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Stephen Starr’s Le Diplomate Starting to take shape in Logan Circle, Opening Mid-March

by Prince Of Petworth February 13, 2013 at 11:30 am 31 Comments

14th and Q St, NW

In Nov. 2012 I mentioned how excited I was for Le Diplomate to open. We now have a new anticipated opening date – mid-March.

Some more details from hospitality online job openings:


Le Diplomate, an authentic 250 seat French Brasserie, will soon be opening on the corner of 14th and Q. We are now hiring eager and experienced staff to be part of our opening team. We want people who have a passion for great food and wine served with care and consistency. We are looking for individuals who naturally radiate warmth, and sincere hospitality.”

You can really start to see the place taking shape:

  • Great news, I just hope they really were able to rid this place of all the excess chemicals that were built up over the years from the Dry Cleaners.

    • monkeyrotica

      And if they didn’t?

      • “Sir, that will be an additional $4 for your small plates of chemicals. They’re locally sourced!”

        • monkeyrotica

          Would you like your bleach still or sparkling?

    • mister t

      I’m sorry, would you care to comment on how you know that “excess chemicals that were built up over the years” are actually present?

      • monkeyrotica

        PCE abatement is a big business, cleaning up after dry cleaners. If you have a dry cleaner, you’re going to have PCE contamination.


        • Anonymous

          ME, don’t act like you knew this and didn’t just google it…

        • Anonymous

          That’s Illinois dude.

          The place we are discussing is in DC.

          • monkeyrotica

            Correct. This would never happen outside Illinois. It’s a totally different dry cleaner.

    • Anonymous

      Wamp! Wamp!! Wamp!! Thanks, Debbie Downer.

  • Oh boy! If it’s anything like Parc in Philly, this will be so great! I do hope they’ll let dogs inside – just like in Paris; but alas, probably not. Well maybe on the outside patio seating area.

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  • Anonymous

    Torn over this one. Seems like it should be a good to great restaurant. But what a waste of space. One-story buildings should be on their way out on 14th street, not getting a new lease on life.

    • Agreed

      +10 I so agree with this…..Even if I had the money to buy and building say on H st NE, I would bulding my living quaters above it. Wonder why many others don’t do this.

    • They probably wanted to preserve the historic character of the building, which I can appreciate. There’s plenty of glass boxes popping up on 14th.

      Still, I also agree with your point of view. I wish that they added a pop-up above the building with some residences. That could have been interesting and more urban-friendly.

      • ClevelandDave

        What historic character? I’m all for preserving historically significant or important buildings but I can hardly think of an old building with less importance than this one.

    • nofiction

      I’ve been concerned about the same thing, but have been told by neighbors that the church just north (John Wesley AME Zion Church) has some sort of protected status for its stained glass windows.

    • Anonymous

      sorry dude the dc government has deemed that this “historic” building must be preserved.

  • anon

    phew! looking good. can’t wait to see the big reveal.

  • bb

    This place is going to make a mint, even if it sucks.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. With a seating capacity of 250 I’m expecting more quantity than quality. But that won’t stop this from being one of the most popular destinations in this neighborhood.

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  • Anonymous

    When I lived in Philly, I wanted to hate Stephen Starr’s restaurants. I really did. They smacked of ego-driven pop culture, plus I also had some personal information about the man that was less-than-flattering.

    But damn it, they’re not bad. From Continental’s casual menu to Jones’ comfort food to El Vez’s kitschy drinks — and that’s just the mid-range stuff. I’d definitely give this one a try.

  • Anonymous

    What a boring eyesore of a building to preserve.

  • cookie

    14th & Q is not Dupont by any stretch… sorry, it’s Logan Cirlce..

  • Wow, the rendering on their website is kind of stunning, hope it really turns out looking that great! (and glad this is FINALLY happening, it’s taken forever!)


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