2024-06-23 1:03 AM

FOOD NEWS: F.C.’s RAMMY Nominees & April Openings

Liberty, Taco Bamba, Moby Dick Earn RAMMY Nominations

The City of Falls Church will once again be well represented at this year’s Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington annual awards ceremony, known as the RAMMYs, taking place this June.

Securing a nomination for one of the top awards of the year is Falls Church newcomer Liberty Tavern Restaurant Group, the team behind the nascent Liberty Barbecue on West Broad Street and the soon-to-open Northside Social on Park Ave. The Arlington-based group, led by Stephen and Mark Fedorchak and Brian Normiles, is in the running for the coveted Restaurateur of the Year award.

And for the third consecutive year, Taco Bamba, with a location in Pimmit Hills, has earned a nomination in the Favorite Fast Bites of the Year category. The taqueria from Victor Albisu debuted in Falls Church back in 2013 and has since opened up additional locations in Vienna and Springfield along with a D.C. location opening Friday and plans for a George Mason University location later this Fall. Joining Taco Bamba in the Fast Bites nominee lineup is another Falls Church eatery, Moby Dick House of Kabob, which has been churning out kabobs, falafel and more in the Little City since 2012.

The Favorite Fast Bites winner will be decided by the voting public with ballots available online at www.nbcwashington.com/RAMMYS and polls open through 5 p.m. on Monday, April 30.

The 2018 RAMMY winners will be announced at an awards gala on Sunday, June 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C.


Northside Social, Audacious Aleworks Plan April Openings

AUDACIOUS ALEWORKS, the new “nanobrewery” from Mike Frizell and Brian Reinoehl, hopes to open this month in the Southgate Shoppes, F.C.’s Economic Development Office reports. (Photo: Audacious Aleworks/Facebook)

In addition to the planned opening of Northside Social at the corner of Maple and Park avenues later this month, the City of Falls Church Economic Development Office reports another eagerly anticipated opening imminent.

Audacious Aleworks, an upcoming “nanobrewery” (think microbrewery, only smaller), hopes to open on E. Fairfax St. in the Southgate Shoppes center this April. The small-batch brewery from Northern Virginia residents Mike Frizell and Brian Reinoehl will occupy 2,600 square feet in the center known as the Lily Building.

Joining Audacious Aleworks in the Falls Church shopping center, a representative from Bakeshop tells the News-Press the popular Arlington bakery is looking at a mid-May or June opening for its second location. Bakeshop’s menu includes a lineup for baked goods including cupcakes, cookies, cakes, cream pies, macarons, pies, vegan items and more.

Audacious Aleworks (est. opening April) | 110 East Fairfax Street | Falls Church | facebook.com/AudaciousAleworks

Bakeshop (est. opening May-June) | 102 East Fairfax Street | Falls Church | Bakeshopva.com

Northside Social (est. opening April) | 205 Park Avenue | Falls Church | northsidesocialarlington.com





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