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Downtown’s 24/7 Wawa Is Gonna Be Big, Plus More Intel

Team Alfie’s seeks input about what to cook next


Northeast convenience store Wawa plans to open one of the biggest stores in its network at 1111 19th Street NW, providing D.C. round-the-clock access to the brand’s famous hoagies, drinks and snacks. A must-stop for those in Pennsylvania and New Jersey who’ve grown up with the ubiquitous mini marts, Wawa made its way into Northern Virginia a few years back but is now focusing on breaking into D.C. proper. The Washington Business Journal reports that this initial outlet — which could be one of up to 11 headed for the District — will occupy nearly 10,000 square feet and is projected to operate 24-hours-a-day. [WBJ]

D.C. restaurants in the spotlight

The Travel Channel spent part of the weekend in Alexandria, with Food Paradise visiting the flagship Cheesetique to capture footage of artisan cheeses and charcuterie. That capped a busy week for food shows in our area. Crew from The Food Network taped at Penn Quarter meat carnival The Partisan on May 19, continuing the search for bacon-laced everything that began at Courthouse’s Bayou Bakery earlier in the week.

Giving the people what they want

The latest thing to pop-up from the mind of Duke’s Grocery alum and Alfie’s founder Alex McCoy: an informal poll about what Petworth residents expect from his forthcoming Thai restaurant. “What do you all yearn for? and what would really excite you to see?” McCoy asks his soon-to-be-neighbors in a note pinned to 845 Upshur Street NW and photographed by PoPville. Per the note, McCoy estimates that the restaurant remains “a few months out.” [PoP]