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An Acclaimed Butcher Turns His Attention to Tacos

Plus, a former D.C. neighborhood commissioner is accused of threatening a restaurant owner

Nate Anda’s tacos
Photo: Rose Collins

Coming attractions

Nate Anda, the butcher and charcuterie whiz behind Red Apron, is going to whip up tacos for Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s upcoming 12,500-square-foot food hall The Roost. According to a press release, Anda’s Hi/Fi Tacos within the eating and drinking destination will serve up non-traditional tacos. Think fillings like orange-soda braised carnitas or Red Apron pastrami.

Or choose from selections like Taco Night in America (with seasoned ground beef, crispy shell, lettuce, pico, sour cream, atomic whiz); Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (featuring pigs head, American cheese, smoked tomato salsa, shredded lettuce); or Don(er)’t Fear The Reaper (with doner, labneh, macerated onions, spicy pickles, flatbread).

Anda will also open a fourth Red Apron location at The Roost, featuring new items like his own version of a “McRib,”steak frites, and several different versions of poutine with beef fat fries.

Crime news

A former Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner is accused of threatening to shoot patrons, employees and the owner of a Georgetown restaurant. NBC4 reports that Bill Starrels pleaded not guilty to attempted threats to do bodily harm in regards to an incident at Charcoal Town Hookah and Shawarma. After complaining about noise, he allegedly told the owner: “I am going to shoot you, your customers and the Muslims standing outside.” Starrels is due in court next month.

Obama sightings

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama left their home in Kalorama to hang out Columbia Heights diner The Coupe. The Obamas filmed a video there to promote a documentary from their new Netflix production outfit.


Shop Made in DC is relocating its original Dupont Circle location, per Twitter. The gift shop, which includes a coffee shop and cafe, is having a sale before it closes up this month.

Walk-up window news

Fast food-style takeout windows continue to be a major trend. DCist compiles new, existing and in-the-works windows, like Hook Hall (opening in September.)

All-you-can-eat deals

Get ready to throw down at Matchbox’s new Penn Quarter location: next Wednesday, August 28, that outpost is offering an unlimited happy hour featuring all-you-can-eat mini burgers and pizzas for $21.50.