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Mixologists and brothers Ari and Micah Wilder, with partners Armin Amin and Adrian Williams, have opened their new cocktail bar. They selected the name “Chaplin” as a way to honor Charlie Chaplin, the British actor and comedian of the silent films era. Cocktails are influenced by the entertainer’s films and include the Gold Rush with Champagne, Amaro Montenegro, peach liqueur, peach bitters and golden flake. Chaplin Cocktail Bar, 1501 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-644-8806.
Gelato artisan and Dolcezza co-owner Robb Duncan opened a new location. It features a to-go window that allows customers to order gelato and Stumptown Coffee from the street. There is also a sundae bar with a seasonal menu and whipped cream and fresh toppings. The original front entrance door and retail shelving of the building, which was a pharmacy built in 1878, have been maintained. Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee, 1418 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-817-3900.
DC’s newest Thai eatery, Soi 38, is the go-to place for underground Thai night-market eats. To help celebrate summer in the District, owners Nat Ongsangkoon and Dia Khanthongthip are launching the “Summer Sling’back” happy hour that features a 50-percent discount on their signature Singapore Sling cocktails, draft beers, and various small plates. The program lets patrons enjoy such dishes as coconut-marinated pork belly with spicy lime sauce; green chilies stuffed with minced shrimp and chicken; and slow-roasted duck wrapped in a soft roti shell. Happy hour runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Lunch & Dinner daily. Soi 38, 2101 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-558-9215.
Pepita, a Mexican cantina from DC chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella, is scheduled to open in early 2015 in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood. It will be a casual, neighborhood bar and restaurant adorned with plant life and wood finishes. The dining room will be connected to a small patio, and customers sitting outdoors will be able to order drinks from the bar through open service windows. Guests can expect items like tacos, soups, salads, tortas, ceviches and house-made salsa and guacamole as daily staples, and specials like caja china-roasted suckling pig. The drink program will include a wide variety of tequila and mezcal, margaritas (frozen or on the rocks) and hot or frozen Mexican coffee (available with an added shot of tequila). Pepita, 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203, no phone.
Chef Michael Schlow has opened Tico in the Louis Project. Schlow debuted the first Tico in Boston in 2011. It is an American establishment that is influenced by the chef’s travels to Spain, Mexico and Latin America. On offer are ceviches, tacos, small plates, a la plancha selections and family-style entrées. Formerly executive chef of the Boston outpost, George Rodrigues oversees the kitchen in Washington. Tico, Louis Project, 1926 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-319-1400.
Chef José Andrés (Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, etc.) has opened America Eats Tavern at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. The restaurant offers a new interpretation of American classics and also recognizes native ingredients. This dining concept started out as a year-long temporary restaurant in Washington, D.C., but the Virginia space is intended to be a permanent home. America Eats Tavern, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Corner Blvd., McLean, VA 22102, 703-506-4300.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab has opened on 15th Street near the White House. A restaurant with a lengthy history, Joe’s is serving its signature Florida stone crab claws and Key lime pie, in addition to a selection of seafood dishes, Prime steaks and other items like fried chicken. The DC outpost is open for lunch, cocktail hour and late-night dining. Located in the former Union Trust Building, Joe’s houses 475 seats and several distinct event spaces. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, 750 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-489-0140.
Co Co. Sala Weekday Happy Hours Until Closing
Dubbing this social time as “All Night Long,” Co Co. Sala is opening up the bar for drinks and sweet bites until closing time on Monday to Thursday nights. Signature cocktails are $8, beers $4, and house wines $6. They even offer Prosecco with a chocolate tasting trio for $9. Happy hour on Fridays and Saturdays run from the usual time of 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. This special pricing lasts till the end of August. Co Co. Sala, 929 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-347-4265.
Cuba Libre Celebrates Rum in August
To celebrate rum and the official National Rum Day on August 16, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is launching a month-long festival showcasing four new rum flights each day. Look for the Mojito and Ceviche Flight, Mojito Flight, Rum Flight and Ceviche Flight featuring three rums and ceviche dishes. The restaurant stocks 90 premium and flavored rum varieties. In addition, chef-partner Guillermo Pernot will host two interactive cooking classes: Tuesday, August 5, and Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. Classes are $59 per person and are limited to 30 guests. August 15 (Friday) and August 16 (Saturday) will bring rums at half price exclusively during happy hour. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, 801 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-408-1600.
Lupo Verde Serves Brunch
Lupo Verde now offers brunch, with a rustic Italian menu that includes an assortment of antipasti, such as the insalata di pomodoro of frisella bread, fresh tomatoes, red onions and red peppers; and Italian french toast made with Italian brioche, pear jam and mixed nuts. For mains, patrons will find poached eggs in San Marzano tomato sauce; grilled sirloin steak with two eggs any style; and crêpes either with cheese or Nutella. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekend. Lupo Verde, 1401 T St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-827-4752.
Copperwood Tavern Celebrates Canines
Copperwood Tavern is celebrating canines monthly with a Dog of the Month “Wall of Fame.” Patrons who want to show off their dogs can enter their picture into a restaurant contest by emailing a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accompanying the photo must be the dog’s facts: name, birthday, breed, and several words why this dog should be the pick of the month. A dog is eligible to win the title only once and must be a resident of Arlington County or the local DC area to pick up the prize at Copperwood Tavern. What the winner earns is a customized dog basket from the restaurant’s sponsor, Dogma Bakery; a $50 gift card for Copperwood Tavern; a restaurant bandana; a shout-out on social media; and the framed dog photo hung in a place of honor in the restaurant. Copperwood Tavern, Shirlington Village, 4021 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206, 703-552-8010.
Toro Toro Features Brunch
Toro Toro has launched its weekend brunch service that includes Pan-Latin small plates on a buffet --- think seasonal salads, meats, raw bar, and breads and cheeses. After that, patrons can enjoy a selection of hot and cold savory plates and Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” a selection of hot-off-the-spit meats that are carved and ready for the table, plus desserts. There is also an array of side dishes, as well as four mimosa cocktails and a Bloody Mary bar where guests can create their cocktail by choosing from a list of spirits and mixers. Toro Toro, 1300 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-682-9500.
Rasika's Vikram Sunderam Honored at 2014 James Beard Foundation AwardsChef Shuffle
Vikram Sunderam of Rasika was named Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic at the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards. Read GAYOT's coverage of the annual awards ceremony. Rasika, 633 D St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-637-1222.
Roberto Hernandez has been named the new executive chef at Mio. No stranger to Mio, Hernandez has worked there as a guest chef, showcasing his knowledge of Latin dishes. Influenced by a Cuban grandmother and raised in Puerto Rico, Hernandez has cooked in numerous kitchens, including the Blue Door at Delano hotel in Miami with consulting chef Claude Troisgros. He has also consulted for several Florida restaurants. Mio, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-955-0075.
Clyde’s Restaurant Group has appointed Samuel Kim as the new executive chef at 1789 Restaurant, bringing him back to where he first worked under former executive chef Ris Lacoste in the early 2000s. Although he started his career in investment banking in New York City, Kim decided his real passion was in the kitchen. After his time at 1789 Restaurant, Kim worked at The Modern restaurant in New York City. He later served as the executive sous chef at Colicchio & Sons, a position he held since October 2011. Kim also staged in other prominent restaurants, including Per Se and Jean-Georges. 1789 Restaurant, 1226 36th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-965-1789.
Joe Palma has been tapped as the new executive chef of Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. Palma has worked as executive chef at High Cotton in Charleston, South Carolina, and also extensively in Washington, where he was chef de cuisine at Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert. Prior to that, Palma reinforced his fine dining experience with Yannick Cam at Le Paradou, and Michel Richard at Citronelle. Bourbon Steak, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-944-2026.Closings
Crumbs Bake Shop has shuttered all of its cupcake shops, including a few branches in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia. Crumbs Bake Shop, 604 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, no phone.
Ashok Bajaj closed his landmark power restaurant The Oval Room on June 30, 2014, for a complete renovation and a change in both the menu direction and the design scheme. The Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202-463-8700.
Palena, one of Cleveland Park’s more upscale neighborhood restaurants, has closed its doors. Palena, 3529 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008, no phone.
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