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  1. It’s only been since last week for Nationals Park to be back at full capacity and mask-free for fully vaccinated fans. A spot of sunshine tonight is having Chef Jose Andres throw out the ceremonial first pitch. This is a return gig - his first outing was for the 5th Game of the World Series in 2019. To commemorate the event, a $ 50 bobblehead is available for pre-order. I didn’t get the Dr. Fauci bobble and will probably pass on this one too. https://www.foco.com/products/jose-andres-washington-nationals-first-pitch-bobblehead Edit to add: He seemed to have a good time!
  2. After failing to find a Chick & Ruth’s thread, I’ll leave this here. I hope this iconic Annapolis “delly” makes it through the double challenges of the pandemic and possibly unrelated death of its current owner. I admire Keith Jones’ career progression. The next time I recite the Pledge of Allegiance, I’ll remember my past breakfasts there. https://www.capitalgazette.com/maryland/annapolis/ac-cn-keith-jones-chick-ruths-20210204-20210205-tf43su7bzfdpvi7c34wizy6uz4-story.html
  3. Attman’s Cabin John location closed in March. They’ve signed a lease to take over the old Zoe’s location across from Harris Teeter in Rockville. It’s a five minute walk from Brooklyn’s Deli. What I found interesting about Market Reporter’s interview with the owner is his direct response to competition with Brooklyn’s Deli.
  4. Here’s how Wegmans adjusts to the pandemic. Interesting read from the Wall Street Journal compares Wegmans response to other large retailers.
  5. Because of Covid-19 related restaurant closures, gift certificate revenue helps with cash flow. Bethesda magazine published a Montgomery County focused list of restaurants' gift cert links. Unfortunately the link to buy gift certs from Parkway Deli is not secure www.theparkwaydeli.com/gift-cards.html Perhaps calling them directly for either gift cards or a Passover platter would be a safer way of supporting them, their long-time clientele, and the pickle bar.
  6. One of my favorite weekday early afternoon game lunches involves leaving Navy Yard Metro at Half Street and walking clockwise past restaurant row on First before entering Nationals Park. Sitting in my seat well before first pitch with sunshine, a bowl from Rasa, and a beer from District Drafts is heaven (don’t forget the garlic naan). Why wax nostalgic when Major League Baseball is in limbo because of the Covid-19 pandemic? Please consider buying a gift card now and using it during the baseball season or whenever your tastebuds would benefit from a thrill. The link embedded in their tweet is: bit.ly/2WsVr6p Na
  7. American health insurance is confusing and confounding. However, it beats not having health insurance at all. If you’re an uninsured Maryland resident, a special open season for enrollment starts Monday March 16th (although coverage doesn’t start until April first). www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/coronavirus-sep/
  8. Reality bites. As of Sunday, 800 workers out for an anticipated 8 - 12 weeks. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/coronavirus-seattle-chef-closes-restaurants-trnd/index.html
  9. Another loss for Rockville Town Center (closely following Bar Louie's closure). If a location in a hopping neighborhood like Navy Yard closes - Craftworks Holdings/GB's bankruptcy filing was a bigger driver than any individual location. DCBeer had some nice things to say and highlighted local, successful GB Alums: dcbeer.com/2020/03/04/gordon-biersch-closes-four-area-locations/
  10. KUOW, the Seattle NPR station, posted a recipe for hand sanitizer - just in case you come across barren store shelves. They specify two-thirds 99% alcohol and discounted subbing cheap vodka (<50% alcohol). The one-third aloe vera gel or vegetable glycerin protects your skin from completely desiccating and flaking-off. https://www.kuow.org/stories/purell-is-low-in-seattle-how-to-make-your-own-hand-sanitizer
  11. It may take a while for Dog Haus to calm down. I caught the end of this 4-minute segment on today's WUSA Channel-9's Morning Show. Adam Gertler did a quick demo and gave details for a text-in contest with a weekly free meal grand prize.
  12. Changes in Maryland law affecting craft beer. The tap room limit went up July first and the wholesaler agreement changes go into effect New Year's Day 2020. Here's a 4-minute radio report from Esther Ciammachilli of WAMU on "two new laws — the Brewery Modernization Act and the Beer Franchise Law — will dramatically alter the craft beer industry. One law increases the amount of beer craft brewers can produce and sell. The other loosens provisions on contracts between brewers and wholesalers. The changes mean craft beer enthusiasts will see more of their favorite drinks in stores around the Washington region." https://wamu.org/story/19/12/20/new-beer-laws-in-maryland-mean-more-craft-beer-in-more-places/ Here's the Brewers Association of Maryland's press release. Their website has more technical information: https://marylandbeer.org/bam-announces-passage-of-the-brewery-modernization-act-of-2019-and-beer-franchise-law-reform/ Is there a Montgomery County law that affects these? Is the tap room limit going to be smaller than the rest of the state?
  13. This will be Frank Pepe’s 12th location. I went to the Yonkers location and later the New Haven original with a nearly identical experience. This wonderful news was also reported by the Prince of Petworth.
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