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Pound opens on Capitol Hill and closes in NoMa, Kushi helps Japan with pork belly

March 15, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Pound Coffee opens and closes

Sad news for Pound Coffee fans in NoMa. The coffee shop and cafe, located at 1300 2nd St. NE, shut its doors for good Monday morning.

Pound Coffee celebrated the official grand opening of its second location on Capitol Hill the very same day — after its soft opening last week — and although the owners intended to operate both shops, they say a lack of space and difficulty dealing with the landlord were their reasons for closing their location in NoMa. (Eater)

In the world of food trucks...

The District food trucks may soon be required to pay the same 10 percent sales tax as traditional brick and mortar restaurants. Currently, all vendors — food trucks, food carts, souvenir vendors, etc. — pay a yearly $1,500 fee to operate in the city, but today D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) plans to introduce legislation that would end their sales tax exemption, reports the Washington Post. Evans, chairman of the council's finance and revenue committee, says the current system is “no longer fair or working” for brick-and-mortar restaurants, and he wants to level the playing field. However, some food truck owners say the sales tax would decrease their efficiency and hurt their business.

Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s forthcoming kosher food truck, Sixth & Rye, won’t be totally kosher, says the Feast. In collaboration with  the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the former Top Chef contestant plans to serve traditional Jewish fare, such as corned beef sandwiches and knishes. But his truck won’t be kosher but "kosher-style," a distinction the Feast does not dwell on. Sixth & Rye is scheduled to roll out this April, when it will begin with a Friday-only lunch service.

Chinatown Coffee Co. is bringing back Food Truck Thursdays. During the food truck happy hour series, the coffee shop will feature a different mobile food vendor from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. outside its store at the corner of 5th and H streets NW. Patrons will be able to order food from the truck and enjoy their meals inside the shop. The weekly event also features $3 beer specials. Takorean is scheduled to kick off the first Food Truck Thursday on March 31. See the full schedule here.

Barbecue, oh barbecue

The New York-based Hill Country, featuring Texas style barbecue, debuted in the District’s Penn Quarter neighborhood last Saturday.

But it wasn’t the only barbecue eatery that opened its doors for the first time this weekend. Standard offered an introduction as well. The new barbecue joint at 14th and S streets NW offers smoked and grilled sandwiches filled with various meats, including pulled pork, barbecued brisket, and German bratwurst. A selection of six drafts and handful of soda pops are also on the menu. The new eatery, owned and operated by New England natives Tad Curtz and David Rosner, will be closed on Mondays and Tuesday until the weather warms up. (h/t PoP)

Sixth Engine to debut in late 2011

An upcoming American Bistro called Sixth Engine will open in the former firehouse at 400 Massachusetts Ave. NW owned by Douglas Development. According to a news release, the upcoming restaurant, operated by the same team behind the Dubliner and Town Hall, will debut near the end of this this year.

Gainesville gains a Potbelly’s

A new Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop opens today at 7352 Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville. The new location is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, and delivery is available Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Chicago-based eatery has 38 stores in the D.C. metro area.

In other food and restaurant news...

• Kushi is donating 100 percent of its pork belly sales to disaster relief efforts in Japan.

• The secret to baking the perfect buns. (Science Daily)

• Diners rescued from a floating restaurant. (CTV)

• Are food marketers facing their Mubarak moment? (The Atlantic)

• Michelin-starred chef wants a taco. (CNN)

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Plan Ahead -- Upcoming food and drink events

• March 14-17 -- Tequila and Mezcal Festival
• March 19 -- Makes-Me-Wanna SHOUT! Coconut Cake Contest Semifinals

Sweet Deals

• March 20 -- Free Italian Ice at Rita’s

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