Friday, April 29, 2011

The Ground Floor


Velour: Corduroy chef Tom Power will open a second restaurant in the town house next door at 1124 9th Street, he announced earlier this week. The 3469 s.f. space will be minimalist, showcasing brick, concrete floors, wood and steel, with a menu price point of $20 or less per item. Expect a year long build out.

Luke's Lobster: Ben Conniff of Luke's Lobster dispelled rumors of the company having signed a lease on I Street when in fact they've settled on a space at 622 E Street N.W., a Douglas Development-owned, 700 s.f. space with a menu that mirrors the company's New York City locations, which includes shrimp, lobster and crab rolls. The largest shop yet for the company is scheduled to open this summer. When this writer spoke with Susan Povich of Red Hook Lobster Truck, (also with New York City locations), Povich said her shop and Luke's serve the freshest lobster around: good news for D.C.

Paul: May 2 is the opening date for the 3220 s.f. U.S. flagship bakery housed at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. The bakery chain, the first of which opened in Paris 120 years ago, has also signed a lease at 1078 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, which will open in August. Paul has 200 stores in 25 countries.

Post Office Bistro: Rumor has it that the New York restaurant group Chow Down-whose restaurants include Hell's Kitchen, El Centro, VYNL and Therapy-have signed a lease at 1407 T Street to build a casual restaurant with outdoor sidewalk and garden seating.

Chipotle: The Cleveland Park Listserv reports that Chipotle has applied for a special exemption to the Board of Zoning Adjustments to open a store at 3420 Connecticut Avenue N.W., the ANC3C is seeking community response to the application, which is primarily positive in discussion on the site.

Mala Tang: The sibling to the very-delicious Hong Kong Palace and Uncle Liu's Hot Pot will open Mala Tang May 2nd, reports Washington Post's Tim Carman. The high-end, 150-seat, Sichuan restaurant will also feature a street food counter.

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