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Celebrate National High Five Day at Mandu

If people randomly try to high five you this Thursday, don’t freak out. April 18th, 2013 is National High Five Day and it’s all for a good cause: to help raise money for five cancer research centers nationwide. So high five!

National High Five Day sounds like a holiday slash fundraiser a bunch of college dudes would come up with. And that’s pretty much what happened. It was invented in 2002 by a group of friends at the University of Virginia. One of the students involved was Danny Lee, whom you might know as the co-owner of Mandu. So after you’re done high fiving your colleagues and random people on the metro, head to Mandu on K Street and give the awesome bartenders there a high five as well. In exchange, they’ll give you an even better happy hour than usual (and the happy hour at Mandu is pretty awesome to start with), with extended hours through closing and a special $5 menu that will include will include sojutinis, dumplings, chicken wings, seafood pancakes and Korean tacos. Even better… 50% of the proceeds from that menu will go to cancer charities. Double high five. But that’s not it, 100% of sales from a special “high five” cocktail (made with Yujacha, Hendrick’s, muddled cucumber and lime) will also go to charity. Now that sounds like $10 well spent to me… high five to that!

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Sixth Engine One-Year Anniversary Event

Sixth Engine will celebrate one year in Mount Vernon Triangle by opening their doors and their kitchen to the neighborhood.

Danny Lee from Mandu and Casey Patten from Taylor Gourmet (neighbors & friends) will join Sixth Engine Chef, Paul Madrid in the kitchen on Thursday February 21st at 10PM. The trio will be serving small bites to friends, family & fans of the neighborhood eatery that are inspired by each chef’s favorite dishes at their counterparts restaurant.

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WaPo highlights Mandu K Street late night eats

The Washington Post recently highlighted the K Street location of Mandu among their top late night eats.

Photo by Evy Mages for The Washington Post

Excerpt:

After dinner service is over, the kitchen at Mandu’s Fifth and K location begins a second shift of sorts, cranking out Korean-meets-Mexican bar snacks. Night owls sup on piquant quesadillas oozing with cheese and buttery caramelized kimchi, and tacos stuffed with pillows of egg-battered tofu or bulgogi and peppery cucumber slaw. Mandu doesn’t bother with a menu of late-night curiosities; adventurous eaters sidle up to the bar and ask what’s on. It allows the cooks free reign to rifle through the fridge and whip something up, explains co-owner Danny Lee. The bar snacks run $5-$7.

The article also mentions The Passenger and Taylor Gourmet’s H Street NE location.

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Mandu signage

The exterior of Mandu at City Vista has been evolving since we first saw the awning structure raised in mid December. In mid-January, just days prior to the soft opening, the window decals went up. Shortly thereafter in early February dark wood trim was installed along the awning and around the windows. Today with the erection of the new signage the exterior is complete.

How do you like the finished product?

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Mandu Preview

Last night we were lucky enough to take advantage of the pre-opening mock service at the new location of Mandu at City Vista. Doors will open for regular service on Monday January 24th at 5pm.

The interior of the restaurant is wider than one might expect from the outside and a mezzanine level Mandu created for additional seating really maximizes the space. Upon entering the hostess station is on the right while to the left a long cozy bar area occupies the area below the mezzanine level. The decor stays true to the interior renderings we shared in early October. The color scheme features white walls, dark woods that add a warm intimate feel and vibrant green seating for that pop of color. A striking zebrawood ceiling contributes an interesting architectural focal point. HGTV-junkies may notice that the infamous pink geese Antonio Ballatore scored big points with on Design Star Season 4 have been cloned in green and installed on Mandu’s largest wall (pic).

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Mandu Pre-Opening Events

The new location of Mandu at City Vista will be offering 2 nights of mock service this Friday and Saturday, with seatings every half hour from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Tables will be limited to a maximum number of 4 guests and will be reservation only. Limited space is available for these two nights by contacting mandukstreet@gmail.com. [Ed note: Reservations for Fri/Sat are now full]  This is an opportunity for the restaurant to train in a real time environment so that our staff can get used to our new surroundings and kitchen. Food will be complimentary as well as a few house cocktails.

Mandu will be hosting an open cocktail party for residents of City Vista and the Mount Vernon Triangle community on Sunday January 23rd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Mandu will be offering this cocktail hour to show their appreciation for the neighborhood. Guests may come in and get a peak of the restaurant, enjoy complementary appetizers while drinks will be available at the bar. There will not be any type of list for entry at the door, however, they will be ID at the door due to the nature of the event.

Mandu will be opening for business starting at 5:00 pm on Monday the 24th, and beginning on Tuesday will be open daily for lunch starting at 11 am.

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Mandu Awning

Construction continues briskly for Mandu at City Vista. Today I noticed a new metal awning outside the entrance for the restaurant.

installation of metal awning for Mandu at City Vista

Upon completion of construction the interior is expected to look like these renderings.

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