Bethesda’s getting Venezuelan fast-casual
Brothers Alonso and Alvaro Roche are cornering the market in Bethesda: they own Bold Bite, Tapabar and 202 Donuts and Coffee, and now Robert Dyer reports the brothers’ next venture is Tacoarepa. The fast-casual restaurant will be located just a few steps away from Tapabar. [Robert Dyer]
Virginia wine for dessert
Starting on Sunday, July 23 through Monday, July 31, Black Squirrel Dunn Loring’s playing around with ice cream and wine pairings. Chef Thomas Crenshaw is serving his housemade ice creams (in flavors like smoked white chocolate, peach cobbler, and salted caramel and applewood-smoked bacon) with glasses of Virginia port and dessert wines. This is even available as a flight.
Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week Newbies
The summer edition of Restaurant Week is happening August 14 through 20, just around the corner. Want to book somewhere new this week? Tredici Enoteca, Espita Mezcaleria and Baba are all Restaurant Week first-timers. Other newbies include Arroz, City Perch Kitchen + Bar, Haikan, Sally’s Middle Name and Alta Strada in Mosaic District.
Taco truck gets a new home
It’s a happy ending for Arlington food truck Tortas y Tacos La Chiquita, reports the Washington City Paper. The truck shuttered in May due to development, but now it has its own brick-and-mortar storefront on Columbia Pike — with new menu options including pork skin tacos and elote. [WCP]