More subs at the subway
Eater spotted signage for a Jersey Mike’s location “coming soon” to Union Station (in the lower food court, next to Aloha Poke). The move brings the 63-year-old brand of Italian sandwiches closer to the center of the city. The franchise giant has just two D.C. locations, in Northeast near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro and in Fort Lincoln close to the Arboretum. Meanwhile, Wendy’s is also landing across the way in Union Station’s food court, which will be much easier to access than the traffic-plagued “Dave Thomas Circle” one.
More fuel for McLean shoppers
The glitzy Tysons Galleria keeps expanding its food footprint at the Taste of Urbanspace food hall. The latest incoming tenant is Hei Hei Tiger — a Cantonese eatery focused on Chinese barbecue. [Update: Washingtonian is reporting the fast-casual eatery and cocktail bar comes from the team behind Blagden Alley’s Tiger Fork and could open by the end of the month.] Shoppers can expect dashi congee with roasted char siu, baby bok choy, lotus root, and ginger sengiri, along with beef shank noodle soup.
The Nomtastic Foods DC blog also reports that international confectioner Lady M Cakes, which slings its sweets at a temporary stand at Urban Space, is opening its own store one floor down next to Urban Plates on the second floor. Lady M’s website says the brand looks forward to having a permanent D.C. area boutique soon. Other recent arrivals include Butcher’s Cut — a fast-casual eatery from the team behind D.C.’s Donburi that specializes in steak frites. Laowich — a crispy chicken sandwich pop-up from Lao chef Seng Luangrath — is running through the end of the month.
Obama sighting in Georgetown
Barack and Michelle Obama were spotted dining with another couple at the newly opened Brasserie Liberté in Georgetown on Saturday, November 30. The chic couple arrived around 8:30 p.m. wearing all black, per a PR rep, and reportedly shook hands with guests on their way out.
Zero stars? No problem.
Despite an epic zero-star review from Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema in 2016, Founding Farmers’ 11-year-old flagship location on Pennsylvania Avenue NW is still hotter than ever. The farmer-owned eatery was the the single most-booked restaurant on OpenTable in 2019 (from January through September, the period of its annual review), per DCist. From 2013 to 2017, the restaurant was also the most-reserved restaurant around; OpenTable skipped the ranking for 2018. [DCist]
Kitchen stabbing in Silver Spring
Police say the 52-year-old owner of Silver Spring’s Red Maple Asian Cuisine and Bar was allegedly stabbed in the back by an employee Sunday night, WTOP reports. According to Montgomery County PD, the two were in an argument when the suspect grabbed a knife and attacked the restaurant owner. He was taken to the hospital but is expected to recover, and the suspect was arrested.
‘Giving Tuesday’ for WCK
Brookland artist Marcelle Kriebel’s 2020 illustrated calendar is for sale, with all proceeds going towards José Andrés’s nonprofit World Central Kitchen. Andrés’s positive message reads: “Build longer tables, not higher walls.”