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Annandale’s Getting an Asian Night Market This December, Plus More Intel

Local officials approve mystery Mount Vernon Triangle bar

Asian food hall, the Block, in Annandale, Va.
Photo: the Block

Community building

The founders of a wildly popular Asian dining hall in Northern Virginia (4221 John Marr Drive, Annandale) are taking the food fest outside Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25, to kick off a new monthly “DMV Night Market.” Organizers have recruited over two dozen food trucks and outside restaurants to feed partygoers (noon to 10 p.m.) alongside built-in Block establishments including Snocream Company and Pokeworks. [Washingtonian]

Update: Night market organizer Ben Ragland says permitting issues have forced him to reschedule the inaugural gathering. It’s now scheduled to take place from noon to 8 p..m., Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3. Check the website or social media for additional information.

Booze news

Advisory Neighborhood Commission members recently endorsed the hours of operation for a penthouse bar in a no-name hotel that may not materialize until 2020. Whoever winds up taking control of the prospective development at 601 K Street NW (there’s no clear owner at the moment) isn’t even expected to begin construction until 2018. But administrators unanimously approved keeping a future top floor bar open until 2 a.m. on weekends. [Popville]

Winter fun

The Watergate’s new rooftop skating rink isn’t the only winter playground in town. The Fairmont hotel is turning its courtyard into a ice rink Friday, November 25 — stocking the open-air space with dangling lights, fire pits, and hot chocolate drinks. The rink ($5 per hour, rentals included) is projected to operate from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 am. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.


Aspiring local chain Poki District and nationwide beer haven Yard House are both headed to Gaithersburg, Maryland. Both restaurants have staked out spots in Rio Washington Center. [Store Reporter]

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