“Chef/Owner Aulie Bunyarataphan and husband/Partner Mel Oursinsiri, formerly of Bangkok Joe’s, and currently of Virginia restaurants T.H.A.I. and Tom Yum District, announce the opening of their newest concept, Mama Rouge, where Southeast Asian and French cuisine are brought together in a contemporary French bistro setting, at The Washington Harbour on the Georgetown Waterfront.
The restaurant will begin regular lunch, dinner, and brunch service starting on Tuesday, October 14. Guests may begin making reservations through the restaurant website (MamaRouge.com) starting Monday, October 6. (more…)
“Bill Thoet and his partners in the newly formed NBP Group, LLC are pleased to announce their new Georgetown Piano Bar at 3287 M Street, NW, 20007, with an anticipated opening of Friday, September 12th. Guests will enjoy world class live entertainment showcasing two of the area’s most recognized pianists, Hunter Lang and Spencer Bates. Those with a favorite tune are welcome to request it here and lyric books will be made available to encourage sing-along. Guests itching to get up and perform solo will have the opportunity to do so as well. Thoet, an Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, is an avid piano bar goer himself. He enjoys singing Frank Sinatra hits and famous show tunes.
Georgetown Piano Bar will be open Sunday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 2 AM; Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 3 AM. Guests can look forward to live piano music beginning at 9 PM until closing time seven nights a week, and there is no cover charge to enter and enjoy the entertainment, which is going to be engaging and lively with the piano being center stage for guests to gather, mingle and sing. “Georgetown Piano Bar is not going to be one of those places where a piano player is the background music for people having high-end cocktails,” Thoet states.
According to Thoet, the ultimate vision for design scheme of Georgetown Piano Bar is to create an environment that is enveloping and inviting while simultaneously being a place where people feel enlivened by the music. This is achieved by incorporating wooden textural elements into the space complemented by rich red and mahogany hues. These traditional components are enhanced by the more unconventional pieces throughout the space such as the circular sunken bar and a glossy cherry red piano. The bar is organized to revolve around this unequivocal centerpiece, the piano. The design plan allows for one or two piano players to perform together. It also incorporates seating for guests to sit directly across from the piano player or to listen while lounging on custom upholstered built-in benches just across the bar.
The Bar’s menu will feature $6 beers such as Stella, Blue Moon, Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA, Guinness, Sam Adams, and Magner’s Cider on tap, along with top shelf liquors, $7 wines by the glass or enjoyed by the bottle – we call it the Billy Joel, and $10 signature cocktails such as an Elton John, sugar rim, black raspberry liquor, citron vodka, lemon juice; The Sinatra, Bulleit Rye, Sweet Vermouth and a Splash of Bitters; Ebony and Ivory, Vodka, Kahlua, Cream; Willie Nelson, Ginger Beer, Titos Vodka, Lemon Juice and Mint Leaves; Duke Ellington, Hendricks gin, St. Germaine, Soda Water, Lime Juice and Muddled Cucumber; Eva Cassidy, Makers Mark, St. Germaine Sour Mix and Soda Water; Carlos Santana-rita, Anejo Tequila, Grand Marnier, Fresh lemon/lime juice with a Salt Rim, and James Brown, Scotch and Amaretto along with $12 martinis like the Dean Martin, Grey Goose Vodka, Dry Vermouth and St. Germaine. (more…)
“With the closing of Georgetown’s Mr Smith’s, the piano man sang his last song. Now, everything from the bar and restaurant is being sold at online auction, and patrons have one last chance to get a piece of this Georgetown staple.
Items up for sale include most everything from the solid oak antique bars to the stained glass windows, restaurant and bar equipment, barstools and more. If you’ve never seen this place in the daylight you might be surprised at how much cool stuff they have!
There are flat screen LCD TV’s, statues and stained glass windows from the “garden” patio, glasses with the Mr. Smith’s logo, antique lamps, neons, beer signs and more. Take home a memento from the best days at the friendliest saloon in town before it’s gone!
Potential bidders have a chance to go check out the items tomorrow Tuesday, September 9th from 12-4 p.m. at Mr. Smith’s. The online auction begins to close Wednesday, September 10th at 1:37 p.m. Here is a direct link to the auction.”
This rental is located at 3042 P Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Stunning Victorian in the heart of Georgetown. This treasure features 3 fireplaces, custom built-ins. Entertaining size gourmet eat-in kitchen that leads to your own private garden. Second floor study with floor to ceiling windows and master suite. Third floor master suite with private balcony overlooking the garden. Large MBA with Jacuzzi, and walk-in closet.”
“Robert Bell of Georgetown-based Robert Bell Associates announced that plans have been finalized to develop the former Georgetown Theater, at Wisconsin Avenue and O Street. The property will offer office, retail, and residential space; Bell’s plans for a thoughtful redevelopment include restoring the building’s iconic theater marquee.”
3050 K Street, NW (entrance at 31st Street and the waterfront)
A very good tipster sends word that President Obama had his birthday dinner at Fiola Mare last night in Georgetown. Apparently there were a ton of secret service. Word is also that Fiola Mare is absolutely delicious too.
This turned out awesome (def. worth checking out in person.) From a press release:
“The Georgetown Gongoozlers mural project (a “gongoozler” is an idler who stares at length at activity on a canal) begins this Friday, August 1, when Nena Depaz, the first of four local artists commissioned to produce a mural, installs her mixed-media work on the construction barricades covering the main entrance of the shuttered Latham Hotel, located at 3000 M Street, NW. Depaz’s work includes found materials from the canal’s towpath.
“I have lived close to the C&O Canal my whole life. It holds some of my very best memories,” said Depaz. “When I was a child, my father would walk my sister and me along its paths, and tell us stories about its history. Many years later, the most romantic dates I ever went on with my husband ended with stroll along the canal. Today, I still find it to be a beautiful and magical place. I hope that I am successfully able to convey my love for the canal through this project.”
The Georgetown Gongoozlers mural project celebrates the history and natural beauty of the C&O Canal. The murals will be exhibited sequentially on the façade between August and January (Nena Depaz, August 1-September 4; Georgetown resident Sidney Lawrence, September 5-October 15; Kelly Towles, October 16-November 13; Ekaterina Krupko, November 14-January 5). Each installation will later be auctioned to support historical interpretation efforts on the C&O Canal, including the construction of a new canal boat.
The Latham Hotel building closed in 2012 in order to make capital improvements. The Georgetown BID commissioned the temporary, rotating artworks to improve the streetscape during construction, discourage illegal graffiti, and to help support community efforts to maintain and interpret the section of the C&O Canal that is adjacent to the Hotel.”