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Church and State offering sneak peak on New Year’s Eve, more options for NYE celebrations

December 20, 2010 - 06:00 AM
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Church and State will be open on Dec. 31 as part of Fruit Bat's NYE celebration

Good Monday morning.

Now open: Dirty Martini, Yola, and St. Arnold’s

Come clean, leave dirty. That’s the motto at Dirty Martini, a recently opened restaurant and lounge developed by the same team behind Midtown, Lotus Lounge, and Tattoo Bar.

The multi-level operation, located at 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW in the former MCCXXIII nightclub space, features a stylishly massive interior and creative cocktail list developed by head mixologist Dean Feddaoui. Unlike the group’s aforementioned establishments, Dirty Martini offers lunch and dinner service, and a late-night limited menu.

Yola officially opened for business last week, offering customers fresh yogurt, parfaits, and smoothies. The parfait bar will also serve coffee from Counter Culture, a coffee producer that’s focused on environmental and social sustainability.  The new father-daughter operation, located at 1323 Connecticut Ave. NW, joins a growing group of sustainably-conscious and locally-focused eateries.
Review: Yola (DC Dining)

St. Arnold’s on Jefferson held a soft opening last Thursday. The new eatery, located at 1827 Jefferson Place NW, features a mix of classic American and traditional Belgian dishes. A lengthy selection of bottled beers and drafts are also available. The restaurant and pub also offers a brunch menu that includes their list of Belgian waffles.  (PoP)

Coming next year: The Queen Vic and Church and State

Ryan Gordon
worked his final shift behind the bar at The Pug last Saturday. Gordon plans to use the extra time to focus on his forthcoming British-themed gastropub, the Queen Vic. Located at 1206 H St. NE, the pub will feature traditional British items and a selection of ciders and ales. (Frozen Tropics)

On New Year’s Eve, Erik Holzherr will be offering patrons a sneak speak of Church and State, his soon-to-open speakeasy-style cocktail lounge located above Fruit Bat, which opened last fall at 1236 H St. NE.  Church and State’s grand opening and full cocktail menu will debut in early January. (H Street Great Street)

To-do: New Year’s Eve celebrations (The List Are You On It)

In other food and restaurant news...

• Today is the last day for patrons to receive a complimentary drink or dessert if they bring an unwrapped toy for Toy for Tots to BLT Steak or Casa Nonna.

Straits of Malaya is closed. According to a PoP reader, a sign on the storefront’s window says “farewell” and mentions that the owners will be closing the Malaysian and Singaporean restaurant in Dupont to focus on working with a charity.

• Dave Alexander speaks out about the end of the Brickskeller. (Washington Post)

• The state of Maryland makes an effort to define local food. (Washington Post)

According to the Los Angeles Times, growing scientific research suggests that the leading cause of our nation’s obesity, heart disease, and other illnesses is not fat, as we’ve been told for years, but in fact an over-consumption of carbohydrates.

• Chef Victor Albisu of BLT Steak gives a tutorial on how to eat stone crabs. (The Feast)

• The best new cheeses of 2010 (SF Weekly)

• Holiday wine and booze gift guide (The Daily Beast)

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

• Dec. 1 - 23 -- Celebrate “Festivus” at Old Glory BBQ
• Dec. 21 -- Last day to try free samples at Central
• Dec. 24 -- Feast of the Seven Fishes at Paolo’s Ristorante
• Dec. 24 -- Falafel Frenzy
• Dec. 26 -- Revillion Brunch at Acadiana

Sweet Deals

Central: Free samples of new dishes at 9:30 p.m. (till Dec. 21)
Zpizza: Buy one Rustica, get one free (till Jan. 31)


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