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DC’s New Andy’s Pizza Bottles Colorful Cocktails by Top Mixologists

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Andy’s Pizza Adams Morgan opens with color-coded cocktails and combo deals.

At his fifth area outpost at Adams Morgan, local hitmaker Andy’s Pizza serves up his must-have New York-style slices alongside a surprise range of bottled liquor created by a collection of top bartenders. Bottled cocktails ($8-$10), stored in a fridge behind the order counter, are made by Judy Elahi (beverage director at Michelin-starred Gravitas/Michele’s); Chris Francke (owner of The Green Zone); Ian Douse (Astoria); and Maggie Mae Dale (head bartender at Excellent chef the new Cabra Los Angeles by Stephanie Izzard). Color-coded cocktails are filled with ingredients like yuzu, infused mezcal, and homemade grenadine. “We have decided to entrust our cocktail menu to the people we trust. They are incredibly talented professionals – they eat our pizza and we drink at their bars,” says owner Andy Brown. Shots of Jell-O and canned beers are also included. A grand opening is scheduled for Friday, April 8. (2465 18th Street NW)

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The Real Housewives of the Potomac Personality and developer Michael Darby has his sights set on famed nightlife fixture Clarendon Ballroom, which closed in 2020 after a 19-year run to make way for a temporary pop-up club. Darby has applied for planning permission at the address (3185 Wilson Boulevard) to potentially put a new restaurant inside, ArlNow reports. Darby previously ran Australian-themed Oz in a nearby corner of Clarendon which will host the region’s first Wagamama this summer.

WETA explores the local food scene in a new series titled Signature dish. Producer and host Seth Tillman visits Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly in Rockville to sample Filipino roast pork belly; at H Street’s Cane for a Trinidadian beef roti; at Dior in Hyattsville to taste a Senegalese chicken yassa; and more.

More dim sum for DC

Cantonese dim sum parlor Han Palace debuts in Woodley Park on Sunday, April 10, with a menu full of congee, dumplings, noodles and more, reports Popville. His second restaurant space, slipping into a former Starbucks (2649 Connecticut Avenue NW), joined the original Han Palace at Tysons Corner.


Han Palace Spongy Dumplings
Han Palace/official photo

New wine, chocolate, Malaysian and Mexican options for Virginia

Middleburg has a new two-story bar serving cocktails, coffee and dinner. Tremolo comes from celebrity chef and master sommelier Jarad Slipp, who also owns Knead Wine and Pizza in Middleburg. Tremolo is open Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (19 East Washington Street, Middleburg)

The chocolatier behind The Conche in Leesburg is expanding its baking business with the opening of The Conche Cake & Chocolate Studio in Sterling on June 1, reports Northern Virginia Magazine. Chef Santosh Tiptur’s new candy emporium will include classes, a retail component and a wholesale. (22446 Davis Drive, Sterling)

Internationally acclaimed Malaysian chef Rashidin Abdul Rashid will unveil his first restaurant in Northern Virginia later this year, reports Washington Business Journal. The 10,000-square-foot centerpiece, located on the second floor of the former Macy’s at Tysons Galleria, “is going to be a seafood-focused Singaporean-Malaysian restaurant,” Rashid said. WBJ. Michelin-starred chef Pepe Moncayo’s Cranes is part of Rashid’s investor group.

More details are emerging about Ashburn’s future Farm & Fork kitchen at the Goose Creek Village mall, notes The Burn. Look for crudo fluke and grilled Shenandoah Valley steak by Zaytinya alum Jorge Chicas.

El Sabor Grill just brought to Vienna Cedar Park a new option for margaritas, tacos and fajitas in Alfredo Solis’ former El Sol home (262 Cedar Lane, Vienna), reports Tysons Reporter. El Sabor general manager Burcin Can is doubling down on the mall this month with a new Turkish-Mediterranean restaurant called Lezzet.

It’s festival season for hard seltzer and cannabis

A hard seltzer festival returns to DC on Saturday, May 21 at Franklin Park (1332 I Street NW). Seltzerland, which debuted at Chicago’s Cog Hill Golf Club in August 2020, is appearing in 25 other cities across the United States White Claw, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer, Vizzy, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, Playamar and Sparkling Ice Spiked will all be offered . Tickets, starting at $29, can be purchased here.

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Millennial paradise Seltzerland returns to DC in May.

The National Cannabis Festival returns for its sixth year to the RFK Festival Grounds (2400 E. Capitol Street SE) on Saturday, April 23. Snacks range from Equinox’s truffle macaroni and cheese to Hot Lola chef Kevin Tien’s Szechuan Fried Chicken sandwiches, as well as eating contests sponsored by DC Slices, Hotdog Hideout and Ben and Jerry’s. Tickets start at $65.