Yangs Hot Pot, Tacos, and Cerveza fired up its last portable gas burner at Impala Cantina on H Street NE on Sunday, ending an experimental pop-up from Toki Underground founders Erik Bruner-Yang and Troy Hickman about six weeks after it started. Bruner-Yang tells Eater he plans to bring the paper-and-pencil menu from Yangs across the street to Maketto at some point, but there will be at least a two-week hiatus while he focuses on Winter Restaurant Week before leaving the country for vacation. The chef and restaurateur was already shuffling ingredients from Maketto to Impala to keep diners stocked up with vegetables, proteins, and noodles they dunked in bubbling pots of broth.
Kindness through beer
Atlas Brew Works and DC Brau Brewing Company have partnered with a new crowdfunding website to provide free beers to furloughed government workers during the shutdown, which entered its 24th day Monday. Washington City Paper reports that the site called PayItFurloughed.com converts online donations into credits for beer at the two breweries in Northeast D.C. Any federal employee who is of legal drinking age and has a valid work ID can get an unlimited number of beers from the pool. As of Monday morning, 280 beers had been donated, and 272 of them were still available. [WCP]
Loss in the brewing community
Fair Winds Brewing Company owner and CEO Casey Jones has died, the brewery announced last week. According to Washington Business Journal, Jones opened the Lorton, Virginia, business in 2015, and it went on to produce several award-winning brews. [WBJ]