Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sonny's Pizza and No Kisses Bar on Georgia looking close to opening, now hiring


I can almost taste the pizza. Sonny's Pizza (and the adjoining No Kisses Bar) at 3120 Georgia Ave NW from the Colony Club folks are looking really close to opening. The interior looks done or nearly done and their Instagram is posting lots of pictures of pizza, wine, etc. Both spots are also hiring, so if you're interested, contact them.

I'm pretty excited for it. Eater describes it as a pizza parlor and relaxed bar with booths, and adds that No Kisses also has a big patio area. They tried some of the square pizzas last month and they sound excellent:
The menu leads with signature square-shaped pies, served by the slice or whole (ideal for three to four people). One standout is the Pesky Mario, which includes tomato, mozzarella, sausage, roasted onion, hot pepper, and pecorino. Customizable creations are also available.
There's also chicken parm on house-made bread (see below, yum), apps, salads and Italian wine.



Photos from their Instagram 


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Chili cookoff on Feb. 10 at Reliable Tavern: try chili, meet local businesses, or volunteer to help


This sounds fun! District Bridges and Georgia Avenue Thrive have organized a chili cook-off on Sunday, February 10th at Reliable Tavern, the great cocktail bar at 3655 Georgia Avenue NW. You can have a drink or snack, try a sample from the competitors and meet local businesses. Competitors include Looking Glass, Timber Pizza, Nu Vegan, DC Reynolds, Call Your Mother and Midlands. Bragging rights for local restaurants! 

They're also looking for volunteers to help with the event, if you're interested, contact Jordan Pearlstein at jordan.pearlstein@gmail.com

Details are below:
On Sunday February 10, local restaurants will be competing for bragging rights in the Second Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook-Off. District Bridges' Lower Georgia Ave Main Street and Georgia Avenue Thrive have organized this free event where neighbors can try samples of each dish and vote on their favorites.  
From 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Reliable Tavern will be hosting the Chili Cook-Off on the basement level (stairway entry). The featured local Lower Georgia Avenue restaurants are DC Reynolds, The Midlands, NuVegan CafĂ©, The Looking Glass Lounge, and a mash-up with Timber Pizza Company & Call Your Mother Deli. The competing chefs will each prepare a unique entry that is not available on their regular menus. A distinguished panel of judges will also be weighing in for the coveted Judges Choice Award. 
This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. Chili samples will be served as long as supplies last. Purchase of alcohol requires photo ID. The event is made possible through funding support from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development and neighborhood volunteers. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Bar Roubaix hosting popup Cajun restaurant, Sim's Creole Kitchen


This sounds cool. Bar Roubaix at 14th and Irving is hosting a pop-up with New Orleans-inspired food, cocktails and other drinks. There's a soft opening tonight and it will run until Mardi Gras, which this year is March 5.

Read on for the full details. Bar Roubaix, if you haven't been, is the cycling themed spot that replaced Acre 121. They have pretty awesome happy hour deals and good European food, when not hosting the pop-up.


BAR ROUBAIX WELCOMES SIM’S CREOLE KITCHEN POP-UP
CREOLE FLAVORS FROM A SON OF NEW ORLEANS TAKE OVER THE COLUMBIA HEIGHTS
NEIGHBORHOOD BAR THROUGH MARDI GRAS

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 23, 2019) — Bar Roubaix is throwing a month-long fete for fans of Cajun flavors, king cakes, second lines, and fleurs-de-lis, with Sim’s Creole Kitchen.  Located at 1400 Irving Street, NW, in Columbia Heights, the pop-up kitchen opens this week and will feature classic creole cuisine from the family recipes of New Orleans Chef Sim Bates.

Chef Sim’s cooking is meant to warm you up and stick to your ribs. Guests can expect Red Beans & Rice, traditional and vegetarian Jambalaya, Grilled Oysters, and of course Grandma Bates Gumbo, with small plate options throughout.

“My food is a celebration of life from my Mississippi and New Orleans roots.” says Chef Sim. “When my grandmother and mother were in the kitchen, they were like magicians to me, and I had the awesome opportunity to learn from them -- and taste every delicious creation before the rest of the family!”


Sim’s Creole Kitchen pop-up runs through Mardi Gras with beignets, brass bands, second line dances, and New Orleans cocktails and beers all making appearances.  The experience kicks off at the soft opening Wednesday night with 50% off the new menu and happy hour from open to close, and in traditional Crescent City fashion, happy hour won’t end till Fat Tuesday!  For more information, please follow the team on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @RoubaixDC.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Belly dancing! Marrakech restaurant coming to old Walter's on Georgia now open; same as P Street Marrakech

Do you like belly dancing? A few months ago we heard that Marrakech, a Moroccan restaurant and tavern, was coming to the old Walter's Sports Bar space at 3632 Georgia Ave NW. I walked by today anf it had a now open sign. I wasn't sure if it was related to the Marrakech on P Street in Dupont that closed earlier this year and was planning to relocate. That spot was famous for its ambiance and ornate interiors (plus sitting on couches) and belly dancing shows. And now I think the new location at 3632 Georgia is in fact the same people and concept.

I found a few official documents for this restaurant with the name Abdelmjid Boucham, which was also mentioned on documents for Marrakech at 2147 P Street NW. Their liquor license also says "Live Entertainment, Dancing, and Cover Charge." The reviews of the old spot were middling, but it seems like the service declined a lot last year. Maybe that will be addressed in the new spot.

They have a website without much on it, which describes it as a Moroccan Mediterranean restaurant. Previously we heard they'll have 82 seats total, including 20 outside. I assume that would be out back.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Slim's Diner closes for good on Sunday, no word on replacement


Bad news for breakfast fans, Slim's Diner will be closing on Sunday. The spot, which faced some issues with service when it opened, has been losing money over the past two years, according to owner Paul Ruppert in an email to Petworth News.

Both DCist and Petworth News report that Ruppert, who also opened Room 11, Petworth Citizen, Upshur Street Books, Crane & Turtle and other spots in the area, will be considering what will go in the space, maybe something else from him or maybe something opened by another business (similar to how Crane & Turtle replaced Himitsu.) This is the third closure recently on Upshur Street, though Petworth News argues it's not a trend.

What would you like to see go into this space?


Friday, January 4, 2019

Wawa construction begins Jan. 7, opens spring 2019


Finally, some Wawa news! Today I got an email from a tipster that was sent by the managers of the Highland Park building where Wawa is going. They let residents know that construction will start January 7th and they are expected to open this spring.

The construction will be between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Hoagie time is around the corner!

As you recall, Wawa is replacing most of the retails spots around the Metro, where Potbelly, Five Guys and Pete's Apizza used to be. Tynan Coffee will remain.

Friday, December 21, 2018

300-seat restaurant coming to former Eatonville/Mulebone/Ancient Rivers space at 2121 14th

Something is finally coming to the big restaurant space at 2121 14th St NW that was formerly home of Eatonville, Mulebone and Ancient Rivers, all owned by Andy Shallal of Busboys and Poets fame. 

The new spot appears to be unnamed and has applied for a liquor license. Here are the details via Helder Gil on twitter, who posted about the application.

New ABRA license for unnamed restaurant (2121 14th St NW; ANC 1B); tavern w/American food; 300 seats (!); 40-seat summer garden; live entertainment w/dancing and cover charge

Sounds more like a nightclub or music venue, which sounds good to me. That space has been cursed ever since Eatonville closed. Eatonville was a pretty tasty southern restaurant commemorating author Zora Neale Hurston and lasted five years, Mulebone was also a southern spot that lasted less and Ancient Rivers was a Middle Eastern spot that was barely open.

I’ll try to find out more details.