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Clarendon’s Ambar Aims to Reopen Midweek After Fire

Plus, True Respite Brewing Company opens in Maryland

The Ambar in Clarendon.

Disaster report

A fire over the weeked on the roof of the Ambar in Clarendon has temporarily shut down the restaurant. Arlnow reports that a rooftop air handler caught fire, producing “minor smoke conditions” at the restaurant. In a statement posted to social media, management thanked local firefighters for the speedy response and said Ambar should reopen in a few days “as there was no damage to the restaurant’s interior.” Update: Inspectors visited the restaurant on April 16 and said management could reopen immediately.

Beer here

Bethesda Magazine reports that True Respite Brewing Company is now serving its debut beers in Derwood, Maryland. The 9,554-square-foot brewery includes the production facility and a taproom that’s projected to feature rotating brews.


Anyone who’s eaten at Smoke & Barrel or Rosario can attest to the fact that chef Logan McGear knows his way around barbecue and Italian food, respectively. Washingtonian reports he’s also working on getting the whole country hooked on vegan pork rinds. His Snacklins are currently sold at local stores but are expected to go nationwide this spring.

Ambar Clarendon

2901 Wilson Boulevard, , VA 22201 (703) 875-9663 Visit Website

Smoke & Barrel

2471 18th Street Northwest, , DC 20009 (202) 319-9353 Visit Website