Small Bites: County Liquor Stores To Hold Craft Beer Tastings During February

Plus: Alatri Bros. get favorable review from Post critic; Roche brothers close D.C. restaurant; new taqueria for Takoma Park

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A county liquor store at 300 N. Washington St. in Rockville

File photo/DOUGLAS TALLMAN

DLC plans beer tastings, discounts

During February—which, for the uninitiated, is Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month—the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control will be holding tastings of local craft beers at its stores. The tastings will feature brews such as Flying Dog, Evolution and Heavy Seas. The tastings will take place on Fridays and Saturdays. Here’s the schedule.

DLC stores also plan to offer 10 percent discounts on local craft beer, which will be marked with a “Maryland Made” logo.

Alatri Bros. nets praise from Post critic

Washington Post food critic Tim Carman reviewed Bethesda pizza restaurant Alatri Bros. this week and commended the Pietrobono brothers’ work in reimagining the former Mia’s Pizzas. He called the new venture, which opened last March on Cordell Avenue, an improvement over the former restaurant, which was owned by Melissa Ballinger for 10 years before she sold it to Roberto and Riccardo Pietrobono.

Carman credited the ease of the transition with the Pietrobonos’ experience perfecting Italian-American cuisine at their Olazzo restaurants in Bethesda and Silver Spring. They also own Gringos & Mariachis, which has a location adjacent to Alatri Bros. and another in Park Potomac, which opened in December.

Roche brothers close D.C. restaurant

Bethesda restaurateurs Alvaro and Alonso Roche, who own Bold Bite and 202 Donuts, have closed their recent Washington, D.C., venture Bold Bite Market, Eater DC reports. The restaurant opened in the fall and incorporated elements from their other eateries, but didn’t manage to attract enough of a dinner crowd.

The Roches recently opened R Family Kitchen & Bar, a family-style restaurant that replaced TapaBar, their tapas concept in Woodmont Triangle that they closed at the end of 2017. They’re planning to open Tacoarepa next door to 202 Donuts in the coming weeks.

Taqueria to open in Takoma Park


The future site of Cielo Rojo. Via Google Maps

Cielo Rojo, a Mexican taqueria, is planning to open in Takoma Park by the end of the year.

The restaurant will open at 7056 Carroll Ave. and is owned by former Takoma Park resident Carolina McCandless, according to the Old Takoma Business Association. Her family also owns the Amano clothing store down the block from the future restaurant, which is now a Subway. Staff at the Subway said it would be closing in a month or two.

McCandless, a Chile native, and her husband, David Perez, who is from Mexico, plan to focus on authentic Mexican street food and Latin food favorites, according to the Old Takoma Business Association. McCandless was not immediately available for comment.

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