Young and Hungry

Listen to José Andrés Explain the Birth of Beefsteak

"No one else is doing what we plan to do," says José Andrés in a new cartoon video touting his soon-to-open vegetable-focused fast-casual restaurant, Beefsteak. Although there's no word yet on the exact opening date for the Foggy Bottom spot, Andrés reveals more specifics about his ambitions for Beefsteak and the bowl-based menu.

Vegetables—as many as you want, prepared fresh in front of you—come first. Grains (quinoa, rice, couscous, orzo) form the base of the bowl. Sauces—"America loves sauce!"—will include spicy tomato, green herb pesto, yogurt, and miso, while toppings will range from roasted pumpkin seeds to crispy shallots to crispy seaweed. Dressings like lemon and olive oil or soy sauce and olive oil will also be available. And if you want meat, they'll have that too, along with proteins like smoked salmon, egg, or half and avocado.

Andrés is obviously looking far beyond one location. "I want to one day soon feed millions a day," he says in the video.

And he is certain it will work. Why? "My team and I, we have fed millions of people in our restaurants over the past twenty years, and every day, every day, they request more and more vegetables," he says. " I know that what American needs and America is not able to find are more restaurants where vegetables are at the heart."

“Pop-up Megaplex” Prequel Crowdfunds More Than $200,000

918Forthcoming "pop-up megaplex" Prequel—the first company to take advantage of D.C.'s new equity crowdfunding rules—surpassed its goal to raise $200,000 in less than a month. A total of 338 D.C. residents invested in the project, which will host as many as five restaurant and bar pop-ups at once in the former LivingSocial event space at 918 F St. NW. Nearly half of the backers gave $100 (the minimum allowed), although investments were as high as $10,000.

Prequel comes from the team behind crowdfunding platform EquityEats, which offers restaurant investors profits, rather than just perks. Restaurateurs and chefs seeking funds through EquityEats will be able to use Prequel's facilities to showcase their food and drinks to potential investors and the public. Others unaffiliated with EquityEats will also be able to host pop-ups there.

According to Prequel, the 338 investors come from all four quadrants of D.C. and range in age from 18 to 70 years old. The average investor age is 37-years-old. Prequel claims it's raised more money for a single campaign than anyone else in the country taking advantage of an intrastate crowdfunding exemption.

Prequel is hoping to open by April, but there's no news yet about which chefs and restaurateurs will be involved in the first wave of pop-ups.

Photo courtesy Douglas Development

Last Night’s Leftovers: Eating Snow Edition

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Snow is delicious. But is it dangerous to eat? [NPR]

Four new places to eat around Old Town Alexandria [Express]

Five can't-miss food and drink events in March [Zagat]

Neighborhood Restaurant Group is behind the food for a new music venue at Pike & Rose called Amp. [Eater]

Five great places to eat in Cleveland Park [Washingtonian]

Brookland's Finest lives up to its name [Post]

Nature's Table closes downtown. [PoPville]

Photo via Shutterstock

Brew In Town: 21st Amendment Sneak Attack Saison

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Where in Town: Morris Miller Wine & Spirits, 7804 Alaska Ave. NW

Price: $9.99/six-pack

The War on Winter

21st Amendment’s American history-themed labels have never been more eye-catching than this: George Washington and his crew crossing the frigid Delaware River with a boatful of beer ready for a beach party. Their surprise assault is not on Redcoats, but winter itself. Their main weapon? Summertime fun. Granted, a shirtless, beer-bellied founding father is not exactly appetizing, but Sneak Attack’s label had me at “winter saison.” The phrase is an oxymoron—farmhouse ales tend to be associated with warm weather. But that’s the point. The San Francisco-based brewery’s late-winter seasonal offers a surprising, but welcome, alternative to the dark, strong brews that crowd the shelves in cold months. Read more Brew In Town: 21st Amendment Sneak Attack Saison

These Restaurants and Bars Are Closed Today

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Before you bundle up and venture out in search of a hot toddy or a burger, be warned that many restaurants and bars have decided to close today because of the snow. Here's a list of places that are not open or will be closing early. If you are in search of a food and drink deal, check out our snow day guide to eating and drinking.

2941 Restaurant

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Bangkok Golden

Baked & Wired
Closing at 12:30 p.m.

Bastille Restaurant
Closed for lunch

Bibiana

Black's Bar & Kitchen

Bub & Pops

CapMac food truck

Carmine's

Cava Grill
All locations closed Read more These Restaurants and Bars Are Closed Today

Snow Day Food and Drink Deals—By Neighborhood

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Another snow day, another round-up of food and drink deals. Consult this guide to all-day happy hour, early brunches, and special menu items as the flakes pile up. Send details on additional deals to hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com, and we'll update the list.

D.C.

ADAMS MORGAN

The Black Squirrel
2427 18th St. NW
Burger Night starts at noon with half-priced burgers.

Bourbon
2321 18th St. NW
Happy hour until 7 p.m.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon
2007 18th St. NW
Hot cocktails—including mulled wine and a Scotch-spiked hot chocolate with Ancho Reyes chili liqueur— are $6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Mintwood Place
1813 Columbia Road NW
If there's five inches of snow, look out for an all-night happy hour on the entire menu. Here's a look at the snow day menu.

Pop's SeaBar
1817 Columbia Road NW
The bar opens at noon with MillerCoors "Banquet Beer" and shot of Irish whiskey for $10.

BLOOMINGDALE

Boundary Stone
116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
It's open at 11 a.m. for brunch.

El Camino
108 Rhode Island Ave. NW
The Mexican restaurant opens at 5 p.m. today with its regular happy hour until 7 p.m., including $5 Camino margaritas, $5 Negra Modelo drafts, $5 red or white wines, $5 rail drinks, $3 Tecate tall boys, and $1 chips and salsa. Late night tacos start at 10:30 p.m.

CAPITOL HILL

Capitol Lounge
231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Find $13 domestic pitchers all day.

Hank's Oyster Bar
633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
All day deals include $1.25 James River and Chincoteague oysters, $5 punch, $4 Narragansett pounder cans, plus a $12 shrimp and grits lunch special.

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

Meridian Pint
3400 11th St. NW
The brunch menu will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more Snow Day Food and Drink Deals—By Neighborhood

Last Night’s Leftovers: Wagyu Edition

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At BLT Steak, Wagyu beef comes with a certificate of authenticity with the cow's name. [Eater]

Tom Sietsema wants more consistency at Pinea. [Post]

Beer-loving couple plans Alexandria's first beer garden. [WBJ]

Chefs from Toki Underground, Rose's Luxury, and Ghibellina will host a dinner together. [PoPville]

Six things to expect from Barrel & Bushel opening next month. [NoVa Mag]

Snowfall prediction means chaos for grocery stores. [ARLnow]

Photo of a wagyu beef flight courtesy BLT Steak

The ’Wiching Hour: Dirty South Deli’s Mr. Chips

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The Sandwich: The Mr. Chips

Where: Dirty South Deli at the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Mezzanine Cafe, 1250 New York Ave. NW (and on its food truck)

Price: $12 including one side

Bread: Brioche bun

Stuffings: Chopped pork, bread and butter jalapeños, Manchego cheese, cilantro, citrus mayo

Thickness: 4 inches

Pros: The juicy pulled pork piled high on the bun deserves the majority of the eater’s attention, but it’s the accompaniments that turn the meat and bread combo into something beyond the sum of its parts. The Manchego adds a rich, nutty flavor, while the light citrus mayo and cilantro deliver some tang and lightness. Pickling tones down the jalapeños’ assaulting heat, and a pleasant smokiness remains. Read more The ’Wiching Hour: Dirty South Deli’s Mr. Chips

Brohibition: With McFadden’s and Rhino Bar Gone, Where Will College Kids Go?

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On a recent Saturday night at Georgetown’s Rhino Bar & Pumphouse, the crowd is drunk, loud, and overwhelmingly young. From my position at the far left corner of the upstairs dance floor, the scene resembles an abstract painting. Pastel polos and oxfords are the uniform of choice for the men of Rhino, and they swirl against the bright, skintight dresses of their grinding partners. 

The revelry is tinged with a bit of melancholy for the mostly college crowd. It was one of their last nights at Rhino, which closed Feb. 28. Its space has housed watering holes since 1952: first Shamrock, then Winston’s Bar, and, since 1998, Rhino. According to manager George Kennedy, the bar isn’t renewing its lease at the end of February due to rising rent. 

“I don’t know what we’re going to do when it finally closes,” says Jeff, a Georgetown sophomore swigging Coors Light, who didn’t want to share his last name because he was drinking underage. Jeff admits that he got into the bar using a fake ID—and that most of his companions did, too. “There’s no other bar in the neighborhood that’s as easy with IDs,” he says. “Rhino’s awesome, because you can leave a party, come here, and know that almost all your friends can get in.”

It’s not the only undergrad bar disappearing from the District’s college neighborhoods. McFadden’s, a favorite of George Washington University students, closed for good in December after five patrons were stabbed inside the overcrowded establishment. Meanwhile, Chadwicks and Third Edition—student standbys in Georgetown that had been open for decades—both shuttered in the last two years. Those college campuses are now left without their signature purveyors of cheap beer, top 40 hits, and darkened hookup spaces. 

Georgetown has long been a tony neighborhood with high-end retailers like J. Crew and Brooks Brothers, but the new crop of restaurants and bars opening there—Chez Billy Sud, El Centro D.F.—are more likely to serve $12 cocktails than $2 Natty Lights. While neighbors may see the loss of destinations for debaucherous nightlife as cause for celebration, students are asking: Where will we go now?  Read more Brohibition: With McFadden’s and Rhino Bar Gone, Where Will College Kids Go?

Whiskey Dream Team to Open Joseph A. Magnus & Co. Distillery in Ivy City

Joseph MagnusA group of whiskey experts from around the country is coming together to launch a new distillery in D.C. called Joseph A. Magnus & Co., named after one of the most successful pre-Prohibition producers of bourbon and other spirits.

Magnus' great grandson, Jimmy Turner, is behind the distillery, which will be located above Atlas Brew Works in Ivy City. Turner has partnered with an all-star team, which includes Pork Barrel BBQ co-founder Brett Thompson, former Woodford Reserve distiller and winner of the Whisky Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award Dave Scheurich, American Distilling Institute director of research and whiskey blending pro Nancy "the nose" Fraley, and former Buffalo Trace Distillery VP and General Manager Richard Wolf.

"I jokingly refer to these guys as our whiskey dream team," says Thompson. "It's going to be exciting for D.C. to have people of these talents helping bring back this heritage." Read more Whiskey Dream Team to Open Joseph A. Magnus & Co. Distillery in Ivy City

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