Baseball season is still on pause, but the popular seafood house across the street from Nationals Park is about to make a comeback in Navy Yard. The Salt Line reopens for takeout and delivery on Wednesday, May 13, under the new moniker TSL To-Go. Chef Kyle Bailey’s menu features fresh catch plates (choice of fish, sauce, side, and preparation), clam chowder, lobster rolls, and pimiento crab dip. An oyster shucking kit ($24) comes with a dozen local or New England oysters, a branded knife, and a video tutorial. The TSL “Happy Meal for Grown-Ups” ($21) includes a sandwich, Cape Cod chips, a clam “stuffie,” a Whoopie Pie, and a Narragansett lager. Drinks range from a Fish House punch to a frozen Del’s Shandy. A family meal kit includes porchetta with broccoli rabe, mac and cheese, and Parker House rolls.
New restaurants on the horizon?
D.C.’s liquor continues to accept applications for licenses, although hearings through May 15 have been postponed. According to a fresh crop of protest notices posted Friday, May 8, two new restaurants are going through the process. A 60-seat Van Ness cafe called Rosemary is sliding into former sandwich spot Terasol (5010 Connecticut Avenue NW), and Truxton Circle is getting a steak, burger, soup, and salad spot called The Great American Bistro (1545 New Jersey Avenue NW), complete with 51 seats both inside and out — plus a cover charge. Speaking of, downtown strip club Archibald’s — a reportedly a frequent favorite of Hunter Biden — also asked the D.C. booze board for the okay to become a 24-hour operation.
Historic Maryland town gets a made-for-TV makeover
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay normally “saves” failing restaurants on his “24 Hours To Hell And Back” show, but in a new episode, he attempts to rescue the entire town of Ellicott City, Maryland. the Howard County town between D.C. and Baltimore was ravaged by flood waters in 2016 and 2018. Ramsay and his team revamped three hard-hit downtown businesses over a week: Little Market Cafe, Jaxon Edwin Social House, and beer bar Phoenix Upper Main. The two-hour “Save Our Town” episode airs tonight (May 12) on Fox at 8 p.m.
D.C.’s “shittiest” bar is SOL without customers’ help
U Street watering hole The Codmother needs help, and diehard fans are biting. In three days, the self-described “shittiest” bar in D.C. has raised over $16,000 of its $20,000 GoFundMe goal. The crowdfunding page says the dive bar only received $1,000 in SBA funds to stay afloat.
7-point reopening plan for MGM National Harbor
Vegas-based casino giant MGM International just released a detailed, 19-page reopening plan for its portfolio, which includes MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Its restaurants, which include Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse and Osteria Costa, will space seats and bar stools six feet apart and no longer hand out menus. Diners will scroll through options on mobile devices using a QR code and receive text message notifications when their tables are ready. Self-serve buffets will also disappear. While employees will be required to wear masks, guests are “strongly” encouraged to — and can get one free of charge.