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Go Play ‘The Simpsons’ Pinball Before Atlas Arcade Closes on H Street

Plus, what to try at this weekend’s Gelato Festival

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H Street arcade and game haven Atlas Arcade is closing its doors at the end of September after seven years in business. The bar’s Facebook page reads:

H Street, it’s been a wild ride, but we regret to inform you that Atlas Arcade will be closing its doors at the end of the month. We had a blast serving you and enabling your inner child for the last seven years, but all things must come to an end. Come by and see us before we leave, we’ll have drink specials all month and cool swag to give away on Sundays!

Coming attractions

Grilled cheese lobster and crab sandwich destination Slapfish is opening in Ballston this fall, which is in line with its big expansion plans. Slapfish Arlington is slated to open its doors at the new Ballston Quarter complex at 671 North Glebe Road in November.

Raise a glass to Burt Reynolds

In honor of actor Burt Reynolds, who died yesterday at age 82, McClellan’s Retreat and Truxton Inn will serve “Cannonball Rum Punch” today. Get it for $5 during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and $8.00 from 7 p.m. until close. The punch is a mix of Don Q Rum Piña, Bounty Gold, passionfruit, lime, and cinnamon.


The Washington Business Journal digs into the financials revealed in Mike Isabella’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, pulling out details like another lawsuit with a specialty food companies and intracompany loans between restaurants.

Food festivals

Gelato lovers better plan their weekend around the D.C. stop of the Gelato Festival, happening at City Market at O on Saturday and Sunday. Eight chefs will compete for votes and whip up 7,000 pounds of gelato, and the Washington Post talked Cinnamon Toast Crunch gelato with chef Sierra Georgia.

Video interlude

The Washington Post chats with chef José Andrés for its Food Diaries video series, in honor of his new book about his disaster relief work in Puerto Rico called We Fed an Island. “I think every American should consider running for office, especially today,” he says in the video. “I think considering to run for office is something very simple.”

Party boats

The people behind Boomerang Boat Tours reminisced with the Washington City Paper about that time a passenger jumped overboard, swam to shore to climb the Lincoln Memorial steps, and the Coast Guard got involved.