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KUSSHI SUSHI AND SAKE BAR

PROJECTED OPENING: Late 2021 Wespost at National Landing Kusshi Sushi and Sake Bar will be opening in Arlington's Westpost at the end of this year. This new 3,776 square-foot concept will feature authentic Japanese cuisine, as well as the largest selection of Sake available in the District. This new location will be the second to open in the DMV, and will feature the same vibrant and contemport feel of its North Bethesda predecessor. For more information, visit their website here.
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THE WATERMARK HOTEL

1825 Capital One Drive South, Tysons, VA A new hotel owned by Capital One Financial has opened in the Capital One Center in Tysons Corner. The Watermark Hotel is a 300-suite property, operated by Bethesda-based Hospitality Group, B.F. Saul Company. Located inside the Capital One Center, this new hotel serves Capital One associates and the public that have travelled to the area for work, trainings, meetings, and more. Each suite is similar to an apartment and has large work areas. The hotel also offers a full-service breakfast area as well as many other ammenities including: a business center, 1,600 square-feet of business space, a fitness center, self-serve market, and more. 703.707.0478; For more information, visit their website here.
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Ready to RAMMYs Rehash

It is a complete and absolute honor to participate and present at the Annual Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington RAMMY Awards. To be able to gather with everyone and celebrate the industry's success is legit, everything. The RAMMY Awards have always recognized the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the DC Area hospitality community. Given the last 18 months, this year's awards featured all-new categories that spoke to all the ways the industry has risen to the occasion. The entire RAMW team had worked tirelessly to execute an event that was vaccinated, safe, and most importantly a celebration. So much mazel to the RAMW team, the deserving nominees and the winners:   The winners of the 2021 RAMMY Awards are: Managers of the Year: Otgontuya Davaasuren, All Set Restaurant & Bar Khawla Gasmi, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar, & Eatery Autumn Harriger, Destination Unknown Restaurants/Espita Jordan Lee, Thamee Restaurant Tylyn Mallon, Right Proper Brewing Company Brian McGahey, Modena Restaurant Gilbert Mejia, Nobu DC Robert Micheli, Dirty Habit Daurio Passaia, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse Karina Wilkey, Sunnyside Restaurant Group Employees of the Year: Gabriela Araujo, Bresca Ruben Avila, PassionFish Reston Freddy Bastidas, Blue Duck Tavern Adrian Godinez, RPM Italian Rosa Martinez, Alta Strada & Nama Mileyda Montezuma, Immigrant Food Fredy Nataren, Tryst Trading Co. Celina Nava, Estadio Alicia Ramos, Convivial Maria Serrano, Sababa Finer Dining in a Box: Cranes Most Innovative To-Go Packaging Game: Oyster Oyster Outstanding Covid-Safe Redesign (Indoors or Outdoors): Clarity Most Impressive Pivot to Provisions or Market: Neighborhood Restaurant Group/Neighborhood Provisions Good Neighbor Award, Individual Honors: Erik Bruner-Yang, Power of 10 Willa Pelini, Paola Velez, and Rob Rubba, Bakers Against Racism  Anna Valero, Hook Hall Helps Mark Bucher and Medium Rare, Feed The Fridge Danny Lee, Support of Immigrant and AAPI Community Kevin Tien and Tim Ma, Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate  Jonathan Krinn, A Taste of DC in VA and To Community and Beyond: Crossing Culinary Bridges Guest DC Chef Series David, Guas, Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery, Chefs Feeding Families Micheline Mendelsohn and Spike Mendelsohn, National Guard Inauguration Program, and More Edward Lee, The LEE Initiative Good Neighbor Award, Company/Organization Honors: Coconut Club Immigrant Food Keany Produce & Gourmet KNEAD Hospitality + Design Little Sesame Peruvian Brothers Pizzeria Paradiso RASA Saval Foodservice World Central Kitchen *Outstanding Ghost Kitchen or Pop-up Concept: DC Ghostburger *Coolest Cocktails and Beverages To-Go: Cactus Cantina *Standout Family Meal Packages To-Go: Ristorante i Ricchi *Prime Pandemic Patio Scene: Le Diplomate  *Technology Trailblazers: Silver Diner *Splendid Holidays at Home Offerings: Chef Geoff’s  *Festive Foodie Experiences: Eva Kronenburg, YouTube Cooking Series *Hottest Sandwich Shop: Roaming Rooster *Stellar Brunches at Home: Call Your Mother The 2021 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award was presented to dining staples celebrating a significant number of years serving locals and visitors in Metropolitan Washington. Glory Days Grill was recognized for 25 years, La Chaumière for 45 years, Peacock Cafe for 30 years, Pizzeria Paradiso for 30 years, and Ristorante Piccolo for 35 years of serving diners. Additionally, The RAMMYS judges panel added two special honorable mentions this year. While these are not official categories, and RAMW did not solicit nominations for them, the judges felt these two industry groups deserved a special moment of recognition.  Wine To Go Program - Honorable Mention Dio Wine Bar Domestique Flight Wine Bar Grand Cata La Jambe Maxwell Park Sonny's Pizza Squash Club DC Tail Up Goat/Reveler's Hour The Girl and The Vine Sweet Relief: Baking and Pastry To Go - Honorable Mention Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Baker’s Against Racism Buttercream Bakeshop Bread and Water Co. Donut Run MASTIHA Pluma by Bluebird Bakery Sunday Morning Bakehouse The Dapper Fox  Yellow
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Eye on Travel from JW Marriott

This week’s broadcast of Eye on Travel comes from JW Marriott in Washington DC on this July 4th weekend. Peter has a full global travel update. And as travel comes roaring back, so do travel scams. At least $74 million was lost due to travel related scams during the pandemic. And that’s an 80% increase over 2019. Joining Peter this week is Senator Amy Klobuchar, who talks about her new bill, Protecting Consumers from Travel Fraud Act. Roxanne Roberts from The Washington Post, on life in Washington DC post-pandemic. And pilot Greg Morris insists you wear at least SPF30 sunscreen before boarding your next flight. And he’ll explain why. There’s all this — along with the 411 on the state of the restaurant industry Nycci Nellis — on this week’s Eye on Travel.
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Who Can Help Make the New Year Sweet?

One of the most important holidays in the Jewish faith is just days away. Rosh Hashanah -- which marks the start of the Jewish New Year -- begins at sundown on Monday, Labor Day. Nycci Nellis says local merchants and restaurants are ready to help you pull things together...  
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Fall Into Home Decor & Area Art Installations:...

You’ve heard Nycci say food is her profession but fashion is her passion — can we put fashion and home design under the same umbrella? On the next Industry Night, Nycci takes today’s design aesthetic with Mariel Heredia, Director of Design for Van Metre Homes & Jill Switzer, Creative Director, Eleanor Thomas Studio. But first, Lena Galperina the Visitor Experience Director at Artechouse takes us on a virtual tour of the new Life of a Neuron experience. That’s Industry Night on Real Fun DC. Listen to the full episode here.
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