Opened this spring in the former Living Social space, Prequel (918 F St NW) is now in full swing hosting four ongoing restaurant/food concepts and multiple pop-ups. On any given week there is a different program of food to choose from. We’ve visited Prequel a handful of times for both food and drink and enjoyed both each time we visited.
Prequel announced two new chef residencies with Nick Sharpe (formerly at After Peacock) and Hamilton Johnson (formerly at Vidalia) who will offer dinner series for a number of months.
Currently running on an ongoing basis are:
- Brick and Mortar – evening bar with bar snacks and sandwiches menu
- Bluebird Bakery – breakfast and lunch items
- Fourth Floor Wine Bar – evening wine bar with a bites menu (cheese, flatbreads, and salads)
- BFF (Burgers. Fries. Forever.) – lunchtime burger bar
Rotating pop-ups include:
- Rising Stars Chef Series – various chefs show off their talents on Monday nights
- Jolene – evening dinner Tuesdays through Saturday from Chef Nick Sharpe, former chef at After Peacock
- honeysuckle – preview tasting menu tonight from Chef Hamilton Johnson, former chef at Vidalia
- Taste Test Comedy Night – small bites and big laughs
- Tackitt Family Wine Tasting – California wine producer tasting
- Prequel Investor Launch Party – launch party offering multiple bites and drinks
We had just about given up on DBGB (931 H St., NW). Having had many memorable meals at Daniel Boulud’s NYC restaurants, including one of our most memorable dinners ever at Daniel, we were so excited to have DBGB open in the neighborhood. But previous visits to date had us thinking maybe some places and Chefs just don’t expand to new markets well. All that changed on our most recent visit. The selection of sausages, especially the Thai and Tunisienne, will have us coming back again soon.
In other news, Social Reform (formerly the Caucus Room) and have posted notification on their doors that the restaurant will be closing at their 401 9th Street location. While we are sad to see one of DC’s classic Power Lunch spots go, we look forward to seeing what’s ahead for this prime piece of real estate.
Chica Chilcano (418 7th St NW) opened in the long forlorn Olsson’s Bookstore space earlier this year and has become another Jose Andres hit. (We sometimes think that our neighborhood should be called Joselandia but we digress.) The restaurant has now hit full operational service with the addition of Saturday and Sunday brunch service as we learned from the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association below:
418 7th Street, NW
Now Open for Brunch
Saturdays and Sundays
11:30am – 2:30pm
Featuring dishes that explore the crossover of indigenous ingredients fromPeru’s native Criollo, Chinese Chifa, and Japanese Nikkei cuisines
Brunch Dishes - $11 – $16
Picante de Huevos
Poached eggs, ají picante, pork belly, potato, tomato, red onion, toast
Egg foo young, Edwards smoked ham, fresh crab, scallion, jicama, bean sprouts, oyster sauce
Congee of rice, pork belly, crisp shallots, tea egg, sweet soy
Chicharron de Costillas de Cerdo
Crisp pork spare ribs, sweet potato, ‘cancha’ and salsa criolla
Brunch Cocktails - Glass $12; Half-carafe $32; Carafe $61
Choice of pisco macerado, lime, Amargo Chuncho bitters, Fever-Tree Ginger Ale
Flavors: Toronja (Grapefruit); Fresa (Strawberry); Pepino (Cucumber)
Sweet wine, blood orange, prickly pear, lemon
Drybar is coming to Penn Quarter at 1006 E St NW. Yes, it’s true…you will be able to get a blow out in our own neighborhood without trekking over to Georgetown or Dupont. It’s opening this summer according to the signage in the former Independence Savings Bank location between 10th and 11th St NW.
- Justina Yee on Impressionists and the Paris Commune: Lions or Chickens?
- August 19, 1:00pm & August 23, 2:00pm
- Eric Denker on Drawing in Normandy and Picardy: Ernest Roth and Andre Smith in 1914
- August 26, 1:00pm & August 30, 2:00pm
The West Building Lecture Hall has a maximum capacity of 159 persons. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.
We recently discovered a fun source of information that chronicles DC both present and past called DC Wiz. One page features the Fifth Column (915 F St NW) and has quite a few images and promotional flyers from the club during its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s. A Facebook group also follows the old venue. A number of clubs were within easy walking distance of each other during this era including Decades, Club Zei, Spy Club, Polly Esther’s, The Insect Club, and D.C. Space, and it’s safe to say that one could spend an entire evening club hopping in downtown DC.
When we moved downtown Platinum was still going strong at the F Street location but it ultimately closed down due to how disruptive it had become to a newly emerging neighborhood that just wasn’t old school DC anymore. The property is now under redevelopment by Douglas Development.
We hadn’t heard from Madame Tussauds (1001 F St NW) in a while but they did check in recently to let us know that Albert Einstein showed up yesterday at the iconic wax museum. The museum is one of the longer running businesses in Penn Quarter since the wave of redevelopment took over downtown as it’s been in operation since October of 2007 when Abe Lincoln flew in to open up the venue.
Wax figures of all 44 U.S. Presidents can be found at the museum in our downtown neighborhood as well as the well known George Clooney figure. We don’t think staff will need to wipe as much lipstick off Einstein as Clooney though.