- Season two of DC Cupcakes premieres Friday, Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. (Photo: TBD Staff)
Good morning. Happy Thursday to you.
Sabor’a Street’s roll-out yesterday was delayed again, this time due to mechanical failures. Between paperwork issues and truck problems, these guys just can’t seem to get a break.
Maybe today will be their lucky day. Chef Jorge Pimentel and co-owner Christine Sarapu are hopeful. The mechanical issues were fixed yesterday, and they plan to roll out their Latin-inspired street food truck later today. You can follow their tweets for updates.
Free cupcakes on the way
If you’re planning to open a cupcake shop in a city already filled with several red velvet variations and endless gourmet creations, then you’d better do it in a way that’ll get people’s attention. Free food usually does the trick. And free cupcakes? Well, that’s something to smile about. But the upcoming Sprinkles Cupcakes is taking it a step further, and plans to give away free cupcakes for two weeks while rolling around in its mobile truck. Metrocurean reports that the bakery’s wheels will debut at Farragut Square on Feb. 28. It’ll be parked at other locations around the city throughout the two weeks. Their brick and mortar store is slated to open on March 3 at 3015 M St. NW, just a couple of blocks away from the city’s ever popular Georgetown Cupcake.
DC Cupcakes returns Friday
Speaking of which... Season two of DC Cupcakes will premiere this Friday at 10 p.m. on TLC. The reality television series follows the experiences of Georgetown Cupcake owners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis as they run their cupcake shop in the District. The sisters filmed 12 episodes over the course of five months — September to January — compared with just six episodes for season one. LaMontagne and Kallinis went on Let’s Talk Live yesterday and shared some info on the upcoming series, including what it’s like to hang out with Oprah.
BYOB updates in Virginia and Maryland
The Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill that would allow diners in Virginia restaurants to bring their own bottle of wine to dinner. The House voted 78-18, according to ARLnow, and if signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, restaurants with liquor licenses will be able to charge a corkage fee to open and serve diners’ personal bottles. Advocates of the measure say BYOB is necessary because without it the eateries would lose business to restaurants in the District where bringing home-brought bottles is allowed.
Meanwhile, Maryland’s stance on the corkage law still hasn’t popped. According to the Baltimore Sun, one of the bill’s opponents, the Restaurant Association of Maryland, says “Our member restaurants fear that, as a result, the law change will...create confusion about serving control and regulatory compliance."
Volt co-owner Hilda Staples is a strong supporter of the bill. Last fall the Frederick restaurant got into a bit of hot water with the Frederick County Liquor Control Board for allowing a customer to bring and consume his own bottle of wine. Since then, she and owner Bryan Voltaggio have been fighting to get the state’s Prohibition-era laws changed.
According to RAM, 63 percent of the restaurant association’s members oppose a change to the corkage law, 19 percent support the law, and 13 percent are undecided.
In other food and restaurant news...
• Arlington County is hosting a food truck boot camp on March 9. District Taco owner Osiris Hoil is one of the scheduled speakers. According to ARLnow, Hoil “will share his insight on how he used his food truck business to secure retail space.” Representatives from the county’s health, tax, and police departments will also be present. (h/t ARLnow)
• Yola is celebrating its two-month anniversary this Saturday. The Dupont Circle parfait shop is kicking off the festivities at 11 a.m., and will feature free tastings, samples, discussions, and a Settlers of Catan tournament. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (The Feast)
• Residents near the intersection of 14th and U Streets will soon have more options to eat fresh. (DCist)
• Is the anonymity of food reviewing dead? (WCP)
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