We round up the stories, blog posts, tweets and going-out scuttlebutt that have us talking.
Pour a few drops on the ground for popular gay nightclub Apex, which suddenly announced its closure on Monday after nearly 30 years in business (some of them as Badlands), reports Metro Weekly. One of the few 18-and-older gay clubs, the Dupont Circle nightspot was known for its Liquid Ladies dance party, drag shows and DJs spinning after last call. General manager Joey Oldaker posted the news on Facebook. Its sister nightspot Omega remains open. [MetroWeekly]
The Fourth of July was opening day for the Jose Andres pop-up temple of culinary nationalism, America Eats Tavern, a restaurant partnership with the National Archives that is replacing Andres’s popular Cafe Atlantico for the forseeable future. Tom Sietsema broke the news in May, but to see how far they took the “America” theme, just look at DCist’s photos, which practically bleed red, white, and blue. Particularly cool are the photos from the Archives and sparkling julep and copper Moscow Mule mugs. DCist reports details on the menu, which will feature long-ago American foodstuffs — expect dishes created between 1500s and 1800s. [DCist]
On Twitter, the Tune Inn has been updating fans about the recent devastating fire; a site, Friends of the Tune Inn, launched with news about a fundraiser July 15 to help displaced staff. [Tune Inn via Twitter]
Jack Rose has been open only a month, but the backlash has already begun. As attention (and certainly, some of the crowd) has moved from Bourbon to Jack Rose (which is run by the same owners), a spoof Facebook page for a nonexistent bar called Josh Rose has appeared, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to Bourbon. “ ‘Josh Rose’ already has 100 friends. Can’t wait on the line at Jack Rose? Scruffy but cool little bro Josh Rose is just down the street.” [Josh Rose on Facebook]
And finally, the New York Times just peeked in at the legal fundraising at Washington City Paper and found that readers have pitched in a little more than $30,000 to help the local paper defend itself against Dan Snyder’s defamation suit for last year’s story “The Cranky Redskins Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder”(which was perhaps the only sports story Lavanya has ever read....) [New York Times]