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Destination Cocktail Bar 2 Birds 1 Stone Will Close

Plus, a former NFL star is opening an oyster spot in Union Market

2 Birds One Stone
2 Birds 1 Stone is closing on Monday, August 27 at 1800 14th Street NW.
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Flying the coop

Subterranean bar 2 Birds 1 Stone will serve its last drink on Monday, August 27, coinciding with its fifth birthday on 14th Street NW. Head bartender Adam Bernbach is handing over the cocktail lair (1800 14th Street NW) to veteran mixologist Lukas B. Smith, who provided the following message to Eater:

I’m very excited to come back to 14th Street, where I got my start back in the day. It’s been five years, and I’m eager to dive back in. I couldn’t dream of a better creative partner than [Doi Moi chef] Johanna Hellrigl: our work together so far has been marked by a feeling of consistent revelation ... I want it to make it loud and clear that my creative guidance of Cotton & Reed is undiminished, while my involvement in our day-to-day affairs may be.

The duo plans to roll out new menus at Doi Moi and Chinatown wine bar Proof in the next couple of weeks. Fat Baby Inc., former owner of the restaurant group, will continue to run the Spanish-inspired Estadio. One of Bernbach’s cocktails will live on at the new bar, based on votes tallied during the remaining month of business. No word on whether 2 Birds 1 Stone’s infamous collage of tantric figures on its bathroom walls will disappear under the new management.

Trading football for bivalves

Professional athlete-turned-chef Tobias Dorzon’s debut seafood restaurant Union Oyster Bar & Lounge is headed for Union Market (501 Morse Street NE). Dorzon, founder of D.C.-based catering company Victory Private Chef Co., envisions a cigar lounge, whiskey bar, and live entertainment inside with room for 80, according to a liquor license spotted by Popville.

JK meat at Beefsteak

José Andres’ Beefsteak chain just added a “Faux Joe” burger to its vegan menu, which uses plant-based Beyond Meat crumbles in a chilorio-style sauce, along with with avocado, tomato and chipotle mayo on a brioche bun. Beyond Meat patties are also served at fast-casual BurgerFi, which is expanding to the Pike & Rose complex later this year.

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