More about the Bijou bar
Get ready to sit on those furry seats. As Eater noted last week, the bar portion of the Shaw Bijou has opened and is taking walk-ins. The restaurant has offered some more details, though. It opens at 5 p.m. (and stays open through midnight), and will serve $14-$17 cocktails [UPDATED]. And there’s an a la carte menu of food items ranging everywhere from $14-$75. One sample dish: roasted lamb's head drizzled with foie sauce and served with msemen bread.
A stream of closings-related news to offer today.
First up, Noodles & Co. has closed its Pentagon Row location. No word on what will replace the location at 1201 S. Joyce Street, but there’s a location of the pasta chain nearby in Crystal City. [ARLNOW]
Next, PoPville notes that Atlas District Peruvian restaurant Ocopa has closed for renovations. Eater has reached out to a spokesperson to see when they might reopen. Early signs don’t look promising, though — the restaurant’s Facebook page is down, and signage indicates the shutter would at least go through the holidays. [PoP]
And finally, Bardo reveals that the pending opening of its Navy Yard locations means its Trinidad beer garden won’t reopen. “Unfortunately, the Trinidad location on Bladensburg Rd is permanently closed,” the bar wrote on Facebook. “Bardo still owns the property, and it may reopen someday, but right now the energy needs to be focused on the two acre brewgarden next to Nats stadium.” [FB]
Comet Ping Pong isn’t the only local business to experience threats and attempted violence (including a gunman entering the restaurant over the weekend) as a result of false news conspiracies. The fake #PizzaGate story has spread to such neighboring businesses as Terasol and Besta Pizza. [WaPo]
The Peace Ball scheduled for the night before Inauguration looks like it will have involvement from some D.C. restaurant names. Among the organizers: Busboys & Poets’ Andy Shallal, and chef José Andrés, among others. The $200-per-person event will be held at the new Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture. [WBJ]