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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Local Briefing: Stable Opens, Scammer Alert, & RAMMY Award Finalists

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Swiss restaurant Stable (1324 H St.) opens today at 5:30 p.m. Here's a link to their main menu page where you can find their offerings for dinner, drinks, dessert, and brunch.

A neighbor in the 1200 block of Florida Avenue reported that a longtime scammer showed up at his door seeking help yesterday. The man, who called himself Doug yesterday, but has previously gone by Phil and Gene, is an older white man. "Doug" knocks on a door, and pretends to be a neighbor who has locked himself out of his house. He asks whoever answers the door to help him by calling two phone numbers, and then later asks for money. He's been doing this for quite a while, and there are plenty of reports about it on neighborhood email lists. I haven't heard of him trying this in Trinidad before, but he's definitely worked the Capitol Hill, Hill East, and Shaw neighborhoods. Here's a photo of Doug/Gene/Phil, and an account that appeared on PoPville a little over a year ago of one of the man's visits. Apparently "Doug" was all decked out in Nationals gear for opening day yesterday. Doug doesn't seem to be violent, he just wants money.

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced the finalists for this year's coveted RAMMY Awards. The winners will be revealed July 30 at the 35th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala. Several local spots got some attention, and you'll find those listed below. The full list is up on RAMW's website.

Casual Brunch of the Year
Maketto (1351 H St.)

Favorite Fast Bites of the Year
Cava Grill (not here yet, but we're getting one at 523 H St.)

Pastry Chef of the Year
Jemil Gadea, Masseria (1340 Fourth St.)

Rising Culinary Star of the Year 
an "up and coming" chef who demonstrates exemplary talent, shows leadership and promise for the future
Miranda Rosenfelt, Sally’s Middle Name (1320 H St.)

Chef of the Year
Erik Bruner-Yang, Maketto (1351 H St.), Paper Horse

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year
a food or beverage artisan who creates a product that is then utilized by chefs and restaurants
Atlas Brew Works (2052 West Virginia Ave.)

New Columbia Distillers/Green Hat (1832 Fenwick St.)

Restaurateur of the Year
Ari Gejdenson, Mindful Restaurant Group (includes three Ivy City spots: Dock FC - 1400 Okie St., La Puerta Verde - 2001 Fenwick St., Ari's Diner - 2003 Fenwick St.)
Ike Grigoropoulos, Dimitri Moshovitis, Ted Xenochristos and Brett Schulman, Cava Group, Inc. (includes Cava Grill, opening later this year at 523 H St.)

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