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Why Pizzeria Paradiso Is Done With Tipping After 30 Years in Business

Customers now see a 20 percent service charge for dine-in and a 12 percent service charge for takeout.

Chefs remember their first formal critique. For Ruth Gresser, the year was 1992 and Pizzeria Paradiso had only been open for a couple of months in Dupont Circle. Then-Washington Post critic Phyllis C. Richman had plenty of positive things to say, and a line formed outside the restaurant before the doors even opened for lunch…

Locals Who’ve Enforced Vaccine Policies Detail What Workers Can Expect Come Saturday

About 100 D.C. bars and restaurants instituted vaccine requirements before the mayor announced a citywide mandate. Enforcement has been rough and rewarding.

At Central Michel Richard downtown, Annie Boutin King greets three young adults as they come in for lunch. “Happy New Year,” she says. “Do you have a reservation? Do you have your vaccination card?” No, no reservation, but they have photos of their vaccine cards on their phones. One says she didn’t know it was…

Meeting About As You Are Bar’s Liquor License Lasts Three Ugly Hours

Neighbors concerned about noise and supporters of the queer cafe and danceboutique squared off, but there’s hope for compromise.

Update 1/10: The vote on As You Are Bar’s liquor license originally scheduled for Jan. 11 has been pushed back to Jan. 25 to allow more time to negotiate a settlement agreement. “We appreciate that the ANC met over the weekend to consider the issues, we look forward to receiving their response to our last…

Some of Your D.C. Vaccine Mandate Questions, Answered

The first phase of the city’s indoor vaccine mandate takes effect Jan. 15 and covers businesses like restaurants and sports arenas.

Update 1/14: This story has been updated to include information on enforcement and violations. In late December, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced D.C. would join a host of other major cities in instituting an indoor vaccine mandate for businesses ranging from restaurants to sports arenas before the holidays. Starting Jan. 15 at 6 a.m., customers 12…

Don’t Worry Queens, Co-Owner Says ‘Town 2.0’ Is Still On

Rumors that plans are off for the queer dance club’s church resurrection are false, per John Guggenmos.

The highly anticipated follow-up to Shaw LGBTQ nightclub Town Danceboutique is still happening, despite social media rumors suggesting the owners abandoned their plans, first announced in August 2019. Co-owner John Guggenmos tells City Paper the Church Nightclub bound for the former Saint Phillips Baptist Church on North Capitol Street NE is under construction and on…

D.C. Joins Other Large Cities, Will Require Vaccination for Indoor Dining

The mandate takes effect next month. Hospitality employees still aren’t convinced they’re safe at work.

D.C. will require customers to be vaccinated to dine or drink indoors starting in January, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced at a press conference this morning. The policy will apply to bars, restaurants, nightclubs, indoor cultural and entertainment facilities, indoor exercise and recreation facilities, and places where meetings are held. Patrons will have to show proof…

Temporary Closures Mount, Maketto Switches to Takeout Only Until 2022

D.C. tallied its highest daily case number since the pandemic started, at 844 confirmed cases, on Friday.

After D.C. recorded 844 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday and 508 cases Thursday, some local restaurants are announcing temporary closures on social media following positive test results or exposures. These precautionary pauses were common last winter before restaurant workers were eligible for the vaccine. The public appreciated the transparency. D.C., where five confirmed deaths related to COVID-19…

The 13 Best Under $35 Dishes D.C. Area Restaurants Served in 2021

Have you tried an unagi paella from a Michelin-starred restaurant or an apple brown betty?

D.C. area chefs kept the hits coming over the past year. Comfort food came calling and food that traveled well was king. These 13 dishes were particularly memorable and all cost less than $35. Desserts and even one life-alternating side made the list. If you’re looking for more dining inspiration, read our local dining guides.…

Five At-Home Meal Subscriptions From D.C. Restaurants To Get or Give

Bring restaurants like La Collina, CHIKO, and Federalist Pig into your abode on a monthly basis through Table 22.

Restaurants significantly improved their takeout abilities throughout the pandemic. Along the way, a new category of heat-and-eat meals that require a little elbow grease from customers evolved as a popular new category of to-go food. Washingtonians could eat cheffy food without feeling like useless sacks. The chefs behind meal-kit lines learned to include everything from…

‘Real Menus,’ Vaccine Mandates, and Other Local Diners’ Desires for 2022

“Mandatory free wi-fi if you use QR codes.” Preach.

This week, we passed the mic to you, dear diners, and asked you to tell us what you want local dining to taste, look, and feel like in 2022 while acknowledging that the hospitality industry is still in recovery. The pandemic and risks associated with eating out are still top of mind, and for good…

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