04/15/14 4:55pm

901 G Street, NW

From an email:

“On Thursday April 17th at 7 pm in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library the DC Public Library is proud to welcome author Corey Recko as he speaks about his new book “A Spy For the Union.” Join us as we learn the story of Timothy Webster and his life and careers as a New York City policeman and a military spy. In the mid-1850s, he left the police department and took a job for Allan Pinkerton with his newly formed detective agency. It was as a Pinkerton detective that Webster helped uncover a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1861.

Webster went on to serve the United States as a spy in the Civil War. For a time he was the Union’s top agent, but his career came to an abrupt end when he was betrayed and became the first spy executed in the Civil War.

This program is free and open to the public [but requires a ticket]. Thank you, and we look forward to you joining us for this interesting presentation.”

04/11/14 3:15pm

Street closure above via MPD.

Read more about the Sakura Matsuri festival here.


And don’t forget the Cherry Blossom parade is Saturday too:

“Saturday, April 12, 10:00am-noon

One of the Festival’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW. Vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor set the atmosphere. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, fourteen marching bands from across the country, and performers burst down Constitution Avenue in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival.

Friday, April 11 – At this time, the Parade grandstands are SOLD OUT and there are no additional tickets to be released.

To watch the Parade, please plan to find Free standing room along Consitution Avenue between 9th and 15th Streets, NW. Plan to arrive early, as beautiful weather will make this a popular event.

04/10/14 11:55am

1730 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

It’s been a long time coming (actually less than a year) but the glorious day has finally arrived!

From a press release:

“GCDC, Washington’s first grilled cheese-centric restaurant and cheese bar, is officially opening its doors on Friday, April 11, located one block from the White House on the city’s famed Pennsylvania Avenue. The next day (Saturday, April 12), GCDC will celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with $5 grilled cheese sandwiches and half-priced draft beers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A fast-casual grilled cheese sandwich lunchtime spot by day and artisanal cheese and wine, beer and cocktail bar by evening, GCDC will cater to both downtown lunchers and the after-work happy hour crowd. During the day, GCDC will serve a playful menu of creative, specialty grilled cheese sandwiches ranging from the Korean-style Kim-Cheese-Steak and the pasta-inspired Grilled Carbonara, as well as a “Grill Your Own” option of artisanal cheeses and toppings. Poutine and nacho-style tater tots, made-from-scratch vegan tomato soup and composed cheese and charcuterie lunch boards round out the lunch offerings.

Evening customers can come back after work for a more dressed-up menu. Elegant, artisanal cheese boards, local charcuterie and composed small plates can be paired alongside a comprehensive beverage program, featuring craft cocktails, local beers, carefully selected wines, and a nod to the owner’s hometown, the Brooklyn egg cream.

GCDC will officially open its doors on Friday, April 11.On Saturday, April 12, GCDC will host a National Grilled Cheese Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with $5 specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, and half-priced draft beers and a homemade wine punch.”

04/09/14 10:22pm

931 H Street, NW

Back in June of last year we first learned New York City’s Daniel Boulud would be bringing a DBGB Kitchen And Bar to CityCenterDC.

Now a few more details from the liquor license application posted out front says:

“New upscale fine dining brasserie-style restaurant specializing in French cuisine with Summer Garden seating 78 patrons and Sidewalk Café seating 44 patrons. Background music will be provided. Total occupancy load is 250.”

You can see the New York menus here.

And thanks to all who sent emails about rumors of David Chang’s Momofuku also coming to CityCenter. A source of mine also confirms that is true.


04/09/14 4:50pm

Photos courtesy of Donovan House

From an email:

“WHAT: On Friday, April 11th, the hotly anticipated DNV Rooftop will open for the spring season, featuring new menus inspired by Asian street food and cocktails. The DNV Rooftop boasts one of the most impressive skyline views in Washington, DC, perched atop the Donovan House hotel on 14th Street. DNV will feature an Asian-leaning cocktail menu from lauded bartender Jon Harris with influences including tea infusions, sugarcane, Vietnamese salted lemonades and Japanese highballs. Jon Harris’ menu of Asian street drinks includes: the Tidal Basin Picnic Special with Clear Creek Kirschwasser, lemon, Liqueur de Violette, bitter lemon soda; the Tokyo Gimlet with Tanqueray Gin or Belvedere Vodka, a house made yuzu-lime cordial; the Red Silk Slipper with Valentine White Blossom Vodka, rhubarb shrub, Teavine Green Tea Sparkling Wine and the Green Velvet Slipper with Milagro Silver Tequila, Wandering Poet Sake, Midori, house made yuzu-lime cordial, Fever Tree Bitter Lemon.

Zentan Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen will offer a line-up of Asian tacos inspired by her time spent in Austin, Texas including a Tamarind Barbacao Beef Taco with kimchee, pickled onions, jalapenos, yuzu crema and a Wild Mushroom Taco with seasonal mushrooms, five spice mole, pickled red onions. In addition, DNV will serve Mung Bean Tamale Cakes with shredded braised chicken, house red curry, radishes and Mazeman Noodles with peppered ground beef, cucumber, bean sprouts, bell peppers, ramen noodles and a peanut sauce.

WHEN: DNV Rooftop grand opening, Friday, April 11th at 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

DNV hours of operation: Monday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Happy hour will be available daily Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., when select cocktails, beer and wine are available for just $5.

WHERE: DNV Rooftop, 14th Floor, The Donovan House 1155 14th Street, NW


04/07/14 10:30am

1701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW formerly Caribou Coffee

From a press release:

“Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a specialty coffee and tea company that started the artisan coffee movement back in 1966, today announced its first major retail launch in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. The company will open 23 new stores in a phased rollout across the market this year, employing approximately 350 people. A flagship store at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, just steps from the White House, opens today. Peet’s entry into D.C. will become the company’s second largest retail market outside of California and its biggest East Coast retail footprint.

In an effort to support the local community, Peet’s is partnering with local non-profit 826DC to provide dedicated store space for student tutoring sessions and writing workshops. Also, Peet’s is now the new, official coffee of the Washington Nationals, D.C.’s Major League Baseball franchise, and will be served at Nationals Park.”

04/02/14 4:45pm


From the National Building Museum:

“Get lost at the Museum this summer!

The Museum, in partnership with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, will create a never-before-seen large-scale maze for the Museum’s historic home. Soaring 18 feet high and measuring 61 feet by 61 feet, the Baltic birch plywood structure will boast a series of twists and turns for visitors to weave through and explore. The “BIG Maze” will be open July 4 to September 1, 2014.

Inspired by ancient labyrinths, garden and hedge mazes of 17th and 18th-century Europe, and modern American corn mazes, this contemporary maze will be located in the West Court of the Museum’s historic Great Hall. In addition to viewing the maze from the ground floor, visitors will also be able to get an unexpected aerial perspective from the Museum’s second- and third-floor balconies.

Bjarke Ingels said of his design: “The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?” From outside, the maze’s cube-like form hides the final reveal behind its 18-foot-tall walls. On the inside, the walls slowly descend towards the center which concludes with a grand reveal—a 360 degree understanding of your path in and how to get out.”

04/01/14 11:11pm

1018 Vermont Ave, NW just north of K Street

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Ton Ton Chicken is coming April 7th to the former King of Kabob space which closed back in December. I wonder if this’ll be like Bonchon Chicken? Looking forward to checking them out. Could be a good lunch spot for those who work downtown.