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A Two-Night Sri Lankan Pop-Up Downtown Will Benefit Easter Bombing Victims

Eater logo Eater 9 hrs ago Tierney Plumb
a chair sitting in front of a store: Prequel is hosting a two-night benefit dinner this weekend. © Prequel [official] Prequel is hosting a two-night benefit dinner this weekend.

Plus, an Italian restaurant in Alexandria plans a Persian pop-up

Pop-ups seem to be everywhere in D.C. Here, Eater will highlight some of the best pop-up options coming to town over the next month or so, and periodically update this guide when old ones disappear and new ones emerge. This curated guide includes everything from longer-term pop-ups to one-time events. It de-emphasizes residencies lasting more than a couple of months, or events labeled pop-ups that don’t quite fit the format.

The Eater DC pop-up roundup is traditionally updated every other week or so: send any upcoming pop-up information to for potential inclusion.


The Deal: The Sri Lankan co-owner of the downtown restaurant incubator is hosting a two-night fundraiser for people affected by the Easter weekend bombings in the South Asian country. Chef Ruth Moonesinghe, who hosted a successful pop-up there in 2016, returns with a multi-course dinner of starters (croquettes, jackfruit tacos), mains (salmon belly or Kabocha squash curry), and sides (yellow lentils, coconut spiced rice). Savory dishes won’t include butter or ghee, so they’ll be dairy-free.

Where: Prequel, 919 19th Street NW

Dates: Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29

Cost: Tickets are $50


The Deal: Michael Nayeri, chef/owner at Alexandria’s Italian restaurant A la Lucia, is playing up his Iranian roots via a pop-up Persian dinner cooked by celebrity Persian chef Najmieh Batmanglij.

Where: A la Lucia, 315 Madison Street, Alexandria, Virginia

Dates: Wednesday, July 10

Cost: Tickets are $70 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity), with an optional wine pairing for $35 more


The Deal: The team behind Burmese brands Thamee (H Street) and Toli Moli (Union Market) is hosting two supper clubs a month to promote up-and-coming D.C. chefs. This month there’s Japanese comfort foods from chef Masako Morishita’s Otabe, with cocktails from guest bartender Al Thompson (Hanumanh). Thamee co-owner Simone Jacobson tells Washingtonian the supper club aims to “give a much-needed platform to D.C. chefs of color who may lack access to significant funding,” playing up cuisines across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Recent pop-ups have featured Taiwanese street foods and Middle Eastern eats.

Where: Thamee, 1320 H Street NE

Dates: Tuesday, June 25 (Otabe)

Cost: Tickets are around $60 and include a light app, five mains, and dessert


The Deal: Homegrown soup shop Soupergirl offers four gazpacho flavors on tap (think beet and cucumber) alongside classic recipes served in its new bottles. Salads include one with white beans, tomato, and herb and another built out of summer vegetables and pasta.

Where: Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE

Dates: Now through Labor Day; hours are weekdays at 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. (and 9 p.m. on Friday) and weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


The Deal: Chocolate City’s Best highlighted nine area bartenders of color this year, and a new summer pop-up series showcases a gallery of their headshots, group photos, and interviews at The Gibson. Featured bartenders include Al Thompson (Hanumanh) and Valerie Graham (Jack Rose Dining Saloon and Copycat Co.).

Where: The Gibson (2009 14th Street NW)

Dates: Monday, July 1, and Monday, July 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with two of the featured bartenders stirring drinks each night

Cost: Each $20 ticket includes a complimentary drink, with proceeds helping start Chocolate City’s Best 2019 cocktail competition


The Deal: The iconic rooftop atop the Kennedy Center is hosting several Thursday night happy hours this summer. The rooftop will be transformed into a modern lounge, complete with beer samples from rotating breweries. The next one (July 11) will star sips from D.C.’s Three Stars Brewing Co., while a trio of DJs will compete for attendees’ votes.

Where: Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW

Dates: Thursday, July 11, July 18, and August 1

Cost: Expect half-priced beer, wine, and cocktail specials from the bar


The Deal: Qui Qui, a Caribbean fusion food truck and catering company, pops up at Barracks Row this summer inside veteran-run Valor Brewpub. Popular orders from the food truck include mofongo, or smashed plantain; kan kan, a slow-roasted and fried tomahawk pork chop with rice and beans; and churrasco, seared skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, white rice, and pink beans.

Where: Valor Brewpub (723 8th Street SE)

Dates: Starting Sunday, June 16, serving dinner every Sunday and Monday from 5 to 10 p.m. through the end of August.

Cost: Mains at Qui Qui run $12-$21, with sides starting at $3.50


The Deal: The Petworth bar is kicking off daytime service with the comeback of Short Eats, its Sri Lankan street food pop-up (think breakfast sandwiches made out of roti pockets). The space will double as a community gathering ground that includes a street market and arts and wellness events. Electric Body will run cardio fitness and burlesque dance classes starting Wednesday, May 29. The co-op will also host art installations and events from Petworth Arts Collaborative.

Where: 3813 Georgia Avenue NW

Dates: Ten Tigers opens at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 10 a.m. on Saturdays

Cost: Drop-in classes are $15


The Deal: Capitol Hill’s veteran-run restaurant and brewery has a new months-long residency inside the NoMa food hall, showing off its new house-brewed beer program led by Greg Maddrey and a menu of beer bites from executive chef Ryan Hackney. Valor’s Deep Dive Northwest IPA and a German-style ale Commandants Kolsch will stay on tap, and other styles will appear during the pop-up’s duration.

The short food lineup includes sandwiches like the Kentucky Gentleman (spicy “#AF” smoked cheddar pimento cheese, dill pickles) and Lost in Peru (pollo a la brasa-style chicken salad, arugula, pickles, Valor porter dirty mayo). Both are served on a Lyon Bakery ciabatta roll. Snacks include pimento cheese and rosemary crackers and a smashed Thai cucumber salad.

Where: Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE (across from Takorean)

Dates: Though Monday, July 1; hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Cost: Beers are $6; sandwiches are $12; and snacks are $7. If buyers bring limited edition patriotic mugs purchased at the pop-up to Valor Brewpub on Mondays, beers can be poured inside for $4 (normally $7).


The Deal: The H Street wine bar is giving parents a break by opening an hour early one Saturday a month and inviting them to bring their kids along for food and drinks without the added expense of finding a sitter. Expect a limited supply of kids’ food on the house (think mac and cheese) and access to its full menu. A children’s book from its pop-up bookstore, Duende District, will also be raffled off.

Where: Dio Wine Bar, 904 H Street NE

Dates: Saturday, July 13 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., August 10, September 28, October 26

Cost: No tickets required. Here’s a disclaimer from the team: “Please keep in mind Dio is a bar and not a family restaurant. We welcome adults and their children, but we do not have accommodations for children such as high chairs or changing tables.”


The Deal: The Bloomingdale library-like bar, which has honored a gamut of literary greats over the past few months, is all about “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author Roald Dahl in May. Along with the bottled “Wonkatini” (Jos. A Magnus Vodka, Giffard Creme de Cacao, dry cacao syrup), other cocktails inspired by Dahl’s whimsical words include “The BFD” (Infused Brooklyn Gin, Q Tonic, black peppercorn, lemon, mint) and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (Copper & Kings unaged apple brandy, Barrow’s Intense, lime, angostura bitters, Herbsaint liqueur, Austin East ciders).

Where: Truxton Inn, 251 Florida Avenue NW

Dates: Through the end of June

Cost: Cocktails are $11-$14. Five lucky drinkers who order the Wonkatini have a chance to find a hidden “golden cocktail” and experience Willy Wonka-like treatment at the bar:

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The Deal: Dupont Circle seafood stop Pesce is setting up shop inside the Eastern Market outpost of Bullfrog Bagels, Washington City Paper reports. Chef Andrew LaPorta is serving a shortened menu of Nantucket Bay scallops and braised oxtail with whipped potatoes; Portuguese octopus with chickpeas, ginger, and yogurt; and linguine with Littleneck clams, garlic, white wine, olive oil, and crust ($16-$26). Bullfrog Bagels owner Jeremiah Cohen formerly hosted Tibetan pop-up Dorjee Momo in the second-story space.

Where: Bullfrog Bagels, 317 7th Street SE

Dates: Through the spring; Dinner is served Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5:30 to 10 p.m., with patio seating available during warmer weather

Cost: Reservations are available on OpenTable.


The Deal: Maketto’s new dinner series highlights limited-time menu items at Erik Bruner-Yang’s Cambodian-Taiwanese eatery, like unlimited soup dumplings, a few times a week.

Where: Maketto, 1351 H Street NE

Dates: Seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Cost: $40 per person; make reservations here


The Deal: Owner Matthew Weiss and the Barrel team transformed the downstairs Elixir Bar into a throwback drinking den from the 1980s and early 1990s, complete with original and classic rum-focused cocktails like the “Beets by Dre.” Rum-DMV — a name inspired by rapper Run-DMC, the spirit, and the D.C. area — will also feature arcade games and a jukebox exclusively playing hip hop from that genre.

Where: 613 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Dates: Starting Friday, October 5


The Deal: Homegrown coffee and gelato chain Dolcezza is installing a modified version of its Mosaic District offshoot, Mom & Pop, for the next six months at Dupont’s Shop Made in DC. Featured offerings include: rotating local pour-overs, breakfast sandwiches, salads, snack boards, meatball subs, grilled cheese, plus local beer and wine.

Where: 1330 19th Street NW

Dates: Starting Monday, April 2

Cost: Salads and sandwiches are $8-$12; gelato runs $6-$8; pastries are $3-$5; beer and wine is $6-$10.


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