Young and Hungry

Now-Closed Bandolero Sued Over Alleged Sex Crimes

Troubled Georgetown mod-Mex spot Bandolero closed last week, leaving behind a messy legal history and a tattoo on one-time chef Mike Isabella. Also still around: two lawsuits against the restaurant that allege criminal behavior by Bandolero staff, from electronic voyeurism to sexual assault.

The first lawsuit dates back to when two women went to the restaurant's bathroom on April 30, 2014. When one of the women used a toilet, she noticed a Samsung Galaxy phone, wrapped in tape, fall onto the bathroom floor.

That's when a Bandolero employee allegedly rushed into the room and tried to grab the phone. According to the complaint, the phone had pictures of several women using the toilet. The women called the police and gave them the phone as evidence.

The Bandolero employee named in the complaint was never charged in the District for the crime, but the restaurant settled the case for $10,000, according to court records.

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What It’s Like Dining Out With Extreme Allergies and Dietary Restrictions

sandrabeasley_one“Just so you know, I have an allergy to milk,” Sandra Beasley tells the Thip Khao server when she arrives to take our order.


“I have an allergy to chicken egg,” Beasley adds.

“Chicken egg,” the server recites back.

“Beef, shrimp…”

At this point the smiley young woman taking our order realizes this is no ordinary list and pulls out a little notepad to write everything down. She re-recites the ingredients. “That’s it?” she asks.

“Cucumber and mango,” Beasley says.

Beasley, a 35-year-old author and poet, has already scoped out the menu online in advance, as she always does. (Thip Khao was her suggestion for our dinner.) She sees it as a good sign that the Columbia Heights Laotian restaurant makes a point to say “vegetarian” means no fish sauce or shrimp paste. It signifies someone is paying attention to the ingredients.

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Costa Brava Will Host Memorial This Weekend for Co-Owner Who Drowned

11822543_10206859286898716_2449866846893591928_nCosta Brava co-owner Doug Brown drowned over the weekend during an outing to the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland. His brother Daniel Brown also drowned.

In Doug Brown's honor, the Bloomingdale restaurant will host a memorial for him at the restaurant's upstairs bar—his home away from home—on Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. All food and drink proceeds will go to the Brown family.

According to the Washington Post, the Brown brothers were playing around in the water with Daniel's son when the currents picked up and they were swept under. Read the heartbreaking story here.

Last Night’s Leftovers: Fish Market Fight Edition

seafood-8-introMaine Avenue Fish Market tenants say D.C., waterfront developer are trying to destroy their businesses. [Housing Complex]

Eight summer restaurant specials to try now [Washingtonian]

New restaurants serving sushi in D.C. [Eater]

Whim Pop brings ice pops to Old Town Alexandria. [Post]

Art-themed restaurant for the "millennial crowd" to open in Shirlington in December. [ARLnow]

​Greek bakery company and celebrity chef team up for new D.C. venture. [WBJ]

Where to try tomato pie around D.C. [Express]

Photo by Tim Carman

Prequel Founder’s Mom Will Cook Sri Lankan Dinners at the Pop-Up Hub


Whenever EquityEats CEO Johann Moonesinghe's mom Ruth visits D.C., she always cooks a Sri Lankan meal for him and his friends.

"All his friends have told him him, 'Johann, if your mom's going to start a restaurant, we'll invest,'" says Ruth. She has no plans to actually open a restaurant at this point, but she will be taking over the kitchen at her son's pop-up venture, Prequel, which hosts a rotation of restaurant and bar concepts in Penn Quarter. Tickets for the Sri Lankan feast on July 31 and Aug. 1 are $50 per person.

Ruth, a high school calculus teacher in Pasadena, Calif., may not be a professional chef like some of the others who've passed through Prequel, but she is known among friends and family for her cooking. She's no stranger to preparing meals for big groups, either: Last weekend, she hosted a party for her three-year-old granddaughter and cooked for more than 100 people. Read more Prequel Founder’s Mom Will Cook Sri Lankan Dinners at the Pop-Up Hub

Last Night’s Leftovers: Avoid the Crowds Edition


Eight great alternatives to crowded D.C. restaurants [Zagat]

Governor Terry McAuliffe says all Maryland crabs are born in Virginia. [Politifact]

Shanghai Tokyo now open in Columbia Heights. [PoPville]

Former Oval Room chef Tony Conte opening Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana in Gaithersburg. [Washingtonian]

D.C.'s 16 most important restaurants [Thrillist]

Scientists have discovered a new taste that could make food more delicious. [Post]

Thip Khao is featuring tree ant eggs in three different dishes. [Eater]

Photo of Sally's Middle Name by Jessica Sidman

The Case for Dram & Grain’s $135 “Sacred Slaughter” Cocktail


$125 for a gin martini at Claudia's Steakhouse? Meh.

Dram & Grain is one-upping the costly cocktail with its own $135 drink.

On the occasional Tuesday, the basement bar inside Jack Rose Dining Saloon has added a "sacred slaughter" category to its menu. "As the name suggests, we're taking unique and rare products and forming the abomination of making cocktails out of them," says bartender Lukas B. Smith.

One recent creation is the $135 Champion Elysées with L'Artisan du Cognac Grande Champagne No. 50, 1967 Green Chartreuse, and lemon. A bottle of the cognac costs about $1,500 retail or $1,100 wholesale, Smith says. Although it's pricey, he swears the Champion Elysées is a good deal: "If we were charging semi-normal markup for the drink, it would have cost about $200." Read more The Case for Dram & Grain’s $135 “Sacred Slaughter” Cocktail

Last Night’s Leftovers: Veggie Burger Edition


The District's best veggie burgers [DCist]

D.C. total tap takeover coming to ChurchKey. [DC Beer]

Why the sommelier watches how you attack the bread basket [Post]

After zoning fight, Nando's Peri-Peri cancels Woodley Park plans. [WBJ]

Ten salty cocktails that aren't margaritas [Eater]

Everything you need to know about barbecue in Northern Virginia. [NoVa Mag]

Photo from Shake Shack by Jessica Sidman

Local Farm-Centric Garrison Now Open on Barracks Row


Former Cork Wine Bar and Poste Moderne Brasserie chef Rob Weland is back on the D.C. dining scene with a new Barracks Row restaurant of his own called Garrison. Located three blocks from his own home, the restaurant emphasizes Weland's green thumb and love of local farms.

In particular, Weland has been strongly touting his partnership with Mike Protas of Boyd, Md.’s One Acre Farm, which offers a weekly CSA on Capitol Hill and supplies produce to the restaurant. "All my clients are his clients, so that's pretty cool," Weland says. Read more Local Farm-Centric Garrison Now Open on Barracks Row

14th Cafe Chinese Restaurant Opening Soon in Logan Circle


For the past several weeks, the banner hanging above the door of the former Carry Out Deli at 14th and P streets NW has simply read "Asian Restaurant COMING SOON" with an image of balloons. Well, if you've been wondering what kind of Asian food the restaurant will serve, the suspense is over.

A menu posted in the window reveals the place will be called 14th Cafe and primarily serve Chinese food, giving some competition to nearby Yum's II and Great Wall Szechuan House. Dishes range from Peking duck to kung pao chicken to mapo tofu. There are also a few Korean items thrown on the menu like Korean-style seafood pot and kimchi. Lunch specials are $7.95 plus tax.  Read more 14th Cafe Chinese Restaurant Opening Soon in Logan Circle