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Jerk Station Coming Soon to 3701 New Hampshire Avenue

July 28, 2015

Following up on the earlier post announcing short term uses of the former Sweet Mango Restaurant at 3701 New Hampshire, NW … signs are up confirming that a jerk restaurant will be moving into the space soon.

3701 Jerk Station

Joselyn Restaurant Applies for Liquor License

July 20, 2015
Joselyn Restaurant, at 3303 Georgia Avenue.

Joselyn Restaurant, at 3303 Georgia Avenue.

The new Joselyn Restaurant, Bar & Lounge at 3303 Georgia Avenue recently applied for a liquor license and placards are currently posted. According to the placard, the restaurant serves Italian and Latin cuisine. The application also includes an entertainment endorsement to accommodate Latin dance lessons. The hours of operation for live entertainment will be 6 pm to 1 am, Sunday through Saturday.

While the ABRA application is new, Joselyn has been open for a little while. It is located between the Post Office and the former Mothership on Georgia Avenue.

New Panamanian Restaurant Coming Soon to Georgia Avenue

July 17, 2015
Esencias Panamenas, at 3322 Georgia Avenue.

Esencias Panamenas, at 3322 Georgia Avenue.

A new Panamanian Restaurant, called Esencias Panamenas, is in the process of opening in the former Rita’s Caribbean restaurant space at 3322 Georgia Avenue, between Morton and Lamont.

Earlier this week, the owners applied for a liquor license, so expect to see placards go up in the near future. The application describes the business as a sit down restaurant with casual dining and a family atmosphere that will serve Latin/Caribbean food. The application includes endorsements for entertainment and a sidewalk cafe.

Entertainment is planned to be Panamanian folklore dancing w/ native attire during certain Panamanian observed holidays, and be held between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Regular hours of operation will be between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays.

Another Restaurant Opening Soon at 3303 Georgia Avenue

May 11, 2015

Thanks to Park View neighbor Zach for providing the following heads up — the storefront at 3303 Georgia Avenue (next to the former Mothership) is being fixed up to be a small sit down/carry out restaurant called “Jocelyn’s”. The business should be open in a couple of weeks. I look forward to learning more about this business as they get nearer to opening.


Florida Avenue Grill Planning to Add Outdoor Seating

April 16, 2015
The Florida Avenue Grill. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC.

The Florida Avenue Grill. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC.

At last night’s ANC 1B Transportation Committee, the owners of the Florida Avenue Grill presented a proposal for an outdoor cafe and sought an endorsement from the committee — which they ultimately received. It will need to be reviewed by the full ANC prior to becoming official.

Imar Hutchins, who has owned the grill since 2005, presented his plan that would included four two-tops along the Florida Avenue side of the building and a larger area along 11th Street that would include four four-tops and a twelve seat community table (see plan below) — for a total of 36 additional seats.

The Florida Avenue Grill has been in business since 1944, and you can read their history from the Grill’s Web site. The addition of a sidewalk cafe should only be a positive for both the restaurant and the surrounding community.

Florida Avenue Grill cafe(Florida Avenue Grill’s proposed outdoor seating configuration, showing outdoor seating for 36 diners.)

Capital Taste Presents: Delilah — at EatsPlace Starting March 12th

March 10, 2015

Nantucket Bay Scallops

Park View’s very own EatsPlace has informed me that that its next chef in resident. Capital Taste Presents: Delilah. According to the information in EatsPlace’s press release:

“Delilah will make abundant use of early spring vegetables, seafood and meat to highlight the freshness of the season, such as butternut ravioli, Nantucket Bay scallops, green papaya and grilled skirt steak. Dessert will include peanut butter and chocolate napoleons and caramel apple fritters.

Chef Mackenzie Kitburi is the owner and executive chef of Capital Taste. The much-buzzed about young chef has been busy on the underground dining scene. Past events from Capital Taste include a field to plate dinner at East Lynn Farm, a Thai inspired dinner series dedicated to Kitburi’s late aunt and numerous other underground dinners. Kitburi seeks out personal relationships with local farmers and purveyors is proud of using local and sustainable ingredients.”

Chef Kitburi’s residency at EatsPlace will start Thursday March 12 at 5:30 p.m. and continue  through Saturday, April 4, 2015.

  • Delilah: 5:30 – 10 pm Thursday
  • Delilah: 5:30 – 10 pm Friday
  • Delilah: 11:30 – 2:30 /  5:30 – 10 pm Saturday
  • Closed for private events Sunday
  • New pop-up TBA Monday
  • New pop-up TBA Tuesday
  • New pop-up TBA Wednesday

Below are the Menus:

Capital Taste Presents: Delilah at EatsPlace


Nantucket Bay Scallops, Avocado Purée, Grapefruit  7

[v] Green Papaya, Quinoa, Tomato Confit, Yuzu Aioli  7


[v] Cauliflower, Green Curry, Virginia Fuji Apple  10

[v] Mushroom Salad, Lychee, Chinese Sausage, Peanut Soil  10

[v] Artichoke Soup, Smoked Mussels, Radishes, Lemon  11

Prosciutto, Fennel, Mixed Greens, Almond Milk Gel  12

[v] Spring Pea Risotto, Caramelized Onion, Bacon Compote  12


[v] Butternut Ravioli, Boquerones, Young Coconut  16

Half Roasted Chicken, Plantain Puree, Yuca, Poblano  17

Seared Salmon, Fava Beans, Farro, Cucumber Broth  19

Black Bass, Beet Puree, Glazed Carrots, Parsnips  22

Grilled Skirt Steak, Smoked Potato Puree, Asparagus  24


Peanut Butter Chocolate Napoleon Caramel, Peanuts 6

Peach Upside Down Cake, Lemon Thyme Ice Cream, Peach Sauce  6

Caramel Apple Fritters, Honey Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce 8

*[v]= available as a vegetarian/vegan option

Checking Out Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria

February 24, 2015

Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria, 1212 U Street, NW

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out Alphonse Italian Market, located at 1212 U Street, NW. Overall I thought the interior was inviting and the food was good. Due to the chill in the air, I decided to start with a hot meatball sandwich, which I would order again. That said, I’m really interested in how their pizzas are. I’m also curious if anyone else has had an opportunity to eat at Alphonse. If so, what did you order and would you recommend it?

You can check out the menu at the Alphonse Web site as well as see what their hours are.

Below are a few photos I took while I was there to give you some sense of what the restaurant is like.




BevEgg’s Pork & Grits Next Restaurant Popping Up at EatsPlace

February 6, 2015

BevEgg-Ecofriendly-EatsPlaceEatsPlace, the food incubator and pop-uppery, announced yesterday that its next chef in resident will be EcoFriendly Presents: BevEgg’s Pork & Grits.  BevEgg’s Pork & Grits will make cured and smoked meats, and a customizable grits bar that can be vegetarian friendly. Dessert will include pastries and Dolcezza gelato. According to EatsPlace, it is lead by Beverley Eggleston and their “mission is to create sustainable networks of enlightened farmers who raise eco-friendly livestock and food crops that nourish people and the land.” They focus on humanely raised, locally grown, and specially bred livestock from a regional network of farmers.

Bev and EcoFriendly Foods have been featured in such well-known publications as TIME Magazine , The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Edible Manhattan, Food and Wine, Bon Appétit, Saveur, and Gourmet Magazine, just to name a few. The company continues to grow in strength and recognition as a leader in sustainable meats and regional food systems.

The pop-up will soft open starting today, Friday (2/6), starting at 5:30 until the food runs out and then regular hours, including brunch, starting on Sunday. BevEgg’s Pork & Grits will be at EatsPlace through brunch on Sunday, February 22.

Below are the hours when you can try BevEgg’s Pork & Grits as well as a copy of their menu.

  • Closed for private events Monday
  • New pop-up TBA Tuesday
  • New pop-up TBA Wednesday
  • BevEgg’s Pork & Grits: 5:30 – 10 pm Thursday
  • BevEgg’s Pork & Grits: 5:30 – 10 pm Friday
  • BevEgg’s Pork & Grits: 11:30 – 2:30 /  5:30 – 10 pm Saturday
  • BevEgg’s Pork & Grits: 11:30 – 2:30 Sunday


Mothership to Close — Last Day Possibly February 22

January 28, 2015

Sadly, the City Paper reported today that Mothership has decided to close, with the last day possibly being brunch on February 22nd. You can read the City Paper article here. This is very sad news indeed and we wish them all the success in the world on their next ventures. Mothership Two Chix

Final 2 Days for DC Born & Raised — Baba’s Dumplings Coming to EatsPlace This Saturday

January 6, 2015

EatsPlace at 3607 Georgia Avenue (web site here) is down to the final two days of the DC Born & Raised pop-up (Wednesday & Thursday) so if you haven’t checked them out you’ll need to do so quickly.

EatsPlace’s next featured pop-uppery will be Baba’s Dumplings, helmed by Katy Chang, which will make hand-kneaded dumplings and soup noodles. Katy is one of the founders of EatsPlace, and EatsPlace will also be featuring her Baba’s Cooking School line of award-winning hot sauce and a new line of bitters.

EatsPlace's Katy Chang.

EatsPlace’s Katy Chang.

Chang writes: “One of the reasons I founded EatsPlace was to allow chefs to share their food with the community. I’m happy to have the opportunity to present my own food, which was inspired by my Baba (dad), who was a chef … “I also am excited to be able to feature a line of Baba’s Cooking School Bitters as all natural aromatic flavor enhancers. In Chinese culinary tradition, bitter foods are keyed to the heart. So it is with all of my heart that I make and present these bitters.”

The Baba’s pop-up will soft open starting this Saturday, January 10th, with limited hours 6-9 and then regular hours starting on Sunday, January 11th.

The Baba’s Dumplings menu is below.


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