ThinkFoodGroup alum Juan Coronado brings a taste of Havana to 1405 T St. NW. Colada Shop, Coronado’s tribute to the island nation just off the coast of Florida, features Cuban-style coffee, Caribbean-themed cocktails and house-made snacks including flaky pastelitos filled with sweetened cream cheese and crispy empanadas housing savory ground beef. Service at the compact cafe begins at 10 a.m.; look for additional seating to come into play once a secondary buildout is completed (about six weeks) and the rooftop deck debuts.
Metropolitan Police continue searching for those suspected of shooting and robbing Jam Duong carryout owner Marjorie Hutchinson last week. The Bloomingdale shopkeeper told authorities she was attacked by an individual who shot her three times and made off with $1,000 in cash. [DCist]
Brasserie Beck chef Dean Dupuis was one of four contestants on The Food Network's Chopped last night — and was eliminated second, during the entree round. The Super Bowl-themed episode featured chefs somehow tied to sports (Dupuis says he played football in high school, in part, to impress the ladies). The $10,000 prize went to the sole female competitor in the group: Carrie Eagle, executive chef at Farm & Table in Albuquerque.
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Award-winning chef and restaurateur R.J. Cooper is expected to man the burners at Henley, an American-style brasserie planned for the Kimpton Aertson Hotel in Nashville. The Vidalia vet struck out on his own with the short-lived Rogue 24 and Gypsy Soul, but had to abandon both businesses due to financial difficulties. [E]
Chef Johanna Hellrigl is beyond excited about welcoming everyone to Boulangerie Christophe, a French bakery taking up residence at 1422 Wisconsin Ave. NW. “The best part of everything will be our huge outdoor patio this summer that has the old St. Tropez building painted on the brick wall,” she shared via email. The Georgetown shop is scheduled to open 7:30 a.m. Saturday.