A new buzz in Bloomingdale
The Bloomingdale neighborhood will have another coffee competitor to stalwart Big Bear Cafe and the Sylvan bakery when Creative Grounds DC opens Saturday, November 23, in a 62-seat space at 1822 North Capitol Street NW. The menu promises “ethically sourced coffee and food goods from local vendors.” Look for espresso drinks and teas; kale salads and vegan BLTs; and all-day pastries like croissants, cookies, cakes slices, and bagels. The stark, two-story space from husband-and-wife duo Kenn Blagburn and Asmara Sium covers 2,000 square feet and will double as an incubator for creative types by hosting exhibits and artist talks.
10 more days for TenPenh
Asian fusion restaurant TenPenh in Tysons Corner will serve its last spring roll on Friday, November 22, after just three years of business, according to a post on its website flagged by Washington Business Journal. The expansive 260-seat venue at the base of the neon-lit Silverline Center development also has a main dining room and lounge. Landlord WashREIT did not respond to a request for comment about the future of the space. Chef Jeff Tunks ran the Passion Food Hospitality restaurant for 11 years in D.C. before closing in 2011 (the name stems from its original 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue locale). The menu is inspired by his travels to places like Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Comeback dishes included red Thai curry lobster and Chinese-style smoked lobster. The closing is the latest in a string of shutters for Passion Food, which recently shut down Penn Commons and Acadiana.
Eggplant meatballs incoming
Meanwhile, Tysons is prepping to welcome another restaurant on Thursday, November 14. B.GOOD Tysons West (1495 Cornerside Boulevard), the first area location for the fast-casual chain, offers salads and bowls, burgers and chicken sandwiches, smoothies and shakes, and eggplant meatballs. Kids eat free every Tuesday and Thursday. The new restaurant is No. 65 in the U.S. Its Virginia footprint currently includes two locations in Richmond. Tysons recently welcomed another health-conscious eatery with the arrival of Flower Child.
“Absolute Würst” is coming to Gaithersburg
Self-deprecating West Coast chain Dog Haus is opening a second Maryland location this winter (644 Center Pont Way). Along with its lineup of gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and chicken sandwiches served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls, the 2,600-square-foot restaurant will pour dozen of beers and wines on tap. Its inaugural area location opened last year in Bethesda.
A rolling cause
H Street sushi staple Sticky Rice DC is extending October’s breast cancer awareness month through the end of next year. Half the proceeds from every “Pink Roll” sold goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Sticky Rice also makes a “Vegan Pink Roll” with in-house vegan tuna.