Photo above: RareSweets Bakeshop desserts – now available from 7 am to 7 pm daily at 963 Palmer Alley
We have a few updates for you…as usual, lots going on in the restaurant scene.
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RareSweets Opens at CityCenter (Downtown) – RareSweets Bakeshop, a bakeshop and specialty dessert company, opened for business at 963 Palmer Alley, NW, Washington, DC, 20001 located in CityCenter. A few lines from the press release follow:
After over a year of operating a wholesale and catering business out of the food incubator Union Kitchen, and hosting various pop-ups, RareSweets’ founder and pastry chef Meredith Tomason will open her first brick-and-mortar bakeshop. The menu will offer seasonally driven layer cakes, doughnuts, coffee cakes, mini bundts, cookies, bars, biscuits, ice creams, and other heirloom American confections reimagined for a modern palate.
Tadich Grill Will Open in Q1 2015 (Penn Quarter) – A former Chef Geoff’s chef will be the executive chef at the Tadich Grill which will move into the former Ten Penh space at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Both the Washington Post and DC Eater have the scoop.
Jose Andres to Trump’s Hotel at the Old Post Office (Penn Quarter) – Just when you thought the Andres empire couldn’t take over more of Penn Quarter. Well, it can, as Jose Andres is named to put his stamp on the hotel’s restaurant when it opens in mid-2016.
Last Industry Takeover Night at Graffiato’s in January (Chinatown) – Graffiato’s monthly Industry Takeover Night will end in January. We’re sad to see this tradition go so make sure to get to the last one on Monday, January 5!
Variable Rate Parking Coming to Penn Quarter (Penn Quarter) – You may have seen the new parking meters being installed in Penn Quarter and Chinatown. They will allow DDOT to run a demand/variable rate metered parking program in 2015 and 2016 to see how well the system functions. The general idea is to set the parking rate high enough so that at least one space is vacant on any given block at any given time. The Washington Post has the details.
Arc’teryx Robbed, Unfortunately (Downtown) – Arc’teryx just opened on H St NW at CityCenter and was the victim of a smash and grab.
UPDATE (8.32 am): All Metro lines are back in service. Residual delays remain which will dissipate throughout the morning commute.
Multiples news services are reporting a water main break at 12th and K Streets NW which spilled water into the lower level of Metro Center. The Red, Yellow, and Green lines are operating normally but the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines are suspended at this time between Farragut West and L’Enfant Plaza. Metrobuses are being used to temporarily bridge service for those lines. (7:46 am)
A good way to follow what’s happening in real time is via the following Twitter handles:
Recently, we had the chance to spend some quality time with the folks at barmini (855 E St., NW). The cocktail menu is one of the most extensive and innovative we’ve seen and the bar bites, while diminutive, capture the sophisticated playfulness that has come to be expected from Jose Andres. The cocktail progressions, in particular, are a great way to sample a collection of cocktails each with their own story to tell. Pictured above are just a few examples of the delectable sips and bites enjoyed last night – Valdeon grilled cheese, D.O.C. cocktail, foieffle (foie gras, waffle and peanut butter magic!), and the Haru cocktail. If you’re looking for an impressive evening of cocktailing with incredible service, be sure to book a spot at barmini now.
Fantastic southern, eastern, and western penthouse view? Check. Capitol Building visible? Check. Private rooftop deck? Check. Stainless steel appliances and wine fridge? Check. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms? Check. Two dedicated parking spots? Check.
If this post looks familiar, it’s because it is in that this is yet another penthouse we’re profiling on Cribs (we profiled one last time too). We’ve visited a similar floorplan on a lower level which was great in its own right but today’s unit is the penthouse and it thusly includes a private corner deck on the crown of the building. This is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit on the top floor of The Sonata (301 Massachusetts Ave NW). The asking price is $1.2M, the condo fee is $911/month, and the total area is 1713 square feet.
Are you king of the corner again? Yes you are!
The construction activity continued apace today as workers get the soon to be opened Arc’teryx store at 1099 H St NW prepared for their grand opening event next weekend, Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14. No signage is up yet but we’ll Tweet out a photo once it goes up or let you know if the store opens earlier than next Saturday.
Of note, tomorrow beginning at 9 am Arc’teryx is running scavenger hunt and there are prizes. We snipped a bit about the hunt below but find the full details here.
Break out of your routine and join us in celebrating the opening of our newest Arc’teryx store: CityCenterDC, 1099 H Street NW, Washington, DC
The best adventures always contain an element of the unknown. Our scavenger hunt puts up to $5,000 in prizing on the line. One day, one clue, one grand prize winner and up to 50 of your friends who can also win big.
On Saturday, December 6 at 9am (EDT), we release the clue and a photo of the location where a chalk bag is stashed within your city limits. Find the chalk bag and the instructions inside. Take it to the Arc’teryx Washington, DC store by 5pm to collect your $250 @Arc’teryx certificate.
Arc’teryx is a Canadian company that manufactures and sells high quality apparel and accessories for alpinism, climbing, snow sports, hiking, and running activities.
We can honestly say that we like this addition to the CityCenter retail mix as it is a store where we would shop and look forward to checking it out.
Daily throughout December
Holiday tea at the Willard Hotel (1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
DC Craft Bartender’s Repeal Day Ball
Carnegie Library (801 K St., NW)
Museum of the American Cocktail’s Holiday Cocktail Seminar
Warehouse Theatre (1021 7th St., NW) (enter through the Passenger)
Flight Wine Bar (777 6th St NW) which opened earlier this year in January recently announced a significant revamp of their menu by boosting their wine flight selection [PDF menu] to total twenty choices. Pricing is simple – each flight is $18. From the press release:
The stars of the new wine menu are the flights. Now boosting 20 selections, the flight list has tripled in size allowing for extensive offerings that pay homage to under the radar varietals and regions, while also highlighting smaller production vineyards from more well-known regions. The creative, tongue-in cheek names of many of the flights set the mood for a playful encounter with a number of the flights. A flight of three wines is $18.
The Austro-Hungarian Empire (and Germany)
Sauska, Villanyi Rose, Kekfrankos-Based Blend from Villany, Hungry, 2013
Stadt Krems, Kremstal Grüner, Grüner Veltliner, Kremestal, Austria, 2013
Seebrich, Niersteiner Oelberg Spatlese, Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany, 2012
Not Your Grandma’s Chardonnay
Finca La Linda, Chardonnay Unoaked, Mendoza, Argentina, 2012
Alain Normand, Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse, Chardonnay, Burgundy, France, 2013
Pali, Charm Acres, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California, 2012
Sailing in the Mediterranean
Massaya, Silver Selection, Cinsault & Grenache Blend, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2010
Terra Di Vulcano, Aglianico Del Vulture, Basilicata, Italy, 2011
Pavlidis Winery, Thema Red, Syrah & Agiorgitiko Blend, Drama, Greece, 2010
The wine menu also now sports nine half bottles. The food menu [PDF menu] has also been altered:
The new food menu items emphasize the kitchen’s focus on simple, yet delicious food designed to complement the wines. New items on the menu created by Chef Armani Malik Copeland include: Seafood Bouillabaisse with shrimp, scallops and mussels in a sake broth; Zucchini Fritters with a lemon-honey dipping sauce and Coconut Milk Consommé with lemongrass, forbidden rice and onion relish. Customer favorites such as Hanger Steak with whipped potato, black sesame tahini, tabbouleh, fried shallots and Slow Cooked Pork Belly with spanish black beans and pickled fresno will continue to be offered. Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding with vanilla cream sauce adds a sweet ending to the menu additions.