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Bad news for Rogue States, Gifford’s Ice Cream, and Iron Gate Restaurant

October 12, 2010 - 11:40 PM
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D.C. Superior Court Judge John M. Mott has ordered Rogue States to cease grilling operations, reports Tim Carman. Mott ruled in favor of Steptoe & Johnson and declared the Dupont Circle burger joint a nuisance.

The law firm, whose offices are located next door to Rogue States, filed a suit against the burger joint earlier this year, claiming that exhaust fumes from the restaurant had been polluting its offices and causing the lawyers within to experience nausea and headaches. According to Carman, Rogue States owner Raynold Mendizabal has signed a lease for another location and plans to eventually open at 1931 14th St. NW. Read more.

Rogue States’ departure may be temporary, but for Gifford’s Ice Cream shop in Rockville, it’s a not-so-sweet goodbye. Rockville Central’s Cindy Cotte Griffiths reports that the company’s shops were sold to a Baltimore investor back in January, and after several months of a rocky relationship, the company decided to go to court to try and regain control of the shops. But according to Neil Lieberman of Gifford’s Wholesale, “Due to the length of time it takes in the court system, we are not sure if that is going to happen (legally getting the stores back) before the landlords formally evict him from the premises.”  Unfortunately, that’s what happened. A Rockville Central reader sent in this picture of the shuttered Gifford’s store in Rockville Town Square. There are Gifford’s locations in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, downtown D.C., and Baltimore.

It’s a little bit of a drive from Rockville, Md., but if you’re looking for some good ice cream, the recently opened Ganges Grill and Ice Cream in Clarendon, Va. may be worth a visit. The sub shop located at 3434 N. Washington Blvd., in the spot that formerly held Quiznos, features sandwiches, salads, and ice cream, reports We Love DC’s Patrick Pho. The ice cream is supplied by Thomas Sweet, a local shop that produces homemade ice cream, soft frozen yogurt, and fudge. Read more.

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The Iron Gate Restaurant  located at 1734 N St. NW has closed, reports a PoP reader. The Dupont Circle eatery featured American cuisine and was known for its outdoor patio.

The recently reopened Clarendon Grill is hosting a grand reopening party this Saturday. The event will be held at the restaurant, located at 1101 North Highland St., and will feature local 80’s rock tribute band Toxic Mouse, reports ARLNow.

Week of Bacon at Restaurant 3 begins tomorrow. The event features a $30 3-course bacon-infused menu, bacon happy hours, bacon cocktails, and a bacon-making class. Chef Brian Robinson says, “Everything tastes better with bacon.” The event goes until Oct. 21. Read Dining in DC’s preview here.

Good news for D.C.’s hospitality industry. According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland, D.C., and Virginia saw an increase in hospitality jobs between 2005 and 2010, reports Missy Frederick.

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