News and Events

Michele’s Bartender’s Against Bans

On June 1st, 2022, 5-10pm, in direct response to the possible Supreme Court ruling and reversal on Roe v. Wade, Bar Director Judy Elahi and the team at acclaimed restaurant Michele’s from 101 Hospitality Group will be hosting an all-star cocktail event with 100% percent of proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood. In addition, mixologist and nationally-ranked bartender Lauren Paylor, will be on hand to chat about her initiative a Focus on Health as well as prepare a zero-proof cocktail for non-imbibers. Sponsors include minority-owned Ten to One Rum, female & minority-owned   Mocktail Club, women-owned Tenth Ward Distilling, and women-owned Republic Restoratives. The event will showcase the city’s best and brightest lady bartending bosses in the biz- which includes:

Tickets are available here

Destino: Masako Morishita (Maxwell Park) x Destino Collaboration June 15th

Join Chef Robert Aikens and the team at Destino for a special night of dining with 2022 Rising Star Chef, Masako Morishita, of Maxwell Park. The collaboration dinner will include a 5-course ($65) tasting menu at Destino alongside drinks specials created by James Simpson. In this Japan-Meets-Mexico collaboration, Chefs Morishita and Aikens will channel Mexico City’s Little Tokyo neighborhood by creating a Japanese menu while utilizing a Mexican pantry. Highlights from the menu include Hamachi Crudo with Yuzu, Garlic Edamame Dumplings with Avocado Crema, and Masako’s Daikon & Chicken Chile Dashi.  Reservations are available here

Little Chicken: Just opened Friday, May 20th! 

Nestled in a hidden alley between L and M Street (Midtown Center), Little Chicken is the new fried chicken concept from Grazie Grazie owner, Casey Patten, and Michelin-awarded chefs, Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan. Little Chicken offers guests an escape from the mundane with their craveworthy bites, creative cocktails, and an energetic atmosphere. Whether you’re coming in to chow down on their Pinky’s Out sandwich, slug down an LC Hard Seltzer, take down one of their signature “Pyclones” (a crazy blend of a pie and frozen custard of your choice), or play a game of shuffleboard with friends.

Details here.

Hello Betty has a Boat Bar!

The recently opened surf & skate inspired restaurant in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose neighborhood, has officially opened its Boat Bar for the summer season. Crafted from a retired Maryland deadrise fishing boat, the 40’ full-service bar on Hello Betty’s expansive, pet-friendly patio is now open during all service periods, including happy hour, which can be enjoyed throughout the restaurant between 3 PM – 6 PM daily and features half priced specialty cocktails, beer and wine in addition to discounted small plates.

Hello Betty is also now offering a weekend brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 AM – 3 PM. The new menu features popular brunch dishes such as Chilaquiles with pork belly carnitas, Egg & Sausage Breakfast Flatbreads, Chia Seed Pudding, and Horchata Pancakes served with roasted almonds, bananas, and cinnamon-spiced agave. Favorites from Hello Betty’s dinner menu, such as its crab and shrimp-filled Maryland Roll, Fish & Chips, and Mumbo Fried Chicken Sandwich are also available, as is the restaurant’s full cocktail menu. 

Reservations for dinner and brunch can be made here. 

Hello Betty is located at 940 Rose Avenue, North Bethesda, MD 20852 and can be accessed on the lobby level of Canopy by Hilton or through the branded blue door on Grand Park Avenue.

The Imperial Debuts a DC Boardwalk Happy Hour Pop-Up

The Imperial is debuting a new “DC Boardwalk” Happy Hour Pop-Up for the summer season, bringing Eastern Shore vibes to Adams Morgan. Hosted every Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, the casual pop-up will feature coastal eats (think: oysters, peel & eat shrimp, seafood fry baskets) and drinks (think: citrus crushes, tropical tipples and frozen slushies) on its sunny rooftop terrace and light-filled raw bar.
Guests will be transported to Ocean City, with plenty of seafood such as Old Bay Peel & Eats (poached jumbo shrimp alongside house cocktail sauce); Grilled East Coast Oysters (topped with tomatillo verde, migas, and housemade chorizo); a Boardwalk Fry Basket for Two (filled with cornmeal fried shrimp, oysters & atlantic cod with old bay fries); and homemade Lump Crab Pretzel knots (stuffed with crab imperial and smothered in mornay).
There will also be playful bites, such as Cheddarwurst Pops (mini corn dogs filled with housemade jalapeno cheddarwurst, alongside spicy honey mustard for dipping); Baby Pit Beef sandwiches (with house-smoked top round, tiger sauce & au jus); and a vegetarian Shroom Bowl (filled with crispy tempura maitakes, and hot sauce mayo for dipping).
There will also be two taco options — Grilled Halibut Tacos (with chayote slaw, pickled shallot and salsa verde); and Street Corn Taquitos (with smoked sweet corn, lime, chili, queso fresco and mayo). All “DC Boardwalk” dishes range from $7-$16.
Guests can also enjoy a selection of canned bevs, including summery wines (like Whispering Angel’s “The Beach” Rosé), spiked seltzers, Mexican-style lagers and tropical ciders.
For more information, please visit or follow them on Instagram @theimperialdc.

THE REAL Milk & Honey Market and Pancake Factory is Bringing a Brunch Haven and Dinner Vibes to Suitland this June

Owner of the original Milk & Honey Cafe brand, Monique Rose, preserves the legacy of decadent brunch and day party vibes

On June 5th, 2022 The Real Milk & Honey Market and Pancake Factory will open in Suitland giving lovers of the original Milk & Honey (MD and Atlanta) a haven for the brand’s signature brunch and chic atmosphere.

Located at Restaurant Row, Apollo, The Real Milk and Honey Market and Pancake Factory will offer favorites from the original menu as well as a full dinner menu, private event space plus a market offering artisan goods featuring local, women and BIPOC vendors.

“I can’t think of a better place than DC, I’ve never seen people appreciate a good brunch like Washingtonians,” says Monique.  “It was also important to me to support other entrepreneurs in the area especially women and women of color such as myself,” she continues as to why she added the market to the new concept.

The Real Milk & Honey Market and Pancake Factory will offer upscale dine-in with a chic, open kitchen, 75 seat dining room + 50 seats on the outdoor patio. From the original Milk & Honey Cafe menu, offerings include oversized milkshakes; booze optional, Chef Mo’s ½ lb Shrimp & Grits, and a favorite at all locations; the Jerk Lamb lollipops. The new menu will feature a full selection of sweet and savory pancake options. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cakes, Signature Honey Butter Pancakes (made with cornbread), are just a few of the over twenty pancake options. Other notable newcomers to the menu include Breakfast Birria Tacos and tasty vegan options.

The Milk & Honey Market and Pancake Factory is located at 4531 Telfair Boulevard, Suitland, Maryland, on the second Level within the Apollo Restaurant Row. The 5,000 plus square foot space boasts a private event space, vendor market and a 1,400 square foot outdoor dining patio with lounge seating and calming views.


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