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6 Popular D.C. Restaurants Join a Prix Fixe Dinner Subscription Service

Plus, Chinatown is getting a new Pakistani and Afghan restaurant

Chef Michael Rafidi plates a dish at Albi
Chef Michael Rafidi’s Albi is one of six restaurants participating in the NYC-born Summerlong Supper Club dinner series.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

After raising over $1.2 million for participating restaurants in NYC, dinner subscription program Summerlong Supper Club has expanded to D.C. to support six of the city’s most popular restaurants. Chefs at seasonal Italian spot Centrolina, Trini rum bar Cane, Korean gastropub Anju, Michelin-starred small plates place Rose’s Luxury, Michelin-starred Sushi Taro; and Levantine fine dining destination Albi — one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants last year — will put together exclusive three-course meals for subscribers. The prix fixe meal program runs April 6 to May 13, with memberships open for purchase until April 4 (only 500 are available in D.C.). Once-a-week dinners run $60 per person, with the goal to raise $30,000 for each restaurant. An in-house delivery network that cuts out third-party delivery services is $7 more per meal (tip included).

In other news...

  • Chinatown will get a new Pakistani and Afghan restaurant called Shinwari Grill with seating for 190, according to an ABRA filing that’s requesting live entertainment inside (609 H Street NW).
  • After a months-long refresh of its kitchen and dining room, Old Town noodle house Yunnan By Potomac will reopen Saturday, March 20.
  • In honor of International Women’s Day, Officina’s Wharf facade welcomed a 40-foot rainbow mural of Vice President Kamala Harris — and her famous debate quote — made of 150 squares crocheted by U.S. women. Officina chef Nicholas Stefanelli created a special menu for the occasion, with proceeds benefitting National Center for Women and Families.
LA-based, international “yarn bomber” and street artist London Kaye’s mural.
Courtesy of Southwest BID
  • Mark Eason, a D.C. native who’s cooked in Brussels, Belgium to Pittsburgh, is the new head chef at Barracks Row’s veteran-owned Valor Brewpub and The Ugly Mug. Expect the menu to grow with homemade charcuterie and French and Italian flavors and ingredients.
Mark Eason formerly cooked with chef Mike Feinberg at barbecue-driven Surefire Catering.
Valor Brew Pub/official photo
  • The group behind D.C.’s Pho 54 Noodle Bar and Bar and Lounge 54 will open an Asian-fusion fixture at Springfield Town Center this summer, reports WBJ. Restaurant 54 will replace the 6,600-square-foot Zinburger, which shuttered last summer.
  • Ballston Exchange is a new CSA pickup point for Arlington’s sole local farm Fresh Impact Farms, available for pickup on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Homegrown roaster Compass Coffee reopened a pair of downtown cafes this week (McPherson Square and 18th and Eye), points out Popville.