A friend recently asked me to help plan a dinner as a surprise for her significant other’s birthday in a few months. They live outside the beltway, as do most of their friends who will be joining us, but they would like to do a casual dinner in DC, and then head out to a few local bars afterwards.
As a resident of the District who has family visit semi-frequently, I know it can be very stressful to find a place for a large group to dine. I’ve had hosts/hostesses literally laugh in my face when I ask if they could seat 10 folks at my regular neighborhood hangouts.
Are there any restaurants that you would recommend that could seat a large group (15-20 in this particular case) on a Saturday night?”
In early November it was looking like Dunya was ready to open any day – well it took about a month but they’re finally open. Their website says:
“Restauranteur Hasnaa Farouidi and creative director Neema Sadeghi teamed up with Chef Rafael Viera, bringing a new spin on traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
Dunya Restaurant & Bar is a community oriented establishment, supporting local farms and butchers as often as possible.
Dunya Restaurant & Bar, located in the U St./Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C, specializes in Modern American cuisine with a global Mediterranean twist.
Dunya Restaurant & Bar offers a diverse selection of wine from all over the world, as well as supporting local craft brewers from the greater Washington D.C area. Dunya Restaraunt & Bar is a multi level venue, with a Rooftop Bar that is slated to open Spring of 2014.”
Back in October I shared some scuttlebutt that the owners of Ripple in Cleveland Park would be taking over the former Reef space in Adams Morgan. Scuttlebutt confirmed:
“The team behind Ripple in Cleveland Park is thrilled to announce the launch of Roofers Union, a new concept opening in Adams Morgan in January 2014. Just as with Ripple, the menu at Roofers Union will be in step with the vision of talented young chef, Marjorie Meek-Bradley, who plans to showcase her unique take on casual, everyday cuisine in this neighborhood restaurant and bar.
Holy cow this spot turned out nice. Jeff Black’s [owner of Pearl Dive and Black Jack among many others] new spot, Republic, at 6937-6939 Laurel Ave not far from the Takoma metro is opening Sunday. Last night they had a preview opening and you can see Republic was well worth the wait. A huge score for Takoma and Takoma Park. Have a look:
Back in September we learned about the new bakery coming to Van Ness. Bread Furst’s website says:
“We chose a general contracting company a couple of weeks ago. The process took more time that I had expected. Our architect, Peter Hapstak and his associates had candidates in mind and my friends, Ashok Bajaj, Washington’s premier restaurateur, and Saied Azali, the city’s senior restaurateur, had some suggestions too.
We asked five firms to give us proposals and of course all of the estimated costs were higher than I expected them to be.
I walked around our store, 4434 Connecticut Avenue, with people from all the companies, and then we interviewed each to speak to those who would actually be working on our project. After all that we chose Maizel Construction, a firm with lots of restaurant construction experience and a life going back to 1976.”
“Osteria Morini is now open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The new Italian restaurant by award winning Chef Michael White, which opened last month in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood, offers guests a selection of appetizers, salads, pastas and panini as well as two prix-fixe options from which to choose.
The One-Course Lunch, priced at $19 per person, comes with a choice of panino served with the guest’s choice of either tortellini in brodo or fennel and apple salad. The $25 per person Two-Course Lunch gives guests a choice of any pasta and a choice of either an antipasti to start or dolci to finish. Tax and gratuity are not included.
Executive Chef Matt Adler encourages guests to begin a la carte selections with a variety of cured meats, crostini, antipasti and other small starters to share, or dive straight into the traditional housemade pastas from the country’s north central region. Substantial salads, including an Adriatic style seafood salad and the Guanciale, with bitter greens, caramelized onion and poached egg mingle with entrées such as a Fritatta with mortadella, pecorino and arugula and the Pollo Arrosto, a roasted half chicken served with young Romaine and cacio e pepe. All lunch pastas, panini and entrees are priced between $12 and $23.
Osteria Morini also debuts its “7 for $7” happy hour, offering guests a rotating list of seven items for $7 from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday in the bar and lounge. Snacks such as Arancini with pomodoro and parmigiano fonduta, Mortadella sliders and Crispy ravioli with bolognese will be served to complement a selection of happy hour cocktails, wines and beers.”
“Combining an impressive blend of bocce courts, bowling lanes, Italian/American cuisine, fine wines and live jazz music, Pinstripes is excited to announce that construction efforts are underway, and a January 2014 opening is planned at The Shops at Georgetown Park. Located on Wisconsin Avenue and overlooking the historic C & O Georgetown Canal, Pinstripes will occupy 34,000 square feet of first and second floor space, and will bring a fresh new entertainment venue to Washington, DC.
Pinstripes offers a unique dining and entertainment experience featuring Italian and American cuisine, combined with well-appointed bowling lanes and bocce courts. The Georgetown location is grand and picturesque, featuring 14 bowling lanes, six bocce courts, a bistro and extensive wine cellar, an outdoor patio with dramatic views of the C & O canal and event space accommodating 20 to 600 people. Guests can curl up with a blanket in front of the outdoor fireplace with a cocktail or gather friends for an evening of bocce and dinner. The Pinstripes experience is welcoming and memorable, and the Georgetown location will feature quality design which enlivens its stunning, historic location.
Pinstripes will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and is currently taking reservations for private events and parties. In celebration of its opening, Pinstripes is sponsoring a Grand Opening Community Art Contest, with prizes for various age groups, and much of the artwork featured in thevenue will be by local artists and young, inspiring artists-to-be. For moreinformation about the art contest, please contact Sandie Montgomery, Pinstripes Event Director at 630/400-3960.”
Thanks to a reader for sending word that windows at Old City Cafe have been papered over. Old City Cafe opened up at 1773 Columbia Rd, NW back in 2007. You can see their menu here. Calls to the restaurant ring without being answered or going to voicemail. Are there any fans?
I did notice a window was smashed on the left hand side so perhaps it is related?
In addition to the first DC location in Penn Quarter Protein Bar currently has a location a couple blocks away at 19th and K Street, NW too. This location across from Farragut Square was formerly home to an Orioles team store back in the day.