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Sandwich Standby MGM Roast Beef Will Reopen Friday After a 6-Month Absence

Plus, Bonchon is bringing its Korean chicken to Reston

A new steak and cheese sandwich from MGM Roast Beef
A new steak and cheese sandwich from MGM Roast Beef
MGM Roast Beef [official]

Return of the top round

MGM Roast Beef, the Northeast sandwich counter that has attracted customers with rosy pink slices of top round and other cold cuts for the past 12 years, is set to reopen this week after being temporarily closed for six months due to damage suffered in an electrical fire. The shop (905 Brentwood Ave NE) will start welcoming customers again Friday, February 7. Owner Ryan Zaritsky has used all the downtime to develop a few new sandwiches, including a steak and cheese, a double smashburger with patties made out of top round and brisket, a Reuben with corned beef cured by the shop, and a salmon Caesar wrap. Starting Friday at 11 a.m., the first 25 customers will get a free sandwich, and first responders (fire, police, EMTs) get a free sandwich and a drink.

Destination Wedding canceled

The cocktail bar underneath Southeast Asian hot spot Doi Moi on 14th Street NW will no longer maintain its own identity. The bar, formerly 2 Birds 1 Stone, was recently known as Destination Wedding. It rotated through themes with decor full of Instagram bait and served as a temporary home for Lao bar Hanumanh not too long ago. The bar announced in a Facebook post this week that it will continue to serve its menu for now but will drop its name and become part of Doi Moi. The change is part of tweaks from new partners in the restaurant, which Washington City Paper reported on last year.

A screenshot of Destination Wedding’s Facebook post
Destination Wedding/Facebook

Korean chicken for Reston

Bonchon, the massive global chain known for its double-fried Korean chicken wings, announced this week it plans to open a Reston location by June 2020. The incoming restaurant (11652 Plaza America Drive) is right off the Dulles Toll Road that connects Loudoun County to the beltway. It will be Bonchon’s 17th Virginia outpost.

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