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Amazon now delivering dinner to D.C. from dozens of restaurants

Amazon Prime Offering Restaurant Delivery in DC Area Need a lunch idea? Amazon Prime members in the D.C. area can now get food delivered from popular local restaurants.
Maketto, Ben's Next Door, Hill Country Barbeque Market and Kapnos are just a few of the restaurants offering delivery services in just an hour or less.
There's two ways you can order: Through the Amazon or Prime Now apps, or on www.amazon.com/restaurants.
Once you order, you can track the status of your delivery as it makes its way to your home or office.


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Danny Meyer Is Opening New Restaurants in Washington and New York

Union Square Cafe is opening up a large second location, and Danny Meyer is taking his latest original vision to the skies. Danny Meyer (Shake Shack, Gramercy Tavern) is keeping busy with two new restaurants to add to his culinary roster. Union Square Cafe — which will be expanding for the first time — is opening a second location in the soon-to-be-built Capitol Crossing in Washington, according to Washingtonian. Union Square Hospitality Group will also be opening a new restaurant in New York’s Financial District on the 60th floor of 28 Liberty Street, near the Federal Reserve, with dizzying 360-degree views of the city.


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Why touch screens are changing how we order at restaurants

Touch screens have long been a part of our lives, whether on smartphones, ATMs or self-checkout lanes at grocery stores. But restaurants have been slower to adopt the technology. Only late last fall did McDonald’s announce it would roll out self-service ordering stations at its U.S. locations, and Panera Bread and Wendy’s are in the process of replacing some cashiers with touch-screen kiosks.


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Scott Drewno is moving on from Wolfgang Puck, will start new restaurant group

Scott Drewno, the culinary mind behind one of D.C.’s most popular fine-dining restaurants, is moving on.Drewno has been the executive chef at The Source by Wolfgang Puck for 10 years, bringing his take on Asian cuisine to tourists and politicos alike. (Valerie Jarrett, top aide to former President Barack Obama, was a regular.) In all,


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These Washington restaurants are closed for the ‘Day Without Immigrants’ proteston Thursday

Immigrants in Washington are participating in the “Day Without Immigrants” protest on Thursday, and the list of area restaurants closing out of solidarity or necessity continues to grow.
The nationwide effort, buoyed by social media, is meant to highlight the impact immigrants have on the country on a daily basis. It's a response to President Trump's efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants, enact “extreme vetting” and build a wall along the border with Mexico. Participants are encouraged to stay home from school and work, which includes many restaurants and bars. Here's a list of the closings and service changes announced so far.
A Baked Joint: limited menu. Acqua al 2: closed. Anxo Cider & Pinxtos Bar: limited menu of pintxos only. Arepa Zone: closed. Ari's Diner: closed. Bad Saint: closed. Bangkok Golden: closed. BBQ Bus: closed. Belga Cafe: closed. Boundary Road: kitchen closed. Boundary Stone: kitchen closed, limited menu from 5 to 9 p.m. Brookland's Finest: closed. Brookland Pint: kitchen closed, bring your own food. B Too: closed. Bub & Pop's: closed.


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What’s cooking at D.C. area restaurants: March Madness, St. Patrick’s, cherry blossom specials

On Monday, Ryan Ratino, executive chef of Ripple (3417 Connecticut Ave. NW), will serve a five-course tasting menu. Importer Martine Saunier will pour primarily French wines from her selection of international producers to match the dishes prepared by the chef. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with a champagne aperitif, followed by the first course at 6:45 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are priced at $125 per person.
From 5-9 p.m. March 8, Takoda Restaurant & Beer Garden (715 Florida Ave. NW) will host a tasting dinner to illustrate the differences in color, consistency and flavor of whiskeys produced in the United States. Tickets for the tasting and three-course dinner are priced at $55.
In celebration of its first anniversary on March 8, Espita Mezcaleria (1250 Ninth St. NW) will offer a complimentary pour of espadin mezcal with the purchase of an entree. From Monday through March 12, patrons are invited to stop by the restaurant for a congratulatory toast during lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, as beverage director Megan Barnes will be bringing back five cocktails from Espita’s first year.
Espita has introduced a new daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m., specializing in mezcal-infused craft cocktails and traditional Oaxacan cuisine. Happy hour drinks are available in the bar and the dining room; food specials are limited to the bar.
Northern Virginia Restaurant Week runs March 20-27. Red’s Table (South Lakes Village Shopping Center, 11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston) will offer two-course lunch menus with a nonalcoholic beverage for $20.17. Dinner menus will be priced at $35.17.


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House OKs bill allowing restaurant diners to see drinks made

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s House of Representatives has passed a bill that could allow restaurants to stop shielding diners from seeing alcoholic drinks as they’re prepared.
House lawmakers voted 58-10 late Friday afternoon to approve the measure, sending it to the Senate for consideration. Utah’s Senate will have only four days next week to pass the bill before legislators adjourn for the year.
Current law requires some restaurants to hide drink-making behind a barrier, typically with a translucent glass wall. The proposal from Republican Rep. Brad Wilson would require all restaurants that don’t use that barrier, nicknamed a “Zion Curtain,” to instead use a separate room or create child-free buffer zones around bars - either with a half-wall or rail marking a 6 foot zone, or a 10 foot open zone. ​


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Washington chefs and restaurants earn nods as James Beard Award semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation announced on Wednesday the semifinalists for its annual awards, and Washington restaurants have plenty to be proud of. The region has more than two dozen contenders for James Beard Awards, one of the most coveted honors in the restaurant industry.
Aaron Silverman's much-lauded prix fixe Pineapple and Pearls is unsurprisingly in the running for best new restaurant, alongside a more casual colleague: Sweet Home Cafe at National Museum of African American History and Culture.
They're joined in other categories by a bevy of familiar faces and places, including chefs Fabio Trabocchi and Eric Ziebold, plus such restaurants as Jaleo and Rasika.


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