Tom Sietsema’s Friday scoop of the week: Volt sous chef Takeshi Nishikawa is taking over for Ron Tanaka at Woodley Park restaurant New Heights. Born in Japan, Nishikawa cut his culinary teeth at Restaurant Eve and the defunct Maestro in Tysons Corner. Tanaka is working on a restaurant of his own. [WaPo]
Food writers around town received an intriguing invitation this week to attend the opening of a new speakeasy called Harold Black from the owners of Acqua Al 2. Young & Hungry jumped on it, learning that former Palena bar manager Maro Stancici will be behind the bar and signature “elixirs” will go for $14. Bar snacks, meanwhile, will come courtesy of Suna chef Johnny Spero. Named for co-owner Ari Gejdenson’s grandfather, the bar debuts Tuesday. [Eater DC], [Y&H]
New York Avenue gastropub Againn! announced its closure over the weekend following a slew of rumors to that effect. [Washingtonian]
The food trucks are fighting new proposed regulations that could kick them out of popular parking spots around DC. [WP]
Amazon has a new wine delivery service that will be available in DC—but with steep shipping charges, sadly. [CityDesk]
Prince of Petworth has the menu for Hanoi House, opening in the former Blackbyrd space on 14th Street. [PoP]
Extreme Pizza—what is with all these thrusty pizza chain names?—is headed for Pentagon City, reports ARLNow. [ARLNow]
Union Market stays open five days a week starting next week. [DCist]
Insert “something always seemed fishy” joke here. The owner of Columbia Heights takeout spot DC Fish Carryout has pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine. [Young & Hungry]
Eater has the details on where Tom Colicchio and friends ate while in town for Metrocooking. [Eater]
In other closing news, the 19th Street Melting Pot is calling it quits. [Washingtonian]
The big story this week surrounds K Street spot Teatro Goldoni, which Real Estate Bisnow revealed will morph into an Icelandic-themed restaurant. It won’t be all hákarl and rugbrød, however—Bisnow says to expect “world cuisine small plates.” [Bisnow]
Eater DC tracked down video from a José Andrés lecture that features a preview of the new Minibar. [Eater DC]
The future of “contemporary gastropub” Againn remains uncertain—Prince of Petworth says the restaurant confirmed a November 3 closing over the phone, but partner and GM Romeo Santos followed up to say the restaurant would not close on the 3rd. One thing is certain: If you have a LivingSocial voucher, you should go ahead and use it now. [PoP]
DCist reports the National Park Service will implement a deer culling program in Rock Creek Park this winter, donating meat to area food banks. [DCist]
The City Paper’s Young & Hungry blog reports a new ramen restaurant and izakaya for Adams Morgan called Taan Noodles. A website indicates that Cashion’s new neighbor will be overseen by Jonathan Bisagni, who has cooked at Kushi, Toki Underground, and Sticky Rice. [Y&H]
The highly anticipated Boloco will be here in two weeks. [Eater DC]
Also from PoP: Red Rocks Pizza is headed to H Street, Northeast. [PoP]
Some of you type-A political types have no doubt conquered our original list of election-themed specials around Washington, so here are nine more to keep you sated through election day. Enjoy.
Cuban in Brookland: The Prince of Petworth checks in on Little Ricky’s, a Cuban-American restaurant destined for 3522 12th Street, Northeast—former home of Tropicana. The “American paladar” should be open within two weeks. [PoP]Weekend drinking alert: Uptown Tap House is now open in the former Four Fields space in Cleveland Park. [Washingtonian] Sweet stuff: Pleasant Pops debuts its brick-and-mortar this weekend. [Washingtonian]
A new reality: Bachelor Pad 3 contestant Chris Bukowski has tapped Cava and Sugo chef Dimitri Moshovitis to create a menu for a new Washington-area sports bar aimed at the ladies. No, seriously. [Washingtonian]
With all the Restaurant Week promotions you may be dined out for the week, but here’s a new place to consider: Le Grenier, the latest addition to H Street, debuting on Sunday at 5.
The modern French eatery comes courtesy of the team behind Le Chat Noir in Friendship Heights. That restaurant, which opened in 2005, leans more traditional with an older neighborhood crowd; co-owner Sam Ziar says they’re aiming for a younger, more relaxed vibe with their 45-seat Atlas District eatery.
The name, which translates to “the attic” in French, may not immediately scream twenty- and thirtysomethings, but the decor is a far cry from mothballs and hatboxes. A marble-topped 13-seat bar greets you on the ground floor, perfect for sipping cocktails like the Hendrick’s gin-based “H Street Side” flavored with mint, cucumber, and rosewater. Grab a seat upstairs for dinner overlooking funky birdcage light fixtures, which enhance what Ziar describes as an “attic-romantic” aesthetic.
#HateChicken: Mayor Vincent Gray has a few professional-slash-legal woes to contend with, but when it comes to Twitter hashtags, the guy can’t be beat. [Twitter]
Transplant Chicken: Speaking of fried chicken and anger, our roundup of the fried-poultry-night trend sparked some unexpected indignation among commenters. [Washingtonian]
Bistro Bohem has been planning to move into the space next door since its opening this spring, but the expansion has been delayed by permitting red tape. A requisite third bathroom has been built, and bar manager Mark Reyburn says the Shaw restaurant should debut its occupancy-doubling new room within the next two weeks and certainly by August.
The addition will function as a cafe by day—opening at 6 AM and offering coffee, tea, and espresso drinks from Viennese producer Julius Meinl. Staffers will serve pastries, cakes, and open-face sandwiches with ingredients that include cucumber, hard-boiled eggs, and tomato. In the evening, the room will become a formal dining room; Reyburn says the restaurant will create bistro-style specials invented around fresh ingredients along with the staple dishes on the current menu. The coffee bar will be converted into a pastry station in the evening where he and fellow Bohemers Jarek Mika and Rubin Jurek will make fancy Czech desserts, something they have been hitherto unable to do thanks to tight kitchen quarters.
Reyburn adds that there are some new summer cocktails on his list of “old-school drinks with an Eastern European twist.” Look out for a Becherovka sour that also features an oat-based unaged whiskey and a cocktail made with Slivovitz, a potent pear brandy.
By Jessica Voelker
Black vs. the Bloggers: Inside this week’s biggest sorta scandal. [Washingtonian]
There Will Be Blood: Eater National has an exclusive sneak peek of Anthony Bourdain’s graphic novel. It’s awesome and gross. [Eater National]
Day-Trip Alert: Early Mountain Vineyards is now open for business. [WaPo]
RIP, Four Fields: Cleveland Park’s Irish institution pours its last pint. [Washingtonian]
Meat Me in Chinatown: Details on the Carving Room, a new Chinatown gastro-deli. [Washingtonian]
Boom and Bust: A report on the state of “breastaurants,” with—surprise, surprise—a slideshow. [AP]