Wednesday, August 8, 2018

New ice cream shop from Maine, Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, opens in Mt. Pleasant

If you're an ice cream fan, here's something awesome: two employees of Dischord Records have opened an outpost of Maine's Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, based in Bar Harbor. The ice cream has had rave reviews over the year, including from President Obama.

DCist has the story: the owners Brian Lowit and Melissa Quinley discovered it on regular trips to Maine and made friends with the owner, who suggested they open their own branch. The ice cream is made on site with the same recipes as the Maine locations, but with more local ingredients. There are 24 flavors including vegan sorbet, plus some seasonal ones as well as coffee and espresso. And given the connection with Discord Records, they may do music events too, like album releases or listening parties.

They're open now at 3110 Mt. Pleasant Street NW, and there is outdoor seating. The location used to be Pupuseria San Miguel.

Summer hours: Sun-Thu noon-9 p.m.; Fri noon-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Kraken Axes axe-throwing bar temporarily moving; getting renovations, adding outdoor beer garden, food

Kraken Axes was a big surprise when it opened in the old Murry's grocery store at Georgia and Morton: it's a bar with axe throwing, a popular pastime in Canada, but not too well known here. I went a few months ago and had a blast, and heard about lots of other plans for the owners.

And now, Eater reports those plans are underway. The space on Georgia is temporarily closed as they're renovating the inside, with the axe-tossing moving to 1901 1st Street SW, near the new DC United stadium.

The plans for the current Kraken space sound pretty awesome: Kraken plans to add a 5,000 square foot beer and wine garden outside (facing Morton Street), which we previously heard would be Viking-themed. They're also adding a bar food menu with things like burgers and wings, as well as cup holders for axe-throwers. They're also considering a dance floor, a scotch whiskey library, a sports bar with rugby, cricket and soccer on TV, plus outdoor fire pits. Sounds ambitious and awesome.

They're aiming for opening in the fall for Oktoberfest.