Washington, DC


1238 H Street, NE

From Granville Moore’s:

“Since we posted about our imminent closure, we have been overwhelmed by your support. You all have made it possible for us to stay open so THANK YOU!!!!!

We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but we feel blessed to be able to continue offering our Italian American Menu for take out and delivery at the moment and promise to keep you updated.”

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rear 1124 9th Street, NW courtesy Baby Wale

From an email:

Corduroy and Baby Wale have opened a pop up in the alley behind the restaurants called Clos Du Roy. A clos is a walled in vineyard and this is a walled in patio. A new mural wraps around the back of the buildings and gives it some life. We have fire pits and marshmallows are coming soon. The menu is more Corduroy than Baby Wale right now. Weather permitting Clos Du Roy will be open 7 nights a week until the cold comes.” Read More

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4th and H Street, NE

Yesterday a reader shared word that a crab shack was coming the old Driftwood Kitchen/True Orleans space on H Street, NE. Now a tipster hears that the crab shack will likely be The Boiling Crab:

“It all began in a little Southeastern Texas town called Seadrift. With a population of just 2000, Seadrift was home to Yo’Daddy and his family of crabbers and fishermen. They labored in their boats year-round, catching oysters, crab and shrimp for the seafood industry. As toiling as the work was, every weekend the men would come home with their catch of the week to enjoy­ – they boiled crawfish and crabs, shucked raw oysters, grilled fresh fish – always with a beer in hand. Read More

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Photo by Scott Suchman

From a press release:

“The owners of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, announce the opening of Satellite Sandwiches, an all-day sandwich and cookie-centric ghost kitchen. The menu, composed of a variety of Philadelphia-inspired cheesesteaks, comforting sandwiches and sides, plus jumbo made-to-order cookies, is exclusively available for delivery or pre-ordered pick-up at Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken at 1308 G Street NW. Orders can be placed online, starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 19th, 2020.

The menu, available here, developed by Chef Chris Kujala from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, features a selection of classic cheesesteaks including the traditional Philly Classic, a Pizza Steak topped with marinara sauce and fried mushrooms, and a Cheese Steak Hoagie served with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and a pickle. All cheesesteaks are served on a toasted garlic-butter sub roll from Baguette Republic and, depending on customer preference, can be topped with either a smoked gouda cheese sauce or melted provolone. Customers additionally have the option to build their own cheesesteaks from a wide list of creative toppings.

Other sandwich options include Chicken Parmesan, a grilled lamb Gyro, and Portobello Mushroom “Asteroid,” a vegan-friendly version of Astro’s popular hot chicken offering. Wings, spiced-rubbed steak fries, and a hearty chicken noodle soup round out the all-day menu. For a sweet ending, Satellite Sandwiches offers 6.5 oz. made-to-order cookies in four flavors: Double Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel, Cake Batter Funfetti, and Pumpkin Snickerdoodle.


Photo by Jen Chase

A separate, smaller menu of breakfast sandwiches is available for order between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. daily. The trio of early morning offerings include an egg, hash brown, and breakfast sausage stuffed Breakfast Burrito, a Steak and Egg Sandwich, and the BLT&E, a traditional BLT topped with two fried eggs served with chive mayo on a sub roll. Read More

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Thanks to all who passed on from Republic Kolache:

“Some bittersweet news today folks: after 5 very gratifying years, Republic Kolache will be closing up shop early next month.

From the first popups at American Ice in Aug 2015, to a wholesale business that placed kolaches on the shelves of Whole Foods & many local coffee shops, to the opening of our sister brick & mortar Republic Cantina — we’ve truly had a good run.

The rationale here is what you’d probably guess: the pandemic has caused a massive drop in our sales (namely on the wholesale side, which represented ~90% of our production). With many of our cafe & grocery customers closed, continuing operations is unfortunately just no longer sustainable. Read More

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4th and H Street, NE

Thanks to Colleen for sending: “there appears to be a permit and ongoing construction at the old Driftwood Kitchen/True Orleans location at 400 H Street Northeast. Driftwood Kitchen closed on New Year’s Day 2018, and the building has sat empty ever since. Word on H Street is this might be a crab shack restaurant (but don’t know for sure)!” Read More

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3064 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW

Pear Plum Cafe opened in the former Flying Fish Coffee and Tea space back in 2017. Pear Plum’s website says:

“We are overjoyed to announce that Bold Fork Books, a culinary bookshop that carries a diverse range of cookbooks, beverage books, and food writing, will be setting up shop permanently this month in the front of the Pear Plum space. Read More

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919 U Street, NW

Thanks to Mark for passing on word from El Rey:

“El Rey fam. Ever since we announced our closing your support and love has been overwhelming

We heard you, which is why we will NOT close on October 31st and will stay open for as long as we can – for you, for our staff, for DC. Thank you and nothing but love #UStreetDC!”

Ed. Note: Back in September we had learned American Ice Company, The Brixton, Echo Park, El Rey, The Gibson, Marvin, and Players Club reportedly will close “for the foreseeable future on Halloween.”

Updates if there are miracles for any of the other Hilton brothers spots mentioned above.

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Courtesy Moreland’s Tavern

From Moreland’s Tavern (5501 14th Street, NW):

“Moreland’s Tavern has put together a Thanksgiving Dinner for 4 at the very friendly price of $80. This includes a 12-14 pound turkey + brining kit, mashed potatoes, stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts, home-made gravy and Lyon Bakery dinner rolls for 4.

Moreland’s is also offering 9 pound spiral sliced hams as well as a number of sides to order a la carte.

Order on-line at morelandstavern.com

You can even get your wine, beer and cocktails too!”

Ed. Note: If you’re wondering why I’m always posting about Moreland’s Tavern it’s because I love Moreland’s! And Manhattans, both bourbon and rye. And Sturgill Simpson.

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