The complimentary French breads that lure customers into busy Logan Circle brasserie Le Diplomate will soon be available outside the restaurant, Starr Restaurants announced. A 100-square-foot “microshop” called Bread Alley will open behind sibling spot St. Anselm on Monday, September 6, with crusty baguettes, multigrain levain boules, and cranberry-walnut boules. Daily hours in the Morse Street NE alley between Fourth and Fifth Streets are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or sell-out). The shop will also eventually add croissants, pastries, and other specialty breads on a rotating basis, along with local jams, butter, honey, and salts.
In other news...
- Washingtonian does a deep dive on the “Wet Hot Vax” summer at Seacrets, Ocean City’s mammoth-sized tiki bar that famously attempted to throw a Mask-Burning party in May.
- D.C. restaurant group EatWell DC will give a percentage of weekend sales to Afghan refugee charities. Commissary, Logan Tavern, and The Pig are all open for Labor Day brunch.
- Georgetown’s French-themed Brasserie Liberté hosts Labor Day brunch on September 6, from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with lox Benedict, croque monsieur, and mimosa kits for $35.
- Trummer’s in Clifton, Virginia, is offering a to-go Labor Day shrimp boil ($46 per person) with littleneck clams, Andouille sausage, fingerling potatoes, and other traditional trimmings. Order pickup for Saturday, September 4.
- In promising Penn Quarter comeback news, Dirty Habit just rolled out breakfast and lunch service with new dishes like kampachi crudo, watermelon tartare, and chilled cauliflower soup with caviar and a crab churro from executive chef Edgar Escalante.
- The Wharf’s Southwest shuttle, the key transit connector between its waterfront restaurants and the L’Enfant Metro station, is back in business.