Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, purveyors of chonky, cakey doughnuts that tackle such flavors as creme brulee, are partnering with the design and management firm behind some of D.C.’s most popular beer halls to open a two-level bar next-door to its storefront downtown (1308 G Street NW). Washingtonian reports that Astro Beer Hall will open in early fall as a collaboration between Astro founders Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern and the Tin Shop (Franklin Hall, Church Hall, Big Chief). Formerly Mackey’s Pub, the space will now house a counter with a food menu from Astro, 20 beers on tap, and La Colombe Coffee on the first floor. A game room with Ms. Pacman and pinball will be on the second floor. [Washingtonian]
The All Things Go festival announced the food lineup today for its sixth annual event at Union Market, which Chvrches will headline this fall (October 12-13). Confirmed vendors include &pizza, Rocklands barbecue, Shake Shack, Bun’d Up, DC Empanadas, Swizzler hot dogs, Arepa Zone, JRINK, Insomnia Cookies, Nando’s, and Taqueria del Barrio.
Goal to stay put
Although real estate listings appear to show that the lease for Whitlow’s on Wilson will become available in the summer of 2021, management for the iconic Clarendon bar says it’s not planning on going anywhere. ARLnow reports that the kitschy, 23-year-old watering hold is “actively negotiating” to renew. [ARLnow]
Where the wonks eat
The Center for Responsive Politics tracked 2018 campaign spending to figure out how much dough each party dropped at specific hotels and restaurants. Washingtonian broke down the info even further, demarcating that Democrats love Bistros Bis, Republicans flock to Capital Grille, and both parties pour money into Acqua Al 2. [Washingtonian]
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