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ADAMS MORGAN—A spokeswoman for homegrown chainlet Pitango Gelato shares more details about its fifth area location — but first hybrid cafe — coming to 1841 Columbia Road NW in late September. Its gelato production will be on display, and “we will essentially be inviting guests into our kitchen,” she tells Eater. The integration with sister spot Pitango Bakery means food will be available around the clock, and the brand will also push beer, wine, and spirits at the new locale. “Brace yourself for alcoholic affogatos,” she says.
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS—Latin American eatery El Rinconcito II will reopen on Thursday, having finally repaired all the damage incurred during a fire almost a year ago. Considering the neighborhood just learned it’s losing Taqueria Distrito Federal, getting another restaurant back is welcome news. Status: Reopening August 31; 1326 Park Road NW.
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS—Tapas haven Jaleo’s annual Tomatina Festival, aka the celebration of Spain’s most famous food fight, kicks off on today. To celebrate, choose from small plates featuring plump tomatoes (think: fried green tomatoes with Valdeón blue cheese) and rosé. The specials will be offered at all local Jaleo outposts through Sunday, September 10.