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Shaw Bijou Alum Kwame Onwuachi’s Wharf Restaurant Is Opening October 19, Plus More Intel

Hyattsville’s getting a distillery next year

A shrimp dish at Kith and Kin.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Kith and Kin.

Eater Tracking

New Afro-Caribbean restaurant Kith and Kin didn’t come together in time to welcome customers during the Wharf’s grand opening weekend, but Top Chef alum Kwame Onwuachi now says he plans to begin sharing his deeply personal meals Thursday, October 19.

“This has been one of the hardest I've ever worked on a project and I couldn't be happier,” the co-founder of the short-lived Shaw Bijou posted on social media. Onwuachi is not alone in missing last week’s deadline; restaurateurs Mike Isabella, Jamie Leeds, Fabio Trabocchi all offered up placeholder food during the festivities but hope to have their latest establishments fully operational in the coming weeks.

Booze News

Hyattsville Wire reports on a new distillery projected to open in 2018. Amateur brewers turned entrepreneurs Nate Groenendyk and Jeff Harner want to make gin, whiskey and brandy right along Route 1 at Sangfroid Distilling. [HW]

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