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Drink Telenovela Inspired Cocktails at Espita Mezcaleria

Plus, new brunches around town

Photo: Colada Shop
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

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CHINATOWN—Delicatessen On Rye, located steps from Capital One Arena, is debuting a new happy hour special just in time for hockey season. On Capitals game nights, On Rye will offer half a corned beef classic sandwich and a beer for $10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. before the puck drops.

CHINATOWN—To help disaster relief efforts, Oyamel is hosting a happy hour event with drinks and finger food on Tuesday, September 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy and the Mexican Professionals in DC Association. Proceeds will go to the Mexican Red Cross. José Andrés, whose chef friend and native Mexican Pati Jinich will be present at the event, is currently cooking for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Jaleo has several promotions starting on Tuesday to benefit those disaster victims.

DOWNTOWN—The Restaurant at The St. Regis Washington has unveiled a new Sunday brunch complete with live jazz, food and beverage stations, and classic entrées.

MCPHERSON SQUARE—Busy bees now have a new lunch option: Le Pain Quotidien opened this week in the former DC Coast restaurant space (1401 K Street NW) for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Unique to this locale will be a 50-seat private dining room on the lower level, debuting in early 2018. Le Pain Quotidien also announced plans for its No. 17 area location at Reston Town Center in October.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS—Colada Shop has two new seasonal coffee selections at its Sterling, Virginia, and Logan Circle locations: the Flan Latte and Sweet Plantain Spice Café con Leche. From Friday, September 29, to Friday, October 6, 15 percent of sales flow through to Oxfam to help those affected by the hurricanes in the Caribbean islands.

SHAW—Speaking of the weekend meal, new rooftop oasis El Techo is introducing brunch beginning Saturday, September 30. Expect Latin breakfast fare like huevos rancheros and fried chicken and churros from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SHAW—Espita Mezcaleria just debuted eight new fall cocktails featuring seasonal ingredients like apple, allspice, and mulled wine. Inspired by modern-day Mexico and popular telenovelas, films, and songs, they include Apple Coriander, served tall with espadin, Mexican rum, Granny Smith apples, ginger and coriander; and Mariposa Traicionera with mezcal, Cardamaro, damson plum, vanilla and Fernet Francisco. Also new on the booze front are mezcal flights served with orange slices and Sal de Gusano.

Espita’s new El Tiempo No Perdona includes Batavia Arrack, mezcal, Xtabentún, Honey Liqueur, peach and lemon, served tableside.
Photo: Espita Mezcaleria