Washingtonian continues to deep-dive into the Trump Hotel lawsuit transcripts. According to the report, tensions between celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and the mogul date back from before the hotel controversy that led him to drop out of the project. [Washingtonian]
More D.C. restaurants are jumping on the Italian earthquake relief fundraiser. Joining the Mindful Restaurant Group in making pasta all' amatriciana to benefit the cause include Fiola, Bibiana, Lavagna, Tosca, and 2 Amys. Proceeds from half of the sales of the individual dish go to the efforts.
More beer for Alexandria
Port City Brewing Company will expand its presence in Alexandria. A new grant from the state of $250,000 (which the city will match with another $250k) will help the brewery hire more people and expand its footprint.
Falls Church is getting its own distillery. Falls Church Distillers will open a more than 3,000 square foot facility at 442 S. Washington Street (right by the original Elevation Burger). It could open as soon as Thanksgiving. They’ll make vodka, gin and blended whiskey, and hope to eventually offer food, too. [FCNP]
Yesterday was closing day for Panache, the restaurant at 1725 DeSales Street, NW. PoPville reports that signage on the door says a "fresh idea" will come to the space in the fall. [PoP]
Two popular breweries are making their way to D.C., distribution-wise. Expect to see Wicked Weed and Logsdon on the shelves and in restaurants. [DCB]
Michelle Obama was once again spotted at Chez Billy Sud last night. Several Twitter users and Eater tipsters spotted here there. Could this be the First Lady’s favorite D.C. dining spot? A rep confirms she ate there with two friends on the patio. She has eaten at the Georgetown bistro at least three times before this.
One more place to find Republic Kolache’s pastries in D.C.: Zeke’s Coffee's D.C. location.