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by Prince Of Petworth December 20, 2017 at 10:25 am 0

2609 24th Street, NW

Thanks to Pauline for sending:

“This morning I saw these new signs outside of the old Bar Civita restaurant.”

Bar Civita closed back in July. Previously this was home to Murphy’s, which still leaves a bit of a whole in my heart. Anyway, next up is Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana:

“Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana is brought to you by the team behind District Kitchen in the same historic neighborhood of Woodley Park, Washington D.C.”

2606 Connecticut Ave, NW

“Pronounced (ma’jawel), she is the female divinity of the maguey (agave) plant and protector of fertility. As there are various myths of this ancient Aztec tale, one is that from Mayahuel’s buried bones the first maguey plant was born. The maguey plant produces a sweet milky nectar, or aguamiel, then fermented and becoming pulque. Mezcal also comes from the agave plant by the way of roasting its pineapple shaped heart (pina), mashing, fermenting, then distilling. Tequila is made from blue agave plants. The ancient Aztecs believed that the maguey plant was magical and that the sweet sap carried properties that comforted the souls of those who have lost someone dear to their heart. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 18, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

2609 24th Street, NW courtesy Bar Civita

In the excitement of Bastille Day we missed this reporting about Bar Civita from Washingtonian:

“Bar Civita will close in Woodley Park by the end of July, according to chef/owner Liam LaCivita.”

1525 Wisconsin Ave, NW

From Via Umbria:

“We are thrilled to announce the latest member of the Via Umbria family: Chef Liam LaCivita.

With his addition, Via Umbria is expanding on its successful Italian Dinning Experience model by adding more made-to-order items and homemade pasta dishes with seasonal sauces. Liam is a man with a vision bringing signature dishes that integrate regional cheeses and charcuterie like we’ve never done before.

We are so excited to have him on board and invite you to join us in our café and our chef’s table to taste for yourself the new Umbrian experience.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 11, 2015 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

2609 24th St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I walked by the old Murphy’s in Woodley Park tonight and it looked pretty bleak. Do you know of any updates for the restaurant that was supposed to open there?”

Back in Jan. we noted there was a fire at the future Bar Civita, fortunately, mostly contained to the front/patio area. Not seen in the photo above is the major progress done inside. In February their Facebook page notes “Moving forward…finalizing menu items! We’re getting excited!” and via email owner Liam Civita tells me he is aiming for an April opening. Stay tuned.

by Prince Of Petworth January 26, 2015 at 10:05 am 3 Comments

2609 24th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending these devastating photos Saturday morning from a fire in the former Murphy’s/future Bar Civita [“A modern American and Italian influenced restaurant in historic Woodley Park in Washington, D.C.“]. I’ve sent an email to the Bar Civita folks and will update when I hear back. Hopefully it won’t push the planned opening too far back.

Good update from owner Liam Civita:

“It is definitely an unfortunate setback, but it is only a setback. It will delay opening but not by much, as a majority of the damage was on the patio which we were replacing anyways in a couple of weeks. The fire department did a tremendous job in controlling and putting out the fire.”

by Prince Of Petworth December 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm 12 Comments

2609 24th St, NW

That was fast. On Nov. 21st we learned Murphy’s was closing after almost 30 years in Woodley Park and scuttlebutt was that they could be replaced by some sorta fine Italian dining. Eater DC now reports:

“Liam LaCavita, the chef who used to oversee Liberty Tavern and its sister restaurants, is opening up a place there. The restaurant will serve Modern American food, with an influence from other cultures such as Italian.”

They also say he’s hoping to open in early 2015. Standby for updates.

by Prince Of Petworth March 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm 2 Comments

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From a press release:

“Residents of our nation’s capital can enjoy the most celebrated food in the area on April 4, when DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns to the historic National Building Museum. The annual tasting event will feature the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists united for a cause: making sure all children in this country get the healthy food they need every day. Proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
Location: National Building Museum, 401 F ST NW, Washington, DC 20001
Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. for VIP/VIP Plus; 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for General Admission
Admission: $120 for General Admission; $175 for VIP; and $275 for VIP Plus
Ticket Sales: Tickets to DC’s Taste of the Nation can be purchased at ce.strength.org/dc (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

918 F Street, NW

From a press release:

“On Sunday, January 17, seven top DC chefs will gather at downtown restaurant incubator Prequel for the return of Chefs Behind Bars, a cocktail event to benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. From 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., over Martin Luther King weekend, Washingtonians can enjoy signature drinks concocted by the city’s most renowned culinary talent to support No Kid Hungry, a national movement to ensure all kids have the healthy food they need, every day.

Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Location: Prequel, 918 F ST NW, Washington, DC 20004
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Early bird special of $35 through Dec. 12; $40 through Jan. 17
Ticket Sales: Tickets to Chefs Behind Bars can be purchased at universe.com/cbb

Throughout the afternoon, chefs Matt Baker (Gravitas), Jen Carroll (Requin by Mike Isabella Group), Andy Clark (Eat the Rich), John Critchley (Brine), Hamilton Johnson (Honeysuckle), Liam LaCivita (Bar Civita), and Yuki Nakandakari (Ocopa) will mix their favorite libations in support of No Kid Hungry. In addition to one-of-a-kind cocktails, guests will enjoy small bites from Hamilton Johnson’s southern inspired restaurant, Honeysuckle, currently popping up at Prequel. (more…)


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