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L'Apero at Le Dip; Calling All Football Fans

A roundup of smaller restaurant news announcements and events

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September 9, 2016

U STREET—Forget Taco Bell's take on fourth meal — Le Diplomate has a better idea. Starting Sept. 15, Le Dip is offering "L'Apero," a kind of interlude between the workday and dinner. It's a new menu of aperitifs and a daily presentation of savory gougeres — a kinda fancy French happy hour. [EaterWire]

U STREET—Attention football fans, The Prospect has the event for you. Monday, Sept. 12 the restaurant is celebrating the start of pigskin season with a tailgating event, from 5pm-8pm. Think $4 hot dogs and $3 brews of Bud Light and Yuengling to take in the Washington vs. Pittsburgh game. [EaterWire]

YEP, U STREET AGAIN—El Rey is about more about the endless summer vibes than all things pumpkin spice. Margarita Mash-Up is an event three times in September that celebrates the mighty margarita with some very special local resto guests. Tickets available online. [EaterWire]

September 8, 2016

VIRGINIA—Farm Aid heads to Jiffy Lube Live on September 17. The all-day music and food festival benefitting farmers will feature performances by Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and more. Concessions will feature ingredients from local farmers, too. Additional info here. [EaterWire]

NOMA—The flagship REI store opening in the NoMa neighborhood will include a coffee shop inside from La Colombe. It will debut in October as the Philadelphia company's fourth local location. [EaterWire]

BETHESDA—Dean & Deluca is bound for Bethesda. It's opening at the 4747 Bethesda Avenue project and is the second of the market chain for the area. [EaterWire]

September 7, 2016

WOODLEY PARK— Chef Takeshi Nishikawa is OUT at New Heights. The chef was at the restaurant nearly four years, and will leave sometime in October. He tells Eater he's still determining his next move. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN—Capital Food Fight returns to D.C. November 10, and the battling chefs have been announced. Samuel Kim (1789), Andrew Markert (Beuchert's Saloon), George Rodrigues (Tico), and Theary So (Hank's Oyster Bar) will face off this year. More information here; tickets will go on sale later in the month. The event benefits D.C. Central Kitchen. [EaterWire]

WEST END— Tickets are also now on sale for Chefs for Equality. The blockbuster restaurant event will be held October 26 at the Ritz-Carlton. This year, the event will honor the late chef Michel Richard. [EaterWire]

September 6, 2016

BALLSTON—It's back to school, Mike Isabella style. The prolific restaurateur has scheduled a Block Party for Sept. 22 with all-you-can-eat food, music, and karaoke at his three restaurants all located in the same Ballston building. More info and tickets here. [EaterWire]

SILVER SPRING/TAKOMA PARK—Silver Spring's own Restaurant Week kicks off today. Restaurants ranging from 8407 Kitchen to Denizens Brewing are participating in the deal. Neighboring Takoma Park is participating, too. More info here. [EaterWire]

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS—Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has some new flavors in the works, including Chocolate Crunch Bar, Lemon Matcha, Roasted Banana Malt and Spiced Pear Almond. But more importantly, the shop is introducing wings, available in both Korean barbecue and honey sriracha flavors, starting this weekend and available Saturdays-Mondays. [EaterWire]

BEER HERE—The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour will be in town from October 6-8. There will be music, deals and even a full "beer mansion." More info here. [EaterWire]

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