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Bobby Flay, Z-Pizza, and more on the way. M&S Grill and Bobby’s Crabcakes closed

October 31, 2010 - 08:11 PM
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Penn Quarter is getting another eatery. 901 Restaurant will be opening at 901 9th St. NW in spring 2011, reports Penn Quarter Living.

Businessman David Von Storch signed a lease for the location last week. The 7,500-square-foot restaurant will offer a menu featuring small plates highlighting international flavors, as well as a list of craft beers. According to a release, Stoneking/von Storch Architects and Hallock Design Group will work together on the restaurant's architecture and interior design. The work is estimated at $5 million dollars. Von Storch also owns Capital City Brewing Company.

Z-Pizza is opening a location in Rosslyn, reports WBJ's Missy Frederick. The California-based pizza company that focuses on fresh, organic ingredients will be situated at 1100 Wilson Blvd. The gourmet pizza shop offers fire-baked pizzas, as well as salads, sandwiches, and pastas. The new location is expected to open in a few months.

Bistro 18
is opening in Adams Morgan, reports PoP. The eatery will be located at 2420 18th St. NW in the space that formerly occupied Oya’s Mini Bazaar and African Art. According to PoP, Bistro 18 will be a coffeehouse similar to Tryst, which is also located in Adams Morgan. The new owners have already obtained a liquor license.

Pound Coffee is opening a second location on Capitol Hill. The new shop at 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE will be twice the size as the company’s original location at 1300 2nd St. NE, says PoP. According to a statement from the owners, the new space will offer premium coffees and lattes, as well as a menu featuring “comfort food from around the world.” The company plans to host a coffee tasting in the new space later this month.

Closings: Bobby’s Crabcakes and M&S Grill (temporarily)

Bobby’s Crabcakes in Rockville shut its doors recently. The restaurant opened three years ago at 101 Gibbs St. in Rockville Town Center. In addition to crab cakes, owner Bobby Bloch’s 2,000-square-foot restaurant also served a variety of seafood, meat, and pasta entrees.

M&S Grill
is closed due to a fire incident that occurred at the restaurant early last month. According to, truck technician Will Dantzler noticed smoke coming from the restaurant’s building at the corner of 13th and F streets NW. The D.C. Fire Department responded to the scene and discovered a fire in the restaurant. A couple of employees at M&S Grill said they don’t know exactly when they’ll reopen. One says they hope to resume business this month. The employees wouldn’t disclose any additional information about how the fire started or how much damage the fire caused. Calls to the D.C. Fire Department and M&S Grill’s corporate office have not returned yet.
• Photos from the fire scene here

In other food and restaurant news...

• More burgers are coming. Television chef Bobby Flay plans to expand his burger chain Bobby’s Burger Palace by 12 to 14 locations within the next 12 months. According to Metrocurean’s tweet, Flay tells Nycci Nellis of that he’s looking at spaces in D.C., Bethesda, and Tyson’s Corner.
• Don Rockwell, of the dining forum, has launched The service offers customized dining packages. (Y&H)
• Westover Beer Garden in Arlington has been working on plans to meet county requirements. Music could return by spring. (ARLnow)
• How to pair wine with candy (Y&H)
• In Defense of Candy (New York Times)

From TBD’s Community Network

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• Bitches Who Brunches: Alexandria Cupcake
• DC-Wrapped Dates: El Diablo Nuevo at Oyamel

Plan Ahead -- This week’s food and drink event

• Nov. 2 -- Swing voters election night at One Lounge
• Nov. 4 -- Early Thanksgiving at Johnny’s Half Shell
• Nov. 6 -- Oyster and Wine Tasting at BlackSalt Fish Market
• Nov. 7 -- Gluten-Free Week launches

Sweet Deals

Buy one sub, get one free at Quiznos (through 11/1)
$5 off at Boston Market (through 11/9)


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