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April 11, 2008
 
       
 
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Last night, we joined 500 well wishers at Studley's triumphant pre-party for the Newseum, which throws opens its doors today. You might say the party was eight years in the making. Back in 2000, Studley's Lois Zambo and Vernon Knarr closed the $100M deal in less than seven months for what Lois reminds us was, at the time, the highest price ever paid for DC real estate.

 

Studley's head honchos came down from NYC for the occasion.  Studley CEO Mitch Steir, left, and president Michael Colacino, right, flank Newseum president Peter Prichard, Newseum CEO and Freedom Forum president Charles Overby, and heroine-of-the-hour Lois Zambo. In between sampling an extravagant seafood buffet courtesy of Wolfgang Puck's Newseum restaurant, The Source, Michael told us they've just picked Paris and Valencia as venue for their high-producers annual trip. Hey, when do these guys work?

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Speaking of famous brokers, we also stopped in yesterday to see Cushman & Wakefield's Audrey Cramer and Mark Minich at 1717 Penn.  Audrey gets that corner office not just as a Vice Chairman of the whole firm, but to remind her of their vast horizons as they follow clients around the globe. Mark was in Munich last month with law firm Fish & Richardson to open an office there, and Audrey was in New Delhi recently to help client Corporate Executive Board find space.

 

And plenty's still happening in DC: "We have a certain amount of fairy dust on us here," Audrey says. She's in advanced lease negotiations on 1000 Connecticut; Mark's working away with Crowell & Moring and Willkie Farr. By June, they'll be traveling again: Audrey's heading to Bangkok to head up a training course for Cushman brokers in the Asia market while Mark's going west to the Grand Canyon with his family.


Who is that guy on the crutches with the string belt-Jed Clampett?  Oh, wait, that's your humble publisher, Mark Bisnow, who ventured out yesterday in the beautiful weather to BLT for lunch.  And look at the valiant group of fine gentlemen who rushed to help him from the car (or maybe to push him back in?):  former CarrAmerica DC head John Donovan, developer Douglas Jemal, and DLA's Jay Epstien. This may be an unprecedented photo where someone else is dressed even less formally than Jemal.

 

We wanted a closeup on Douglas' fancy pink Hawaiian dress shirt, and as an added bonus got legendary Don Peebles in our picture. The Two D's truly are two of the boldest guys on our real estate scene today. Don, who used to be based in Washington and spent the last decade building a multi-billion dollar Florida portfolio, is currently planning a $2.5 billion SIX-star (wow, sounds like Dubai) hotel and condo project in Vegas. But he also just bought a house in DC, so once he acquires everyone else's addiction to the BLT popovers, you can bet you'll be seeing him around-probably doing some pretty big things with old friend Douglas and others.

 

Long story why we were still out on crutches at 10 PM (should have been horizontal by then), but this was famed CityZen chef Eric Ziebold last night at that time, still holding forth in his amazing kitchen at the Mandarin Oriental, as befits a nominee for this year's James Beard award for best chef in the mid-Atlantic. Newest menu item: Quail cordon bleu. How does someone from Iowa learn how to make that? Oh, yeah, he was Thomas Keller's sous chef at the French Laundry in Napa and NYC's Per Se before starting his own DC place less than four years ago. We like the fancy Bic pen slipped into his starched chef's smock.

 
 
 
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