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February 21, 2014
Now Open: Roofers Union in AdMo
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Roofers Union, a new project from Marjorie Meek-Bradley, the rising-star chef at Ripple, opened last week in Adams Morgan. It puts a gourmet twist on the beer and bar food you'd expect to find in this hood.
Marjorie tells us that the space itself--which formerly housed The Reef--is what inspired the concept. The rooftop deck already had 16 tap lines installed, so doing a beer-focused concept was a no-brainer. The outdoor space is perfect for a beer garden, but Marjorie was thinking American-style, not German. For the decor, she harkened back to her culinary school days in Philly and the rich character of her favorite South Philly haunts. The result is a cozy, exposed-brick space with a "fun, hangout vibe." (Those might not be the two words we use to describe Eagles fans.)
Front and center is a large, high-top communal table. One wall features a large mural that was painted by local artists. Against another wall is a large mirror with a beautiful wooden frame that looks so much like a doorway that two people have run into it. (So, um, watch out for that.) And up top is a roofdeck that she and her team can't wait to open. The menu starts out with "snacks" for sharing, then expands into hearty sandwiches, house-made sausages, and full-blown entrees. "I like to start out with small plates because it's so fun to share, but then I still need an actual entree to feel satisfied. I wanted to give my diners both options."
Preview: Carolina Kitchen on RI Row
Maryland restaurateur Lance London is bringing his popular Carolina Kitchen restaurant to DC's newly developed Rhode Island Row. Opening next Friday, the menu features low country Southern cuisine, with favorites like blackened catfish and fried chicken. Lance and his team pulled out all the stops for the DC location, adding menu items like shrimp and grits, Alaskan king crab legs, and a full raw bar. The beverage program will also be much more elaborate than the other locations, featuring an in-house mixologist and specialties like a spiked sweet potato shake.
Lance is a big fan of Las Vegas, and worked to infuse a "Vegas feel" into the large space. The walls are filled with antiques from Lance's lifetime of travels. They also feature a number of jazz greats--a nod to DC's rich musical history. A neon tribute to Duke Ellington--who once lived near the restaurant--flashes brightly above the kitchen counter. The warm, bright dining area consists of a number of different sections, including the upstairs "King Kong Room" for private dining. Lance has loved King Kong since he was a kid, and finds a way to work the giant ape into each of his restaurants.
Next door will be TKO Burger, Lance's first foray into the fast-casual world. The space pays homage to the world of boxing, with a wall filled with photographs of boxing legends. In addition to a traditional burger, the menu has creative items like a mac and cheese burger, a jerk burger, and many non-beef burgers: softshell crab, salmon, turkey, black bean, and veggie, to name a few. And if you don't feel like talking to your fellow diners, no worries: in addition to the large flat screen TVs throughout the space, each booth has an individual TV screen as well.
Fashion For Paws Going To The Dogs!
How stylish is that doggie on the runway? You tell us. Fashion for Paws (F4P) steps out April 12, benefiting the Washington Humane Society. Dig these dog days: Models on the runway are fundraisers, each raising at least $5,000 in just 10 weeks leading up to the event (this is doggy do-able). Raise the money and walk the runway with your awesome dog. The top fundraiser wins the title Model Washingtonian of the Year, and the first and second runners-up will be recognized on the runway as well. Raise $10k or more and be included in the hot-as-heel 2015 runway show calendar. Tickets, tables, and sponsorships are available at www.fashionforpaws.org. For more info on our great sponsor, click here.
From Briefs to Brie
After 32 years as a civil litigator, Bruce Klores has decided to switch gears... to grilled cheese. He will be opening GCDC, a grilled-cheese-cum-wine-and-cheese shop, at 17th and Penn in early March. Bruce doesn't view this as a retirement, just the next chapter in his professional life. He's winding down his law practice, and has been working with restaurant consultant Adam Williamowsky (formerly of Financial Foods, now with streetsense). During this transition, his main objective is caring for his current clients.
And Bruce isn't the only career-changer on the roster. Helping with wine and cheese tastings and behind the bar will be retired Superior Court Senior Judge Natalia Combs Greene, and his son Stephen set aside a promising musical career to head up menu development. Bruce owns the three-story brownstone that houses his law offices, and the team has turned the basement into a "grilled cheese lab" where Stephen has been experimenting with and honing grilled cheese and soup recipes. The space was actually Bruce's very first office back in his law clerk days (well before he bought the building); it's only fitting that he's now launching another brand new career in that same space.
GEN Z: Prices Lowered Until March 1!
Calling all high school entrepreneurs: We want to include as many enthusiastic young people as possible, so we've temporarily lowered the price to allow more to participate. Bisnow's first GEN Z program is March 15. Sign up now for a half-day program that mixes amazing guest entrepreneurs with fun, hands-on exercises hosted at cool startup companies. Learn what it takes to turn your ideas into a company and earn a special certificate. The new lower registration price is available until March 1, so sign up your high school entrepreneurs NOW for GEN Z! Sign up today!