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1730 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Ed. Note: One day I’ll get an updated photo…

From a press release:

“Grilled cheese sandwiches are not the only stars of the show at Washington, DC’s grilled cheese-centric restaurant GCDC. Diners also flock to the bar for its artisanal cheese program helmed by cheesemonger Sophie Slesinger, who moved down from NYC to cultivate the program. Named one of Zagat’s “30 Under 30″ rising food professionals during her time at award-winning Saxelby Cheesemongers in the East Village, Slesinger has curated one of the most interesting cheese programs in DC, and is now sharing her expert knowledge with the rest of the city.

GCDC is launching a series of cheese classes this fall, ranging from Cheese 101 basics for novices, to mozzarella-making for hands-on students. Slesinger is kicking off the cheese class series on Saturday, August 23 with an extra special guest, flying in all the way from Mexico City: renowned cheesemaker Carlos Yescas. Classes will then begin in September, with Cheese 101 hosted every Monday, and Mozzarella-Making on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

Slesinger is also launching something unique to the city: a CSA for cheese. The DC Cheese Share will allow cheese-lovers to explore farmstead cheeses from near and far on a weekly basis, complete with tasting notes and drink pairing recommendations.

Here are more details below about GCDC’s new cheese classes and cheese share: (more…)

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1901 L Street, NW

Energy Kitchen closed back in Oct. 2013. Now Eater DC has learned the replacement tenant:

“D.C., prepare for another grilled cheese shop. New York’s Melt Shop is planning to open a D.C. location, at 1901 L St. NW. An early November opening is being targeted.”

Check out the delicious sounding menu here.

Quite a change from Energy Kitchen…

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entrance on L Street next door to Sweetgreen – view looking east toward 19th Street

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1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW courtesy H&M

From a press release:

“100+ In Line for H&M Store Opening at Noon/DC

To kick off the recycling program on opening day, customers who bring garments to be recycled before the store opens at noon will also have the chance to win H& M gift cards valued between $50 and $100 in addition to receiving the voucher.

In celebration of opening day, H&M at 1133 Connecticut Avenue will offer the first 100 shoppers in line an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued from $10 to $300, in addition to other opening offers and fun giveaways!”

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1133 Connecticut Ave, NW

Ed. Note: This is the former Filene’s that closed back in 2011.

From a press release:

“H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), is excited to announce the opening of a new location in Washington, D.C. at 1133 Connecticut Avenue. Opening on Thursday, August 7th at noon, H&M at 1133 Connecticut Avenue will give customers in the D.C. area more access to the latest trends at the best prices.

The approximately 28,000 square foot H&M at 1133 Connecticut Avenue will offer collections for ladies, men, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie, sports apparel, and its plus-size line, H&M+.

H&M is the first fashion company to roll out a global garment recycling program. Through this initiative, H&M customers at 1133 Connecticut Avenue can help save natural resources and contribute to a reduced environmental impact by donating old and unwanted pieces of clothing from any brand while in the store. Customers will receive a voucher for 15% off their entire purchase for each bag of donated clothing.

To kick off the recycling program on opening day, customers who bring garments to be recycled before the store opens at noon will also have the chance to win H&M gift cards valued between $50 and $100 in addition to receiving the 15% off voucher.

In celebration of opening day, H&M at 1133 Connecticut Avenue will offer the first 100 shoppers in line an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued from $10 to $300, in addition to other fantastic opening offers for the whole family!

Store hours will be Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.”

Thanks to all who tweeted and emailed links. From TMZ:

“The Wire” star Anwan Glover was stabbed inside a Washington DC nightclub early Sunday morning. Glover — who played Slim Charles — was in Cafe Asia [1720 I Street, NW] when he claims 2 men started beating him. He says he heard someone scream, “He has a knife,” and then felt a sharp pain.”

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Photo via The Oval Room

From a press release:

“Ashok Bajaj is pleased announce that his landmark power dining restaurant, the Oval Room, which originally opened in October 1994, will reopen on Monday, August 4th after a complete million dollar renovation changing both the menu direction and the design scheme. James Beard Foundation’s award-nominated restaurant designer Martin Vahtra of Projects Design Associates of New York is responsible for creating its design scheme.

The restaurant’s light-filled interior will take on a sleeker ambiance. Vahtra is incorporating a white Carrera marble bar and flooring, with striking darker mahogany wood accents throughout. One will find bold art pieces, theatrical lighting, faux leather and plush fabrics with rich, deep accent colors of burgundy and deep brown contrasting soft gray, beige and touches of lilac. The large eye-catcher installation in the main dining room is a painting created by nationally recognized American artist Jennifer Bartlett. Her work combines abstract and representational styles.

In addition to a new a la carte menu, Executive Chef Tony Conte will be introducing a four-course, fixed price offering at $60 (excluding tax and gratuity) or $90 with complementing wine pairings, selected by Oval Room’s new sommelier Alek Milford. The restaurant will also introduce a $20 lunch at the bar special including one beverage (wine or a non-alcoholic choice), an entrée selection and a dessert sorbet. Those in the neighborhood will also want to drop by for Happy Hour, Monday-Friday from 5 PM to 6:30 PM, for a 20 percent savings on all libations at the bar or on the 35-seat patio, which also has new furnishing. Finally, a familiar face for many, Simon Stilwell is moving from Rasika to be the opening general manager of the new Oval Room. (more…)