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Bustling Rooftop Bar Takoda Plans to Open a Navy Yard Location Next Year

Plus, an anticipated Indian cocktail bar aims to open in Northeast next week

Takoda’s draft Old Fashioned is expected to arrive in Navy Yard next summer
Takoda’s draft Old Fashioned is expected to arrive in Navy Yard next summer
Anna Meyer/Takoda

Five years after debuting in Shaw, Better Hospitality Group (BHG) will bring another Takoda Restaurant & Beer Garden to Navy Yard for next summer. The 7,000-square-foot space at 1299 First Street SE, nearly twice the size as the original, replicates the layout in Northwest with a second-floor space and third-story rooftop that BHG is billing as the biggest in the neighborhood. BHG executive chef Julio Estrada’s top-selling tots, bottomless brunch, burger, chicken wings, and sliders will all arrive at the new location. A 24-line draft system will dispense eight cocktails on draft and 16 all-American beers to go along with its domestic whiskey pours. Meanwhile, BHG is on track to bring a 10,000-square-foot edition of its Penn Quarter Boardwalk bar to the Wharf by the end of the year.

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  • Shelter, the low-ABV beer hall that Neighborhood Restaurant Group beer director Greg Engert opened in Capitol Hill in September, expands to full capacity at the Roost food hall on Friday, July 30.
  • Foggy Bottom food hall Western Market just secured its largest tenant ahead of its 2022 debut, reports WCP. ExPat, an 8,000-square-foot sports betting bar/restaurant that encourages customers to wager on their smartphones, comes from restaurateur Tim Ma, bar owner Ben Sislen, and Union Kitchen co-founder Jonas Singer, who just formed a hospitality group of the same name.
  • New York taqueria Tacombi will open an outpost in Crystal City this fall (1550 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.), Northern Virginia Magazine reports.
  • Chef Alex McCoy (Lucky Buns) teams up with fellow Union Market vendor Laoban Dumplings with a new line of bite-sized “cheeseburger” dumplings that drop Friday, July 30.
Chef Alex McCoy’s new cheeseburger-inspired creations for Laoban Dumplings are available while supplies last.
Laoban Dumplings/official photo
  • Maryland’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery kicks off its three-year anniversary on Thursday, July 29, with a release of Honey Amber Ale, along with live music, free cookies, and prizes all weekend.

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