MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, based in Bristow, Virginia, was awarded five medals by the American Distilling Institute, the most won this year by any Virginia distillery. Divine Clarity Vodka won gold in the grain-to-glass vodka category. Brutality Limited Reserve Whiskey, Cincerity (cinnamon) Whiskey, Justice White Whiskey and Imagination Gin were awarded bronze medals. As a result, MurLarkey has stepped up its tastings in D.C. A variety of MurLarkey whiskeys are available in Georgetown at Martin’s Tavern.
Would you like a deposit slip with that croissant? Capital One Financial Corporation is rolling out a new café concept with 21 locations in eight states. The bank’s first two Capital One Cafés in the District will be in Georgetown at 3150 M St. NW, where Nathan’s used to be, and in Penn Quarter at 732 7th St. NW, where Radio Shack and Sprint used to be. Both are expected to open in late 2018. The bank-café concept features coffee, pastries, free WiFi, lounge seating, ATMs, meeting rooms and financial advice.
Addie’s is back. Black Restaurant Group reopened the legendary restaurant, named for Jeff Black’s grandmother, in the new Park Potomac development in Potomac, Maryland. The Aug. 22 opening date has special meaning, as Addie’s opened 22 years ago. Yes, they will still serve Addie’s Mussels and the Addie’s Rolls, which persist as best-selling items on other Black Restaurant menus. There is a six-seat oyster bar and an outdoor patio. Executive chef Dane Sewlall and GM Doug Doyle, both Black Restaurant Group veterans, are part of the team. Also in the group: Black Salt Restaurant & Fish Market, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Black Jack Bar and Tilt Sidebar, Black Market Bistro, Black’s Bar and Kitchen and Republic Takoma Park.
Quick Hits: Adams Morgan musical chairs. Now in the spot that used to be Ben Tre Vietnamese Cuisine (and, before that, Yamas), is #1 Juicy Cajun Seafood at 2418 18th St. NW, next to another newly relocated (from Shaw) Ethiopian restaurant, Zenebech Injera … Mr. Chen’s Organic Chinese Food will be coming to the Nam-Viet space at 3419 Connecticut Ave. NW … Tony Tomelden of The Pug in Northeast DC and John Solomon of Solly’s U Street Tavern and Brookland’s Finest plan to open a bar next to Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab on 15th Street NW called Union Trust, probably because it’s in the Union Trust Building … Adam Greenberg plans to open Coconut Club near Union Market next spring, with island-inspired small plates and fresh tropical-juice cocktails in the 3,000-square-foot restaurant. The Hawaiian-themed cocktail program will lead with rum … Jason Maddens will open Ah-So, a wine-focused restaurant with a modern American menu, at the Brambleton Town Center in Virginia. He was previously at Clarity in Vienna.
Legal Sea Foods has launched Legal C Bar, a smaller-sized restaurant geared to airports and train stations. Although the chain has a history at DCA, they will open this smaller (71-seat) branded concept at Union Station.