“EquityEats, the DC-based equity crowdfunding platform for restaurants has signed a lease for 5 floors of historic National Union Building at 918 F Street NW, Washington, DC, for its forthcoming restaurant popup complex, pending landlord approval. The space will allow up to five concurrent month long pop-up restaurants, bars, and quick-service concepts in addition to cooking classes, short term popups, and other culinary events.
“LivingSocial did an amazing job building out the most beautiful event space in downtown DC that people loved going to. We’re really excited to re-open it and create a 17,000 square foot restaurant popup complex that the DC community is excited about coming to on a regular basis.” EquityEats CEO Johann Moonesinghe said “Yesterday, Bluebird Bakery’s popup in Georgetown sold out all of their inventory in four hours and there was a line out the door, so we know here is demand for pop-ups. We wanted to create an experience where people can try the newest culinary concepts and interact with the chefs behind those concepts.”
The experience will cater to the most adventurous foodies and discerning investors. “We will encourage patrons to explore all the space has to offer,” EquityEats COO Chaminda WIjetilleke explains. “Unlike other pop-ups, which change locations and sometimes sell out before most can buy tickets, we will function more as a foodie’s equivalent of a movie theater. Diners will buy tickets for the different concepts in advance, and there will always be something new coming to the space on a consistent basis.” (more…)
“Bakers & Baristas opens tomorrow, Thursday, January 22nd. Their hours will be from 7am-6pm. On Thursday, February 5th they will open for full hours from 7 am to 11pm.
Aaron Gordon of Gordon Restaurant Group is pleased to announce the mid-January anticipated opening of Bakers & Baristas, a Viennese-inspired coffeehouse and bakery, which will occupy the former Tangysweet Yogurt Bar space at 501 7th Street, NW, 20004. Notable Washington pastry chef Naomi Gallego will act as a consultant for the project, and Lindsay Meehan will serve as executive pastry chef overseeing the day-to-day operations.
Bakers & Baristas will create exceptional pastries and tortes using high-end ingredients such as Madagascar vanilla, locally raised eggs, European butter and Valrhona chocolate. Artisan roasted coffees from Compass Coffee will also be served with freshly whipped cream offered as well. At lunch, simple sandwiches served on fresh house-made rolls will be added to the selection of pastries, and in the evening guests can enjoy Viennese style desserts, such as cheesecake and sacher cake, savory turnovers and artisan coffee. Coffee aficionados can expect to see a rotating list of seasonal, single origin coffee from independent and locally roasted Compass Coffee, with prices ranging from $2 to $4.
“During my recent travels to Europe, I was inspired by the coffeehouses of Vienna,” says Aaron Gordon of Gordon Restaurant Group. “I wanted to open a concept in nation’s capital where Washingtonians and tourists alike could linger over exceptional coffee and delicate Danish pastries.”
Gordon has tapped Naomi Gallego to serve as a consultant for Bakers & Baristas. Gallego has over twenty-two years of experience working in acclaimed restaurants and four-start hotels in the USA and Germany; she also currently serves as the executive pastry chef of the award-winning Blue Duck Tavern within the Park Hyatt Washington.
Lindsay Meehan will oversee the day-to-day operations as executive pastry chef. Meegan graduated from The Culinary Institute of America with a Bachelor’s degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. She gained much of her professional experience in various bake-shops including “Best of Philly” winner, Sweet Jazmine’s in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, and at Sweet Eats Bakery of Vorhees, New Jersey, where gourmet cakes and confections were her focus. After focusing her efforts perfecting the world of cakes, Meegan brought her award-winning decorating skills into the big world of small cakes, cupcakes. In 2012, she made her way to the nation’s capital to begin working at Gordon’s sister concept Red Velvet Cupcakery. Meegan will continue to oversee the cupcakes at Red Velvet in addition to managing the confections at the new Bakers & Baristas.
Bakers & Baristas will offer six to eight varieties of freshly made Danish pastries including morning buns and Kringles. For lunch, guests can enjoy six rustic sandwiches made with freshly baked house-made bread. Three sandwiches will be vegetarian, and one will be served on gluten-free bread. Opening selections planned include Cherry Pistachio Braid Danish; Danish Pockets; Cheese Pretzel Danish; Butterkuchen; Brioche Streusel Bun with citrus filling; Viennese Finger Cookies, as well as Vanilla Kepferl. A variety of tarts, torts, and savory turnovers will also be available for guests. Pastries will be priced from $2 to $6 each; sandwiches and turnovers will be priced from $6 to $8 each.
KUBE Architecture firm is responsible for the design of Bakers & Baristas. The intimate 32-seat modern interior will feature accents of wood with display cases full of tempting pastry. For those who wish to linger over coffee and pastry, there will be café style seating and amphitheater seating. Steel and concrete reinforce the rustic warmth and comfort of the space while earth tones combined with vibrant colors contribute to the energetic atmosphere of this urban gathering spot.”
“The Metropolitan Police Department has announced an arrest has been made in connection with the Destruction of Property and Threats offense which occurred at the PNC Bank, located in the 800 block of 7th Street, Northwest.
On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at approximately 12:10 pm, police officers of the First District received a call for the report of threats and destruction of property at the PNC Bank, located in the 800 block of 7th Street, Northwest.
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at approximately 6:00 am, 34-year-old Marion Christopher Barry, of Southeast DC, turned himself in at the First Police District, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, charging him with Destruction of Property and Threats.
Walked by on my way back from lunch, Grand Trunk is having a soft-opening with free samples of their very varied menu… breakfast foods, curries, naan, burgers, salads, tea, smoothies… All in a night-club atmosphere with techno music, chandeliers, flatscreens, etc. I couldn’t get a decent photo through the window due to glare from the sunset or it could have been the glare from the disco ball, mirrored wall paper and central circular bar/tandoori oven (with stools). While I might seem harsh, this place is a sight to behold and thoroughly ridiculous. Words cannot describe it properly.
Would love to hear some other opinions.”
“We invited the neighborhood in to try a few samples, we didn’t disappoint! #WashingtonDC #southasian #restaurants”
It mid-December we noted the new signage after first hearing of the plans back in November 2011. T-8 days – thanks to a reader for sending a photo with the countdown (from earlier this week, dang snow messed up my schedule.) We’ll revisit to take a look at the menu.