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1001 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“After years of guest requests, America’s third oldest, continuously operating restaurant, Tadich Grill, is opening on the East Coast in the first quarter of 2015. The DC location will be on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street, NW, at the pulse of the political district, just as the original is in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district.

“The DC restaurant will reflect the soul of the original Tadich Grill, but will not be a replica, as original icons cannot be replicated. We plan to bring the same consistency in quality and attention to detail in food, beverage, service and ambiance to the district’s power players,” revealed General Manager Ron Robbins.

Staying true to its roots, the Tadich Grill tradition of fine seafood and meats grilled over mesquite, established in San Francisco over 165 years ago, will continue in Washington, DC. Under the direction of Executive Chef Wil Going, menus will be prepared from scratch and printed daily, serving the freshest seafood, meats, poultry and produce available. Much like the original, diners will find authentic elements such as artisan glass, mesquite broilers, wines from California vineyards and those famous white-jacketed servers at the DC location.

“The rich past of Washington, DC aligns perfectly with what we wanted for Tadich Grill’s first location on the East Coast. We look forward to introducing our West Coast flavor and traditions to our nation’s capital,” said Rick Powers, managing partner and COO of Tadich Grill Development Company LLC.

Upon opening, the restaurant will offer dinner Monday through Saturday, with lunch service to follow in the subsequent weeks. One distinctive difference is that Tadich Grill – Washington, D.C. will take reservations.

The DC location is currently hiring for all front and back-of-the-house positions. Applications may be submitted to Rick Powers at rpowers@tadichgrill.com or 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 102, Washington, DC 20004.

About Tadich Grill

Tadich Grill’s history dates back to 1849, during California’s famed Gold Rush, when three Croatian immigrants set up a coffee stand on Long Wharf in San Francisco. They served fresh fish grilled over mesquite, to the merchants, sailors, and argonauts that frequented the pier, a technique that the San Francisco restaurant still utilizes today. Over a century and a half later, that coffee stand is now one of the world’s most iconic restaurants, exemplifying tradition, longevity, and history. The Washington, DC location opening in 2015 will be the first outpost of Tadich Grill. To learn more about Tadich Grill, visit www.tadichgrill.com.”

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

The Prohibition era in Washington saw the rise of speakeasys and glitzy nightclubs, like Le Paradis on Thomas Circle, which we profiled last March. But the end of Prohibition in March 1934 did not bring an end to the supper club era. On the contrary, supper clubs flourished across the country, and Washington had plenty of them. Silken-voiced singers and lush orchestras continued to offer people an escape from the hard economic realities of the Depression. Exotic décor heightened the sense that one was fleeing to another place and time, to somewhere simpler and more romantic. These were the golden years of the supper clubs, a unique era when dining and entertainment were more closely linked than ever before or since.

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Postcard view of the interior of the Mayfair, circa 1935 (author’s collection).

Fourteenth Street downtown hosted some of the biggest supper clubs, including the Casino Royal and Lotus Restaurant, but there were many others, including popular night spots at most of the city’s major hotels. One club that opened in 1935, the year after Prohibition ended, was the Mayfair Restaurant, nicknamed the “Café of All Nations.” It was located in a new office building at 13th and F Streets NW, in the heart of Washington’s theatre district. Within a block or two were the National and Warner theaters as well as the Palace and Capitol movie theaters. The restaurant quickly became one of the city’s most popular after-theater spots. (more…)

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12th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“The Trump Organization and José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup announced today that the renowned culinary innovator will open a signature restaurant in the forthcoming Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., one of the newest additions to the rapidly growing Trump Hotel Collection. The to-be-named José Andrés restaurant will debut when the hotel opens in mid-2016 after a $200 million redevelopment of the historic Old Post Office by The Trump Organization.

“Everything about Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. – from its magnificent guest rooms and Presidential Suites, to the ballroom and spa – will be the very best, and the culinary experience is no exception,” said Donald J. Trump. “We’ve tapped one of the very best in the field, José Andrés, to create a restaurant concept that will live up to the unrivaled offerings of what will be one of the finest hotels anywhere in the world.”

Added Andrés, “I have long respected Donald Trump for his business acumen and am proud to partner with him to create a truly remarkable, fine dining restaurant in the city I have called home for many years, right in the heart of the historic Post Office.” (more…)

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10th and H Street, NW

A tipster with a very good track record sends word that a Dolcezza is coming to CityCenter. A nice compliment to RareSweets? Update: Thanks to the kind souls who pointed out that Dolcezza is listed on the coming soon section on CityCenter’s website. Ok then! Here’s that full coming soon list for others who’ve been sleeping:

Caudalie Boutique Spa
Coming Soon

Centrolina
Coming Soon

CH Carolina Herrera
Coming Soon

David Yurman
Coming Soon

Dior
Coming Soon

Dolcezza
Coming Soon

FIG & OLIVE
Coming Soon

Louis Vuitton
Coming Soon

mango tree
Coming Soon

milk bar
Coming 2015

momofuku
Coming 2015

Paul Stuart
Coming Soon”

Dolcezza’s latest expansion was to Logan Circle (after opening their factory by Union Market) at 14th and P St, NW in June.

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Greenberry's
18th and E St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

There are now at least two upcoming tenants on the south side of GSA’s new headquarters at 1800 F St NW. I saw this banner for Greenberry’s Coffee just west of the existing Which Wich space at the corner of 18th & E St NW.”

Greenberry’s website says:

“Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the first Greenberry’s Coffee Co. store opened in Charlottesville, VA in 1992. We opened with the intent of serving the finest selection of specialty coffees, teas and fresh-baked pastries in a warm and inviting atmosphere. In order to ensure the integrity and quality of the coffee we sold, we knew that we needed to roast our own product. Even today, every batch of coffee we sell is roasted by hand and shipped fresh on a daily basis. Our Master Coffee Roasters view roasting as an art, not a job, and the difference is evident in every cup we sell.”

They currently have a DC location at 1919 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

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Thanks to @lafilardo for tweeting us this morning:

“@PoPville grilled cheese (I think) coming to 1901 L Street”

Back in August we learned that the former Energy Kitchen space would become a Melt Shop. Their website says:

FOOD THAT REMINDS YOU OF COMFORTABLE TIMES. EASIER TIMES. YUMMIER TIMES. TIMES WHEN HOME COOKING WAS THE ONLY KIND OF COOKING. FOR US, THAT FOOD IS GRILLED SANDWICHES. AND TATER TOTS. AND MILKSHAKES. MMMMILKSHAKES.

WITH MELT SHOP, WE SET OUT TO MAKE THE BEST DAMN SANDWICH ON THE PLANET. PERIOD. BETTER THAN OUR MOM’S (SORRY, MOM). BETTER THAN YOUR MOM’S. IT’S THE COMFORT FOOD YOU LOVE, BUT LIKE YOU’VE NEVER HAD IT BEFORE. NEXT LEVEL STUFF, MADE FROM ONLY THE BEST ARTISANAL INGREDIENTS, FRESH-BAKED BREAD EVERY DAY AND THE BEST CHEESE A MAN CAN FIND.

WE KNOW BECAUSE WE LOOKED REALLY HARD. IT’S ALL FROM SCRATCH, ALL THE TIME. SO YOU CAN TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT WE ARE NEVER COMFORTABLE, UNTIL YOUR SANDWICH IS.

Check out their NYC menus here.

Updates when they get closer to opening.

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entrance on L Street next door to Sweetgreen – view looking east toward 19th Street

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963 Palmer Alley, NW

Following news of Arc’teryx’s Grand Opening this weekend comes more CityCenter news – RareSweets is located in one of the ‘alley’ shops between H and I near where the new Hermes is coming:

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From a press release:

“RareSweets?, a bakeshop and specialty dessert company, will open for business on Monday, December 15th at 8:00 a.m. at 963 Palmer Alley, NW, Washington, DC 20001 located in downtown’s CityCenterDC development. After over a year of operating a wholesale and catering business out of the food incubator Union Kitchen, and hosting various pop-ups, RareSweets’ founder and pastry chef Meredith Tomason will open her first brick-and-mortar bakeshop. The menu will offer seasonally driven layer cakes, doughnuts, coffee cakes, mini bundts, cookies, bars, biscuits, ice creams, and other heirloom American confections reimagined for a modern palate.

Tomason, who has held high-profile pastry roles in New York such as pastry chef at Tom Colicchio’s lauded Craft Restaurant, and stints at Tribeca Treats and the famed Magnolia Bakery, was inspired to open RareSweets by her late grandmother, an avid baker, through whom Tomason slowly learned the treasure trove of family recipes dating back several generations. Family recipes for gingersnap cookies and cocoa crinkles have earned a spot on RareSweets’ opening menu, which also features recipes inspired by Tomason’s vast vintage cookbook collection—some dating back to the 1850s.

Tomason has an affinity for fruit forward desserts, and enjoys creating unexpected textures and flavors, relying on raw sugar, nutmeg, and flower essences such as lavender and orange blossom to brighten berries and other fresh flavors. Customers can anticipate an arsenal of classic flavors that remain throughout the year, as well as an evolving array of seasonal flavors, which will showcase produce at the peak of their season.

On opening day, the first 100 people in line will receive a complimentary hot cocoa with purchase, limited to one per person. Initially, operating hours will be from 7am – 7pm, seven days a week. The opening menu is below: (more…)