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Hit Cuban all-day cafe and mini-chain, Colada Shop, is landing in Dupont Circle this October with a patio as big as its dining room (each seats 50). Along with Colada Shop favorites like Cuban coffee and cold brew, cocktails like mojitos and piña coladas, sandwiches, and empanadas, the Dupont Circle spot (1900 N Street, NW) will dish rice and salad bowls. It’s the fifth location for the boozy Cuban cafe, which also has locations at the Wharf, in Potomac, Maryland, and and Fairfax’s Mosaic District. [Washingtonian]
The Green Rooster is offering nutrient-rich snacks outside Still Point Spa
The Green Rooster food truck has pulled into a permanent parking spot outside the Still Point spa at 6 Grant Avenue in Takoma Park with a menu of healthful toasts, soups, and salads, plus libations like “drinking chocolate” and matcha latte. Winter hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Online ordering is coming soon. [PoPville.com]
Thank you for being a friend
Dupont Circle’s Duke’s Grocery (1513 17th Street, NW) weathered a small kitchen fire earlier this week thanks to the quick response from the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. The beloved burger haven is showing its gratitude with a Rock Creek Kings concert this Friday, January 21, at its Foggy Bottom location (2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) benefiting The D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation (DCFBF). Firefighters and first responders enjoy drink specials all night, and ten percent of event sales go to DCFBF. Admission is free for the event, which runs from 9 p.m. until midnight on January 21.
A sushi favorite returns to Arlington
After supply chain issues and permitting delays, Takohachi Japanese restaurant is finally rushing toward opening this week at Penrose Square (2501 9th Road S, Arlington). The four-year old Japanese restaurant was forced to close its Westmont Shopping Center location this past July when the Columbia Pike shopping center made plans for redevelopment. While waiting to reopen the Arlington location, owner and chef Tsutomu Nakano opened a Centreville location (14215 Centreville Square, Unit S) in September. [ARLnow.com]
Hit bagels land in West End
An all-day breakfast cafe is aiming for Silver Spring
Restaurateur and former basketball player Jason Miskiri is opening the Breakfast Club by the end of March at Fenton Silver Spring apartment complex (8240 Fenton Street). The all-day breakfast cafe will dish up breakfast staples like omelets, French toast, pancakes, shrimp and grits, among lunch and dinner options as well. Miskiri also owns the Society Restaurant & Lounge and the Angry Jerk in the same area. Like his other restaurants, the Breakfast Club will have Caribbean influences. [Source of the Spring]
An ice cream shop provides opportunities for adults with disabilities
Jake’s Ice Cream, a Falls Church ice cream and sweets parlor that opened in August, is employing adults with disabilities. Owner Robin Rinearson named it for her nephew, who has cerebral palsy and works at the ice cream shop (6353 Columbia Pike). [Arlington Magazine]