Hat tip to @eat_dc (Eat It All) who tipped us off early on that this news was brewing. Thanks @eat_dc!
The last day of operation for The National Museum of Crime and Punishment (575 7th St NW) in Penn Quarter will be September 30, 2015 according to its website. The Cop Shop, the retail store associated with the museum, is selling off all its goods as seen on a street sign outside the museum yesterday. The Crime Museum opened on May 23, 2008 and was one of the earlier entrants into the post 2005 real estate boom revitalization of Penn Quarter.
The Washington Post has the most insight on the story citing how it is that this departure came about. Other local news media outlets covered the story also including Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian.
Photo: Fourth & G Streets, NW.; courtesy Wally J. Mlyniec.
The Jewish Historical Society (701 3rd St NW) let us know about a lunchtime lecture about the east end neighborhood of DC this Wednesday, September 2. Folks can register here…on to the details:
The Old East End: Civil War to the Modern Revival
Wednesday, September 2, 2015, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Soon the Jewish Historical Society’s synagogue will be on the move again, this time to the corner of Third & F Streets, NW. Its surrounding neighborhood is no stranger to change and has a colorful and ever-evolving history.
Learn about the people and communities who once lived here from Professor Wallace J. Mlyniec of Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Mlyniec, a prolific researcher and writer on neighborhood history, has been involved in all of the Law Center’s expansions since 1980. Get a sneak peak!
Neighborhood Program Partners: Georgetown University Law Center, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C02, DC Public Library Special Collections Department, Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Chinese Community Church, Goethe Institut Washington, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, and Holy Rosary Church
Light refreshments served.
Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum
701 Third Street, NW (corner of G St.)
Washington, D.C. – Directions
*Due to increased construction and traffic, using Metro (Judiciary Square) is strongly recommended if you’re not walking.*
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
701 4th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20001
P: (202) 789-0900
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.