Alba Osteria owner to open French restaurant at 450 K

The Washington Business Journal reports that Haka Ilhan, who owns Alba Osteria, has signed a lease in the m.flats building at 450 K Street NW. The new restaurant will be named L’Hommage Bistro Francais and will have a range of offerings that include a full-service bistro, a bakery, and a cafe with grab-and-go sandwich counter at lunch. Looks like the upcoming Baked & Wired at 440K will have some baguette competition.

Rendering for L'Hommage Bistro Francais (Norris Design Studios)

Rendering for L’Hommage Bistro Francais (Norris Design Studios)

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Kushi Closes Permanently

After operating for over four years at 465 K Street NW, Kushi Izakaya (www.eatkushi.com) has closed permanently.

The restaurant opened in 2010 to rave reviews back and initially garnered a nomination for James Beard Award consideration. We respected how they attempted different ideas such as the underground “grey” market and later the Kushi-Moto food truck. But operations seemed to always be treading water after that first year. A few years ago Kushi was suspended for tax reasons and earlier this year they narrowly avoided eviction. One can surmise the space (and rent) was too big for a concept that was ill-suited to pull a lunch/brunch crowd. Owner Darren Norris has plans for a revival in a much smaller space at the corner of 14th & Church Streets NW. We thank him for his service and wish him the best with his future endeavor.
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MVT Dog Day on Saturday Sept 13th

This Saturday morning is looking beautiful for our MVT’s Love Your Dog Day at the MVT FRESHFARM Market. Wagtime and Anytime K9, LLC will be at 5th & K with agility training demos at 10:30 and 11:30. In between demos, you can let your dog try out the agility equipment for free.

MVT Dog Day Flyer

Anytime K9, which provides dog walking and training, and Wagtime, which provides daycare and boarding, will have information on their services as well as fun giveaway gifts for your best friend. Both of these wonderful local companies are dedicated to supporting dog owners in DC and help provide the kind of exercise and social opportunities dogs need to stay healthy and happy.

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Baked & Wired Bakery/Coffeehouse Executes Lease

bakedandwiredBack in May we had a very strong indication that the owners of popular bakery Baked & Wired had intent on signing a lease in the ground floor of the Lyric 440K apartment building. These things don’t always progress the way we hope (see: Dacha II, Ray’s Hellburger) so we are very pleased to learn from a Quadrangle/Wilkes MVTCID press release today that the lease has been executed and the bakery/coffeehouse should open in early 2015.

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Eric Ziebold to Open New Restaurant at 1015 7th Street NW

Big news this week is that Eric Ziebold has signed a lease to open a new restaurant in the former Alpertson’s furniture building at 1015 7th Street NW. Ziebold is best known for being the executive chef of the highly acclaimed CityZen restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel in SW DC. Over the years Ziebold has received recognition nationally from organizations such as the James Beard Foundation and Food & Wine magazine. Years before rising to Executive Chef Ziebold gained experience at The French Laundry in Yountville, CA which has 3 Michellin stars and has been twice named best restaurant in the world.

Alpertsons building (left), Eric Ziebold (right)

Alpertsons building (left), Eric Ziebold (right)

It is estimated that the target date for opening would be Q2 of 2015. No word yet on specifics plans for the restaurant’s concept. Perhaps the chef will eventually shed some light on that topic via his @EricZiebold twitter account.

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Demolition to Begin at Former Marrakesh Site

According to last week’s permits demolition is set to begin at the former Marrakesh site at 617 New York Ave NW. The restaurant closed in September 2012 and the property was sold to Douglas Development in March 2013 for $12.75 million. The raze permit indicates Douglas Development will demolish the majority of the structure leaving only the principal historic facade and elements intact.

Marrakesh and the Midas building Douglas purchased in 2009

Marrakesh and the Midas building Douglas purchased in 2009

I would presume these buildings are part of the assemblage for the massive spec office building we reported Douglas had in the works back in 2012. But they own nearly the entirety of the block and at one point were planning both an office building and a residential building.

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