Now open: Touchdown
U Street’s newest sports bar, Touchdown, opened its doors yesterday in the former space of Momo’s Sports Bar, which closed last October. The bar is decked out with flat-screen televisions and old photographs of the Washington Senators from the 1924 World Series.
On the menu, diners will find fancy takes on traditional bar food, such as Caribbean salad and Applewood smoked bacon cheesesteak. Two daily happy hours — 3 to 7 p.m. and midnight to close — features 25 percent off rails, drafts, and appetizers. (Eater)
Station 4 coming to the Waterfront
A new bistro called Station 4 is coming to the Waterfront Station on 4th Street. According to Southwest Quadrant blog, advisory neighborhood commissioner Bob Craycraft reports in a monthly newsletter that the new eatery “looks to be very contemporary and uses plenty of wood, metal, glass, and even stone to echo the modernist architecture of Southwest.” The restaurant comes from the same owners behind Tunnicliffs and Stoney's and is aiming for a May opening.
The buzz around 14th and U
A new “boutique steakhouse” from the team behind Local 16 will be occupying the second and third floors in the space at 2001 14th St. NW. The restaurant/lounge has been named Lost Society, and will feature regional seafood dishes and items prepared from locally sourced ingredients. (CityStream)
Double the goods, double the fun, free shrimp dish
Curbside Cupcakes and the DC Bocce League will be giving away free cupcakes today to dedicated followers with knowledge of the secret password, which will be revealed on Twitter and Facebook this morning. The special promotion is to celebrate spring bocce registration.
Sprinklesmobile is still giving away free cupcakes. You can find the truck around Foggy Bottom/GWU today.
Today’s random freebie: Golden Treasure shrimp from Panda Express
Thursday: Free Lunch Day, Dining Out for Life
Roti Mediterranean Grill has partnered up with D.C. Central Kitchen for tomorrow’s Free Lunch Day. In exchange for any monetary donation, the fast-casual eatery will be giving away a free salad, sandwich, or Mediterranean plate between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from its newest location at 1275 1st St. NE in NoMa. All of the donations will go to DCCK to help fund programs that use food as a tool to transform lives. You must be in line by 1:30 in order to receive a free lunch.
The annual Dining Out for Life event is taking place this Thursday as well. This year, over 150 restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area will donate 25 to 100 percent of their proceeds to support Food & Friends, an organization that provides meal deliveries and groceries to local residents living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses. To take part in the event, simply dine out at one of the participating restaurants.
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Plan Ahead -- Upcoming food and drink events
• March 8-12 -- Sprinklesmobile giving away free cupcakes
• March 9 -- Free Golden Treasure Shrimp at Panda Express
• March 10 -- Free lunch from Roti on Thursday
• March 10-12 -- Free Starbucks Petites from 2 to 5 p.m.
• March 21 -- Free Nutella latte at Pound the Hill