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Wolfgang Puck Celebrates 10 Years in D.C. With Throwback Specials, Plus More Intel

Boston chain Upper Crust Pizzeria leaves U Street

Soft-shell crab-filled lettuce cups at The Source.
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Taste history at The Source

Restaurateur Wolfgang Puck’s award-winning The Source is marking its first decade in D.C. by reviving some greatest hits from past menus for “Retro Week” dinner specials. The throwback meals, which are available in the main dining room each evening beginning at 5:30 pm., include lettuce cups stuffed with soft-shell crabs, roast rockfish with red Thai curry, and lacquered Chinese duck with lo mein noodles, and are priced as they were when they were first introduced at the restaurant. Newly minted executive chef Russell Smith, who took over for opening chef Scott Drewno once he left the restaurant in late April, is overseeing the culinary walk down memory lane.

D.C. loses a pizza place

The Upper Crust Pizzeria at 1301 U Street NW abruptly closed over the weekend. Upper Crust COO RJ Dourney told Eater that while the Boston-based chain continues to thrive in other parts of the country (he mentioned Beverly Hills and the outpost in neighboring Arlington, Va., specifically) the D.C. location “was not so successful.” Per Dourney, the company plans to focus on “continuing to develop in Virginia” — though he did not specify when or where said expansion might take place.

Maryland supper club needs cash

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club has started an online fundraising campaign to raise the roughly quarter of a million dollars the entertainment venue says it needs to modernize. Bethesda reports that the privately funded performance space, which was almost foreclosed upon last summer, has struggled financially over the past four years. [Bethesda]

Union Station seeking $62,000 from defunct Crumbs shop

Though it closed up shop last December, the group that operates Union Station says former occupant Crumbs Bake Shop owes approximately $62,000 in “rent, damages and fees.” The Washington Business Journal reports that parent company Lemonis Fischer Acquisition Co. LLC, which scooped up the once-popular confectioner in 2014, did not respond to a request for comment about the legal challenge. [WBJ]

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

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