07/21/14 4:50pm


From an email:

“Life Out There: A Space Journey with the House Band of the Universe

Evening Seminar with performance

Friday, July 25 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., Wash, DC

What is life, really? How did it begin on Earth and where else might we find it in our solar system and beyond? David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist at the Library of Congress, and Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, offer a mind-blowing trip through space and time—set to live funky jazz. See our home in space from a cosmic perspective and search for clues to life, from the infant Earth where life first arose to the mysterious, promising depths of Saturn’s strangely vibrant moons. The journey includes previously unseen state-of-the-art digital visuals and musical interpretation by the House Band of the Universe. Definitely not an ordinary planetarium show, this is an evening that’s guaranteed to be “psychoastrobiofunkiliscious.”

Smithsonian Associates Members $30, General Admission $42. www.smithsonianassociates.org 202-633-3030 for tickets.”

07/16/14 10:22pm

418 7th Street, NW

More progress at Jose Andres’ new Chinese-Peruvian Restaurant, China Chilcano, coming to the former Olsson’s Bookstore space and once hoped for Wagamama in Penn Quarter.

From the October press release:

“Highlighting the rich flavors, bold colors, diverse textures and unique aromas, the menu will apply time-honored Chinese techniques to Peruvian ingredients. From the classic Peruvian causas or ceviches, to Asian favorites like dim sums and sumais, the dishes will showcase Peru’s multi-cultural influences and ingredients in true Jose fashion.

Building on the success of China Poblano, the restaurant’s working name, China Chilcano, will pay homage to Peru’s celebrated fish stew and one of its more traditional drinks, the chilcano.”

You can read the full release here.

China Chilcano now has posted a liquor license placard that says:

“New restaurant serving Chinese Peruvian cuisine. Sidewalk Café with seating for 50 patrons. Total Occupancy Load is 250.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 7am-2am, Friday and Saturday 7am-3am.


13th and E Street, NW

From a press release:

“Boss Shepherd’s will serve farm-to-table American classics when it opens its doors on July 21. Guests at the new Penn Quarter restaurant will have a variety of authentic, fresh dishes to choose from. Executive Chef Jeremy Waybright boasts diverse lunch and dinner menus that highlight years of classic southern cooking experience.

[Check out a sneak peek at the menu here: Boss Shepherd's Menu (PDF)]

“Having cooked all over the south, I am thrilled for people to experience my fresh takes on familiar comfort dishes,” said Chef Waybright. “By combining locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients with bold and exciting flavors, the menu screams American-made.” The restaurant draws inspiration and ingredients from a slew of local farms such as Path Valley Farms, Tuscarora Co-op, Lancaster Farms Fresh, The Fresh Link, Red Barn Berkshires, Northern Neck Fruit & Vegetable, Horst Farms and Next Step Produce.

Instilled with Chef Waybright’s southern inspiration, the menu boasts fresh takes on time-honored, rustic classics that can please the palate of any guest. Chef Waybright’s use of farm-to-table ingredients is evident in innovative starters such as the Maine blue mussels with sausage, cider beer, vermouth and pickled chili, or delectable bone marrow served with herbs, pickled egg, breakfast radish and toast. Ensuring that there’s something for everyone, the restaurant presents the Hamburg, a scrumptious, classic burger comprised of Virginia grass-fed beef, sweet onion and cheddar cheese on a brioche bun. For a dish permeated with flavor that truly features the main ingredient, patrons might choose the pastrami salmon sandwich, accompanied with pickled onion, baby lettuce and dill cream, atop a poppy seed bun. Of course, guests looking for classic country flavor will find the familiar in the fried chicken entrée, served with butter-poached radish, smoked egg yolk, hot sauce and a biscuit, or the Carolina trout with Meyer lemon, capers, brown butter and Wade’s Mill white grits. Boss Shepherd’s will also offer universal classics such as steak dishes and crab cakes.

Offering a diverse beverage selection, the restaurant’s back bar will feature two 5-gallon barrels of A. Smith Bowman reserve whiskey as well as the renowned Catoctin Creek roundhouse rye (92 proof). The beer selection emphasizes local breweries’ concoctions such as Port City’s oyster stout and DC Brau’s golden ale, as well as specialties from Flying Dog Brewery and Atlas Brew Works. Alongside the whiskey and beer programs, Boss Shepherd’s offers an extensive wine list of 35 American and international wines by the glass pour.

Boss Shepherd’s will be open 11am daily for lunch and dinner service Mondays – Fridays, and at 4pm for dinner service only on Saturdays.”


Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

07/15/14 10:45pm

801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Lots of progress for the Plan B Burger Bar coming to the former lunch spot (that had the good slice of pizza) in the Navy Memorial Plaza by the Archives-Navy Memorial metro stop. They’ve now posted a liquor license placard which says:

“A full service restaurant focusing on beef dishes with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage service. DJs and live musicians may perform occasionally.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 2 am and Friday through Saturday 11 am – 3 am.

Their website says they offer beef, burgers, bourbon and beer. You can see their full menus here.

A peek inside the space reveals they’ve also completed a lot of the buildout but still have a ways to go before opening. Updates when they get closer.


Right across from the National Archives:


07/09/14 11:50am

Far right is Mike McGarvey (CEO & Head Brewer), Katsuya Fukushima in the middle, and Chef Michael Turner with the brew paddle, courtesy 3 Stars

From a press release:

“3 STARS works with katsuya fukushima to create house beer For Daikaya [705 6th Street, NW]
Local craftsmen combine talents to brew unique craftbeer, the Sansho Panza!

What happens when you take one of the brightest stars in the DC culinary scene and pair him up with DC’s cutting edge craft brewery? You end up with the very unique opportunity to discover a new interpretation of some classic Japanese ingredients reimagined as a delightful seasonal saison. Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima is the man behind the amazing Daikaya, with partners Yama Jewayni and Daisuke Utagawa, and when he decided to pursue a brew to match his unique creations, he simply looked for the local standout crafting their own innovations and cutting edge beers. Brewed to be the perfect sidekick to the seasonal offerings at Daikaya, The Sansho Panza, is brewed with fresh yuzu and sansho pepper, both of which lend a nice bright citrus character to the light earthy saison.

The Sansho Panza will be priced at $9 per beer debuting at Daikaya on July 10th, in the Izakaya at 705 6th St. NW in Chinatown, and will be celebrated alongside other craft offerings from the brewery, as well as some special menu items to enhance the release. This will be an ongoing collaboration between Daikaya and 3 Stars where they will continue to use seasonally appropriate ingredients to create new house selections for both the Ramen Shop and the upstairs Izakaya.”

Photo tweeted by @mayorvincegray on DC Brau’s three year anniversary

Congrats to the boys from DC Brau bringing home two gold medals from the US Open Beer Championship:

“American Pale Ale
GOLD – The Public – DC Brau Brewing – Washington DC
SILVER – Cardinal Pale Ale – Nebraska Brewing – Nebraska
BRONZE – 8-Bit Pale Ale – Tallgrass Brewing – Kansas

Belgian Pale Ale
GOLD – The Citizen – DC Brau Brewing – Washington DC
SILVER – Criterion – Valiant Brewing – California
BRONZE – White Hatter – New Holland Brewing – Michigan”

7th Street outside the National Portrait Gallery across from the Verizon Center

Louis Daguerre:

“(18 November 1787 – 10 July 1851) was a French artist and photographer, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. He became known as one of the fathers of photography. Though he is most famous for his contributions to photography, he was also an accomplished painter and a developer of the diorama theatre.”

700 6th Street, NW

More movement for Penn Commons coming to Chinatown – their Facebook page says:

“Hello DC! We are now hiring for all front-of-the-house positions! Stop in at 700 6th Street between 11-7 Mon-Friday to apply, Saturday Noon-4!”

We previously learned:

“Opening is slated for late summer. The restaurant and bar will be similar to the group’s already successful District Commons restaurant at 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Chef Jeff Tunks, David Wizenberg and Gus DiMillo are the partners behind Passion Food Hospitality. They opened their first restaurant, DC Coast, in 1998 and have expanded their style of American eateries to include such restaurants as Acadiana, Burger Tap, & Shake, Ceiba, and PassionFish.”


A peek in the window, at an obviously very early stage, looks promising:



627 H Street, NW

Will the massive gap on H Street in Chinatown finally be filled? It’s seems like there’s been a fence over this property by the Chinatown arch for as long as I can remember. Can’t believe it might become a hotel:


R&R RE-ality reports on the hearing held June 10th:

“The proposed hotel, to be named The H Street Hotel, is to be developed by Modus Hotels, a DC-based company that owns and operates nearly a dozen boutique hotels, most located in Washington, DC. The hotel will have some retail space, including a restaurant. The proposal is for an 11-story brick building with 245 small guest rooms, most about 150 square feet in size. Most of these rooms will accommodate only one bed, so are quite small by DC hotel standards.

No decision was made and the hearing will be continued on July 22.”

Stay tuned for updates after the July 22nd hearing.