DC Takeout

Bayou Bakery and David Guas will offer a Mardi Gras in a Box for $135, a package

Bayou Bakery offers Mardi Gras in a Box

Mardi Gras take-home kit provides way for party goers to express themselves carnival-style

Bayou Bakery’s Chef David Guas has typically co-organized a big celebration, called the Mardi Gras Extravaganza. This year, he’s bringing the Mardi Gras home to Metro-Washington area homes or across the country. Guas will offer a Mardi Gras in a Box, for $135, in a package with all the essentials for Fat Tuesday celebrations.

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A new management team has begun making changes at Emilie’s, a Capitol Hill restaurant at the Penn Eleven Residences, which is the site of the redeveloped, historic Frager’s Hardware building. New Executive Chef Hamilton Johnson has implemented a new carryout menu

Emilie’s taps new management, launches all-day cafe, summer takeout menu

Newly-appointed executive chef brings new creativity to menu

A new management team has begun making changes at Emilie’s,... New Executive Chef Hamilton Johnson has implemented a new carryout menu that includes summer favorites, including Watermelon salad and Banh Mi. Photo by Anne Kim.
The summer menu at Emilie’s includes the popular General Tso’s Banh Mi. Photo by Anne Kim.

A new management team has begun making changes at Emilie’s, a Capitol Hill restaurant at the Penn Eleven Luxury Condominiums, located at the site of the redeveloped, historic Frager’s Hardware building. New Executive Chef Hamilton Johnson has implemented a new summer takeout menu, and added an anytime cafe, as Emilie’s expands its marketplace pantry offerings. Hamilton and the management group expect additional changes as they bestow on the restaurant a Southern hospitality charm and expert influence.

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Commissary opens for takeout in Washington, DC

Washington dining favorites like Commissary, Gravitas reopen for takeout biz

As the District of Columbia, surrounding suburbs prepare to reopen dining rooms, local favorties find their groove

As states lift stay-at-home orders and some restrictions that have kept dining rooms closed, Washington, D.C., too is also preparing to enter Phase One. As that date approaches, D.C. restaurants are coming alive again as flowers bloom and we approach summer’s return. Commissary reopened Wednesday and offers a condensed menu, promising to expand it and return some of long-missed favorites as they offer takeout. Gravitas, too, which took a short, month-long “refresh” is also back.

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The Imperial debuted Dinner for Two menu, summer picnic meals and summer drinks. The Imperial is located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington.

The Imperial reopens with picnic-themed meals, Dinner for Two takeout

New To-Go offerings usher in an early summer, including seasonal takeout libations

The Imperial in Adams Morgan has opened back up again to serve DC in takout mode while it awaits an easing of restrictions in Washington, DC to fully reopen. Chef Russell Jones has spearheaded a new to-go menu. The new takeout at The imperial offers a casual Picnic Bar menu of sandwiches, snacks and grab-and-go picnic packs. Ther restaurant also offers a more upscale Dinner-For-Two menu.

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Third-party delivery commissions charged to restaurants could be capped in Washington, DC. The DC City Council is likely to vote on it.

District of Columbia City Council could cap third-party delivery service fees: WCP

Third-party delivery services, including Caviar, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash, typically charge restaurants 20 to 30 percent in commission fees

Washington, DC considers a cap on third-party delivery fees charged to restaurants.
Washington considers a cap on third-party delivery fees charged to restaurants.

According to a news report, the Washington, DC City Council is considering capping commissions from third-party delivery services, which include Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash, and its subsidiary, Caviar, charged to restaurants in a new coronavirus bill. The Washington City Paper (WCP) cited sources, including DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelason and Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington President and CEO Kathy E. Hollinger. The Council is looking at the model set in San Francisco and Seattle, in which such ordinances capped third-party fees at 15 percent, and Mendelson confirmed the cap would not be higher.

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