COLUMBIA ROOM - Mosaic mural
Mosaic mural (Photo by Jeff Elkins)

Update – The Columbia Room send professional photos – now we’re talking!

Why on God’s green earth did I not bring my good camera? This I do not know. What I do know is that the new Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley, NW) is the bomb. For those who missed the info last time:

Columbia Room, the intimate cocktail bar created by leading spirits expert Derek Brown, re-opens in Washington on February 9, 2016. Widely hailed for its meticulously crafted cocktails and intimate drinking experience, Columbia Room returns with the same attention to detail and top-notch service that earned it two James Beard Award nominations.

The revamped Columbia Room is a 2,400-square foot bar divided into three distinct areas: The Spirits Library, Punch Garden (outside) and Tasting Room.

“We’re so excited that we get to expand on our original idea” Brown says about the Columbia Room, which he originally launched inside The Passenger in 2010. “It means that we get to add bells and whistles, but it also means that we get to bring a new perspective, a more confident perspective that I think, for guests, will translate into a richer experience with our service, drinks and food.”

Against the backdrop of a stunning Italian mosaic mural that tells the story of the bar, ticketed patrons at the Columbia Room’s signature 14-person tasting room will indulge in three and five-course tasting menus featuring specialty cocktails, punches, sodas and light snacks curated by Brown and his team of expert bartenders, including head bartender J.P. Fetherston. The 20-seat Spirits Library, framed by bookcases and original artwork, will allow guests to taste one-of-a-kind spirits and cocktails à la carte. The Punch Garden, an outside terrace with a panoramic view of Washington, is slated to open in Spring 2016.

I took a taste last night and it was phenomenal. I just want to add that I went in with super high expectations too – DC is very lucky to have them back in action.

COLUMBIA ROOM- Tasting Room bar
Tasting Room bar (Photo by Jeff Elkins)

A couple More mediocre phenomenal photos after the jump. (more…)

GDoN

This house is located at 437 Ridge Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“WOD is back with a striking contemporary renovation of this 3bd 2.5 bath row house . From gleaming diamond polished cement floors,custom built-ins, & floor to ceiling Black Alumininum Pella windows gracing the entire rear of the house,to the sleek white kitchen flowing seamlessly to a rear patio, garden & parking this is a must see property.Open this Saturday and Sunday 1-4.”

inside

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $889,000.

la_jambe
1550 7th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I live over in Shaw and drive/walk by the space at the Jefferson (next to Dacha) where La Jambe is supposedly going in. I haven’t seen any updates to the space in at least 6 months and was curious if the new place has been called off or if anything is on the horizon (the La Jambe signage is still on the windows). Fingers crossed that something good comes of the space because it’d be great to have another awesome place on 7th St.”

La Jambe tells me via email:

“The quick update is that we’re waiting on final permits from the city to start our build-out. Everything is in place and ready to go when that happens (we’re hoping in the next week or two). I think the snow slowed things down a bit, not surprisingly. More broadly, we’re aiming to open in early May.”

Stay tuned for updates.

SHAW 20 YEAR PERSPECTIVE
bigger graphic here

We’ve seen it in photos and in prose – now we see it graphically.

From an email:

“Slate Properties, a locally-owned and independent real estate firm based in The District, is pleased to launch our 12-week series focusing on historical real estate data for some of the most sought-after neighborhoods in The District. Graphically, we will tell the story of average sold prices from 1995-2015 for one and two bedroom condominiums as well as two, three, and four bedroom fee-simple houses.

Today, we featured the booming SHAW neighborhood in NW”

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courtesy DCPL

From an email:

“‘Getting Medieval’: Torture and Truth in the Middle Ages​

Thursday, February 4th at 7pm at the Shaw Library [1630 7th Street, NW]

Description:

Torture—that most notorious aspect of medieval culture and society—has evolved into a dominant mythology, suggesting that the Middle Ages was a period during which sadistic torment was inflicted on citizens with impunity and without provocation: popular museums displaying such gruesome implements as the rack, the strappado, the gridiron, the wheel, and the Iron Maiden can be found in many modern European cities. These lurid images of medieval torture have re-emerged within recent discussions on American foreign policy and the introduction of torture legislation as a weapon in the “War on Terror”, and raised questions about its history and reality, particularly given its proliferation in some literary genres and its relative absence in others.

Larissa Tracy challenges preconceived ideas about the prevalence of torture and judicial brutality in medieval society by arguing that their portrayal in literature is not mimetic. Instead, she argues that the depictions of torture and brutality represent satire, critique and dissent; they have didactic and political functions in opposing the status quo.

Refreshments will be served.”

IMG_2762
8th and V Street, NW

From a press release:

“Keeping with their presidential restaurant theme, PRG Hospitality is proud to announce their third venture: DECLARATION, scheduled to open Saturday February, 6.

PRG Hospitality is the first-ever restaurant group in the National’s Capital to center its concepts on past American President’s. Its first presidential restaurant, LINCOLN Restaurant, pays tribute to Abraham Lincoln and opened in April of 2011. A contemporary twist to Abraham Lincoln’s legacy was thoroughly incorporated throughout LINCOLN Restaurant’s design elements and culinary creations. From the penny floor to the gingerbread whoopie pies, LINCOLN is committed to its presidential theme. In summer of 2013, PRG Hospitality opened its second presidential restaurant concept: Teddy & The Bully Bar paying homage to 26th President Theodore Roosevelt. PRG”s mission is to bring DC restaurant concepts that embrace and enjoy history through dining and nightlife.

Declaration Menu

Declaration Drink Menu

Declaration Happy Hour Menu

DECLARATION will be a 52 seat, pizza-centric restaurant featuring an Marra Forni brick hearth oven, thoughtful, farm to table cuisine with a location in the emerging neighborhood of Shaw at 804 V Street, NW. PRG Corporate Executive Chef Demetrio A. Zavala will be at the helm of the restaurant and looks to create some memorable cuisine in the North Shaw neighborhood. In addition to traditional Neapolitan style pizza, there will be 13 pizzas on the menu representing the 13 colonies when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Serendipitously, the restaurant is 1776 square feet – 1776 was the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. A distinctive hand crafted cocktail bar (designed by Bar Chef/Mixologist John Hogan), select draft beer and a specially selected wine list will be offered. Declaration will also have 12-18 outdoor seats for seasonal, street side dining. (more…)

columbia room
rear of 1224 9th Street, NW in Blagden Alley back in September

From a press release:

Columbia Room, the intimate cocktail bar created by leading spirits expert Derek Brown, re-opens in Washington on February 9, 2016. Widely hailed for its meticulously crafted cocktails and intimate drinking experience, Columbia Room returns with the same attention to detail and top-notch service that earned it two James Beard Award nominations.

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Photo credit: Joy Asico
Robert Frost Cocktail
Bourbon, amontillado sherry, white port, orange bitters, sugar maple charcoal filtered

The revamped Columbia Room is a 2,400-square foot bar divided into three distinct areas: The Spirits Library, Punch Garden (outside) and Tasting Room. (more…)