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Bardo Suing ABRA, Plus More Intel

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The Shaw Bijou, which is embracing fine-dining ticketing.
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Bardo River Brouhaha

The masterminds behind Bardo Brew Pub are sick of the cold shoulder from DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABRA) and are suing the city agency, reports Washington City Paper. The problem is with team’s proposed beer garden — Bardo River Brewery — located across from Nationals Park, and how ABRA seems to be blocking the garden from opening in full. Bardo owner Bill Stewart is accusing ABRA of using “ex parte communications” in holding up the venture.

Fine Dining Fuss

Washingtonian argues that the days of standing in line for hours in the hopes of scoring a seat at an illustrious fine-dining establishment may soon be over as tickets will be the way of the future. The controversial Shaw Bijou — where dinner for two, with wine and gratuity nears the $1K mark — which is in on the ticketing system already. The magazine argues that tickets, which tend to be non-refundable but are at least a bit more flexible with timing, can save restaurants thousands a year by preventing no-shows. Admittedly, it seems to be a bit more of a plus for the restaurant than for the diner. [Washingtonian]

Last-Minute Election Intel

In case those reading this article happens to be undecided about who they’re casting their vote for on Election Day tomorrow, Eater has just the thing that should sway either way: a break-down of how the candidates differ on food policy. While the discussion is sadly lacking, there are some gems to consider. [Eater]

The Shutter

Arlington’s Tazza Kitchen, located at Arlington Ridge Shopping Center, has closed, reports ARLNow. It was the first north of the small chain’s other locations in North/South Carolina and the Richmond Area.

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