Surrounding the lunch hour from 11 am to 2 pm, DC Water (formerly WASA), will host a celebration in the Park at CityCenter on I Street, NW between 10th and 11 Streets of the 40th anniversary of the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act enacted in 1974. There will be a water bar, food & demos, live music, and more.
We keep a jug of chilled tap water in our fridge for when we get thirsty and to fill up our portable water bottles for exercise runs around Penn Quarter and downtown. It’s one of the least expensive yet most valuable basic resources we buy. Water is life!
We’re always amused and entertained when retailers take a tailored approach to reaching customers walking around downtown DC and Penn Quarter. The king of guerilla advertising is Zipcar who put a couch and pitched a tent on both sides of 7th Street NW. Not as effective but still fun are sandwich boards such as this one with a joke applied in chalk in front of Luke’s Lobster in the 600 block of E Street NW. We look forward to the next joke – happy Friday!
The annual Oktoberfest kicked off this past weekend in Munich. There are big tents and oompah bands setting up outside of town for the next two weeks, but if you pop over to Cafe Mozart (1331 H St. NW), you can enjoy the specials they have on offer or stock up on wursts and other provisions to host your own party. Prost!
Art4All begins this Friday, September 26 with a launch party in The Plaza at CityCenter DC (enter via H Street archway between 9th and 10th Streets NW) to kick off the three week festival (Sept 26 to Oct 18) of art events around DC. The kickoff features bites from the two newest restaurants to open in CityCenter, DBGB Kitchen & Bar and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, along with a performance sampling of what can be expected and plenty of information about the festival’s events. Tickets ($15) for the event can be purchased online here or at the door for $25 (21+ ID required).
Art4All includes Art All Night: Nuite Blanche, an all night long art open house with venues all over the city participating the evening of Saturday, September 27 from 7 pm to 3 am. Venues participating closest to Penn Quarter are listed as being in Shaw and include the Touchstone Gallery and the Carnegie Library.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (950 I St NW, Suite 501), the second restaurant in D.C.’s CityCenter development to throw its doors open to the public, will open today September 19 at 11 am. The two story restaurant covers 18,000 square feet, offers a private dining space on a third (basement) level, and makes available an expansive wine list to prospective diners; both lunch and dinner are available.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
950 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Hours: 11 am to 11 pm – every day (lunch and dinner service)
Come celebrate the freedom to read during the DC Public Library’s Banned Books Week, September 21-27. The kick-off party is this Friday, September 19, at the MLK Library (901 G St., NW) and will feature an art, live music and cocktails inspired by banned books from Derek Brown and Chantal Tseng (from Mockingbird Hill).
Photo above: PAUL at Metro Center (F St NW between 12th and 13th)
We have a few updates for you…as usual, lots going on in the restaurant scene.
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Oil Men (Penn Quarter) – If you find yourself passing someone on 7th Street wearing two bullet shoulder belts filled with small vials of colored liquid, you just passed an “oil man.” He isn’t selling fuel for your car, rather, he is selling fuel for your love life in the form of aromatic fragrances (perfume/cologne). This WaPo article spells out what we’ve been seeing on the street for about 18 months in Penn Quarter.
Miss America Visits Carmine’s (Penn Quarter) – The Miss America contest took place last night but their first East Coast stop was in Washington, DC. The full complement of ladies dined at none other than Carmine’s (425 7th St NW). You can find the TV news story here, the WaPo story here, and a few pics here and here.
Date Lab in PQ! (Penn Quarter) – The Washington Post sends its Date Lab daters downtown for dinner at Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca. The daters then hit Shelly’s Backroom for cigars and bourbon. Perfect! How did the date turn out…you’ll have to click here to find out. We love us some Date Lab!
Grilling, Grilling, Grilling (Chinatown/Mount Vernon Triangle) – What is it like to grill on the roofdeck of a neighborhood condo? This WaPo article provides a whimsical view.
Development/Crib of the Week
Bible Museum (South of The National Mall) – Development of the as of yet unnamed Bible Museum in the former Washington Design Center building at 4th St and Virginia Ave SW is rolling. WaPo details the vision and the effort.
Crib of the Week (Mount Vernon Triangle) – We’re jonesing this top floor 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo at the Yale Steam Lofts. It’s Unit #1203 and has an airy, spacious feel to it with a north facing balcony. The listing price is $464,900, the condo fee is $435/month, and the reported square footage is 690 square feet. This building has one of the best pools in the neighborhood and the unit comes with 1 parking space. Sounds good to us! [Redfin listing - 437 New York Ave NW, Unit 1203, MLS DC8453984] – [Virtual Tour]
Metro Center Paul Opens! (Downtown) – PAUL, a French family bakery, is now open every day on F St NW between 12th and 13th St NW near the southern Metro Center entrance/exit. This location is in Columbia Square so the address is technically 555 13th St NW but don’t be fooled – the entrance fronts F St. We visited over the weekend and there is a row of outdoor seating so enjoy it while the weather is good! (See photo above.)
CityCenter DBGB Opens! (Downtown/Penn Quarter) – DBGB Kitchen and Bar (931 H St NW) opened in CityCenter two days ago to much acclaim. We went to a pre-opening event and enjoyed all the mini-bites available so we expect no less from the full blown restaurant. Menus are not yet posted on DBGB’s website but Eater DC (link) and the Washington City Paper (link) have the opening dinner menu salvos plus some background.
Native Foods Cafe Opening in October (Penn Quarter) – We learned from The 42 Bus website that the Native Foods Cafe (701 Pennsylvania Ave NW) in the Market Square complex plans to open on October 14 (scroll to bottom to see DC locations and opening dates).
Tel’Veh Changes Name (Mount Vernon Triangle) – The Tel’Veh wine bar (401 Massachusetts Ave NW) decided to change its stripes and in a hurry. It is now called Rudy’s Mediterranean Grill and is no longer a wine bar.
Ceiba Ending 11 Year Run (Downtown) – According to a press release, Ceiba (701 14th St NW), a Latin inspired restaurant from the Passion Food Restaurant Group, is closing at the end of September (the 27th to be precise). Some context can be found here and a short blurb from the release describes more:
The partners of the Latin inspired restaurant, Ceiba, [Chef Jeff Tunks, Gus DiMillo, David Wizenberg] are turning a new leaf and have decided to close the doors at the end of this month, September 27, 2014. It has been an exciting 11 years for the sleek American interpretation of an urban Latin establishment, Ceiba, but now is the time for its final hour. It was a challenging and heartfelt decision for the partners, but with much review of the varied external factors, closing the doors was the best course of action. It will leave behind a legacy of spicy, tangy Latin cuisine and fiery memories – of tropical-style lunches, exotic dinner choices, and annual festive celebrations, right there on 14th and G Streets just blocks from The White House.