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DoorDash Is Opening Up Virtual Convenience Stores in D.C. and Virginia

Plus, Bollywood Bistro in Fairfax is getting a Taj Mahal-inspired makeover

In this photo illustration the DoorDash logo of an US online... Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

DoorDash launched a chain of virtual convenience stores called DashMarts in 2020, and now the delivery app is making moves for its “ghost kitchen”-esque corner stores in the DMV. The Washington Business Journal reports that DoorDash is opening DashMart warehouse spaces in Alexandria and Capitol Hill soon. Customers can place orders for home delivery on items including snacks, already-made restaurant meals, and even local items like Glory Days Grill sauces. Boutique corner store delivery brand Foxtrot Market is also seizing on the Washington market, adding multiple locations in D.C.

In other news...

Rendering: Bollywood Bistro
  • Northern Indian restaurant Bollywood Bistro is getting a makeover after more than a decade in Fairfax. Designers Studio Ideya will help the restaurant expand next door, adding a private event space for up to 100 guests and a 60-seat terrace. Materials in the refresh include magenta sari-inspired fabrics and gold and white stone details meant to echo the Taj Mahal. Bollywood Bistro will reopen in May.
  • Susan Gage Caterers just announced the appointment of Adam Howard, former executive chef of Michelin-starred D.C. restaurant Blue Duck Tavern. Howard will lead the team at the catering company as executive chef.
  • Family-owned Bob & Edith’s is seeking to grow in the D.C. area via franchisees: see the pitch here. The old-school diner already has five locations in Northern Virginia.
Photo: Silver Lyan
  • Glamorous cocktail bar Silver Lyan at the Riggs Washington DC downtown is closed to guests during the pandemic, but the bar from famed London mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana just released a cherry blossom-themed cocktail box to-go. The $80 kit includes Japanese beers and matcha Kit Kats along with a “Japanese Saddle” cocktail with Japanese gin and cognac. Order here.