“Grand Georgetown row home with original historic details, two decks off the back, private backyard, hardwood floors throughout, newly renovated kitchen with granite countertops and separate lower level unit with full kitchen and bath. Incredible location right between the best of Georgetown and Dupont Circle with Tennis courts around the corner. Walk everywhere!”
“If you’ve ever been down M street in Georgetown, chances are you’ve seen the iconic sign of the British Foot Guard hanging at The Guards restaurant, which recently closed its doors after 62 years in business. The historic building, located at 2915 M Street NW, will now be home to Rialto, a new authentic Italian restaurant opening on September 26th. After several offers to purchase the landmark sign, Rialto’s owners, Ben Kirane, and Moe and Joe Idrissi, have decided to auction it off on eBay so that locals will have the chance to own a piece of restaurant history.
“There’s a lot of history at The Guards, which from what I have heard was once the playground of celebrities and politicians alike, and we’ve quickly come to realize that the sign is sentimental to many locals,” says restaurant co-owner and entrepreneur, Ben Kirane, who along with co-owners Moe and Joe Idrissi, who also own Thunder Burger & Bar, and Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge.
DC locals aren’t the only ones who covet the treasures from The Guard. As the unconfirmed legend goes, Elton John once dined there, and fell so in love with the fireplace on the lower level that he offered to buy it for $100,000 on the spot. The owner graciously declined the offer. Rialto owners aren’t expecting quite as much for the sign, however they anticipate the sign will go for around $10,000 or more.
The closing of The Guards is emotional for many, but locals have a lot to look forward to with the opening of Rialto, whose menu and décor have been designed to transport diners to Venice with every dish. Featuring partially open kitchens, Rialto will serve up fresh-made pasta, imported specialty ingredients, and fresh seafood, and offers a cheese counter. The décor is unique, custom made, and most of the items have been imported from Europe. The menu features a variety of dishes that are meat- and seafood-based, as well as a variety of vegetarian-friendly dishes.
“It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we bring Rialto to Georgetown, a place where the residents celebrate the history of their surroundings, and we look forward to becoming a part of that history,” adds Kirane.
Rialto is an authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Georgetown in Washington D.C. The menu features a variety of authentic Italian dishes with a contemporary touch. The restaurant’s Executive Chef is Ryan Fichter, who has years of experience in the industry. The restaurant was started by serial entrepreneurs Ben Kirane, and Moe and Joe Idrissi, who also own Thunder Burger & Bar, and Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge, both located in the heart of Georgetown.”
“Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval’s newly opened El Centro D.F. Georgetown, located at 1218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, 20007, will begin hosting a weekly series of tequila and mezcal tastings, running throughout the fall. This new series will begin Wednesday, September 18th from 5 PM to 7 PM at the second floor bar. Guests will have an opportunity to sample five varieties of Patrón Tequila: Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, Patron XO Café, and Patron XO Cocoa. El Centro D.F. Georgetown’s Bar Manager Joel Mann will lead the tastings along with a representative from each supplier. The tequila and mezcal tastings are free, and open to the public. A calendar of upcoming tastings through November 13th is listed below:
Wednesday, September 18th
(five tequilas will be available)
Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, Patron XO Café, Patron XO Cocoa (more…)
Though it receives little attention in the media, competitive canoeing ranks high among the city’s sports achievements. Washington has participated in competitive flatwater canoeing at the Olympics ever since the sport was first introduced in 1924, and much of America’s success has been due to the athletes of the venerable Washington Canoe Club, headquartered in one of the Georgetown waterfront’s most historic and picturesque structures, a 1905 boathouse at 3700 Water Street NW. The green wooden-shingled structure, perched on the edge of the flood-prone Potomac river, has deteriorated over the years and gradually fallen into disrepair. Its future is now largely in the hands of the National Park Service.
Washington Canoe Club (photo by the author).
A hundred years ago, the Potomac river was the center of attention for summer sports and recreation, a place where refreshing breezes off the water could ease the swelter of un-air-conditioned city living. Many people would set up summer camps along either side of the Potomac from Georgetown to Great Falls and beyond, and hundreds would line the shores of the river or the railings of the Aqueduct Bridge to watch hotly-contested boat races. A June 1904 article in The Washington Post rhapsodized that “The beautiful stretch of water from the Analostan [Theodore Roosevelt Island] Boat House up to within a dozen furlongs of the Chain Bridge is the one most utilized by the oarsmen and canoeists, and the ever-passing throng makes the stream take on the appearance of the Grand Canal at Venice, with the gondolas left out.” (more…)
It’s a pretty average Home Goods, which means it has a ton of extremely reasonably priced furniture, lamps, bedding, accessories, and aisles upon aisles of kitchen gadgets and random food-finds. I think it’s a great resource for people who live in a city, because they stock a lot of small pieces of furniture that fit little apartments nicely.
A few of my favorite finds are a “soda crate” that inexplicably says “cream cheese,” a huge planter that looks bronzed and antiqued but is actually pretty lightweight, some cute canisters, great colorful barstools, and a truly neat wooden sofa that is not cheap at $599, but it is surprisingly pretty comfortable. In the toy section, I found a few Bruder brand toy trucks that my son loves; they usually retail for close to $80 but at Home Goods they were only $29.99.
I encourage clients to go here a lot if they are on a budget or running out of their budgeted funds; now they don’t have to go as far. I will definitely be back for myself.
The one thing that’s really different about this Home Goods location is that it shares a space and registers with TJ Maxx, which seems to have a lot of designer clothing. I didn’t peruse that part of the store, but it looks like it would be fun to explore another day.
“El Centro D.F. will open a second location of its vibrant Taqueria and Tequileria at 1218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, 20007 in Georgetown on Friday, September 6th. Renowned chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval is working with Chef Juan Romero to showcase his popular Mexican comfort food, full of authentic flavors found throughout his homeland. New dishes will be introduced on the Georgetown menu along with house-infused tequilas. Diners can anticipate over 270 different types of tequila and mezcal, handcrafted margaritas and classic Latin cocktails to pair with Sandoval’s enticing menu.
The Georgetown El Centro D.F. is similar in design to its sister restaurant on 14th Street, with the addition of a secluded outdoor patio that can seat 55 guests. Spread over two floors, the restaurant can accommodate 59 guests on the first level and 99 guests on the second. For this project, architect and designer, Brie Husted, drew inspirations from traditional Mexican towns. “El Centro D.F. Georgetown embodies the spirit of Mexico City,” says Husted. “The ground floor features a wooden vaulted ceiling with masonry wall structure, reclaimed wooden tables and comfortable benches. The upper level has a café sentiment with reclaimed wood lathe and custom murals created using old wood, used metal and Mexican newspapers. The garden patio has old world charm with ivy climbing up a neighboring brick wall, a large bar and a fire bit.” (more…)
A few weeks ago we learned that a new Pho option was coming to Georgetown. Pho Viet and Grille is now open in the former Bookhill Bistro space at 1639 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. The space looks great and you can order for take out and delivery too (202) 333-0009 (two mile delivery radius.) Hours are 11am-10pm daily.
Some of the Menu including Banh Mi and Pho options after the jump.(more…)
“A rep describes the food as a “blend of old-world Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist.” The small plates—piattini—on offer will be prepared in open kitchens and paired with selections from an “extensive” wine list.”
“Luke’s Lobster, a Maine lobster roll company that’s become a fast favorite in DC (as well as New York
and Philly), is about to bring even more Maine to its Georgetown shack. Starting August 23rd (the shack’s first birthday), Luke’s will offer a “Maine Market” shopping experience alongside its legendary seafood, chowders, and Maine Root drinks. Home cooks rejoice: the live and cooked seafood you have been asking for is finally for sale. Luke’s will be offering a pre-order program for live lobster pickups every Tuesday and Friday, and will have a limited number of lobsters available for same-day sale as well. They’ll be retailing the exact same cooked lobster meat by the pound that they put in their own rolls, 7 days a week. They’ll also stock frozen lobster tails that cooks can quickly thaw and throw on the grill, under the broiler, or into their favorite recipe.
Luke’s will only sell sustainable Maine lobster prepared by its own dedicated seafood company in Saco, Maine. To help you channel your inner chef, Luke’s will give away postcards with recipes from some of the best chefs in Maine, and it won’t hurt to take home a jar of Luke’s signature secret seasoning mix, either.”
This ShopHouse is located in the former Furin’s space at 2805 M St, NW. ShopHouse’s first location opened in back in Sept. 2011 at 1516 Connecticut Ave, NW in Dupont. You can see their menu here. A third ShopHouse will be coming to the former Ruby Tuesday’s which recently closed in Chinatown at 710 7th Street, NW
From a press release:
“ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the Asian-inspired restaurant created by Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), plans to open its second Washington, D.C. area location in Georgetown on Monday, August 19. This will be the third ShopHouse location, with the first in Washington, D.C. and the second in Los Angeles. (more…)