Chef Michael Schlow, owner of TICO at 14th and U, will open his 2nd restaurant this summer: The Riggsby in Dupont

Carlyle Hotel
Photo of Carlyle Hotel by PoPville flickr user Josh

From a press release:

“Award-winning chef Michael Schlow, who owns and operates the popular TICO restaurant on DC’s 14th Street corridor, is set to open his second area restaurant this summer: The Riggsby, in the Carlyle Hotel at 1731 New Hampshire Avenue, NW in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Named for the street that intersects the restaurant, Riggs Place, the restaurant’s name also pays homage to the former Riggs Bank. The intimate yet refined space was designed by Brian Miller of Edit Lab at Streetsense, and will feature an open kitchen, wood tables, leather booths, brass finishes and whimsical décor, that includes a custom designed wallpaper incorporating original artwork from Schlow’s wife, mixed media artist, Adrienne Schlow.

The eclectic bar and lounge area will seat 40 guests, while the dining room seats 75 and also has a cozy private dining space for ten. The Riggsby will have a fun yet sophisticated ambience, serving American dishes with European influences.

The inviting bar will have an emphasis on classic, hand crafted cocktails, bar snacks, and an extensive wine by the glass program.

Schlow, considered one of the leading culinary professionals in the United States, has tapped Chef Philippe Reininger, an acolyte of Jean-Georges Vongerichten who was most recently executive chef at J&G Steakhouse in Washington DC, to oversee the kitchen; and Daniel Lobsenz, who most recently oversaw front of house operations and managed the wine programs for both Roofer’s Union and BLT Steak, will be The Riggsby’s general manager.

The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.”

10 Comment

  • wandafish

    This is great. The Carlyle is a nice hotel for family and friends of Dupont Circle residents.

    • +1. Not the Hay-Adams, but very nice with some cool architectural touches. Big rooms and usually excellent rates for the city. I put friends and family up here frequently. A restaurant upgrade would be a nice touch.

      • Don’t expect cheap rates when this hotel reopens (formerly the Carlyle Suites Hotel, becomming the Carlyle Hotel). They’re going upscale. All rooms are being renovated. Kitchenettes are being taken out of what rooms they were in. It doesn’t look like they’re anywhere close to finishing the renovation. I have not idea where they will provide parking for hotel guests, not to mention parking for diners if they have a successful restaurant. They’ll be looking for street parking throughout the neighborhood.

        • Oh, thanks. I knew they had some work going on, but had no idea it was that extensive. Certainly can’t fault them for improving the value of the property. I don’t see that this will bring a ton more parking doom and gloom to the neighborhood, though. That corner of Dupont is usually not totally awful except for Sun mornings.

      • Unfortunately their rates will be going up about 3x what they were pre-renovation.

  • epric002

    nice! tico is delicious, btw.

  • Is this replacing the Twist restuarant within the hotel? That place always had endless livingsocial deals for bottomless brunch

  • Most beautiful hotel in the city? Most beautiful hotel in the city.

  • djdc

    Anyone remember Lily’s or The Wave? Both were bars (not the restaurant) in the hotel. Neither was all that special.

  • jim_ed

    ” he restaurant’s name also pays homage to the former Riggs Bank”
    I hate to be the fun police, and I’m sure this is just worthless marketing flotsam rather than any actual dedication, but considering Riggs Bank is best remembered almost exclusively as the discerning 3rd world kleptocrat and/or murderous dictators bank of choice for money laundering and slush funds, maybe you don’t want to pay homage to that?

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