Georgetown kids, shoppers, and tourists will now have to get their novelty ice cream fix from a frostbitten carton. The Ben & Jerry’s shop that’s been open for 25 years at 3135 M Street NW recently closed, leaving D.C. proper with only one scoop shop representing the iconic brand. Washington Business Journal reported earlier this summer that the change was coming to the neighborhood. According to WBJ, franchisee Karen Morse owns the only other Ben & Jerry’s in town, at the Wharf. Popville noted that Haagen-Dazs has already put up a hilarious sign on the door of its vanquished competitor advertising its own shop across the street. Thomas Sweet is another longstanding option for frozen treats. [WBJ; Popville]
Drink Company’s latest iteration of its rotating, stunt-filled pop-up bar in Shaw has closed up shop a month earlier than expected. DCist reports that the esports-themed “Levels Unlocked: House of D.C. Heroes” bar, funded in part by the city’s official Events DC arm, has posted signage saying it’s already working on its next pop-up despite originally planning to open the bar full of Nintendo art through September 29. [DCist]
Raise a Guinness
The short-lived Fiona’s Irish Pub in Crystal City will be replaced by another place that might break out the green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. ARLnow spotted a “Coming Soon” sign for a McNamara’s Pub & Restaurant in the window.
Cured meat tricks
Washington City Paper looked into what diners can do to identify quality charcuterie and avoid the cheap stuff that restaurants might be buying from the supermarket. Tips from pros include keeping an eye out for soft, almost “sticky” meats, expensive slicers, thin cuts, and a large variety on the menu — all markers of a kitchen that’s taking cured meat seriously. [WCP]
For a sweet New Year
For our Jewish friends — or any fans of honey challah, apple butter honey cake, and chocolate hazelnut rugelach — Schlow Group pastry chef Alex Levin is running his fourth annual Rosh Hoshanah pop-up with “inside the Beltway” delivery on Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29.
Pizza > Presidents
Normally, we avoid made-up, feed-themed social media holidays like the plague. But it’s not everyday that All-Purpose chef Mikey Friedman puts on a pizza suit and sabotages the Teddy Roosevelt mascot in the Presidents Race at Nationals Park.