Drake’s been hanging in D.C. this week for his concert at Capital One Arena, and besides being spotted with LeBron James on 14th Street, he also dined at a few restaurants around town. He ate at Nobu, per Politico, and he liked RPM Italian so much that he went there two nights in a row, according to the Washington Post. Not only that, he reportedly personally invited the bartender who served him both to his Wednesday night concert.
Updated: Eater has learned the singer closed out his D.C. tour stop in a big way, throwing a secret private party at Dupont Circle’s subterranean Heist Lounge on Thursday night. Dozens of black SUVs were spotted out front, and by 2 a.m., word about the host’s identity inside had spread and around 100 females were seen loitering outside the club hoping to catch a glimpse of the star.
Meanwhile, Circa right near the Capital One Arena was so excited about Drake’s D.C. show that beverage director Paul Williams whipped up the Drake “Free Smoke” cocktail with Don Q Gran Anejo Rum, Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch, cynar, and St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram. It’s part of a new cocktail menu with drinks inspired by upcoming performances scheduled at the Capital One Arena.
SouvlakiBar, the fast-casual Greek restaurant with two Northern Virginia locations under its belt, is expanding. SouvlakiBar will open at the Shoppes at Potomac Corner (46519 Harry Byrd Highway) in Sterling. The husband-and-wife team behind the shop have more expansions throughout the area in the works, too.
D.C.’s favorite superchef/superactivist is not taking President Trump’s claims about Hurricanes Irma and Maria sitting down, notes Washingtonian. Andrés took to Twitter to battle the President’s claims that thousands of Puerto Rican deaths were falsified to make the President “look ... bad.” Andrés has just released his book about disaster relief — via food — in Puerto Rico, We Fed an Island. [Washingtonian]
You are the face of”No shame”! That actually people died in the days, weeks and months after María, only shows how little you care. Those deaths happen on your watch. https://t.co/QZHghjUIlw— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) September 13, 2018
2.5 tons of grapes were stolen from a Virginia winery, reports Washington Post. The theft was worth about $50K (in supplies, labor and potential wine sales) for Firefly Hill Vineyards in Elliston, VA. The winery’s owner told the paper that he had no idea why or how the theft occurred. [WaPo]