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Congratulations to Cork Wine Bar Celebrating Five Years on 14th Street

by Prince Of Petworth — January 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm 9 Comments

1740 14th Street, NW

Congrats to Cork Wine Bar on their upcoming five year anniversary! I still remember the excitement of opening weekend back in Feb. 2008. It’s a serious credit to them that they are still as popular today as they were back then.

From a press release:

It was five years ago that Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts brought their vision of a wine bar that paired Old World wines with share plates of delectable food to life along Logan Circle’s 14th Street Corridor. Beginning January 26, Cork Wine Bar will celebrate its fifth anniversary, with a weekend of special wine flights featuring some of Diane and Khalid’s favorite wines, a new brunch cocktail, and a show of appreciation to the loyal guests who have made their wine bar a favored neighborhood gathering spot.

Continues after the jump.

While Cork is proud to have retained both wonderful staff and popular menu items from those first few days, much has changed over the past five years, both at the wine bar and in the surrounding community. The 14th Street corridor has transformed into a bustling hub of new housing, stores, restaurants and bars. Cork is proud to have played its part in the revitalization of Logan Circle. But as the neighborhood changes, Diane and Khalid will continue to focus on what they do best – pair great food with great wine in an atmosphere of fun.

The following are five highlights of Cork Wine Bar’s first five years:

• Awarded RAMMYs for Best New Restaurant (2009) and Best Wine Program (2012).
• Had the great pleasure of serving music legend Stevie Wonder.
• Named Restaurateurs of the Year (2009) and Readers Choice for Best Wine Bar (2013)
by Washingtonian magazine.
• Opened its sister location Cork Market & Tasting Room.
• Recognized as former Wall Street Journal wine critics Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher’s
favorite DC wine bar.
• Awarded two and a half stars by Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema.

Cork looks forward to the next five years and continuing to be a comfortable neighborhood gathering spot in our growing community, bringing together some of the most interesting Old World wines paired with good, simple local food.

  • Anonymous

    As we get further from the past, it’s amazing how the memories of what was there beforehand slip away.

  • Anonymous

    rip sparkys

    • +1. Can’t believe its been over 5 years since I last went to Sparky’s . . . .

      • Anonymous

        +2. I like Cork, but we have enough expensive dinner places on 14th now. What we don’t have is a laid back coffee shop.

    • DC202

      I am with you.
      I have been to Cork occasionally, but I miss Spraky’s regularly.

    • I might feel nostalgic for Sparky’s… were it not for the fact that they allowed smoking there. Blech.

  • annonny

    Well, I’ll pitch in and say I love, love, love Cork. When I want to celebrate a special occasion or impress out-of-towners (including some very hard to please Parisians), Cork has always delivered!

    Congratulations to both Diane and Khalid! The restaurant biz is very hard work, and I’m proud of your success! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    And as a guy who lives upstairs there, they’re pretty good neighbors, too.

  • Stephen

    I have warm feelings for Sparky’s too, but if I remember correctly, the owners wanted to close the place down and move onto other projects. I think Cork got the spot b/c they all knew each other or something. In any case, my partner and I love Cork and like the fact that the owners live in the neighborhood.


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