by Tim Regan October 20, 2016 at 9:35 am 1 Comment

A deli in Adams Morgan is closed for now after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported finding evidence of pests there, according to the D.C. Department of Health.

So’s Your Mom (1831 Columbia Rd NW) can’t serve customers until further notice for “failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises,” the DOH said in a notice yesterday.

Owner Yiduk Kim said an inspector visited the eatery yesterday and “found evidence of mice.”

“We’ve never been closed,” he told Borderstan. “The exterminator has stopped by. He’s done everything.”

Kim said he hopes to reopen as soon as the health department gives his restaurant the go-ahead.

“I’m just waiting for the inspector to call me,” Kim said. “I don’t know. The D.C. government is very strict.”

This isn’t the first restaurant on that block recently closed by the DOH. Pop’s SeaBar (1817 Columbia Rd. NW) was shuttered last month after health inspectors found evidence of rodents there. The bar reopened soon after its closure, however.

The DOH didn’t immediately provide any further details about the closure. The agency typically releases full reports on restaurant closures within a week or two of its inspections.

Photos by Andrew Ramonas

by Andrew Ramonas October 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

B-Holes pop-up shop (Photo courtesy of B-Holes)

Locals on their way to work this week can grab some mini bagel balls from B-Holes on the U Street corridor.

The B-Holes bakery, which makes the bagel equivalent of a doughnut hole, is scheduled to pop up at Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) Wednesday and Thursday, the business tweeted. The temporary shop will operate from 7 to 10:30 a.m.

B-Holes doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar location. But it often sets up at Prego Again (1617 17th St. NW), Prequel (918 F St. NW) and the Petworth Market.

Started earlier this year, B-Holes has three items on its menu: “The Original,” “Mrs. Lavender” and “Barlic Gacon.”

The Original is filled with chives, onion, garlic, cream cheese and sprinkled with “everything” seeds. Mrs. Lavender is stuffed with honey butter and lavender, covered with a lemon sauce. Barlic Gacon has cream cheese, roasted garlic and bacon, with minced garlic on top.

Each bagel hole costs $2.

Photo courtesy of B-Holes

by Alyse Mier July 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Two local bakers spend their weekends on a street corner offering their “b-holes” to anyone who wants them.

The bakers — Grant Sarvis and his girlfriend and business partner, Julia Greenberger — are the owners of  a pop-up bagel shop called “B-Holes” that sets up outside of Prego Again (1617 17th St. NW) Prequel (918 F St NW) and the Petworth Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

But what’s a b-hole? Sarvis explained it’s basically the bagel equivalent of a doughnut hole, a culinary creation that came to him while he was tending bar at Ted’s Bulletin.

“There was a little sign that advertised the doughnut holes. It said ‘d-holes’,” said Sarvis, “So I started joking around with a co worker and said, ‘you’re not a d hole, you’re a b hole.’ Then I thought that would be a great name for a bagel business.”

So Sarvis whipped up some recipes up with Greenberger, and together, they launched the pop-up shop about three months ago.

But what about the name? Doesn’t it conjure… unpleasant imagery? Well yeah, Sarvis said. But that’s part of the fun.

“We’ve gotten 99 percent amazing responses about the name,” Sarvis said. “We’ve even gotten tons of pictures with families captioned ‘look at my kids eating a B-Hole.'”

It might also help that Sarvis and Greenberger’s “b-holes” are delicious, or at least that’s when they’ve been told. The pop-up’s menu currently includes Misses Lavender, a sweet bagel filled with honey butter and lavender, covered with a lemon sauce; Barlic Gacon, which is filled with cream cheese, roasted garlic, bacon and topped off with minced garlic; and the wildly popular Original, filled with chives, onion, garlic, cream cheese and sprinkled in everything seasoning.

And there are some new B-Hole flavors in the works, added Sarvis.

“We’re working on one called the Fee Fi Fo Fig. It’ll have strawberry fig cream cheese with maple glaze on top,” said Sarvis.

Sarvis noted that although goal for B-Holes right now is to “give people the best bagel experience in D.C.,” he wouldn’t rule out opening a brick-and-mortar shop one day.

“We want you to enjoy it with a smile on a face laughing about the name with your friends,” he said. “The name is bold but we’re selling you something that will make you happy.”

by Tim Regan March 2, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Bagels, baguettes and cupcakes are set to arrive on U Street tomorrow.

Bread Bite Bakery is set to open in the former CakeLove space at 1506 U St. NW with free samples tomorrow morning, said Bread Bite owner Jorge Prudencio.

“We are thinking that we’re giving away something for free. A lot of samples,” Prudencio said. “Bread with hummus. Bread with dressings that we use on the sandwiches. Bagels with cream cheese. Cupcakes, cannolis, eclairs, stuff like that.”

Patrons will be able to buy bagels, sandwiches, baguettes and baked desserts once the shop opens its doors.

Prudencio added that he’s excited about the grand opening, despite “a lot of pressure” on the business.


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