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Himalayan Wild Yak [22885 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn] is now serving Nepalese food in Ashburn with a menu abounding with yak dishes: marinated and grilled yak appetizer; yak sausage; yak biryani; and yak fried rice; plus tea polished with whipped yak butter, milk, pink salt, and sugar. Goat, bison, pork, chicken, and lamb make the menu as well, plus Indian dishes like butter chicken and chana masala. The interior is anchored by none other than a taxidermy yak. Himalaya Yak, which debuted December 28, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m [Northern Virginia Magazine]
Drink beer and throw axes
Worth the drive? Purcellville, Virginia is slated to get an axe-throwing bar within the next few months. Elysium Axe Bar is planning eight throwing lanes, more than 20 beers on tap, local wines, and a menu of bar food at an undisclosed location in the small Virginia town. Elysium’s website calls axe-throwing the “fastest growing sport in America,” and this isn’t even the first axe-throwing destination for the region. When you start from nothing, there’s nowhere to go but up. [TheBurn.com]
Captain Cookie and the Milkman bakery and dairy bar is bringing its made-to-order ice cream sandwiches to Firehook Bakery’s former digs at 3411 Connecticut Avenue NW, a block from the Cleveland Park Metro. The 1,200-square foot locale is its fourth physical location in the D.C. area. Firehook shuttered there in summer 2020 after 23 years, leaving three existing Firehook bakeries in the area. [Washington Business Journal]
Meanwhile, an ice cream shop that found its footing with cicada sundaes over the summer is expanding. Arlington-based Toby’s ice cream shop will open at the Cedar Park Shopping Center in Vienna. The ice cream store has operated in Arlington since 2008. [Washington Business Journal]
Andy’s Pizza (2465 18th Street, NW) is sliding into the space that was formerly home to high-tech pizzeria &Pizza in Adams Morgan, according to a liquor license placard reported by PoPville.com. Meanwhile, PoPville also reports that &Pizza is opening a new location at 4235 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in Tenleytown in the former home of the short-lived Squisito pizza and pasta, which closed after just a month. [PoPville.com]