800 block of Florida Ave, NW

Aesop finally opened up on Sunday (been getting a lot of emails inquiring about them). Their website says:

“Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987. Our objective has always been to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality; we investigate widely to source plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and use only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy. In each of our unique stores, informed consultants are pleased to introduce our range and to guide your selections. Alongside our commercial activities, we explore and support the arts as an avenue through which to inspire, learn and communicate. We are headquartered in Melbourne, and have offices and stores in many parts of the world, including New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.”

A peek inside:


record fair

From an email:

“The DC Record Fair returns to the historic The Howard Theatre on Sunday, September 25, 2016!

Thirty eight record dealers from up and down the East Coast will bring their finest LPs and 45s to Washington, DC’s only record fair. All genres—from dollar bin miracles to much sought after holy grail items—and everything in between. DJ’s and drinks too! Presented by Som Records, The Vinyl District, and DC Soul Recordings.

11AM-Noon $10 Early Bird Admission, $5 from Noon-5PM.

Cash only. Tickets for this event will be sold only at the doors on the day of show.”

Tasting Room (Photo by Jeff Elkins)

From a press release:

“Johnny Spero returns to Washington D.C., joining Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW) as executive chef, launching his first menu on October 4 and leading an overhaul of the James Beard Award-nominated craft cocktail bar’s culinary program. During his tenure as executive sous chef at Jose Andres’ Minibar, Spero earned a perfect four-star review from The Washington Post. He was also awarded the prestigious StarChefs 2014 “D.C. Rising Star” award and was Eater DC’s 2014 Chef of the Year.

Johnny Spero has been tapped to lead Columbia Room's culinary program, launching his first menu on October 4
“Johnny Spero’s first menu at Columbia Room will launch on October 4.”

Spero will collaborate with head bartender JP Fetherston, owner Derek Brown, and the rest of the Columbia Room team on the food menus for the bar’s eponymous Tasting Room, Spirits Library and Punch Garden. Since re-opening in its new Blagden Alley location in February, the Tasting Room has produced three distinct seasonal cocktail-and-small-plate pairing menus — winter, spring and summer. The upcoming fall menu, inspired by leaves, will be conceived and crafted under Spero’s direction, and he will also enhance the snack and appetizer offerings in the Spirits Library and Punch Garden. (more…)

956 Florida Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 956 Florida Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Welcome to U St! 956 Florida is in the heart of all the action, but nicely distanced from the main strip so you are able to come home and relax. This charming two bedroom, one bath features the classic DC town home design, with modern updates to every surface. Modern bath and Kitchen shine in this home. Neighborhood is unbelievable! Close to the metro, DC is at your finger tips.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,400/Mo.

smoked and stacked
1239 9th Street, NW

“Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley in partnership with Geoff Dawson and Peter Bayne of Tin Shop, will be opening Smoked & Stacked, on Friday September 9th for lunch only 11-3. We will start serving breakfast on September 12th at 8 AM. The menu will feature in-house brined Pastrami, along with savory breakfast sandwiches and a simple yet tasteful selection of signature sandwiches. Guests will also have the option to build their own sandwich and choose from pastrami, smoked chicken or Portobello mushrooms. Please see our full menu attached.

smokedandstacked_menu (PDF)

Located at 1239 9th Street NW, Smoked & Stacked will be the first fast-casual restaurant to open amongst the handful of bars and restaurants coming to the Washington Convention Center.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday 8:00a-3:00pm

Saturday-Sunday 10:00a-3:00pm”

Haikan Interior 1

From a press release:

Haikan (805 V Street NW) – the 2nd Sapporo-style ramen shop from the talented team behind Daikaya including partners Daisuke Utagawa, Chef Katsuya Fukushima, and Yama Jewayni – will open at the Atlantic Plumbing Building on Saturday, August 27th at 5pm beginning with dinner service only. Haikan will be the third restaurant to open in Washington DC from the Daikaya team – following closely on the heels of recently opened Japanese chicken ramen shop Bantam King – and will serve as the team’s second eatery to open offering up a variety of traditional Sapporo-style ramen. Haikan will be open 7 days a week for dinner, with plans to launch brunch and lunch service in the future.

Featuring 2,120-square feet on the interior ground level of JBG Companies Atlantic Plumbing Building, Haikan will offer a completely new selection of traditional Sapporo-style ramen, different from the variety of ramen currently offered at both Daikaya and Bantam King including Shio, Shoyu, Miso, and Vegetable. The Shio showcases the delicate and complex chintan stock providing a hint of seafood flavor. For the shoyu ramen, the team at Haikan decided to go back to the taste of the classic Showa period, which served as the first golden age of ramen in Japan. Haikan’s complex stock is brightened by fresh soy sauce flavor. Invented in Sapporo, miso ramen uses a lighter, gentler miso with sesame seeds to match the stock. And Haikan’s vegetable ramen is 100% vegetarian. The team uses vegetable stock and miso as the base for the soup, which is slightly spicy and extremely rich in flavor.

Haikan Bar 2

And in addition to ramen, Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima will be sharing a playful selection of Japanese-inspired small plates, priced between $8 to $10 each, such as Mapo Tofu Poutine, Smashed Cucumber Salad, Crab Rangoons, Kakigori, and a Pea-sar Salad, just to highlight a few dishes. The ramen shop will offer seating for 99 with 59 seats indoors, and 40 seats outdoors. Haikan’s bar program – a collective team effort – will debut an inventive collection of Japanese-inspired handcrafted cocktails, and a concentrated selection of Japanese sake, shochu, beer, whisky, and more. The outdoor patio area will feature a large communal table and during nicer weather pivot doors can be opened connecting the interior of Haikan to the large patio area.

More including the menu after the jump. (more…)