It’s a jam-packed Morning Briefing today, so let’s get right to it:
Another Bindaas? It’s happening. The Indian street food restaurant from Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam will open a second, larger location downtown at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. It will open in the fall, and will boast a to-go lunch counter. [Washingtonian]
December is the season for restaurant closings, and this year appears to be no exception. A few to report: Shawafel has closed in Arlington (they still have locations in Atlas District and the ballpark).
Over in Maryland, American Tap Room has shuttered. The Arlington location of the chain also closed its doors.
Meanwhile, Zombie Coffee and Donuts has called it quits in Columbia Heights [ARLNOW, Borderstan, RN]
DC hearts Rose’s Luxury
Washingtonian’s reader survey of restaurants is out. Readers show a lot of love for places like Rose’s Luxury, but there are also a few surprises, including props for Meiwah and Olazzo. Cava Mezze and The Dabney are big hits with their readers, too. [Washingtonian]
Rich people things
Have a private jet? The luxury set will soon get to enjoy meals from José Andrés when flying. The chef has partnered with private aviation company NetJets to provide dishes from Jaleo, Oyamel, and Zaytinya to plane owners.
Something good coming out of #pizzagate: the community has rallied behind pizzeria Comet Ping Pong to raise, at last count, more than $23,000 to help the restaurant with lost wages, security upgrades, and other hassles related to the fake news conspiracy that inspired a gunman to enter the restaurant. [GFM]
President elect Donald Trump is scheduled for a deposition in his lawsuit against José Andrés during the first week of January, not long before inauguration. The pair are battling in the courts after the chef’s decision to pull out of the Trump Hotel project following Trump’s inflammatory statements about Mexican immigrants. Legal papers show the Trump team requesting a New York court appearance and a limited scope of questioning. [WaPo]