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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar Announces October 1st Opening with Introductory Prices at Dinner

This Penn Quarter story was sent to us by Heather Freeman:

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is excited to announce the preview opening of its new DC location at 801A 9th Street, NW, in Penn Quarter will begin October 1st.  It will open with a new menu specifically developed for Washington by Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot. 

Jason's Journey: The Red Hook Lobster Truck Hits Chinatown

On Thursday, September 2nd, the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck went to Chinatown.  The truck set up shop outside of the Chinatown Coffee Company, which was celebrating its brand new liquor license.  We met Jason, featured in the attached video, who waited patiently to taste his first ever Red Hook Lobster Truck lobster roll...and he waited a while.  His journey is chronicled in the video.

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Ping Pong Dim Sum in Penn Quarter Offers Incredible Happy Hour Specials

Ping Pong Dim Sum, located at 900 7th Street in NW, offers a really sweet happy hour.  From 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., every day, Ping Pong Dim Sum has the following deals:

  • $5 specialty cocktails
  • $4 draft beers
  • $6 glasses of the featured wine of the week
  • $3 assorted dim sum plates


This isn't your standard happy hour though.  For one, there are crazy creative cocktails, like the kumquat mojito and the earl gray julep.  The dim sum provides a nice change to regular happy hour fare, offering plates of baked pork puffs and chive dumplings.

PPDS also offers late night happy hours, from 10 p.m.-11 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 p.m.-midnight on Fridays and Saturday.

For more information, you can visit Ping Pong Dim Sum online or call them at 202-506-3740.

Chinatown's RFD Hosting DC Beer Week Send Off

Ok beer junkies, this post is for you!

Chinatown's Regional Food and Drink, located at 810 7th Street in NW, will be hosting an event on Saturday, August 28th that will be one of the final events of D.C. beer week.

The event, called "Firkin Spectacular", will start at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Guests with passes to the event will be allowed to have unlimited tastings of a number of locally brewed beers that are stored in RFD's back room. After 8:00 p.m. there will be deals for guests without passes as well.

Tickets for the all-access local brew tasting session are limited and cost $40 dollars.  Purchase RFD's Firkin Spectacular Tickets before they run out!

Lobster Roll Happy Hour Event to Hit Chinatown

Lobster rolls during happy hour?  That's right.  On Thursday, September 2nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chinatown will play host to Chinatown Coffee Company's Labor Day weekend happy hour event featuring the Red Hook lobster truck. 

The happy hour will be held at Chinatown Coffee Company, located on the corner of 5th and H streets in NW, to celebrate Labor Day weekend as well as Chinatown Coffee's newly acquired liquor liscense.

Chinatown Coffee Company has made a name for itself since opening, and The Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck, which kicked off service earlier this month, is beginning to do the same. 

The Lobster Truck,  which is the creation of a New York based establishment that serves fresh Maine lobster, has had wild success thus far in the District.  Serving lobster rolls, shrimp rolls, and whoopie pies, the truck has become an instant hit with the D.C. lunch crowd.