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Navy Yard’s New Fried Chicken Joint Expects to Open by Labor Day

Plus, where to order secret fried oyster tacos in Virginia

Roy Boys chicken.
Fried chicken from Roy Boys
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Countdown to Roy Boys 2.0

Roy Boys, the recently opened Shaw hangout for late-night fried chicken and all-day bloody marys, is racing to unveil a Navy Yard location before Labor Day weekend arrives. Its new 60-seat bar will replace shuttered Justin’s Cafe (1025 First Street SE). Co-owner Scott Parker — who runs millennial hangouts in Arlington such as Don Tito and The G.O.A.T. — tells Eater he’s “close” on permits and hopes to open Friday, August 30.

Speaking of oysters...

Bartaco just unleashed a “secret” crispy oyster taco for the final days of summer. To order the off-menu item in Reston and Fairfax, you apparently have to tell the server “#bartacoOysterTacoIsBack.” It’s unclear if actually mouthing “hashtag” is necessary. The taco does sound worth the eye roll, filled with buttermilk-soaked gulf oysters and a tangy sauce.

Ivanka’s back

After notably going off the radar with husband Jared Kushner in Wyoming for a week, Ivanka Trump is back in the D.C. spotlight. She literally stopped traffic yesterday to curb a Starbucks craving in Columbia Heights:

Renderings alert

Washingtonian just shared a first look inside Emilie’s, Himitsu founding chef Kevin Tien’s massive family-style restaurant opening this fall on Capitol Hill (1101 Pennsylvania Avenue SE). Tien is leaving his Petworth restaurant next month to shift attention on the project. The super modern 70-seat space, designed by D.C.’s HapstakDemetriou+ (Fiola Mare, Rose’s Luxury), will sport an open kitchen and lots of windows to shine light on its roving dining carts that’ll carry everything from whole fish to spreads to slather on homemade loaves. [Washingtonian]

Emilie’s will have a 30-seat bar and lounge area.