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Sprinkles rolls out with free cupcakes, Nando’s Peri Peri coming to Bethesda, Last Exit entering D.C.

February 28, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Sprinkles debuts in D.C. with free cupcakes

Good Monday morning.

Cupcake news

Georgetown Cupcake’s competition hits the streets of D.C. today. Beverly Hills-based bakery Sprinkles held its pre-opening event yesterday at its newest location at 3015 M St. NW. in Georgetown. While their shop doesn’t officially open until March 3, cupcake lovers can get free goods from their mobile truck that rolls out today.

Sprinklesmobile will be giving away complimentary cupcakes at various locations around the District for two weeks.

Where to your get your free Sprinkles...
• Monday - Franklin Square
• Tuesday - Georgetown University
• Wednesday - Dupont Circle
• Thursday - Gallery Place
• Friday - U.S. Capitol
• Saturday - Friendship Heights
• Sunday - Eastern Market

Meanwhile, the Georgetown Cupcake sisters are aiming to maintain their place in the spotlight. The second season of DC Cupcakes premiered last Friday on TLC. The reality show follows owners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis as they run their cupcake shop in the District. So, how did the premiere go? Some tweeps weighed in...

@itsVeniceD: DC cupcakes' sisters talks so fast! I feel so rushed when i watch it. lol

@JoelDavid1987: The women on DC Cupcakes are amazing actresses - #WhyAmIFascinatedWithCupcakeShows

@Kyutopia: DC Cupcakes is the stupidest show. It's so scripted it irritates me. "Oh my! The cup-cakes are ruin-ed. What are we go-ing to do?" >____>

@iqerz: DC Cupcakes is kinda addictive #tlc #tvshow#marathon

@IAmKneeGrow: Cake Boss? DC Cupcakes? Isn't The Learning Channel supposed to help me LEARN something? Well.. I guess it teaches me how to get diabetes..

@BrookeJoElla: Fruit, coffee & DC cupcakes:) perfect saturday morning!

@xX5P1K3Xx: DC cupcakes sucks... Its trys to be Cakeboss but it cant ,vary lame and there stuff stucks.. TLC you know better...

@aicragana: Im so in love with @JustinBieber, that Im watchingDC Cupcakes and I SWEAR that they said "Bieber". Apperantly, They said "Beeper"..

Last Exit entering soon

A bar inside of a bar. That’s essentially what Last Exit is. The newest venture from the owners behind Tonic has a speakeasy feel and will be located inside of Tonic’s Mount Pleasant location at 3155 Mount Pleasant St. NW. The new space will seat about 30 to 35 people and will have an intimate feel, says manager Desiree Herschberger to TBD. The drink menu will feature crafted cocktails and high-end brews. A food menu is also in the works and is expected to be ready by opening day on March 10.

Nando’s in Chicken Out’s space

Nando’s Peri Peri is coming to Bethesda. The international chicken chain signed a lease for the space at 4829 Bethesda Ave. last Friday, reports Bethesda Magazine. The corner space was formally occupied by local fast-casual chain Chicken Out, which closed its Bethesda location last December after failing to reach an agreement over its lease with the property manager. Alan Wollenschlaeger, director of operations for Nando’s Restaurants, tells BM they’ve been interested in the space for a long time. Nando’s beat out several other perspective tenants, including Silver Diner. The company, specializing in spicy flamed-grilled chicken, has four other locations in the D.C. metropolitan area. A fifth location in Gaithersburg is slated to open this summer, and this sixth location in Bethesda is aiming for an October opening.

A little bit of Irish coming soon to Wheaton

After several delays due to inspections, permitting issues, and interior construction, the Limerick Pub is Wheaton nearly ready for the public. The Irish pub, located at 11301 Elkin St., completed its third day of staff training on Sunday is aiming to officially open its doors on March 7.

In other food and restaurant news...

• More Arlington restaurants are falling behind on their meals tax, reports ARLnow. According to the latest delinquency list from the county, Kora Restaurant, Champion Billiards, Tandoori Nights, and Front Page are among the culprits. However, to highlight a bright note, Roberto Donna appears to making progress on his court-ordered payments to county. The Galileo III chef pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement  last summer for failing to turn over more than $150,000 worth of meal taxes from his now-defunct Crystal City restaurant, Bebo Trattoria.

• A new USDA report shows that 16 cents of each dollar you spend goes to the farm. Where does the rest of the dollar go? According to the report, the rest of the dollar pays for packaging, energy, advertising, and legal services. (Food Politics, GOOD)

• White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford shares her thoughts on cooking for the commander in chief. (WSJ)

• Breast milk ice cream... a hit in London. (NPR)

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Plan Ahead -- Upcoming food and drink events

• March 1 --  Mustaches4MS Charity Event at Whitlow’s on Wilson
• March 10 -- Dining out for Life

Sweet Deals

• Feb. 28 - March 6 -- Free cupcakes from Sprinkles
• Feb. 1-28 --  Free drink at Buddha Bar
• March 1 -- Free IHOP pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day

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    Anna Also

    Feb 28, 2011 - 10:47:48 AM

    Any word on WHEN SprinklesMobile will be at Franklin Park today? Can't get on twitter at work and cannot find times anywhere!

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