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.

By: Jessica Voelker

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]