violation of the D.C. Human […]

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Star chef Jose Andres to feed furloughed federal workers in DC

WASHINGTON — Chef Jose Andres, founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen and a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will open a kitchen in D.C. to feed furloughed federal workers in his hometown. “We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children, so we […]

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Star chef Jose Andres to open kitchen for furloughed feds

WASHINGTON — Chef Jose Andres, founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen and a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will open a kitchen in D.C. to feed furloughed federal workers in his hometown. “We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children, so we […]

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Blue Duck Tavern opens outdoor ‘Fire Garden’ (with fondue and blankets)

WASHINGTON — Blue Duck Tavern, at the Park Hyatt in D.C.’s West End, doesn’t see any reason why you can’t enjoy patio seating in the colder months. The restaurant just opened its Fire Garden. The new outdoor space, with fountain, is a sunken garden with fire pits and comes with blankets for guests to stay […]

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Reviving the retro soda shop: Buffalo & Bergen grows with second location

WASHINGTON — Six years ago, when veteran bartender Gina Chersevani told friends she wanted to open a soda bar in D.C., the typical response was, “What the heck is that?” And she didn’t exactly have an answer at the ready. “I didn’t know, because one didn’t exist, so I had to come up with a […]

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Clyde’s CEO John Laytham dies at 74

Clyde’s Restaurant Group CEO John Laytham, who worked with the stalwart Washington restaurant group for more than 55 years, died Thursday at Washington Hospital Center. He was 74.  Laytham succumbed after battling a heart condition for many years, according to a release from Clyde’s Restaurant Group.  Laytham steered Clyde’s from its first location, which opened […]

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6 restaurants to look out for in 2019

WASHINGTON — The D.C. area’s restaurant bubble continues to grow, but it’s not bursting just yet. Close to 100 eateries opened in 2018 — from grand dining rooms to street-food stands — and 2019 is shaping up to be an equally exciting year for the taste buds. What, exactly, is in the works? Washingtonian executive food […]

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Fancy to fast-casual: The best restaurants of 2018

WASHINGTON — It was another banner year for D.C.’s dining scene. Five local restaurants were nominated for Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants in America list (Maydan made it to No. 2), and 16 restaurants were awarded Michelin stars in the 2019 Guide (up from 14 in the 2018 Guide), including The Inn at Little Washington, […]

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