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Iconic D.C. seafood hub Captain White’s Seafood has pulled up its anchor at the Wharf, capping a 50 percent century of promoting cooked and uncooked seafood there. The seafood purveyor will run out of some smaller barges that stay at the Wharf’s Municipal Fish Market for the moment. Even all those retailers will vanish soon following Thanksgiving. The information arrives adhering to a lease dispute among Captain White’s and Hoffman-Madison, the developer at the Wharf. The proprietors at Captain White’s say they’ll consider to relocate the beloved seafood stall.
“It was not by decision that we are leaving The Wharf but Captain White’s will carry on On in a spot that is more accessible and buyer welcoming,” the seafood stall posted on Facebook before today.
Courting again to 1805, the Municipal Fish Current market statements to be the oldest constantly operating open-air fish market place in the U.S. Jesse Taylor Seafood will keep on being open there. [ABC7]
The fallout around Navy Garden Popeyes viral rat video continues
After a TikTok video of rats running wild at the Popeyes in Navy Property went viral this week, health department officials speedily swooped in and temporarily slammed the doors shut at the fried rooster outlet, citing a variety of overall health code violations.
Popeyes officials have designed that closure much more everlasting by terminating the franchise agreement with the restaurant’s operator. The Popeyes signal has been eliminated as nicely. [The Washingtonian]
Meanwhile, the Ricardo Land, the hen shipping and delivery male who exposed the infestation, claims he’s missing his job more than it. He established up a GoFundMe that has previously brought in a lot more than $26,000.
HQ2 retail begins to consider condition with espresso and wine
Virginia-born RĀKO Coffee signed a lease this week at HQ2, the Amazon headquarters using root in Arlington with 140,000-square feet of open-to-the-general public retail room. The new RĀKO will involve espresso drinks a organic wines method from girls winemakers, proprietors, and growers craft cocktails, and light-weight bites.
Supply chain difficulties
Covid ran the restaurant marketplace via the wringer and source chain issues suggest that challenging occasions are hanging close to for a even though. From the skyrocketing cost of hen wings to how substantially extended it normally takes to open a restaurant when tools just won’t get there, here’s what’s stressing out restaurant homeowners and chefs correct now. [Washingtonian]
Chinatown’s finding a customizable burger bar
Try to eat Brgz, the fledgling rapidly-informal that payments itself as America’s first “mix-in burger” bar, will open up its second D.C. area inside of the former Authorized Sea Meals space following spring (704 7th Avenue NW), experiences Washington Metropolis Paper. Diners personalize their burgers by picking a main protein (100-per cent black angus beef from Roseda Farms, hen, or veggie) and an assortment of components to cook into the patty. Other products imported from the 2-yr-old unique on Capitol Hill incorporate Brussels sprouts, fries, and protein-packed milkshakes, moreover wine, beer, and cocktails on faucet. The Capital One particular Arena community lately welcomed an outpost of mega chain Smashburger. [WCP]
Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer is unleashing his tavern chain in D.C.
Taffer’s Tavern is swinging open up in the D.C. region with two destinations debuting in airports soon. In the meantime, Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer is also plotting a total-support eatery in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, adjacent to the Money Just one Arena in downtown D.C. Drink offerings at present locations of Taffer’s Tavern contain a very normal list of beer and wine, as properly as cocktails with names like “berry impressive” and “wonderful mojito.” Foodstuff includes burgers, salads, flatbreads, and soups. [EaterWire]
Restaurant chain Cava is leaning into catering
Cava, the fast-service Mediterranean cafe that started out in the D.C. area and has subsequently distribute throughout the state, will debut catering in Tysons early next calendar year with hopes to convey bites like salmon kabobs to workplace events, sports activities, and more. It’ll be the to start with Cava catering spot in the D.C. region. Cava debuted its 1st catering kitchen near Bryant Bark in NYC on Monday. Cava’s restaurant group also owns Zoe’s Kitchen area. [Washington Business Journal]