“This year marks the 45th anniversary of Salon Roi at its original location in Woodley Park. The first full service unisex salon in the District, Salon Roi has gained recognition for the unique Marilyn Monroe Mural that was painted on its south facing, exterior wall.
Originally called Charles the First for its co-founder Charles Stinson, Salon Roi was named “Best Salon” in 1981 by Washingtonian Magazine. The original owner, Roi Barnard, sold the salon to current owner Daiva Kasteckaite in 2007.
“I have many clients that have been with me the entire 45 years. I gave all their children their first haircuts and still do when they visit their parents,” said Barnard, who still works as a stylist at Salon Roi three days a week. Looking to the future, Barnard says of the new owner, Kasteckaite, “She is relentless in her strife for excellence. The salon is fresh and has many added services, including a spa and boutique.”
Over the years, the iconic Marilyn Monroe Mural has attracted attention to the salon. In 1981 Stinson commissioned John Bailey to paint the mural for Barnard’s 40th birthday. When the mural was painted “all the media mavens came…they were interviewing people in the street for their opinion. Everyone loved and loves it” said Barnard.
In 2001 the Woodley Park neighborhood contributed funds and brought Bailey back to restore the mural to its original vibrancy. As part of the unveiling of the restoration, lights were installed – funded by Starwood Urban – which illuminate the mural at night. Chipotle Mexican Grill on the corner of Connecticut Ave. and Calvert St. pays for the ongoing electrical costs for the lighting.”
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“Today Rain before 11am, then rain and snow. High near 41. North wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight Rain and snow likely before 7pm, then a chance of snow between 7pm and 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Thanksgiving Day A chance of rain and snow showers, mainly between 8am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday Night A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. West wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.”
An izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks. It serves as a gathering place for good drinks, good food and good times.
We are a family owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of Washington, D.C. We chose the izakaya concept because it is something we are familiar with. The idea of having a place to go to unwind after work and grab good drinks and great food is something we enjoy and wanted to bring to the neighborhood. We hope to see you soon!