Barbecue goes on vacation: Wet, chilly weather heralds the end of the mostly-outdoor Standard barbecue joint at 14th and S streets NW. After Sunday, the two-year-old restaurant will go on its annual winter break, closing until March 1. So if you measure time in brisket, pulled pork and fried pickles, there are only a few remaining in 2012.
A vision of the Bardo: Good news from Bladensburg Rd. NE, where the forthcoming Bardo brewpub announced that the neighborhood is supporting its liquor license. No protests mean that it’s mostly smooth sailing ahead for Bill and Andrew Stewart, who plan to bring a version of their much-missed Arlington brewpub to an empty lot and a former barbershop in the Trinidad neighborhood next spring.
In a phone call earlier today, Bill Stewart said that things are moving along for a planned March opening, with construction to begin next month. To help fund the construction of the brewpub, which will be built from empty shipping containers and feature a large outdoor area with fire pits and a sandbox, the Stewarts have launched an Indiegogo fundraising site. They’re selling pint glasses, shirts, two-for-one beer coupons and private beer tastings in an effort to raise $110,000. Among the cool little tidbits in the Indiegogo release: Bardo will offer two full walls of self-serve beer taps, not just the handful of tables that Redline or Meridian Pint currently offer.
Matamoros out at 8407 Kitchen Bar: It’s shaping up to be an uncertain month for established chefs. Bethesda Magazine is reporting that Pedro Matamoros was fired about two weeks ago from the Silver Spring restaurant he helmed.
Radius Pizza gets wet: The City Paper reports that the Mount Pleasant neighborhood favorite, which recently reopened under new management, finally has a liquor license. Wine and beer sales (and happy hours) have already started, and they will begin with the hard stuff this weekend.
Chefs on the radio: Bryan Voltaggio will be visiting the Kojo Nnamdi show today at 1:30 p.m. to talk about his new restaurant, Range . And if you missed it yesterday, Ripple was one of a few Cleveland Park restaurants featured in an NPR story on the problem of restaurant waste.
Just in time for holiday shopping: