Ed. Note (1/21): Sadly, Centrolina is not participating in Restaurant Week but they do have delicious Mushroom Pasta as shown above!
Dry Bar is now open at 1006 E St NW for blowouts in Penn Quarter. Penn Quarter Living saw the coming soon signs in August when this location still had the Independence Federal Savings Bank awning in place.
- Manhattan – sleek and smooth
- Cosmopolitan – messy and beachy
- Mai Tai – loose curls
- Southern Comfort – big hair and volume
- Straight Up – simple and straight
- Dirty Martini – tousled and textured
They are open daily per their posted hours on the Dry Bar website. Their phone number is 202-730-2737.
Boe opens for happy hour and dinner service this afternoon at 777 9th St NW. Formerly Oya offering an Asian themed menu, Boe offers refined American comfort fare and a faux log cabin interior similar to what we’ve seen in other DC spots like Kabin (Dupont) and Buck’s Fishing and Camping (Forest Hills).
The menu (photo at right) can also be found here and it outlines entrees between $15 and $24 which is in the middle of the range for Penn Quarter dining. Like Oya, Boe will retain its late night weekend hours for dinner and bar service. Lunch service is slated to start on January 25 and brunch service on February 7. The full photo spread of Boe’s interior can be seen here.
Monday – Thursday 4-10pm
Friday & Saturday 4 pm-12 mid
Monday – Thursday 4 pm-12 mid
Friday & Saturday 4 pm-2 am
Sunday 4 pm-10 pm
We recently learned that in addition to it’s delicious pastries and coffee, Bakers & Baristas (501 7th St. NW) has live music on Wednesday nights. We’re looking forward to stopping by soon to cozy up on a cold night. Check their Facebook page for upcoming performances.
Our friends at cove, the coworking space with a few outlets around DC, let us know that they now have a second location open in Chinatown at 601 I St NW. This location is right next to the newly opened La Colombe coffee shop on the northwest corner of the 6th and I intersection. From the e-mail:
After opening cove 7th St, we realized we love Chinatown so much we just had to have another. (OK, real talk. Dangerously Delicious Pies may have also played a role in the decision.) Our newest location is now open at 601 I St NW. It’s a two-floor affair—just like its marginally older brother on 7th—with a lounge area for talking and getting to know people, and an upstairs perfectly set up for head-down-getting-things-done.
On a more serious note and despite the claim made about roller skating Hooters servers, this Aljazeera piece talks about the loss of Chinatowns in America and along with the accompanying video above do have a perspective worth considering about how one Chinese resident who lives in the Museum Square Apartment (401 K St NW) feels about the pace of development and gentrification in the neighborhood. Many Chinese residents live in Museum Square and in the Wah Luck House (800 6th St NW) and Museum Square’s owner now wants to get out of the Section 8 housing business. It certainly has been our experience that we see less and less Chinese people walking our streets than when we first moved downtown over a decade ago.
All that said, a little bit of journalistic diligence on the part of Aljazeera would have revealed that Hooters waitresses don’t use roller skates when serving food. Despite the article’s claim, they are hard working from what we’ve observed and use their feet.
A long time stalwart on 7th Street, Mehak Indian Cuisine (817 7th St NW), is now closed. All the restaurant furniture is gone, one of the front windows is damaged, and workers could be seen moving in and out of the vacant first floor. A PQ Living reader wrote Mehak to see if they’ll reopen but they responded that they lost their lease, thanked the community for 25 years of support, and to visit Masoi, another Indian restaurant on K St NW. Ed. Note: The phone number for Mehak has now been disconnected too.
We visited Mehak a few times over more than a decade of living downtown. One more old school DC restaurant is now out of the neighborhood.