Food News Review: Minibar Is Moving, Jeff Buben’s Potenza Project, and Subway’s Vegan Sandwiches

Plus: the full menu at El Chucho and a new Japanese cocktail bar.
Hank's Oyster Bar chef Jamie Leeds gets some support for her patio problem. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.
Hank's Oyster Bar chef Jamie Leeds gets some support for her patio problem. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.

News of the Bizarre: The Washington Post’s Tim Carman says Andrew Zimmern will be in town this weekend shooting Bizarre Foods. [WaPo]

Not-so-Minibar: José Andrés tells Carman’s colleague, scoopmeister/restaurant critic Tom Sietsema, that he’s moving Minibar to the Zola space at Ninth and E streets, Northwest. [WaPo]

Oh, yeah, Zola is closing: So’s Potenza. The rumors began with tweets from Foodie and the Beast’s Nycci Nellis, and the City Paper confirmed. Jeff Buben (Vidalia, Bistro Bis) will be taking over the Potenza space. [WCP]

And they’re not alone: It’s been a bleak few weeks for local eateries. Eater DC’s Amy McKeever has the death count. [Eater DC]

Patio privileges: The RAMW rallies behind chef Jamie Leeds. [WCP]

Drinking on the down-low: Along with his anticipated ramen spot, Daikaya, Daisuke Utagawa is opening a Japanese cocktail bar below Fuel Pizza at 600 F Street, Northwest. [WCP]

Elated about elote: We headed to forthcoming Columbia Heights taco and tequila spot El Chucho—where owner Jackie Greenbaum gave us an exclusive first look at the menu and interior. [Washingtonian]

Cleveland Park, now with cócteles: We also had drinks at new tapas restaurant Pulpo, so we’re pretty sure it has its liquor license. [Washingtonian]

One of them is called Sweet Riblet: The Washington area will be among the first to sample Subway’s new line of vegan sandwiches. [Miami New Times]

No more halfsies: Half pitchers of margaritas are no longer a thing at Lauriol Plaza. [PoP]

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