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Celeb-Endorsed Sugar Factory Opens First Restaurant in Virginia, Plus More Intel

Asian fusion concept DÔA is scouting neighborhoods in D.C.

The bar at Sugar Factory in Arlington, Va.
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Real Life Candyland Sets Up Shop in Pentagon City

Over-the-top sweets purveyor Sugar Factory has landed in Pentagon City, opening up a 5,500-square foot outpost combining a retail shop, ice cream parlor and its “American brasserie”-style restaurant. While there’s some savory items on the menu — fried macaroni and cheese pops, “monster burgers,” and pizza, among others — patrons should keep an eye out for the King Kong Sundae (24 scoops of ice cream with loads of toppings), the signature “insane milkshakes” (the bacon cheeseburger variety is garnished with candied bacon, pretzels, M&M’s and a cheeseburger slider), chocolate fondue, and other diet-busting productions. Status: Certified open. 1100 S. Hayes Street, Arlington, Va.; website.

Switcheroos in Silver Spring

East MoCo reports that there’s new signage up at 930 Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring, Md., for the forthcoming City Taste Pan-Asian restaurant. The fusion concept is replacing a pho restaurant. [EMC]

LatAsian cuisine’s a-coming

Earlier this year restaurateur Arjun Waney let it be known that he wanted to grow his Latin-Asian fusion concept, DÔA, beyond Miami, citing D.C. and Boston as his next destinations. His team now tells Eater that Waney is looking to showcase his brand of Japanese-Peruvian cuisine either along the trendy 14th Street corridor, somewhere in red-hot Shaw or in the tony West End.

There’s no target opening date yet, but Waney’s crew said the team is excited about folding regional ingredients into its signature cooking style; blending Maryland crab into house-made maki rolls or layering it in a Peruvian causa dish were offered up as possibilities.