by Andrew Ramonas December 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Takoda

(Updated at 3:25 p.m.) A restaurant with a rooftop beer garden is slated to start serving beer, whiskey and American bar food within weeks on Florida Avenue, its owners announced this week.

Takoda is scheduled to open at 715 Florida Ave. NW in January, according to Ryan Seelbach and Eric Lund, who also own the Huxley nightclub in Dupont.

Going by an American Indian phrase meaning “friend to everyone,” Takoda will have chicken and sweet potato waffles, hamburgers and deep-fried Oreo cookies, along with more than 24 American beers and dozens of American whiskies.

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by Andrew Ramonas November 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

Ben’s Chili Bowl is set to have some competition from an upstart that looks to sell high-quality sausages to millennials a half mile from the U Street institution.

A restaurant called Half Smoke is moving ahead with plans to open at 651 Florida Ave. NW. The eatery, which is slated to have a fast-casual menu and a bar, has applied for a liquor license, according to a notice published by the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week.

Although an investor website for Half Smoke says the restaurant will open this fall, the space that will house it appeared mostly empty this week.

A representative of the restaurant couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The Florida Avenue eatery is intended to be the first restaurant in a more than 30-location chain geared toward millennials across the United States.

Half Smoke is working to create a “fun dining experience,” with organic and local meats and vegetables, beer, wine and televisions showing sports, according to the Half Smoke website.

“There’s nothing better than a juicy sausage and a cold beer — especially while watching sports,” the website says.

The restaurant will follow a Chipotle style of service, allowing customers to make more than 50,000 variations of sausages and other foods.

The menu includes half smokes, bratwursts and veggie dogs that diners can dress with traditional toppings like cheese, onions and relish, but also kimchi and pineapple salsa, among other options.

“The most versatile and flavorful American staple is long overdue for a makeover,” the website says. “Half Smoke is the first fast casual restaurant to upgrade how we eat sausages. What used to be a guilty pleasure is now a gourmet treat.”

Half Smoke rendering via Halfsmokeinvestors.com

by Tim Regan June 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Florida Liquors

Florida Liquors is not dead.

The old-school 14th Street store, located at the intersection of Florida Avenue and 14th Street NW, is doing fine and well despite a PoPville story that said it might have closed last week.

Store owner Joe Tadesse says the store was closed all of last week, but only to gut and renovate the space.

“Everything is different and better,” Tadesse says.

The store officially reopened yesterday with new wooden shelves, an upgraded cooler and a more spacious interior.

Tadesse first read the online news of his store’s possible demise this afternoon.

“I was confused,” says Tadesse.

“People kept calling and asking if we were closed,” he adds. “Now I understand why.”

Several PoPville readers wrote in to correct the Prince of Petworth just hours after the original story was posted.

“I mean this sincerely not being a jerk,” replied the Prince. “He should [have posted] a ‘closed for renovations’ note on the door instead of closed with a sad face sign.”

To that, Tadesse can only laugh.

“Maybe I should have,” he says with a smile while ringing up a small line of customers.

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