PETA is drawing some heat from Marylanders after debuting a line of billboards taking square aim at crab-eating habits, reports WaPo. The billboards read: “I’m me, not meat. See the individual. Go vegan” and featured a picture of a crab. To be sure, local Twitter users were less than impressed with the message. [WaPo]
Potential closing alert
Cassatt’s, the New Zealand-themed restaurant on Lee Highway, appears to be closed reports ARLNow. The 16-year-old restaurant has just changed hands from its opening owner to a new pair; signed on the door said the restaurant was closed. [ARLNow]
The Papa John’s brand isn’t thrilled with its frontman-lead image — the company is requiring employees attend diversity training (just like Starbucks did last year.) The pizza chain is trying desperately to distance itself from previous CEO John Schnatter. [Eater]
Raynold Mendizábal plans to bring some serious Cuban flavor to downtown Silver Spring when he opens is El Sapo Cuban Social Club soon at 8455 Fenton Street, reports POPVille. A lunch and cortado window, garden weekend brunches and mojito happy hours are all planned. [POPVille]
Gordon Biersch, the city’s second-oldest continuously operating brewery, is closing its doors for good come September 30 reports Washington City Paper. While this location of the chain is shuttering, the brand’s Navy Yard location remains open. The 16-year-old spot will hold a good-bye party on September 16. [WCP]
Swiss-themed Stable is launching a brand new weekly happy hour tomorrow, August 28. Tuesdays and Wednesdays sees a special cheaper menu of food and drink; an entire wheel of Raclette cheese will be present for “Raclette it Flow” Thursdays, to be melted over appropriate dishes.