Guests at Gravitas were eating with the lights out on Saturday afternoon, and it wasn’t for one of those dining-in-the-dark experiments. The tasting menu-centric restaurant in Ivy City had its first a la carte brunch spoiled by a power outage, DCist reports. Chef Matt Baker told the local outlet that he lost up to $1,400 by providing free dishes and drinks to people who went without electric-powered waffles and lattes. Baker called out power company Pepco on Twitter:
Nothing like launching our 1st Brunch Service @GravitasDC with a full dining room of guests, only to have the power go out. You freaking suck @PepcoConnect The 3rd time in 2 months for this to happen. You make it very difficult for us to run our business.— Chef Matt Baker (@Chef_mbaker) March 16, 2019
DCist reports that Dock FC, Ari’s Diner, and La Puerta Verde all closed during the outage, sending customers toward Ivy City Smokehouse, which is on a different power grid. [DCist]
Northeast gay bar DC Eagle announced on Facebook yesterday that the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration will suspend its liquor license for a week as recourse for an incident last September in which a bouncer threw Ward 7 Councilmember (and former mayor) Vincent Gray to the ground. ABRA fined the bar $2,000 and ordered it not to serve alcohol from March 23 to March 29. Gray, who was 75 at the time, tried to enter the bar by showing a council ID that doesn’t list a birthdate when a squabble with a member of the security staff turned physical. DC Eagle noted that the bouncer that assaulted Gray no longer works there.
Goodbye, crab fries
Cheers @ The Big Chair will serve its last order of crab fries on Friday. Washington City Paper reports that the restaurant, one of the few full-service options in Anacostia, will close on Friday. A farewell party running from 8 p.m. to midnight will cap its nearly 4-year run. Owner Dionne Reeder tells WCP that her lease was up, and her landlord refused to offer an extension. [WCP]
Bar Roubaix, the cycling themed gastropub in Columbia Heights, announced yesterday it has closed after a little more than a year. It opened in December 2017 next to Lou’s City Bar. Popville reports that a Ledo Pizza might be headed to the space at 1400 Irving Street NW. [Popville]
A new pizza shop called Grand Opening Eatery is now (true to its name) open at 924 U Street NW, Popville reports. The menu boast both Chicago and New York style pies as well as Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake, a staple in the Chi. [Popville]