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Boozy Taco Bell Cantina Gets the Green Light from Alexandria

Plus, more local Au Bon Pains are likely closing

The Taco Bell Cantina in Las Vegas sells slushies and beer.
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Members of the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved bringing the first Taco Bell Cantina in the area to Old Town Alexandria. The grown-up version of the fast-food chain serves frozen drinks and beer; the new restaurant coming to 417 King Street is projected to operate from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

The shutter

Washington Business Journal reports that Panera Bread has put up for lease nine of the Au Bon Pain locations it now owns in downtown D.C., a move that would condense the number of the similarly themed bakery/cafes in the area. There are 10 other Au Bon Pains in the District not involved in the real estate shuffle.

Coming attractions

Troy Clayton, the restaurateur who closed 40-year-old Geranio in Alexandria earlier this month, has a new restaurant in the works in Woodbridge, Virginia. He posted pictures online of the waterfront location that he’s turning into Harbour Grille.

Meanwhile, Popville reports that new Indian restaurant Punjab Grill is headed to Penn Quarter. The liquor application for the long empty space (427 11th Street NW) says Punjab Grill plans to have seating for 150 inside, plus room for 50 more on a sidewalk patio.