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Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network

May 7th, 2010

Guess who’s going to be on the Food Network??? That’s right, your favorite Eastern Market stopping place, the Tortilla Cafe. Today we announced that the restaurant will be featured in an upcoming episode of Guy’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network. “It’s been an exciting time for us here at the cafe’ and we can’t wait until it airs,” says Tortilla Cafe Manager, Catalina Canales. The surprise announcement by the Food Network came after Canales received a phone call from one of the producers stating they had seen the restaurant’s website and YouTube video at www.tortillacafe.com. “We pride ourselves on our authentic Mexican-El Salvadorian food and our handmade Pupusas and I think that got their attention online,” says Canales. The restaurant had just recently started using their website and video to promote the cafe. The taping of the episode took place at the Tortilla Cafe last week and an air date has yet to be determined.



Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is popular again thanks to faithful baby boomers, a slew of younger fans and a whole new generation of owners. Join Guy Fieri as he visits classic “greasy spoon” spots, from a roadside shack in Tarpley, Texas to a Las Vegas sports bar with stellar stromboli.

The Tortilla Cafe is located at one of DC’s hotspots for tourism, the Historic Eastern Market, and is owned by Jose’ Canales. Mr. Canales also owns Canales Deli, located just inside Historic Eastern Market. After running a successful business for 18 years, Mr. Canales saw an opportunity to establish Tortilla Café. When the location on 210 7th Street came up for lease, Mr. Canales took a chance of establishing another successful business. Tortilla Café would offer real authentic ethnic Latin American cuisine from El Salvador, Mr. Canales’s country of origin, and Mexico, creating his own distinctive dishes.

Skip the Bag, Save the River

January 27th, 2010

We thought it important to explain to our customers the additional charge incurred when you receive a disposable paper or plastic carryout bag. Here’s the official statement from http://green.dc.gov/bags. Skip the Bag, Save the River: The District’s Law on Disposable Carryout Bags is Changing January 1, 2010. Beginning January 1, 2010, District businesses that sell food or alcohol must charge you 5 cents for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag.

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The business keeps 1 cent, or 2 cents if it offers a rebate when you bring your own bag. And the remaining 3 or 4 cents go to the new Anacostia River Protection Fund. DDOE will administer this fund. We will use it to provide reusable bags, educate the public about litter, and clean up the river. Giant and Anacostia Watershed Society Partner to Hand Out 250,000 Bags*

The District has also partnered with CVS/pharmacy to produce and hand out 112,000 reusable bags.Press release announcing our campaign Video of Mayor Fenty’s press conference Reusable Bag Distribution Frequently Asked Questions How else can I help keep the District’s rivers clean? Anacostia River Trash Reduction Plan DDOE’s other Anacostia River initiatives The Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Act of 2009*

Happy Holidays

December 11th, 2009

We thought it important to explain to our customers the additional charge incurred when you receive a disposable paper or plastic carryout bag. Here’s the official statement from http://green.dc.gov/bags. Skip the Bag, Save the River: The District’s Law on Disposable Carryout Bags is Changing January 1, 2010. Beginning January 1, 2010, District businesses that sell food or alcohol must charge you 5 cents for each disposable paper or plastic carryout bag. The business keeps 1 cent, or 2 cents if it offers a rebate when you bring your own bag. And the remaining 3 or 4 cents go to the new Anacostia River Protection Fund. DDOE will administer this fund. We will use it to provide reusable bags, educate the public about litter, and clean up the river. >Giant and Anacostia Watershed Society Partner to Hand Out 250,000 Bags*

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