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It was the sad end of an era when Captain White’s picked up and floated away from the Wharf after half a century following a lease dispute with the Wharf’s developers. The iconic seafood barge has fortunately found a place to anchor in Prince George’s County near National Harbor at 6308 Livingston Road. [Washington Business Journal]
Snacks for the road
After spending over 24 hours stuck on the interstate after a snowstorm caused multiple accidents with nothing to eat or drink, there’s really nothing quite like a big, warm bowl of pasta. After Virginia Senator Tim Kaine ended up in that situation this past week while attempting to travel on I-95, he tucked into a warm bowl of Red Hen’s spicy sausage rigatoni while celebrating his son’s birthday. Solid choice, Senator. [Washingtonian]
Meanwhile, a Schmidt Baking Company truck was also stranded on I-95. About 16 hours into the ordeal, Casey Holihan and her husband, John Noe, saw the truck and called the company to ask if they could have some bread. Twenty minutes after they left a message for customer service, Chuck Paterakis, one of the owners of H&S Bakery, which operates Schmidt Baking Company, took care of business. Pretty soon, everyone in the vicinity was eating bread from the truck. [Washington Post]
Speaking of eating on the road, it turns out there’s a lot of eating around the world one can accomplish with one tank of gas and trip down the Beltway. Here are the best spots to stop for bites along the Beltway, according to Bon Appetit.
Pour some sugar on it
The Tatte bakery expansion marches on. The most recent Tatte opened at 1200 New Hampshire Avenue NW West End on New Year’s Day. The halloumi-loving, Boston-born, carb-driven chain started in 2007 and has been expanding thanks to help from a $300 million fund created by Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich.
Meanwhile, Old Town Alexandria is swapping out a Dunkin’ Donuts for a bagel shop. Homegrown Chewish Deli will move into the chain’s former digs at 1640 King Street. It’s Chewish Deli’s second location serving up bagels. The new location won’t have a grill, so the menu will be heavier on cold items. [ALXnow.com]
Scream it, and they will come
Taco Bamba chef and owner Victor Albisu says Herndon residents are some of the most vocal about wanting a Taco Bamba in their neighborhood. The loud calls for the taco spot in Hendon are “overwhelming.” Taco Bamba heard its cries, and Herndon is getting its wish this summer at 2445 Centreville Road in the Village Center at Dulles shopping center. Like the other locations, the menu will be unique to that spot. German sausage may make an appearance. [Northern Virginia Magazine]
Mount Vernon’s stepped up comfort food stop La Betty also took to social media to announce its immediate temporary closure to “regroup and reimagine” the restaurant. It’s closed for the winter as well.
Between omicron and the snow, several other restaurants are entering hibernation mode and many more are closing indoor dining. [Washingtonian]