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Photo credit: Scott Suchman

From an email:

“After launching in Virginia earlier this year, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is happy to announce that its food truck is now permitted to operate in Washington, DC. The truck’s daily menu features doughnuts (the same flavor offerings served in the store, daily), chicken fingers and fried chicken sandwiches including the Fried Chicken BLT, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Old Bay Fried Chicken Sandwich. Beginning today, Wednesday, October 22, the Astro truck will be stationed in Friendship Heights with their friends from Pho Wheels (cancelled due to weather). On Thursday, the truck will be in NOMA and on Friday, it will be back in Virginia in Ballston. For up to the minute locations, follow Astro’s Twitter feed at @astrodoughnuts.”

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11th and M St, NW

Ed. Note: The building home to the laundromat at 11th and M St, NW pictured above went for sale for $2,999,000 in 2012. Will update when we find the exact location for the future Phonation restaurant.

@catiecat tweets us the big news:

“@PoPville my fave food truck @DCphonation told me they are opening a real restaurant at 11&M, maybe by end of year! #Awesome #BahnMis”

Check out DC Phonation’s menu here.

Their website also says:

“Phonation was created with an innovated vision where Rachel hopes to unite people through the famous and authentic taste of Vietnamese cuisine: pho and banh-mi. The menu also features a Mexican and Vietnamese fusion cuisine called the Burrito-Banh-mi that was inspired by a former employee. All that tasty freshness originally found in the famous BBQ pork and chicken banh-mi can now be savored in a simple tortilla.”

Any other fans?

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Photos courtesy Nauti Foods

From an email:

“We had a great first day out on the water, but didn’t go out Sunday due to the predicted storms (which never seemed to materialize).

We will be back out on the water next Friday evening (5-8pm) and then Sat/Sun approx 12-8 *weather permitting. (hours & weekly specials will be posted by the end of the week on Facebook and twitter)

Our basic menu is Nauti Dogs (hot dogs), Naked Nauti Dogs (no bun/on a stick), cold drinks (water, coconut water, iced tea, lemonade, soda), frozen treats (ice cream sandwiches, ice cream bars, popsicles, and freeze pops). We will also be carrying gelato pops from Dolcezza and some other local items from places like Sticky Fingers and Gouter and others. These are the ‘specials’ which may vary from week to week.”

From an earlier press release:

“Washington, D.C. The area’s first food boat will launch this weekend providing boaters, kayakers, and paddle-boarders with snacks, ice cream, and cold drinks on the water. Items available for purchase on the boat include hot dogs, chips, cookies, and ice cream treats. Nauti Foods will also feature select items from several local producers such as Gouter, Sticky Fingers, and Dolcezza.

Nauti Foods will be anchored just north of the Key Bridge and will be open Friday afternoons and Saturday/Sunday. Credit card and cash accepted.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JoshBassett|PHOTOGRAPHY

From an email:

“On Thursday nigh three of our members — the Dolci Gelati Truck, KaftaMania and Neat Meat are serving from 6 to 7:30 pm at 9th and Upshur Streets NW as part of DMV Food Truck Week activities.

Thursday, June 12

Petworth Food Truck Supper Club with Dolci Gelati, KaftaMania, and Neat Meat

6 to 7:30 pm
9th and Upshur Streets NW at Georgia Avenue

Food trucks can serve more than just lunch! Enjoy a community dinner with your neighbors on this Thursday evening in Petworth.”

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Until the Columbia Heights spot is ready…

From an email:

“TGI Fridays is taking its new handcrafted menu to the streets with the launch of its first-ever Food Truck, serving up complimentary samples of delicious food and drinks available at Fridays. On June 21-22, The Fridays Food Truck will be in DC serving up free food and drinks at the Safeway Barbecue Battle.

The Fridays Food Truck will feature exciting new offerings and Fridays heritage items, including All American Burger Sliders, Loaded Potato Skins, Ahi Tuna Crisps and Oreo Madness, as well as the refreshing and energizing Red Bull Strawberry Lemonade and Fridays Best Margarita. For more information, please visit www.SummerOfFridays.com.”

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Thanks to a reader for passing on word about STIX food truck coming to Petworth:

“@GoBrindisi

Congrats @eatstix on your new digs in Petworth #DC. So sad you’re leaving us at #Vocus. BTW your NY Strip today was super #yummy! #foodtruck”

“@eatstix – we will make an announcement soon!”

Their website says:

“Top quality chicken breast, NY strip and colossal shrimp meet the grill on this truck!

We’ve created amazing flavors by handcrafting marinades from the freshest ingredients. Natural flavors inspire us, so we use clean oils, citrus zest and juice, fresh herbs and spices bringing bursts of mouth-watering flavor to our recipes.

Fruit and vegetable STIX are selected on a seasonal basis always ensuring quality, full flavor and freshness.

It is our desire to offer stacked deliciousness to everyone.

A variety of vegetarian and vegan options available daily.”

Check out the menu here.

Updates when they make their announcement.

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Line for Cirque today

“Dear PoPville,

I was really upset to see this. This is EASILY the best food truck I’ve ever been to, they are consistently awesome. I’m not sure what D.C. policies are driving this, but whatever they are, seems worthy of a public discussion. From Cirque Cuisine‘s FB page”

“Good morning Franklin Park!!! We are heart broken to say that today is our last day here. Can we all say thank you to Vincent Grey and the restaurant association for making it soo hard to do business in the city? Not only are three years of incredibly hard work, passion and love going away but now our five employees have to find new work. With all of that said please come out and enjoy your last meal from Cirque Cuisine Food Truck. We love you guys!!’”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user yostinator

From their website:

“This Friday, November 14th we will be celebrating our 3rd anniversary at the place it all started – Farragut Square. It’s a bittersweet day for us, because it will also be our last day of service. We cannot say thank you enough for supporting us throughout the years – our customers have been nothing short of inspiring. Thousands of the best the DMV has to offer pushed us to be better, try harder, and keep dreaming. Special thanks to our friends on “CapMac’s Wall of Fame” for their overwhelming support, and to the DMV Food Truck Association for all the support they have given us these last three years.

Thank you for allowing us to celebrate weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and all the other special occasions we were lucky to be a part of. To the students and faculty of George Washington University, we will never be able to adequately thank you for your unmatched loyalty. Thanks for being the best brand ambassadors a small business could ask for.

We’re not saying goodbye, we’re saying “see you later”. We have our eyes set on new and opportunities in the future and we’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on our next move.

In closing, thank you for sharing your memories with us. More importantly, thank you for believing in us.”

CityPaper reports:

“[Owner Brian] Arnoff wouldn’t reveal exactly what’s in store next, but he says he would like to eventually have a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

We judged CapMac back in 2011.

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202 Florida Ave, NW (at R Street)

Back in July a reader asked about the old buses seen at the corner of Florida and R St, NW near Big Bear Cafe. I finally spoke with the folks at Fojol Bros and have learned more about their plans for Elastic Highways (@elastichighways “From the minds, muscles & mustaches of the fojol bros., two retrofitted buses on a cross-country journey to launch new mobile dining & tech experience in DC.”) which kicks off with a preview tonight at 202 Florida Ave, NW.

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Cool Blue 3250

The buses from the lot in the top photo have been removed. They will be bringing Cool Blue 3250 tonight at 5pm along with the Merlindia food truck. They will be at that lot tonight from 5pm “until the ghouls and ghosts go home”. And they will be there all weekend through Sunday. The food trucks that they bring the rest of the weekend will rotate. Stay tuned for more details including plans for the second bus, Retro Orange 613, which will have a more structured 34 seat layout.