Spellbinding or nah?
The second floor of the Passenger cocktail bar in Shaw will transform into a witchy bar called Hex in April, Washington City Paper reports. Passenger general manager Kit Yarber pushed owner Tom Brown to make the move because the GM has a soft spot for the macabre. There will reportedly be 36 themed mixed drinks and an appropriately mystical vibe. Yarber tells WCP that “it’s going to be unapologetically dark, but not in a kitschy way” in the same article in which he explains there will be a faux stuffed unicorn head and mummy art. There will also be rune tiles and plans to host tarot card readings. [WCP]
First sign of life
The anticipated Quarter Market food hall in Ballston has opened its first counter, ARLNow reports. Mi & Yu noodle bar, a Baltimore-based chain that dunks buttermilk fried chicken and roasted duck al pastor into broth, is up and running. The rest of the restaurants, like Hot Lola’s from Himitsu’s Kevin Tien, are still waiting to join the delayed project. [ARLNow]
Ellē-te veggie burgers
Essential D.C. bakery and cafe Ellē is hosting Superiority Burger, an essential 38 pick by Eater New York, for a one-night vegetarian burger pop-up next week. Walk-ins can get the coveted quinoa-based burgers (and maybe focaccia) starting at 5:30 on Tuesday, March 12. Washingtonian critic Ann Limpert calls Superiority Burger “legendary” and explains that Ellē co-owner Nick Pimentel and veggie burger boss Brooks Headley are from the same town outside of Baltimore. [Washingtonian]
Westeros for a day
Maryland Live! Casino is hosting a “Throne of Games” brunch ahead of the premiere of the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones on April 14. Washingtonian reports there will be a bottomless brunch with cheeky dishes like “Theon’s sausage” (ouch) and “blessed by the Lord of Light roasted vegetables.” Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. The winner of a GOT trivia contest will get a seven-day trip to Croatia. [Washingtonian]