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‘Bun Papa’ wins RAMMY award for best regional pop-up concept

(Left to right) Chef Patrick Tanyag with Bun Papa owners Doug Abedie, Markos Panas and Noelle Rickey with their Rammy Award. (Courtesy photo)

Bun Papa talks a big game, and now they have a RAMMY to back it up.

On Sunday (July 24), thousands were in attendance recognizing the region’s culinary excellence at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s annual RAMMY awards at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Bun Papa won the outstanding pop-up concept in the publicly voted category.

The Bun Papa pop-up is located in the Beeliner Diner at the Bradlee Shopping Center and Bread & Water Company in Belle View. Owners Markos Panas, Noelle Rickey, Doug Abedje and Chef Patrick Tanyag took the stage to receive the award.

“At Bun Papa we make the world’s best buns and we put the best stuff in it,” Panas told the audience.

A fried chicken sandwich with ranch dressing at Bun Papa. (Via Facebook)

The team opened their first pop-up last year at Bread & Water in the Belle View Shopping Center, and their second at the Capitol One Arena, followed by Beeliner earlier this year. Panas also wants to bring back another pop-up at the Capitol One Arena for hockey season this fall.

“People want the best buns in the world to salivate over, and eat their burgers, dogs and chicken sandwiches,” Panas told ALXnow. “People want nostalgic, delicious, fun desserts and they want they want it from people who make them feel special, who care, who are there putting out the best possible product they can. Bun Papa is a celebration of us, the community, food, our opportunity to move forward through Covid. It’s just been a ton of fun for all of us.”

Sandwich photo via Facebook