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.