A new rooftop bar that serves poolside tropical cocktails, Mediterranean dips, charcuterie, and Catalan-style coca flatbreads just opened on top of a Logan Circle hotel. Hush started serving the public over Memorial Day weekend, giving the Viceroy Washington D.C. a new drinking spot with a view. Viceroy replaced thje Kimpton-managed Mason and Rook Hotel at 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW last August. Cocktails looping in local spirits include La Reina (charred pineapple Cotton & Reed rum, fino sherry, caramelized banana, chili dust) and a seasonal Green Hat Floral gin and tonic with lime, coconut water, elderflower, and orange bitters. A brief list of alfresco shared plates includes spiced nuts, boards loaded up with Italian and Spanish cured meats, and cocas built around combos like grilled peach with Serrano ham and mozzarella or roasted chicken in a charrred tomato ragu with wild nettles and robiola cheese. A meze platter comes with whipped hummus, labneh, minted tabouleh, and naan. Hush opens Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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- Black-owned Takoma spice shop and pop-up incubator Spice Suite announced on Instagram it has secured a downtown D.C. location (1025 Connecticut Avenue NW) to sell its popular spices, honey, olive oil, jams and hot sauce.
- The team behind Arlington’s popular Texas Jack’s Barbecue will open an 11,000-square-foot Italian restaurant called Jack’s Ranch in September in Tysons (1755 Tysons Central Street) with a kitchen led by Hell’s Kitchen finalist Declan Horgan. Look for smoked meats, salumi, cheeses, seafood, Neapolitan and Roman pizza, and pastas.
- The Park at 14th, formerly a nightlife destination with consistently long lines, has made a change from club to full-time restaurant during the pandemic. [WJLA}
- Fast-growing chain Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar is set to open its latest area location in the Mall at Prince George’s this summer, reports Hyattsville Wire. Hook & Reel currently has 94 locations either open or en route coast to coast.