Northside Social, Coming to F.C., Wins ‘Favorite Gathering Place’ RAMMY


Northside Social, the Arlington coffee and wine cafe soon coming to The Little City, was named “Favorite Gathering Place” of the year Sunday night at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s 34th annual RAMMY awards. A second location of the award-winning restaurant is set to open in the American Legion “Blue & Gray” building in the City of Falls Church later this fall, with construction beginning this month.

Three current Falls Church restaurants – Taco Bamba, Pizzeria Orso and 2941 Restaurant – were also RAMMY finalists at the gala celebrating food service industry professionals around D.C. but failed to bring home the hardware.

While the District dominated the awards, several Virginia restaurants, chefs and companies came away winners including  Jonah Kim from Arlington’s Yona named “Rising Culinary Star of the Year,” Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company nabbing “Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year” and Mike Isabella Concepts, with restaurants throughout the D.C. area including Requin in Mosaic District, winning “Restaurateur of the Year.”

The 2016 RAMMY awards were held Sunday, June 12, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The full list of 2016 RAMMY winners is below:


Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Le Diplomate

Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year: Bar Pilar

New Restaurant of the Year: Maketto

Chef of the Year: Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Jonah Kim, Yona

Pastry Chef of the Year: Alex Levin, Osteria Morini

Wine Program of the Year: The Red Hen

Cocktail Program of the Year: 2 Birds 1 Stone

Beer Program of the Year: Right Proper Brewing Company

Service Program of the Year: Fiola

Restaurateur of the Year: Mike Isabella Concepts

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Port City Brewing Company

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: Northside Social Coffee & Wine

Upscale Casual Brunch: Blue Duck Tavern

Everyday Casual Brunch: Duke’s Grocery

Favorite Fast Bites: Bub and Pop’s

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Republic National Distributing Company

Employee of the Year: Jorge Martinez, The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Manager of the Year: Jennifer Lucy, Estadio