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RareSweets Celebrates Christmas in July; Tony Conte To Open Pizzeria in Gaithersburg

Plus, Ocopa marks Peruvian Independence Day with all day happy hour.

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PENN QUARTER To distract from the summer heat, RareSweet in CityCenterDC will celebrate Christmas in July between July 29 and August 1. They're decorating the store, playing holiday music and making a special line of treats like hot cocoa with marshmallows (over ice), egg nog ice cream, chocolate snow flake cookies and summer vacation elf cookies. [EaterWire]

GAITHERSBURG Washingtonian reports former Oval Room chef Tony Conte is opening his first solo restaurant, Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, around Labor Day. It will be the first pizzeria with official Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certification in Maryland. [Washingtonian]

ATLAS DISTRICT Tomorrow, Ocopa is celebrating Peruvian Independence Day with all day happy hour and complimentary bites. Guests who wear red and white will even get a free taste of pisco. [Facebook]