Heard around the D.C. Foodies blogosphere this week...Murky Coffee owner Nick Cho has surfaced on his website and Don Rockwell to address questions and concerns about the recent shuttering of the Capital Hill location. Cho writes that while the Murky on the Hill is indeed closed, many of the employees have succesfully moved on to other independent coffee shops and a few are working at the Arlington location. Murky Coffee in Arlington is apparently not affected by the tax problems which plagued the shop on Capital Hill. Perhaps they have a better bean counter. Apologies.
Speaking of independent coffee shops, an article in this week's Washington Post's Tuesday Business section highlighted the Bean Bag in Bethesda, whose owner Mitchel Wool credits catering, and Starbucks for his success. Along with a Starbucks on almost every corner has come a heightened demand for coffee and coffee beans. The 1000-square-foot shop grossed over $1 million last year. That amounts to more than a hill of beans. Last one, I promise.
Another large chain, Chipotle, is going local at its Charlottesville location by using pork from nearby Polyface Farm. Chipotle hopes to join the increasingly popular eat-local movement which has until now, generally been limited to restaurants and farmers markets.
If you have looked south along the Potomac River you may have noticed a bit of contruction going on just past the Wilson Bridge, called National Harbor. Sauce on the Side reports that most eateries will not be making the April opening deadline as anticipated. Additions to the lineup include the love'em or hate'em cupcake maven, Warren Brown's Cakelove, Redrock Canyon Grill, and Timothy Dean Bistro among others.
Award season is upon us with the announcements of the Rammy and James Beard Foundation nominees. The Rammy Awards will be announced June 29 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The James Beard Foundation Awards will be held June 6-8.
Finally, if you missed your TomChat this week, a chatter inquired about the delayed opening of Co Co. Sala in D.C. Tom replied that the delay is due to customs holding a Italian-made bar which should be released shortly. Opening has been pushed back until late-April.
Sushi Ko, in Chevy Chase has opened with co-owner Russel Gravett "sneaking in an opening last Friday, March 22".