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ARLINGTON—New neighborhood restaurant Istanbul Grill is now serving traditional kebabs and other Middle Eastern fare in the space formerly occupied by Mexican restaurant El Ranchero. Arlnow reports that founder Turgut Yiğit is still working on securing a liquor license. Status: Certified open. 4617 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Va.
LOGAN CIRCLE—A tipster alerts Popville that signs are up outside the Blue Bottle coming to 1471 P Street NW. The California coffee chain, which recently opened a new store at Union Station, is sprinkling outposts all across D.C. Next up: setting up shop at the Wharf.
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS—A co-owner of dining powerhouse Founding Farmers is rallying other restaurateurs to his cause: ditching plastic straws. Washington Business Journal reports that hospitality vet Dan Simons has self-funded the Our Last Straw campaign to the tune of $25K; local hoagie maker Taylor Gourmet and nationwide chain Fig & Olive have already joined up.
WOODBRIDGE—Movie lovers will be able to drink local brews at Alamo Drafthouse’s new nautically-themed lobby bar starting Thursday, June 14. WTOP reports that the beer-friendly theater chain’s newest location will serve beers from Port City Brewing Company at a “ghost fleet-themed” bar honoring sunken vessels. Too sad? Just have servers bring drinks to the fully reclining seats inside the theater.