Downtowner News April 17, 2019

Small-Format Target Stores Multiply

Cleveland Park and Shepherd Park are now home to two small-format Target stores, bringing about 100 jobs to D.C. They join a small-format store in Bethesda, Maryland, and a larger one in Columbia Heights. Will Target catch up with CVS in the District? Tenleytown and Ivy City will be getting stores in 2020.

Falafel Inc Opens at the Wharf

D.C.-based food company Falafel Inc opened its second location at the Wharf earlier this month. The restaurant is best known for its affordable falafel sandwiches and bowls, part of its all-vegetarian menu. Dedicated to solving global hunger, Falafel Inc donated $10,000 to World Food Program USA during the store’s ribbon-cutting event.

Kaz Celebrates 20 Years

Kaz Sushi Bistro is celebrating 20 years in Washington, D.C., by featuring an anniversary “omakase” menu for $100 available all year long. A grand tasting of seven sakes is available, as well as a special-edition anniversary sake created in collaboration with Amabuki Brewery. Chef Kaz Okochi has also brought in two chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants in Japan.

Y2K Pop-Up Bar Open at Decades

Decades, 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW, has opened a Y2K pop-up bar. If you grew up in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the pop-up features everything you loved: all five *NSYNC marionette dolls from the “Bye, Bye, Bye” music video, a Lisa Frank tribute wall, flip phones, Furbies and more. Running through May, the pop-up was imagined by Pineapple Tai Entertainment.

Filipino Fast-Casual Arrives in D.C.

Washington, D.C., now has a Filipino fast-casual restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Flipside opened at 1829 M St. NW earlier this month. In addition to traditional Filipino food, the restaurant will serve street food like bao, roti “tacos,” crepes and brothless ramen bowls.

Coming: 2 New William Morris Restaurants

Two new restaurants managed by chef William Morris, Cherry and Corner Office, will be opening in D.C. later this spring. Cherry, on the first floor of the W Hotel, will have an open-fire kitchen. Corner Office, at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, will feature wood-fired pizza and craft beer. There are also plans for a year-round beer garden at Corner Office.

Children’s National Campus Adds Life Science Incubator

Mayor Muriel Bowser welcomed life science incubator JLABS to the Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus at the former Walter Reed campus, now known as the Parks at Walter Reed. Bowser praised the combination of a world-class children’s hospital and a biotech incubator, which will “drive discoveries, save lives, create jobs and further strengthen D.C.’s status as the capital of inclusive innovation.”

Man Arrested for Dupont Sex Assaults

Jamar Christopher Tillman, 36, was arrested for multiple sex assaults in the Dupont Circle area. Police said Tillman inappropriately touched five women and tried to get a sixth to perform a sex act. He also attempted to steal an item from one of the victims. The assaults happened around 11 p.m. just south of the circle.


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