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Chik-fil-A ‘Hopes’ to Open in Dupont

Plus, a look inside downtown’s new Moxy Hotel

Chik-fil-A could be coming to Dupont Circle, but a location has not yet been confirmed.
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

A Chik-fil-A for Northwest?

PoPville got mouths watering this month with a post hinting the cult poultry brand is coming to 18th Street NW. Chik-fil-A tells Eater that while it “hopes” to land in Dupont Circle in the future, no locations are set in stone:

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new Washington, D.C., customers,” says Chik-fil-A spokesperson Jackie Jags. “While we hope to serve the Dupont community in the future, we do not currently have any locations to confirm.”

Welcome to Miami

Restaurateur Maria Trabocchi went on an Instagram posting spree this week, previewing the upcoming offshoot of D.C.’s Michelin-starred Fiola that’s scheduled to open in Coral Gables, Fla. on Thursday, November 1. She’s calling her newest restaurant with her husband and celebrated chef Fabio Trabocchi a “perfect blend” of Fiola D.C. and Fiola Mare.

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Coming next week! @fiolamiami

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Hip hotel alert

D.C.’s millennial-friendly Moxy Hotel (1011 K Street NW) is putting the finishing touches on its bohemian-style lobby bar. Eater snapped a shot this week of the chic 14-story Marriott hotel nearing completion downtown:

An opening for the 200-room Moxy Hotel and its lively lobby areas, currently being completed by Douglas Development, is scheduled for late fall.
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The bar doubles as a check-in stand, and guests will be handed Las Vegas-style poker chips upon arrival redeemable for a free cocktail, beer, or drink of choice. The party gets started early, with morning cocktails like a cold brew Old Fashioned available every day starting at 8 a.m.

More Mexican for Maryland

Expansion-minded Taco Daddy Cantina is scheduled to open on Tuesday, November 20 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, reports Bethesda Magazine. Executive chef Damian Portugez plans to serve dishes he ate while growing up in Mexico City, with a nostalgic menu featuring “fresh peppers and spices grown in the family garden by his mother and grandmother.” The 4,900-square-foot restaurant operates another location in Frederick and will seat about about 100 people, including 15 at the tequila bar.

Last call

Clarendon Grill’s days are numbered, and the decades-old Arlington fixture plans to host its last live performances over the weekend.

Steak and eggs for Union Market

Northeast tavern St. Anselm, the month-old Brooklyn import from restaurateurs Joe Carroll and Stephen Starr, kicks off brunch service this weekend (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Offerings from executive chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley include the “Butcher Steak + Eggs” with béarnaise, two eggs, and hash browns; malted chocolate-chip pancakes with bananas; and poppy seed crullers with a tangy lemon glaze.

St. Anselm’s new brunch service includes sourdough French toast topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Starters range from $3-$16 and entrees are $11-$46.
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