Brine bids farewell to chef John Critchley — he’s migrating to Siren (coming soon to Dupont Circle) — but is already looking to the future. Cofounder Travis Croxton says sous chef David Rabin, who joined the Mosaic District restaurant last summer, is moving up to executive chef. He’ll be joined by Passenger alum Alexandra Bookless, who is scheduled to jump behind the bar. “We’re super excited about ramping new energy in with these two,” Croxton shared via email.
Coffee hut La Colombe has unveiled a new batch of java-laced treats produced in conjunction with Raaka Chocolate. The new offerings, which are laced with La Colombe Bleu coffee (a seasonal blend featuring beans sourced from Central and South America), include: Turkish Coffee Chocolate Bar ($7) and Coconut Mocha Chocolate Bar ($7). The limited edition sweets are available for purchase at all the D.C. outposts as well as online.
PoPville’s got the scoop on a new creperie/hookah lounge in Georgetown called Choco Shawarma. The combination sweets shop/hangout has taken up residence at 1027 31st St. NW. [PoP]
Nando’s Peri-Peri plans to give away food February 21 at its Pentagon Row location. Patrons interested in claiming a free quarter chicken, chicken sandwich, wrap or pita will need to file into the restaurant (1301 S. Joyce St., Arlington, Va) next Tuesday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The #NandsoDash promotion is first come, first served, and supplies are limited.