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1725 DeSales Street, NW looking towards the H&M

Oops, forgot to post this last week!! But better late than never because it did turn out pretty dope.

From a fact sheet:

Menu Description: Le DeSales offers classic French cuisine with a modern twist. Dishes are crafted from fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Signature dishes include Artichokes with ricotta, lemon forte mandarin oranges; Red Snapper “Crudo” with peas, watermelon and mojito; Blue Crab Simplissime; Eggs with duxelles, green asparagus and croutons (cracked tableside); Smoked Pork with carrots; Hanger Steak, wood-smoked and served with an old-style pesto; Baked Cherry Clams with greens and parmesan cheese, as well as Cod cooked in turnip juice with apricots and roe.

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Beverage List: Le DeSales features an expansive list of New World and Old World wines showcasing production styles and vintages that complement French cuisine. 100 wines are available by the bottle and more than 20 wines by the glass. Prices range from $35 to $400 by the bottle and $10 to $20 by the glass. A selection of fresh, seasonal cocktails crafted by Mixologists Lukas B. Smith and JD L. Quioco, who consulted for the restaurant, are also available and priced from $10 to $13 each. The restaurant also features six beers on tap and at least 12beers by the bottle.

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Capacity: The main dining room accommodates 68 guests seated. Those looking to focus their attention on the restaurants expansive wine selection are encouraged to grab a seat at the 14-seat white stone bar or 16-seat lounge.

A sidewalk café with views of the historic Mayflower Hotel is also available during the spring and summer months (weather permitting) and can accommodate an additional 18 guests.

Design: Aziz Safi and Farid Nouri worked with Areetoon Jayanan Architecture & Interior Design to create the 3,100-square foot, 119-seat space, which has a tranquil feel inspired by modern French and Belgian brasseries. Finishes were chosen to create a warm and inviting space. Major design elements include warm hues, custom millwork, old Chicago blanc walls, brown oak beams, and rustic wood flooring throughout. Other highlights include a 300-bottle glass-enclosed wine display, benches upholstered in steel-blue velvet, vintage railing sconces in rustic iron, as well as butcher-block dining tables paired with leather and solid oak steam-bent chairs. A dramatic eight-foot wall installation of gazing eyes is one of the focal points of the space as is the charcuterie station made of floral and subway tile, which is visible to guests in the dining room and bar.

Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 2 PM

Dinner: Monday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday, from 5 PM to 12 AM

Bar Hours: Monday through Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 12 AM

Happy Hour: Monday through Saturday, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Drink specials will include Red, White, and Sparkling wine selections from $6. Belgian beer for $6. And a TBA Champagne special.”

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Many more photos after the jump. (more…)

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1595 I Street, NW

Rare Steakhouse is the steakhouse based in Madison, Wisconsin. The placard says:

“An upscale restaurant that will serve steaks, seafood, sides, and alcoholic beverages. The restaurant is requesting to have a Sidewalk Café, Summer Garden, and Live Entertainment. Total Occupancy Load is 445 seats. Sidewalk Café total occupancy is 20 seats and Summer Garden total occupancy is 160 seats.”

You can see their menu here. Updates as they get closer to opening.

In sight of the newly opened Mirabelle on the other side of 16th Street:

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900 16th Street, NW

Check out the menu here: Mirabelle-Menu-(PDF)

From Mirabelle’s website:

“Mirabelle is a contemporary celebration of the American and French table offering refined fare from James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Frank Ruta and Pastry Chef Aggie Chin. Influenced by modern American hospitality sensibilities, Mirabelle provides an inviting and sophisticated setting perfect for dining and entertaining in the heart of D.C.’s bustling downtown neighborhood, just two blocks north of the White House. (more…)

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A reader reports at 10:25am:

“The intersection at Metro Center is all blocked off but there’s only a few cop cars. Anyone know what’s happening?”

Update:

“Just got confirmation from our office building that it is a suspicious package.”

Update 11:20am:

“Looks like they didn’t find anything concerning in the package – they’re re-opening the intersection.”

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This is just crazy. Back in February we broke the news that Mackey’s was moving to Metro Center. I was surprised that not that many people really cared, to be honest. But I know there are a lot of Laughing Man Tavern fans, particularly soccer fans. Oh well. BarredinDC reports:

“A person who answered the phone at Laughing Man confirmed that Mackey’s indeed was moving there.”

james-mackey
1823 L Street, NW

Updates when the timing is known:

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1306 G Street, NW

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1424 K Street, NW

From an email:

MM.LaFleur DC Showroom

  • The showroom is located at 1424 K St NW and opens to the public on March 15, 2017.
  • Our showroom experience is a highly-personalized way to shop. We like to say it’s the most “productive, personalized, and stress-free shopping experience of your life.”
  • What it is: A 1-hour appointment with a dedicated MM stylist.
  • How it works: The customer fills out a brief survey ahead of time, and arrives to a dressing room prepared just for her (pieces in her size, her favorite colors, silhouettes, etc.). Her stylist will work with her to ensure she finds things that fit her needs and lifestyle. You can read more about it here.
  • It’s similar to the MM Bento Box in the sense that we cut out the clutter (no browsing!) and allow women to zero in on the pieces that work best for them.”

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la colombe
1710 I Street, NW

This is La Colombe’s 5th District location joining 1140 3rd Street NE (at REI), 1346 Florida Ave NW (at the Manhattan Laundry), 900 6th St NW (in Chinatown) and the OG 924 Rear N St. NW (in Blagden Alley.)

Erin reports this morning: “wanted to give a head’s up that the La Colombe on I Street at Farragut West appears to be open now!”

La Colombe is partnering with The Sweet Lobby to offer a wide range of pastries, breads, and other food items alongside La Colombe’s traditional and inventive coffee options, including the revolutionary Draft Latte©, which is served cold on tap or can be purchased in cans to-go.

The Draft Latte, which is available in original, vanilla, mocha and triple, comes directly from the mind of Todd Carmichael, CEO and Co-Founder La Colombe, who invented the process to create a ready-to-drink, textured coffee beverage with frothed milk, cold-pressed espresso, and no added sugar.

La Colombe works directly with coffee farmers to source the best tasting, most exotic, and rarest beans, and roasts them to accentuate their natural flavors.

La Colombe Farragut Square will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

juice joint popville
1025 Vermont Ave, NW just north of K St

“Dear PoPville,

I just ran into a former employee in front of the Juice Joint and he told me what had happened.”

From GoFundMe:

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“Hi friends!! I’m reaching out for your support.

As many of you may know, I closed my business, Juice Joint Cafe, this past October after 21 years in business. Unfortunately, between declining sales and my health issues, I was unable to sustain the business, which leads me to why I need your support now.

In early March, 2016 i noticed a small lump in my neck. Not having the insurance, time and money to properly evaluate my condition, I just ignored it. (more…)

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1010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

“Complete Approach to Wellness.
Providing a service and unique environment where people of all ages can practice deep meditation, manifest creativity and foster rest to achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being.”

I’m intrigued:

“Float your way to better health. Dedicate time to shedding stress, lightening, time for you. Floating connects you with your calm and can teach you how to achieve it when you need it.”

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