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Penn Commons Opens Today, Song Que to Close

By Rina Rapuano  |  August 4, 2014

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- Penn Commons, the latest from the restaurant group behind District Commons, Acadiana and Ceiba, among others, opened for lunch in Penn Quarter today and will serve its first dinner tonight. Check out our First Look here.

- Prince of Petworth reports that The Uptowner Cafe in Columbia Heights has closed, and Barred in DC reveals that Townhouse Tavern in Dupont has closed. In addition, Eater DC reports that Protein Bar in Ballston has shuttered with plans to reopen somewhere else in Arlington, and The Washington Post confirms that the beloved Song Que deli in Virginia's Eden Center plans to close September 15.

- Eater DC reports that former  CityZen master sommelier Andy Myers has replaced Lucas Paya as beverage director of José Andrés’ restaurant empire, ThinkFoodGroup.

- Mio Restaurant will offer three coffee-spiked dishes and a special coffee cocktail throughout August in honor of National Coffee Month: a coffee-rubbed short rib; coffee-citrus cured salmon; an espresso granita dessert; and the Café Colada, a caffeinated twist on the Piña Colada. The restaurant is using its own blend of Arabica beans grown in Puerto Rico exclusively for Mio, and bags of the beans are available for purchase at $12 for 8 ounces (1110 Vermont Ave. NW; 202-955-0075).

- Protein Bar’s three DC locations will run happy hour specials on 20-ounce blended shakes during certain hours weekdays through September 1, when the drinks can be purchased at half price. The made-to-order shakes include options like The Red Line, packed with vanilla protein, milk (can be vegan), strawberries and banana, plus a complimentary boost. The deal is offered from 4-8 PM Monday through Thursday at the 19th and K location; from 5-8 PM Monday through Friday at the 17th and K location; and from 3-6 PM at the Seventh and D location.