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The Cereal Bowl is closed, Jose Andres is hiring for Minibar

December 30, 2010 - 06:00 AM
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The Cereal Bowl
The Cereal Bowl in Cleveland Park has closed.

Gourmet cereal takes a break

Cleveland Park residents will now have to pour their own bowls of cereal.

The Cereal Bowl, located at 3420 Connecticut Ave. in the old Starbucks space, has closed. The company’s president, Kenneth Rader, confirms the closure, and says the store will likely reopen soon, but under a different owner. The cereal-focused eatery received mixed reviews when it debuted last March. Some wondered how pricey bowls of Lucky Charms and Cookie Crisp could remain in business. Well, those who wondered may have wondered right. Nine months after opening, the doors to the dark store are locked and phone calls go unanswered. The company operates on a franchise model, and according to its website, had two other locations in the United States -- one in Newark, Del., and another in New Brunswick, N.J. But it appears the Delaware store has closed its doors as well, on Dec. 18. The store’s Facebook status confirms their closure. The reasons are not clear, and several messages left at the Cereal Bowl in Delaware have not been returned. The phone number listed for the New Jersey store has been disconnected, however, the store’s Facebook page was updated just last Monday, offering patrons a discount on their goods. But then again, perhaps the discount was to help sell off the rest of their inventory faster. Additional messages left for Rader have not been returned yet. I suspect it may be a while before fans can get their next Cereal Bowl fix. But no worries. There are several other stores that are offering decent deals on Lucky Charms. (h/t Cleveland Park 2.0)

Now open: Crumbs and Lion’s Den


Crumbs
’ Clarendon location is opening today at 2839 Clarendon Blvd. Mark your calendars for Jan. 8, when the bake shop celebrates its grand opening by giving away 1,000 free cupcakes.

Lion’s Den Jamaican restaurant opened its doors earlier this week at 3619 Georgia Ave. NW. The Jamaican takeout joint, managed by Andre Guy, offers patrons a menu of traditional dishes, including brown stew, jerk chicken, and fried dumplings. Lion’s Den is open 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and 12 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. (h/t Park View, D.C.)

Art and food in one space

Artisphere debuted in Arlington last fall, bringing a new art space to the city that features three galleries, a ballroom, and an outdoor terrace. But it’s still missing one thing: a restaurant. However, that will soon change. The owners of Guajillo in Arlington and Casa Oaxaca in D.C. are planning to sign a lease to operate a restaurant and bar in the art space located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., reports TBD. Arlington County is scheduled to vote on the lease next month.

In other food and restaurant news...

Founding Farmers’ deviled eggs will receive their 15 minutes of fame next Monday, when its featured on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The farm-inspired restaurant will be hosting a viewing party at 10 p.m. (WCP)

• The forthcoming Toki Underground is expected to open next month. Urban Daddy took a little tour of the of new ramen-and-dumplings joint in the H Street corridor.

• Looking for job? Chef Jose Andres is hiring for his Minibar. Applicants should be creative and know how to cook. (The Feast)

• New Year’s resolution: Stay up late and drink more alcohol. (The Atlantic)

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Plan Ahead -- Upcoming food and drink events

Jan. 5 -- D.C. Food Bloggers Happy Hour

Sweet Deals

• Jan. 2 -- Free samples at Curry Mantra
• Jan. 8 -- Free cupcakes at Crumbs in Clarendon
Zpizza: Buy one Rustica, get one free (till Jan. 31)

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