Small Bites: Duck Duck Goose Chef Recovering From Broken Foot

Small Bites: Duck Duck Goose Chef Recovering From Broken Foot

Plus: Chick-fil-A celebrates Rockville opening with campout; Barnes & Noble to offer free coffee Saturday

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Chef Ashish Alfred at home in Baltimore


Diners may be surprised to see chef Ashish Alfred, owner of the Bethesda restaurants Duck Duck Goose and George’s Chophouse, hobbling around on crutches over the next few weeks.

The chef is recovering from a fall down the stairs in his Baltimore home that left him with a broken right foot. He broke bones in his foot and two toes after tripping over some boxes on the stairs, according to a press statement.

Alfred, who will be on crutches for the next few weeks, remains upbeat.

“I will toe-tally survive this,” Alfred, who plans to keep cooking while wearing a cast up to his knee, said in the release.

Alfred, whose Duck Duck Goose Bethesda was named the best restaurant in Maryland by Southern Living magazine, also owns Duck Duck Goose Baltimore.

According to the release, Alfred’s broken foot reminds him of an important lesson. “Success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes many ‘steps,’ ” he said.

Chick-fil-A Opens Thursday in Rockville

Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A will celebrate Thursday’s opening of its newest Rockville location with a family friendly campout party and giveaways, the company has announced.

Opening festivities for the 1401 Research Blvd. location owned by Brad Wood include a First 100 event, a community celebration that has been a longstanding company tradition, according to a company press release.

“I am excited to bring another Chick-fil-A to the Rockville community that I have been a part of for the last 25 years and to have the opportunity to continue serving the community both inside and outside my restaurant,” Wood said. “I am committed to developing my team members as together we provide a remarkable experience to our guests who become part of our family.”

The campout event counting down to the restaurant opening is open to customers who live near the restaurant. A list of eligible ZIP codes and rules for the event is available here. Registration began in the restaurant parking lot at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Up to 100 adults who participate will win a year’s worth of free meals. The celebration also includes a book drive to benefit the Greenbelt Boys & Girls Club in Rockville, one of several organizations Wood hopes to support in the community, according to the release.

Barnes & Noble celebrates National Coffee Day

Barnes & Nobles announced Tuesday that is stores will offer customers a free cup of freshly brewed hot or iced coffee Saturday to celebrate National Coffee Day on Saturday.

The bookstore chain has locations at 12089 Rockville Pike in Rockville’s Montrose Crossing shopping center and at 21 Grand Corner Ave. in Gaithersburg’s Washingtonian Center.

In celebration of National Coffee Day, coffee and donut shops as well as other retailers offer free coffee or special deals on their products. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, with a location at 14919 Shady Grove Road, Rockville, is also offering a free cup of coffee to customers.



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