Tag: Food & Restaurant News

DC Council votes to overturn Initiative 77

WASHINGTON — Initiative 77 was overturned Tuesday by a vote of the D.C. Council. The measure, approved by D.C. voters in June, would have eliminated the city’s two-tier minimum wage system. It would have raised the minimum wage for tipped workers, such as waiters and bartenders, incrementally until their minimum wage matched that of other […]

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DC-area chef Mike Isabella: ‘I probably should have apologized earlier’

WASHINGTON — More than four months after settling a federal lawsuit alleging workplace sexual harassment and days after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, D.C.-area celebrity chef Mike Isabella is offering something new — an apology. “I want people to know that I’m sorry,” Isabella told Fox 5. “I probably should have apologized earlier.” In May, […]

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New eatery wants to change the way Washingtonians think about hummus

WASHINGTON — On restaurant menus, hummus is typically listed as an appetizer. At cocktail parties, it often accompanies crudités. But at D.C.’s newest fast-casual spot, the popular chickpea spread has been called off the sidelines, and instead, is the star of each meal. Inside Little Sesame’s new home at 1828 L St. NW, chefs and […]

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3 stars, 40 years: Va. chef celebrates coveted Michelin status

WASHINGTON — Patrick O’Connell waited 40 years for the call, and on Thursday, Sept. 13, it finally happened. His restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington, just received the highest and most-coveted rating in the culinary world: three stars from the Michelin Guide. And ever since that call, O’Connell’s phone has not stopped ringing. “I was […]

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Students grow food for homeless neighbors

WASHINGTON — Those walking the block of 24th and H Streets NW will likely notice several things: Cars and buses whizzing by, doctors and nurses hustling to the hospital, and a motorcade or two barreling through the narrow streets . But look closely — just a few feet from the sidewalk — and you’ll see […]

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Va. restaurant becomes area’s first 3-star Michelin

WASHINGTON — The release of the star-rated restaurants in the 2019 Michelin Guide brought a wave of excitement to D.C.’s culinary community Sept. 13. The Inn at Little Washington became the area’s first three-star restaurant since the Guide’s D.C. launch in 2016. Congratulations PATRICK! ⭐⭐⭐@Michelin After 40 years you got it! @InnatLittleWash my team and […]

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Magnolia Bakery comes to DC’s Union Station

WASHINGTON — New York’s Magnolia Bakery, often credited with starting the cupcake craze, will open a D.C. outpost at Union Station Sept. 10. Magnolia Bakery opened its first location in Manhattan’s West Village in 1996. The company was bought in 2007 by its current owners, Steve and Tyra Abrams, who have expanded the bakery to […]

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Michelin announces 19 new Bib Gourmand restaurants in DC

WASHINGTON — Nineteen local restaurants have good reason to celebrate. On Sept. 6, Michelin Guide announced its picks in this year’s Bib Gourmand lineup — a cheap eats category, of sorts, that recognizes restaurants delivering high-quality food at a value — and 19 new restaurants made the cut. The new Bib Gourmand list comes one week […]

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Mike Isabella’s business files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Mike Isabella Concepts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday in the wake of a six-month period during which the business was sued for sexual harassment and closed several eateries, including its massive food hall at Tysons Galleria. The bankruptcy case, filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Greenbelt, is not yet available online. Mike […]

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Want “gut-friendly” fast food? LEON opens first U.S. restaurant in DC

WASHINGTON — London-based LEON, a fast food chain founded in 2004 with a goal of making fast food healthy and natural, will open its first U.S. location in downtown D.C. this month. The LEON restaurant will occupy space at 1724 L Street, NW, in the Washington Square building. LEON calls itself the pioneer in “naturally […]

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Want ‘gut-friendly’ fast food? LEON opens first US restaurant in DC

WASHINGTON — London-based LEON, a fast food chain founded in 2004 with a goal of making fast food healthy and natural, will open its first U.S. location in downtown D.C. this month. The LEON restaurant will occupy space at 1724 L Street, NW, in the Washington Square building. LEON calls itself the pioneer in “naturally […]

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Duke Zeibert’s: The retirement, the return … and no reprise

Nearly a quarter-century after its closing, WTOP looks back at D.C.’s legendary Duke Zeibert’s restaurant — a place where Washington’s elite and celebrities from across the world came to see and be seen, but most importantly experience something they’d never forget. In Part 2 of “Duke’s Dominion,” WTOP chronicles Duke’s short retirement, a second location, […]

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How local brewers name their beers

WASHINGTON — Greg Engert finds it hard to watch a musical, check out a set list or visit an art show without thinking about beer — more specifically, beer names. After a performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at D.C.’s Studio Theatre, Engert, who serves as beer director at Bluejacket Brewery, had the name […]

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Md. blue crab season picks up at DC fish market for Labor Day weekend

WASHINGTON — A three-day weekend is a welcomed time for sellers of Maryland blue crabs. At the fish market in Southwest D.C., people line up for the regional staple at Jessie Taylor Seafood. “Right now, we’re happy; the Chesapeake Bay is having a good year finally,” said Clarence Goodman, who has sold crabs along the […]

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Amazon rolls out Whole Foods Prime delivery in DC area

WASHINGTON — Whole Foods, which has had a grocery delivery partnership through Postmates, will now deliver directly through the Amazon Prime Now channel in the D.C. area. The District is one of four new cities, plus additional New York neighborhoods added to the roster of Prime Now delivery areas, bringing the total to 28 cities. […]

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High above DC, unseen urban beekeepers boost sustainable local agriculture

WASHINGTON — The District provides plenty of good street-level sights. There are attention-grabbing monuments, fountains, and displays in store windows. Both locals and tourists alike, however, may not know there is a thriving rooftop community in the District, and no, we’re not just talking swimming pools and patios. Take, for example, a two-block stretch of […]

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Philly cheesesteak taste test: Do delivered sandwiches make the grade?

WASHINGTON — Is there any chance that an authentic cheesesteak sandwich made in Philadelphia and sent on a 140-mile journey to D.C. could taste as good as it does fresh off the grill in the City of Brotherly Love? WTOP wanted to find out when we heard that the Philly landmark Pat’s King of Steaks […]

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Ben’s Chili Bowl: A DC institution turns 60

WASHINGTON — It’s not easy to keep a business going for 60 years, and it’s hard to become a local landmark beloved by everyone from presidents to the neighborhood kids. But Ben’s Chili Bowl has managed both. The history-laden eatery stands as a testament not only to its own history but that of the neighborhood […]

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Best places to go apple picking this fall

WASHINGTON — If apple picking is on your fall to-do list, now is the time to check it off. “Don’t wait until you are pumpkin-patching because you’ll probably find a lot of rotten apples at that point,” said Guiomar Ochoa, a parenting and travel writer for Red Tricycle. In the D.C. area, the season for […]

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Mike Isabella’s Graffiato DC closes for good

WASHINGTON — Graffiato, Chef Mike Isabella’s Italian restaurant, has officially shuttered its Chinatown location — and the D.C.-based restaurateur hints more closures could be on the way. Graffiato DC — Isabella’s first restaurant — permanently closed in the wake of an eviction notice from its landlord, Douglas Development, the Washingtonian reported on July 31. The […]

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In DC’s modern food scene, chef looks to past for menu inspiration

WASHINGTON — In D.C’s crowded restaurant scene, chefs are constantly seeking out new trends and techniques to set themselves apart from the rest. But when Jake Addeo needs to freshen up his menu, he looks to the past for inspiration. In his office at Occidental Grill on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just one block from the […]

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Taste of Studio celebrates theater, food and 14th Street community

WASHINGTON — The dog days of summer are here, and if you’re looking for a way to take your mind off the suffocating heat and humidity this weekend, Studio Theatre is opening its air-conditioned doors for the fourth annual Taste of Studio event on Aug. 4 on 14th Street in Northwest D.C. The free open […]

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