Here are a few foodie activities in the neighborhood where you can sample some new, interesting or favorite beverages.
Thursday, April 3, 7-9pm
Historical Society of Washington (801 K St. NW)
Master brewers from Japan offer tastings of sake, shochu and beer.
Vodka and Gin Tasting
Saturday, April 5, 1-3 pm
DC Coast (1401 K St. NW)
Scott Clime, wine and beverage director, will present tastes of more than 13 brands and teach the process for infusing fruits into the celebrated liquors. Includes lunch as well.
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – Smithsonian Institution (1050 Independence Ave. SW)
A Japanese tea presentation by members of the Omotesenke school.
Above: Burberry retail bay cover facing north on I St NW
Overnight two new clothing retailers made their intent known at CityCenter, Burberry (facing north on I St NW) and Zadig & Voltaire (facing west and south on 10th St NW and Palmer Alley). These two join a host of other retailers that have signed on to retail spaces at the recently built CityCenter development. Hat tip goes out to PQ Living reader Becky to alerting us and snapping a few pics!
Burberry’s Connecticut Ave NW store space was being marketed which pointed to a move. The CityCenter Burberry will open in Summer 2014 per the signage; the filed permits reveal a 7,100 square foot space.
Below: Close up of Burberry retail bay cover
We’d be remiss in not pointing out that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is now in full effect; the festival runs from March 20 through April 13 and hosts a number of wonderful events downtown and at the Tidal Basin.
You may have seen the cherry blossom decals (see photo above) on the windows of local businesses as they are part of the City in Bloom aspect of the Festival which encourages businesses to participate in the festivities. April 10 or April 13 are forecast as peak bloom days depending on who you consult.
The event schedule lists all the events associated with the festival and if you like music you can find a daily performance at the Tidal Basin Stage (located here where 15th Street NW hits Maine Ave SW). One upcoming downtown event that has our eye is a grand sake tasting on April 3 at the Carnegie Library. Sounds quite tasty.
See you around the Festival!
New Neighborhood Restaurant Opening Report – Toro Toro, Penn Commons, Cava Mezze Grill, And Jimmy John’s
Above: Cava Mezze Grill signage on H St NW
There are a few key developments we want to provide for Toro Toro, Penn Commons, Cava Mezze Grill, and Jimmy John’s (Gourmet Sandwiches). Thanks go out to our eagle eyed PQ Living readers for pointing out some of these developments.
1) Toro Toro (1300 I St NW) – Opening March 31 – This Richard Sandoval restaurant will be a Pan Latin steakhouse facing north towards Franklin Square. Preliminary menus and pricing have been provided to the press already so you can check those out here and here. The outfit will have two levels with the main dining room on the ground level and a
basement second floor space that will be more like a club/lounge. Lunch and dinner service is planned to begin on March 31 with brunch starting in April. [Toro Toro website]
2) Penn Commons (6th and H St NW area) – Opening Summer 2014 - This Passion Food Hospitality group restaurant will be patterned after its first incarnation in Foggy Bottom, District Commons. We do know it will have a “long and pronounced bar” according to the press release. [Passion Food Hospitality Group website & District Commons website & menu]
3) Cava Mezze Grill (707 H St NW) - Opening Summer 2014 - This DC area chain will open in Summer of 2014 in the former Capital Q space that has been vacant since summer 2012. Think Zaytinya flavored food meeting Chiptole line assembly. This concept is loved by many of our friends so it makes sense for it to open in the food mecca of DC. [Cava Mezze Grill website & locator & menu]
Below: Toro Toro on I St NW
The Penn Quarter on the Block charity cocktail party and auction is one of our favorite annual neighborhood events and it’s happening at Weschler’s Auction House on Thursday, April 3 starting at 6 pm.
Why do we like it? It’s a low cost event, you get to meet downtown neighbors, bid on some great items from local businesses (silent and live auctions), and it all benefits a deserving charity. This year’s beneficiary is StreetWise Partners, an organization that brings low income individuals together with corporate volunteers to overcome employment barriers and transform lives.
What: 7th Annual Penn Quarter on the Block: Cocktail Party and Auction Benefiting StreetWise Partners
When: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Weschler’s Auction House, 909 E Street NW, Washington DC, 20004
Tickets: $30 in advance ($40 at the door) – to purchase tickets online please visit this link.
Please note that 100% of the event proceeds raised will support StreetWise Partners’ signature Career Ventures program—a unique 3-month program that delivers high-impact 2:1 mentoring and professional development services to motivated low-income individuals in the DC area.
The former Citibank space in the southeast corner of 11th and E Streets NW (435 11th St NW) will be turning into a Peet’s Coffee & Tea as announced by the window signage that went up over the weekend. Their main coffee menu can be found here and their main tea menu here. No evidence of a specific opening date other than the standard “Opening Soon” language on the front door.
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting – April 2 (Topic: DDOT North-South Corridor)
By e-mail we were notified of the next Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast meeting. RSVP by Noon Monday, March 31st is requested.
Please indicate if you heard of this meeting from Penn Quarter Living.
Details follow below:
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting
Wednesday, April 2, 8:30am
401 Seventh Street, NW
Metro: Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter – Green & Yellow Lines; Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 7th and F streets – Red Line
Continental Breakfast – 8:30 – 8:55am
Announcements – 9:00am
Speaker – 9:15am
DDOT Project Manager for the North-South Corridor Planning Study Jamie Henson returns to report on the Department of Transportation’s decisions to date, show various configurations for locating streetcar tracks, explain limitations and opportunities, and seek both your suggestions for streetcar routes and your evaluation of potential routes they are currently considering. Comments on street configurations (tracks, moving traffic lanes, and curbside parking/loading) will be considered as will problems you are able to point out. Jamie will also describe their next steps in this planning study.
Please respond if you plan on attending this meeting as it will help our host prepare
RSVP via email by noon Monday, March 31 to joann(at)PennQuarter.org
Include the first and last names and affiliations of all people attending