Charlie Palmer is ‘burb bound
The celebrity chef behind Capitol Hill’s Charlie Palmer Steak just announced plans for his second area restaurant. WBJ reports that he’s headed to the Archer Hotel being constructed near the McLean Metro station. Palmer, who’s also behind Vegas’s Aureole and Michelin-starred Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, California, will manage all food and beverage at the hotel. “Having just announced the collaboration, we’re not ready to discuss the concept in further detail,” Palmer’s rep tells Eater. Palmer is already in business with Archer’s property in Midtown Manhattan, where he has a lobby-level Charlie Palmer Steak and a rooftop Spyglass Bar that overlooks the Empire State Building. The Archer in Tysons is expected to open in summer 2021. The steakhouse-heavy neighborhood just got another glitzy competitor with Randy’s Prime Seafood and Steaks opening from Great American Restaurants Group. [WBJ]
Another pizza casualty in Arlington?
Days after Pete’s New Haven pulled out of Clarendon, the neighborhood may have lost another pizza shop. ARLnow reports that Pizza Roma (4219 N. Fairfax Drive), the decade-old Italian bistro across from the Ballston Metro station, “appears to have closed” — citing two days of being dark, a dead phone signal, and menu covered in “not available” sticky notes. The nearby Pizza Authentica also shuttered last fall. [ARLnow]
Beer ye, beer ye
Adams Morgan Day shall get its very own brewed beer this year, WCP reports. Roofers Union and Atlas Brew Works collaborated to make the Adams Morgan Festival IPA for the 41-year old neighborhood festival, which is Sunday, September 8. A slew of Adams Morgan restaurants will also pour the beer during the festival and until it runs dry: A Rake’s Progress, Blaguard, Grand Central, Tryst, Mintwood Place, Bedrock Billiards, Songbyrd, Lucky Buns, Seasons & Sessions, and Smoke & Barrel, to name a few.
West Wing fans nerd out
To celebrate the Emmy-winning show’s 20th anniversary, Dupont’s The Jefferson rolled out a new hotel package that includes a Big Block of Cheese-themed charcuterie upon arrival (see Obama’s spoof with the cast here), two Bartlet cocktails, a “Bartlet” campaign button, and themed literature on the show. On-site Quill lounge also serves Ginger’s Popcorn inspired by a video meme.
Perking up shoppers
Eater recently spotted “coming soon” signage for Tom n Toms Coffee on the first floor of Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia. According to its website, domestic locations of the Korean brand sit in Texas and Southern California.