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
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.
We’re enjoying the window displays in the 900 block of F St NW and we thought we’d share.
Fall colors on show above at Anthropologie (950 F St NW)
“Love notes to your closet” above at J Crew (950 F St NW)
The warm weather (and humidity) are lingering around, so we’ve been packing in as much al fresco dining and drinking as possible. This weekend, we enjoyed a refreshing and innovative cocktail at Art & Soul (415 New Jersey Ave., NW). The Pineapple Express features pineapple infused Cachaca, Don Ciccio & Figli Fennel liqueur, cucumber and black pepper.
DBGB Kitchen & Bar (931 H St NW) will be the first restaurant to open in the CityCenter development in downtown DC and per an announcement on their front door they are set to open on Saturday, September 13th for service to the public. Yesterday evening diners could be seen taking in what appeared to be mock service and we are familiar with a number of private preview events taking place this week.
This is Chef Daniel Boulud’s first DC outpost and although menus have not been posted yet, we can expect the venue to follow a casual French-American bistro outline as described on the restaurant’s website to include popular dishes from the NYC menu. Craft beer on tap, a 150 bottle wine list, and craft cocktails provide the liquid sustenance.
Once open, we’ll be by to try it out! (We’re especially looking forward to the house-made sausages.)
By e-mail we were notified of the next Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast meeting. In a recent post, we mentioned how to track the MLK Library’s renovation progress; this meeting will allow you to ask questions of both the Library’s representative and the architecture firm in person to learn more. An RSVP by noon Monday, September 15, is requested. Please indicate if you heard of this meeting from Penn Quarter Living:
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, September 17, 8:30am
1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Enter the stairway at the corner of 13th and E streets
(To avoid stairs to the lower level, enter the main building entrance at 12th and E streets, walk to the far end of the atrium and take the elevator or escalator down a half level)
Metro: Metro Center, exit 12th and F streets
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 – 8:55am
Brief Announcements: 9:00am
Speakers + Topic
Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Jeff Bonvechio, and Tom Johnson
Renovation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
Richard Reyes-Gavilan, the DC Public Library’s Executive Director, will give us a quick overview of the MLK Library renovation goals. Jeff Bonvechio, Director of Capital Construction and Facilities, will discuss the project’s status and the next steps in the review process. Tom Johnson, a named principal of Martinez + Johnson Architecture, will describe the architectural vision for the project along with ideas for solving some of the challenges.
Please respond if you plan on attending this meeting as it will help our host prepare. RSVP via email to my new email address by noon Tuesday, July 22:
Include the first and last names of all those attending and their affiliations.