“Bordered by the federal capital but separated from Virginia and the Confederacy only by the Potomac River, the citizens of Prince George’s County found themselves on the front lines of the Civil War. As Maryland’s largest slave-owning county, some joined the Confederacy while many remained loyal to the Union.
Learn more about this divided history as authors Nathania A. Branch Miles, Monday A. Miles and Ryan J. Quick discuss their new book Prince George’s County And the Civil War Life on the Border; on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Washingtoniana, Room 307, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW.”
“We now have the answer to what will fill the shuttered M&S Grill restaurant space at the corner of 13th and F streets NW: Mastro’s, an upscale steakhouse and seafood restaurant new to the Washington region.”
“Mastro’s collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club Seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience…”
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Running a fashionable supper club in the 1920s was not for the fainthearted. Certainly there was plenty of money to be made, and club owners outdid themselves to create the most exotic destinations imaginable. But these were the days of Prohibition, and the “dry” agents were always on the look-out for places where people seemed to be having a little too much fun. One such place was Le Paradis, one of the DC’s ritziest 1920s nightspots, located at 1 Thomas Circle NW.
The Le Paradis at 1 Thomas Circle, with its rooftop garden, in 1931 (Author’s collection).
Le Paradis was the creation of legendary impresario and bandleader Meyer Davis (1893-1976), who was born in nearby Ellicott City, Maryland, and moved to the District as a child with his family. Davis loved music from an early age, starting his own five-member band (which played for $25 an evening), after his high-school orchestra rejected him. In 1914, while he was a law student at George Washington University, his band was breaking new ground playing music for hot new dances like the bunny hug, the turkey trot, and the grizzly bear. Soon his group had a gig playing lunches and dinners at the Willard Hotel, and Davis quickly settled on the supper club scene as his preferred métier. Tall, slim, and balding, Davis had an urbane air that appealed to his wealthy clientele, and his energy and verve in twirling his conductor’s baton seemed to always bring the audience to their feet. In later years, he would be dubbed the “Toscanini of society band leaders.” (more…)
“Award-winning chef and Iron Chef America star, Jose Garces, will be opening an Argentinean steakhouse inside the Loews Madison Hotel in early 2014.
After recently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, Loews Madison Hotel is excited to be home to the future restaurant of renowned chef Garces. Since opening his first restaurant, Amada in 2005, Chef Jose Garces has emerged as one of the nation’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. Today, he is the owner and operator of more than a dozen restaurants in five cities. He is the 2009 winner of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” award and one of only a few chefs in the country to hold the coveted title of Iron Chef.”
Thanks to a reader for sending word about the new coming soon signage. This is the space formerly home to The Federalist restaurant.
I was almost hit by the car in the picture tonight near the 1300 block of Pennsylvania NW. I heard a loud crashing sound, saw a car heading straight for me followed by police cars. Fortunately, the light pole (folded over) stopped the car before it hit me. I haven’t been able to gather any additional information about the accident. Does anyone else know what happened? Why were the cops chasing this car? Are the passengers okay?”
Ed. Note: I’ve put in a query with MPD and will update if they have any info they can share.
UPDATE: MPD says this was a suspected DUI and the vehicle was speeding. The driver was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.
“A range of concept design alternatives have been developed to respond to the project purpose, address the project need and study options that minimize impacts on natural, historic and cultural resources. In addition, the alternatives incorporate desired park uses and programs prioritized both from public comments submitted to NPS and feedback received at the Franklin Park Public Scoping Meeting.
We are interested in hearing your input on restoring and transforming Franklin Park, specifically your comments on the proposed concept designs alternatives.
“Opening in less than three weeks, GCDC will soon become Washington, DC’s first grilled cheese-centric restaurant, located just a block from the White House. 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, as well as offer weekly education with cheese classes hosted by Washington, DC’s own rising star cheesemonger Sophie Slesinger.
GCDC will offer two different experiences: a daytime menu of grilled cheese sandwiches, soups and ‘tots’ for the busy afternoon crowd, and a nighttime menu of composed dishes, elegant cheese plates, cocktails and wine flights for the evening crowd.
“Acclaimed Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval is pleased to announce the March anticipated opening of his Pan Latin steakhouse concept, Toro Toro, which will be located at 1300 I Street, NW, 20005. Toro Toro is a play on the Japanese word for tuna and the Spanish word for bull. The restaurant will offer a twist on the contemporary steakhouse experience by artfully blending Pan Latin flavors and creative sharing plates. Those dining at this handsome new restaurant will enjoy the 140-seat dining room and the 40-seat seasonal outdoor patio. A 70-seat lounge will be located on the lower level and offer late-night hours for those who wish to dance the night away.
Sandoval latest concept for Washington has a sister restaurant in Dubai, UAE. Guests can anticipate a spin on South and Central American ingredients and flavors through a variety of hot and cold small plates including arepas and ceviches, steaks served a la carte and savory side dishes meant for sharing. Fans will also be able to enjoy Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” which features unlimited amounts of perfectly grilled meats carved tableside. Endless eats and free-flowing cocktails will take center stage every Saturday and Sunday during the restaurant’s bottomless brunch.
The restaurant will also pour from an expansive beverage program. Guests can anticipate innovative, handcrafted libations made with ultra-premium Latin spirits. Two barrel aged cocktails will also be available, the Buena Vida and the Manhattan de Toro, along with a well-curated collection of 130 wines from around the world, and 35 wines by the glass.
LW Design Group LLC of Dubai, UAE, is responsible for designing the 12,400-square foot space, which draws inspiration from Japanese and Latin interior design elements. The main dining room is open and organized into distinctive sections, making the space feel intimate and inviting. The high-backed chairs and family-style dining tables give the room a comfortable, homey feel and are a striking contrast with the cool lounge space, which features a modern fireplace with burning amber flames. This warm light echoes throughout the space with golden pendants, stage lighting, metallic chandeliers and reflective backsplashes. Other design elements include gold leather tufted couches, lounge seating made of velvet upholstery with patterned silk cushions, copper tiles, cowhide accents, black marble floors, a sculptural metal cage staircase, eye-catching artwork and spiral horn wall accents, which combined create a sophisticated and sultry ambiance.
Toro Toro is located at 1300 I Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005, less than one block from the McPherson Square Metro accessible on the Blue Lines, and three blocks from Metro Center Metro accessible on the Red Line. Toro Toro will open for lunch, dinner and late night and then add weekend brunch in the coming months.”