801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW at Navy Memorial Plaza
Last week we learned Plan B Burger Bar would be opening Monday Nov. 3rd – now have a look inside. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is a real deal restaurant and it’s another transformation that blew me away (remember the former pizza place/deli?):
Sometimes I feel like people are just messing with me…
From a press release:
“Daikaya, the popular izakaya & ramen shop, owned by Partners Daisuke Utagawa, Yama Jewayni and Executive Chef/Partner Katsuya Fukushima, is excited to recognize Godzilla’s officialbirthday on November 3rd. The restaurant will be featuring Godzilla-inspired dishes and three specialty cocktails from Monday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 9th. Also, on November 3rd, guests dining at Daikaya will be able to view the popular Godzilla film beginning at 6 PM, and it will loop through the entire evening until closing time at 10 PM.
Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima’s monster birthday dishes are Gozira Karaage with marinated alligator lightly tossed in potato starch and deep fried and served with a fiery dipping sauce for $9, Bambi meets Godzilla “Tsukune” with grilled elk and pork meatballs dipped in yakitori sauce for $5, and Godzilla’s Pretty Cool a fire-breathing soft serve snickers ice cream with snickers pieces, doused with Japanese whiskey, and flamed for $4.
For the perfect pairing, newly appointed Beverage Director Jamie MacBain has created three cocktails for the birthday celebration: King of the Monsters, Nishi Yoshida “kintaro” shochu, Cocchi Americano, and Chinese five spice bitters served on a large ice cube with a grapefruit twist; Alpha Predator, Nikka Taketsuru 12 year old whisky, Cruzan black strap rum, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, and chocolate bitters served up with and orange twist, as well as Monster Zero-One, Choya Umeshu, Palo Cortado, Kiku Masamune taru sake and coriander bitters served up with a plum. Cocktails are priced at $11 each.”
Last month we wondered if the new Japanese restaurant from the owners of Cafe Asia was still coming to the long vacant retail space at 733 10th St, NW (around the corner from MLK Library.) You can read about the plans for Umaya, “contemporary Japanese izakaya restaurant” here.
Back in April we learned that the owner of Acqua al 2 and Ghibellina would be opening up a new spot in Chinatown below the Fuel Pizza. In April we learned that this proper liquor bar would have “brass, lots of leather, proper cocktails including all the classics, nice glassware – just a cool, comfortable, classy spot.”
I’m encouraged by the details now visible on the outside:
“Less than a year after he transformed his struggling Penn Quarter seafood restaurant into an ambitious market and bistro called Menu MBK, Frederik de Pue closed the operation on Saturday, apparently at the demand of his partners who were looking for a higher return on investment.”
Menu MBK opened up in the former Azur space (previously Cafe Atlantico) back in January. Updates when we learn what’s coming next.
“City Tap House, the craft beer-focused restaurant located at 901 9th Street, NW, 20001, is please to host a special evening with Dick Cantwell, co-founder of Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. Elysian has brewed over 350 craft beers since the brewery opened in 1996, and has been a pioneer in the craft-brewing movement throughout the Pacific Northwest. On Monday, October 20th, seven City Tap House draft lines will be dedicated to Elysian’s popular pumpkin beers including Night Owl Pumpkin Ale; The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale; Dark O’ the Moon; Punkuccino; The Lost Abbey Sardonic Pumpkin Dark Wit; The Gourdfather, as well as Hansel & Gretel. Prices range from $6 to $13.
Additionally, City Tap House has purchased a 250-pound pumpkin from Nalls Farm Market in Berryville, Virginia, which will be hollowed out, filled with beer, and tapped just like a keg for this special night.
“DC Commission on Arts and Humanities removed the gate in April 2014 for restoration. The ornamental artwork was in severe disrepair and posed a safety hazard to adjoining businesses and the general public.
The Dragon’s Gate was created by Atlanta-based artist Andrew Crawford in 2007— as way of camouflaging and beautifying an otherwise drab alley corridor that housed trash bins and served as a service entrance. A conservator will restore it, and the goal is to return in in 2015.”