A few weeks after making its D.C. debut in Georgetown, boutique corner store Foxtrot Market has opened a second store closer to center of the city. The company’s latest location opened this morning (Monday, March 22) in Mt. Vernon Triangle with an all-day cafe, outdoor seating, and an online shopping platform that promises deliveries in under 60 minutes for groceries, beer, and wine from local brands. Opening day giveaways at 650 Massachusetts Avenue NW include free drip and cold brew coffee from Hyattsville, Maryland, roaster Vigilante. On Tuesday, March 23, $1 from every prepared meal sold during lunch (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will go to chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s restaurant-supporting Power of 10 Initiative (Bruner-Yang designed a packaged mapo tofu bolognese and a pork and chile crisp breakfast taco for Foxtrot). Customers can also find a section of cherry-themed products for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
In other news ...
- The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Commission has revoked the liquor license for Shaw hookah bar Kiss Tavern because an undercover inspector reported alleged violations of public safety protocols mandating mask usage and social distancing, limiting operating hours, and prohibiting smoking. Owner Eyob Asbeha denied everything but serving hookah, DCist reports, and says ABRA is unfairly targeting Kiss for enforcement. [DCist]
- Tigo’s Peruvian Express opened over the weekend on H Street NE, bringing the neighborhood a new spot for charcoal chicken, arroz chaufa, and aguadito (chicken soup). [Popville]
- D.C. chefs and restaurateurs Erik Bruner-Yang, Kevin Tien, and Tim Ma talked to Resy about why they’re organizing the Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate dinner series. Lydia Chang, who helps lead the business side of Peter Chang’s restaurants, shares her personal experiences as an Asian-American businessperson over the past year. [Resy]
- Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema finds plenty to appreciate at Lucky Danger, the American-Chinese carryout place from Tim Ma and chef Andrew Chiou, telling readers to try the kung pao chicken, duck fried rice, and orange beef (and maybe avoid the beef and broccoli). [WaPo]
- Washington City Paper reports sommelier Erica Christian and bartender Kapri Robinson are launching an online event series, called Empowering the Diner, that aims to help BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) customers communicate their preferences in restaurants while developing a more inclusive experience. [WCP]
- Takoma Beverage Co. owner Chris Brown has signed a 20-year lease at the former Mrs. K’s Toll House space in Silver Spring, Maryland, with plans to build a beer and wine garden, café, tavern, and fine dining restaurant called Zinnia. [WCP]
- Washingtonian critic and food editor Ann Limpert takes a big-picture look at how COVID-19 has changed the D.C. dining scene. [W]