Food News Review: Minibar Opening Delay, Chefs as Diplomats, Dolcezza’s New Digs

Plus: Catoctin Creek’s expansion, two reviews of Bistro Vivant, and Geoff Tracy’s New York move.
Todd Kliman parses the local pizza offerings. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
Todd Kliman parses the local pizza offerings. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Opening/closing news

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]

Awaiting Andrés: Minibar won’t reopen until late October. [WCP]

Sweet news: Dolcezza is building an open-to-the-public production facility behind Union Market. [Washingtonian]

Speaking of Union Market: This weekend marks its long-awaited debut. Here’s our guide to what you’ll find on opening day. [Washingtonian]

Still speaking of Union Market: Crafty Bastards is moving there and will now charge a $10 fee to enter. [PoP]

Expanding empire: Bethesda’s Carole Sugarman sneaks a peek at Chef Geoff’s Rockville, which will start serving September 12, per her post. [Bethesda]

R.J. update: Anna Spiegel checks in with R.J. Cooper, who shares a few more details about his Mosaic District restaurant and plans for another DC project. [Washingtonian]

We call Colonel Mustard: Board game bar the Board Room—featuring vintage Clue games among its collection of parlor diversions—opens this weekend in Dupont. [UrbanDaddy]

Taco invasion: Time to start stockpiling the agua fresca? The Washington Post’s Going Out Gurus bring word of a Washington-area “tacopocalypse,” as evidenced by four new taco spots and “at least two more arrive in coming months.” [WaPo]

Everyone’s an investor: The City Paper takes a look at a growing restaurant-world trend: crowdsourcing startup funds. [WCP]

Know thy pie: Pizza is suddenly everywhere. Todd Kliman breaks down regional specialties. [Washingtonian]

Chef news and staff changes

New York Move: More big news from Chef Geoff’s: the Dining Bisnow newsletter says owner Geoff Tracy and his family are moving to New York City as wife Norah O’Donnell begins a gig at CBS This Morning. How will he run his restaurant empire from afar? For clues, read Todd Kliman’s definitive profile. [BN]

Dinner diplomats: Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, and José Andrés are among 20 chefs that the State Department has tapped as culinary ambassadors. [WaPo]

Taciturn toque: The Washingtonian’s own Shane Harris profiles press-shy Komi chef Johnny Monis. [Washingtonian]

H &Pizza &Pilla: The Hill Is Home brought news that pizzaiolo Anthony Pilla, originally on board at the forthcoming Ghibellina, has landed instead at H &Pizza (via Eater DC). [THIH]

Ripert’s recruit: Before he scurried off to Le Bernardin for a little culinary boot camp, we gave new Westend Bistro chef Devin Bozkaya the Q&A treatment. [Washingtonian]

New reviews and other items of note

Middling in McLean: The Post’s Tom Sietsema and Northern Virginia’s Stefanie Gans both cracked into Bistro Vivant this week, where they found uneven cooking. [WaPo][Northern Virginia]

Healthy spice: We checked out the Vienna strip-mall spot Turmeric, featuring lightened-up versions of popular Indian dishes. [Washingtonian]

Big moment for brewing: Eater DC has the video of Port City Brewing’s Bill Butcher speaking at the Democratic National Convention. [Eater DC]

Celebrating sauerkraut: At long last, a monthlong homage to the humble kraut, with plenty of videos starring Spike Mendelsohn and friends. [Eater DC]

More whiskey, please: Catoctin Creek announces an expansion. [CC]

Going national: Finally, we would like to offer big congrats to Eater editor Amy McKeever, crack chronicler of DC restaurant news. McKeever has been bumped up to Eater National. [Eater DC]

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