This view from a friend’s balcony of the rooftop garden at Oyamel (401 7th St., NW) got us a little curious. Thanks to an article from Washington City Paper, we discovered that Chef Jose Andres is trying his hand at growing his own produce in the heart of DC with the help of Up Top Acres. Several local restaurants and chefs have been going hyper local with their own gardens and farms, such as Charlie Palmer Steak, Poste, and Lafayette at the Hay Adams. If you’re like us and instead of a green thumb you kill everything you plant, then let the friendly folks at Love & Carrots help you plan and maintain anything from kitchen herbs to a full produce planter.
The Georgetown Valet dry cleaners storefront is now open at 614 E St NW next to the entrance of the Clara Barton condo and they are offering a 30% grand opening discount for a period of time. Georgetown Valet has a number of other outlets in the DC area. This was formerly the Bo Dogs hot dog shop and Potato Valley Cafe.
Georgetown Valet (dry cleaners)
614 E St NW
Store phone: 202-347-6500
Pick-Up & Delivery: 202-769-7777
Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 7 pm
Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm
The second Monday of the month means that it’s time for the ANC 2C (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) to meet in the MLK Library (9th and G St NW) on Monday, July 13 at 6:30 pm (Lower level – Room A-3).
On to the full agenda as delivered to us by the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association:
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of June Meeting Minutes
Treasurer’s Report and Business Items
1. www.anc2c.us – New web site, by Commissioner Higgins
Brief Community Announcements and Presentations
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Remodeling Plan, Rich Reyes-Gavilin, Executive Director DC Public Library, and team. (202-727-1188)
2. DC Statehood and Shadow Representative’s Office. Hon. Franklin Garcia, Shadow Representative, District of Columbia. (202-727-9113.
3. DC Public Schools, Elias Hoffman, (202-441-4692),email@example.com
4. Northwest Current Newspaper, Davis Kennedy, (202-567-2018), firstname.lastname@example.org
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Licensing
1. Centrolina Merkato, ABRA Class B license, for retail sale of beer and wine (Public Notice announcement only)
Local Events Impacting Community
1. 18th Annual Race to Cure Leukemia and Lymphoma, Saturday, October 17, 2015. Jewel Hanson, (703-307-2734), Jewel.Hanson@msn.com
2. American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure Cycling, Saturday, September 26, 2015. (No Street Closure.) Jewel Hanson, (703-307-2734), email@example.com
Transportation, Zoning, and Public Space
1. Steve Jumper, Ghost Note, Parking, (240-505-5299)
2. Capital Crossing/Third Street Tunnel, 301 Mass Ave, 202.367.6485, www.3rdsttunnel.com
Upcoming Neighborhood Events
Yoga in the Park with VIDA Fitness, Monday, July 27, 7:00pm, Chinatown Park, 500 I Street, NW
Next meeting: Monday, August 10, 6:30 pm – same location
ANC 2C01 – John Tinpe, 2C01@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C02 – Harold Closter, 2C02@anc.dc.gov
ANC 2C03 – Jeffrey Higgins, 2C03@anc.dc.gov
Looking for the perfect lunch spot for a long, alfresco Friday lunch, you’ll find it at Fiola (601 Penn. Ave., NW). Refined, relaxed, and just delicious – like this langoustine, prosciutto and peach gazpacho dish that was absolute perfection!
It’s a bit of inside downtown’s inside baseball but we thought we’d remind readers that the Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St NW) hosts free concerts every Tuesday beginning at 12:10 pm. This lets you break out of work at Noon or finish that 11 am meeting and get over to the 1300 block of G Street NW in time for the beginning of the concert. A suggested $10 donation for the performers is appreciated but there is no charge for the concert.
The Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association reminded us of the schedule as follows:
Tuesdays at 12:10 pm
EYA: Allison Mondel, Kristen Dubenion-Smith, and Crossley Hawn
Medieval chant and polyphony from this DC-based vocal trio
Cha Park, piano
In a recital of classic piano music by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Liszt
The US Army Strings in collaboration with the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Two premier organizations of the United States Army in music featuring strings, flutes, trumpets, and drums
Pia Bose and Antonio Pastor, piano duo
Performing music for four hands by Granados, de Falla, Albeniz, and Ravel
No charge – A suggested $10 donation for the performers would be greatly appreciated
Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street, NW
Metro: Metro Center, exit 13th and G
We were thrilled to be a guest today at the newest opening in City Center DC, Fig & Olive (934 Palmer Alley, NW) (by the way, is it just us or is City Center quickly starting to look like a mini-Manhattan with all the outposts of NYC favorites!). Following a splashy opening party last week, the restaurant treated Friends & Family to lunch today and, aside from wanting to check it out, who says ‘no’ to free lunch! The relaxed, Mediterranean chic decor and spacious lounge area is sure to make Fig & Olive a favorite with the sophisticated crowd.
The menu is diverse with crowd favorites from Spain, Italy and France. As they proudly note, all items highlight olive oil, not butter. In some cases, the decor felt more refined than the food presentation, the flavors were very authentic and delicious. The drink menu also shows promise with both interesting concoctions and twists on classic cocktails. Service was excellent – friendly, attentive and timely, which isn’t always the case around an opening. We definitely think Fig & Olive is going to be a neighborhood darling very soon and, like Fiola Mare last year, could easily become the 2015 “it” place for those wanting the experience of a Mediterranean escape here in DC.
The Fig & Olive restaurant opened last Friday in CityCenter DC at 934 Palmer Alley NW. A smart design allows the main dining room wall to open up and create a continuous indoor/outdoor dining space. Set on two levels, the restaurant spans 10,000 square feet and can seat over 300 diners. You can even sit on sofas while you eat (photos). Currently open for dinner service, lunch will begin on July 6 and brunch on July 11; the menus can be found here.
Sunday – Thursday: 4:00 pm – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday: 4:00 pm – 1 am
Hours after Opening for Lunch and Brunch
Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 1 am