Food News Review: 901 and Third Edition Call It Quits, Sou’Wester’s New Chef, So Many Fast-Casual Concepts

The dining-world developments you missed while obsessing over the Beyoncé lip-syncing fiasco.

By: Jessica Voelker

Popville reports that 901 Restaurant & Bar has called it quits. Young & Hungry followed up with owner David von Storch, who says he’s in the process of selling off the building to someone else. The news follows big changes at one of von Storch’s other businesses—Capital City Brewing—which recently lost its top two brewers. [Young & Hungry]

Following the news that CityZen chef Eric Ziebold was breaking up with Sou’Wester—the other restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental—came an announcement that former Miami Mandarin chef Didier Pouzier (yes, he’s French) will be taking it on. He will also run the hotel’s Empress Lounge. [Eater]

Eater DC noticed an item in the Frederick News Post reporting a planned whiskey distillery on the stretch of North East Street shared by Bryan Voltaggio’s Family Meal. But don’t get too excited. Although the chef is a Maryland native and has a well-documented appreciation for the region’s rye-making history, a restaurant rep says he is not affiliated with the project. [Eater]

Popular Korean food truck Seoul Food will go brick-and-mortar in Maryland. [Washingtonian]

Meanwhile, stalwart barbecue brick-and-mortar Rocklands has gone mobile. The truck is slinging pulled barbecue and chicken, sausages, and sides. [Young & Hungry]

Following in the footsteps of defunct Aditi Bistro in Vienna, Thaaja, a Chipotle-style Indian restaurant, has opened on Second Avenue, Northeast. Thrillist goes in. [Thrillist]

In other fast-casual news, Taylor Gourmet’s long-awaited location in the new Mosaic District faux village—the sub company’s first Virginia shop—has announced an opening date of February 4. As with any Taylor opening, free sandwiches are totally happening. [Eater]

In other fast-casual NOVA news, Protein Bar—the Chicago-based healthy food chain that debuted in Penn Quarter last August—will open its second area location in Ballston on January 30, according to press materials. There’s another one planned for downtown DC just steps away from both Sweetgreen and Energy Kitchen.

In even more fast-casual NOVA news, Ballston will also be getting a Which Wich, a Dallas-born concept that features 50 customizable sandwiches. The restaurant replaces the Daily Grind at 4300 Wilson Boulevard; a local developer tells Eater he is scouting Metro-accessible real estate to accommodate more Which Wiches in Washington soon. [Eater]

Popville followed up on a reader tip that Julia’s Empanadas had shuttered its Columbia Heights location—sadly, he reports, it’s true. The Adams Morgan empanaderia at 2452 18th Street, Northwest, is still open for business. [Popville]

Savor those vodka-soda-soaked memories: Thursday marked the closing of Georgetown institution the Third Edition. [WaPo]

Co Co. Sala and Monica Bhide: making Valentine’s Day chocolates together at last. And they’re going to be spicy. [WaPo]

Finally: Live in Penn Quarter and enjoy conveyor-belt sushi? This one’s for you. [Eater]