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Atlanta’s Hit Burger Bar Slutty Vegan Solidifies a D.C. Location

Plus, Swingers Navy Yard sets an opening date, Caribbean-styled Bammy’s flips into “Bam Burger” this winter, and more intel

Pinky Cole opened Slutty Vegan burgers joint in Westview in 2018 with provocatively named meatless burgers like the One Night Stand. Cole now has three restaurant in the Atlanta area with two more planned for Athens and Duluth, and one in Birmingham.
Slutty Vegan packs plant-based patties, chicken, and shrimp in Hawaiian buns, with provocative names like “Fussy Hussy” and “One Night Stand.”
Slutty Vegan
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

After teasing D.C. diners with plenty of pop-up cameos, Atlanta’s sassy burger sensation Slutty Vegan will plant a permanent locale on H Street NE this year. The cult chain will make its D.C. debut in a newly purchased brick building (1246 H Street NE), its founder Aisha “Pinky” Cole announced via Instagram last week. D.C. will join a growing list of East Coast outposts that draw massive lines and big-name fans like Shaquille O’Neil and Tyler Perry. Cole is a rising celebrity in her own right; the Black business owner, cookbook author, and philanthropist is a guest on today’s Drew Barrymore Show alongside comedian Chelsea Handler. Eater reached out to Slutty Vegan for more on its D.C. arrival, which will have fast-casual competition across the street from meat-free pioneer Pow Pow. Cole made unsavory headlines last week when a former employee of her Atlanta restaurant Bar Vegan filed a lawsuit alleging unpaid wages, of which she adamantly denies.

Atlas Brew Works expands to Alexandria

Atlas Brew Works, D.C.’s sole solar-powered brewery with sites in Ivy City and Navy Yard, will expand across state lines this year with a newly announced facility in Alexandria. The 6,000-square-foot location sits in Carlyle Crossing, a flashy mixed-use development taking shape in the Eisenhower East neighborhood. Atlas partner Andy’s Pizza will sling its New York-style slices on-site. Ted’s Bulletin and its offshoot Sidekick Bakery will also open at Carlyle this year.

An adults-only golf course for Navy Yard nears opening

Swingers Navy Yard swings open Friday, March 10, marking the London-bred brand’s third U.S. location to date. The 23,000-square-foot entertainment complex spanning two floors packs in three nine-hole courses, a food hall, and multiple cocktail stations like the “Boathouse Bar” as a nod to the nearby waterfront. Partner KNEAD Hospitality And Design imports the same stalls found at D.C.’s Dupont original; look for Mexican street foods (Tu Taco), Southern sandwiches (Lil’ Succotash), oven-fired pizza (KNEADZA Pizza) and sweets (Mah-Ze-Dahr). At least nine more Swingers will open by the end of 2025.

Navy Yard’s outpost will resemble a classic English pub.

Bammy’s gets into the burger business

From Wednesdays to Fridays this winter, Navy Yard’s essential Caribbean standby Bammy’s flips into a burger bar at night (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Trivia, also starting January 25, runs every Wednesday with prizes like bottles of rum punch and gift cards. D.C.’s Dangerously Delicious Pies will also sell slices for dessert. Take a first look at the casual takeover, which includes fried chicken from Bammy’s chef Peter Prime, here: