Category Archives: Washington Business Journal

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​Bantam King gives D.C. another take on ramen, crabs take over Petworth and more new restaurant news

Source: Washington Business Journal

Ramen lovers who’ve grown tired of the peak lines at Chinatown’s Daikaya ramen shop in D.C. will soon get a reprieve: The same team is on Friday set to open Bantam King, a chicken-focused ramen shop, just around the corner at 501 G St. NW.

Bantam King — playfully named for the building’s former tenant, Burger King — features ramen made with two different styles of broth, the clearer chintan style and richer paitan style topped with slow-cooked, shredded chicken, broccoli rabe and other vegetables.…

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1776 hires Gates Ventures leader as latest executive team addition

Source: Washington Business Journal

D.C.-based startup incubator and technology seed fund 1776 has added a new executive to its leadership team.

The latest addition is Christian Garcia, a former Gates Ventures investment manager who focused on early stage companies in energy and hardware for the Bill & Melinda Gates Investment office in Seattle. Garcia will serve as managing director for ventures with a focus on energy, water and food, officials said.

Garcia is one of several managing directors hired at the tech hub in recent months.…

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Family Business

Source: Washington Business Journal

At an early age, Mr. Marriott developed a passion for the business and worked in a variety of positions in the Hot Shoppes restaurant chain during his high school and college years. He joined the company full-time in 1956 and soon afterward, took over management of Marriott’s first hotel. Mr. Marriott became executive vice president of the company, then its president, in 1964. He was elected chief executive officer in 1972, and chairman of the board in 1985.

Regarded as a lodging innovator, Mr.…

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Emerging

Source: Washington Business Journal

Osiris Hoil arrived in the United States in 2000 on a visitor’s visa, unable to speak any English, with only one goal in mind: to support his family back in Mexico. He found jobs as a restaurant dishwasher working over 70 hours a week. Working in the restaurant, he started learning English by conversing with bar-goers at the end of his long shift each day. Proving himself valuable, trustworthy, and an exceptional learner, Osiris worked his way to kitchen manager, developing an understanding of…

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GERD: More than simple heart burn

Source: Washington Business Journal

Most of us eat too much, drink a bit more than we should, and suffer from our occasional excess with the nagging irritation of heartburn. But for others, heartburn — or indigestion — becomes a frequent occurrence and can be a sign of a more serious problem called GERD.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disorder. Normally when we swallow, food moves through the esophagus, which contracts to push food into the stomach through a “gatekeeper” muscle called a sphincter.…

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​Erik Bruner-Yang sues Toki Underground business partners for $1.75M

Source: Washington Business Journal

D.C. chef Erik Bruner-Yang, the culinary mind behind Toki Underground, restaurant and retail spot Maketto and a handful of other projects, has sued his business partners in ramen shop Toki for $1.75 million.

The suit sheds light on just how contentious things have gotten at the H Street NE restaurant since Bruner-Yang announced his plans to open at least one restaurant in The Line D.C., a high-end, hip hotel coming to Adams Morgan. We knew things between Bruner-Yang and the other partners in Toki…

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JBG ready to go vertical near Nats Park, Millie’s in Spring Valley and Target’s liquor store

Source: Washington Business Journal

Welcome to permits on this SafeTrack Monday. It’s a beautiful day for commuting.

4866 Massachusetts Ave. NW: The former Chicken Out in this Spring Valley strip center will become Millie’s, a “family-oriented” restaurant seating 130 inside and 120 outside. Total capacity, including standing room and staff, is 325. The building will be renovated with a new terrace and rear and side additions. When applying for its liquor license, Millie’s owner agreed to “not advertise or market the business…

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3 things to know about Greater Washington’s priciest restaurants

Source: Washington Business Journal

We got thrown a bit of a curve ball this year on our restaurants List, but ended up having plenty of new information to work with.

Sometimes a source is unable to deliver exactly what was expected, and that was the case this year with Zagat, the source for our “Most Expensive Restaurants” List. (As for why, see No. 1 below).

And soon, Zagat won’t be the only major restaurant guide in town. Michelin announced this week it will release its Michelin Guide covering Washington’s restaurant scene…

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Here are the restaurants that are going into the new GWU dorm building

Source: Washington Business Journal

George Washington University students and others around Foggy Bottom will have a lot more fast-casual dining options come later this year, after the university’s new District House dormitory opens to the public at 2121 H St. NW.

New York-style pizza joint Wiseguy NY Pizza and its sister concept, Beef ’n’ Bread, will both lease restaurant spaces in the building. They will be joined by Chick-fil-A, GRK Fresh Greek and Sol Mexican Grill.

Nick Papadapoulos and a team from Papadapoulos Properties…

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Which justice keeps the candy bowl stocked and other Supreme Court foodie secrets

Source: Washington Business Journal

Every workplace has one: the person with the big bowl of candy on his or her desk, winning friends and spurring chit-chat via the provision of a much-needed afternoon sugar rush.

At the U.S. Supreme Court, that co-worker is Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

That was just one morsel of food trivia shared at an event Wednesday called “Legal Eats” that featured Sotomayor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Sotomayor’s status as sweet-tooth satisfier…

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Tasting menu restaurants bucking dining trends in D.C.

Source: Washington Business Journal

Tasting menu restaurants continue to thrive in D.C. despite economic and dining trends that lean toward quick service and casual fare.

That’s according to Eater D.C., which finds long-established chefs and young new culinary turks embracing ambitious multicourse menus that emphasize signature experiences in a social media and celebrity chef age where brand is key.

“This type of multicourse meal requires something more than just lots of money and an empty stomach to enjoy it. Diners also need…

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​Here’s what will replace La Fourchette in Adams Morgan

Source: Washington Business Journal

Longtime French restaurant La Fourchette in Adams Morgan will be replaced by Los Cuates, a Mexican restaurant with two other locations in the D.C. area.

La Fourchette owners Pierre and Jacqueline Chauvet said Tuesday that they would close June 11 to retire, after putting the building at 2429 18th St. NW up for sale earlier this year.

The couple sold the building to Scott Specter of SPMC Urban Properties LLC for an undisclosed price. John Gogos of Papadapoulos Properties represented the buyer and…

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Bon appetit! Michelin to launch first-ever D.C. guide

Source: Washington Business Journal

The holy grail of dining guides, the Michelin guide, is coming to D.C.

The French company behind the guides — yes, the same one that makes tires — announced Tuesday its intention to launch what will be only the fourth U.S. city guide. The other U.S. cities with guides are New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

In other cities and parts of the world, the Michelin star is the most sought-after honor, with chefs often working their whole careers toward that goal. D.C. has never had a Michelin-starred…

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&pizza opens in Baltimore with an eye on more locations

Source: Washington Business Journal

There is no shortage of pizza parlors popping up around Baltimore, but Michael Lastoria is hoping his pizzeria started in the District will stick out above the rest.

&pizza opens Friday at 1201 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill. The location is the first in Baltimore and brings the total number of locations up to 15 with most in or around D.C., including Bethesda and Gaithersburg. Lastoria, the CEO and co-founder of &pizza, said the Federal Hill location is reminiscent of the first space they opened.

“For…

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The Watergate Hotel reopens next week. Take a look inside.

Source: Washington Business Journal

The Watergate Hotel, when it reopens June 1 for the first time in nearly a decade, is looking to wow.

There’s the dual-patina copper metalwork staircase from Italy. There’s the Austrian white oak curvatures in the lobby and the restaurant, meticulously bent by the hands of woodworkers brought in specifically for the task. There’s the seemingly countless types of intricate marble. And not to be overlooked, there’s the LED-infused ballroom ceiling, which mimics a starry sky when the rest of…

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​Loudoun gets NFL-themed restaurant and a new cocktail bar, Capitol Riverfront gets oysters and bakery opens in Shaw

Source: Washington Business Journal

Hail & Hog Kitchen and Tap, the One Loudoun restaurant themed around Washington’s NFL team, will open by the end of May.

The two-level, 12,000-square-foot restaurant at 20376 Exchange St. in Ashburn, which was originally called “Redskins Grille” when it was announced, will feature burgundy leather and “muted gold accents,” along with artwork and artifacts from the team’s history.

The top floor leans more toward sports bar, with wall-to-wall televisions and images of Washington NFL stadiums…

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Detailing $3.4M in community benefits, revised look for Whole Foods-anchored 965 Florida

Source: Washington Business Journal

The team behind the Whole Foods Market-anchored development coming to 965 Florida Ave. NW has unveiled fresh renderings, and laid out how the community stands to benefit from the 400,000-square-foot project.

The 110-foot tall, U-shaped building will include 299 market-rate apartments, 129 affordable apartments, a 51,540-square-foot Whole Foods, 343 parking spaces (125 for residents and the remainder for the retail), up to 160 bicycle parking spaces, a 10th-floor skybridge spanning a central courtyard,…

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A new Rare Sweets kitchen, Microsoft’s war room and Apollo’s appendage

Source: Washington Business Journal

Welcome to permits on this last work week before the unofficial summer kickoff.

600 H St. NE: It’s a go for Phase II of Insight Property Group’s Whole Foods Market-anchored Apollo project, featuring a three-story “appendage building” fronting Seventh Street NE that connects to the main building. The Apollo development will include 430 apartments and roughly 70,000 square feet of retail. In 2015, the Zoning Commission gave Insight the OK to lease 31,908 square feet (19,692 on the second floor of…

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The Hay-Adams taps new executive chef

Source: Washington Business Journal

The Hay-Adams has tapped its current chef de cuisine to be the new executive chef at the historic D.C. hotel.

Nicolas Legret, who has been the five-star luxury hotel’s chef de cuisine since 2009, will take over for Peter Schaffrath, who is retiring after decades in the hospitality industry, including serving as The Hay-Adams executive chef since 2002.

Legret has been “an instrumental team member” and is “ready to take the helm” of the hotel’s culinary operations. That includes The Lafayette…

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Donald Trump to be deposed in D.C. next month in hotel lawsuit

Source: Washington Business Journal

Billionaire developer and presidential candidate Donald Trump will be deposed in D.C. on June 16 in his legal spat with chef Geoffrey Zakarian over a planned restaurant in Trump’s Old Post Office hotel.

The Washington Post reports D.C. Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman ordered Trump to make himself available to be deposed on that date, a month before the Republican National Convention. Trump’s deposition will be confidential and sealed after his attorneys argued it would include competitive…

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Market Common in Clarendon changing hands for $406 million

Source: Washington Business Journal

A shopping center developer and a real estate investment trust are teaming up to buy Market Common in Clarendon for $406 million.

Jacksonville, Florida-based Regency Centers Corp. (NYSE: REG) and Arlington-based AvalonBay Communities Inc. (NYSE: AVB) are acquiring the project from TIAA-CREF.

The mixed-use property features 300 Class A apartments and 300,000 square feet of retail anchored by a Whole Foods, an Apple Store, Crate & Barrel, The Container Store, Pottery Barn, and Williams-Sonoma. An…

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A new cut? Former chophouse site in D.C. pitched for redevelopment

Source: Washington Business Journal

Its days as one of D.C.’s choice steakhouse spots are over, and now the former Smith & Wollensky restaurant south of Dupont Circle is being pitched for sale as a potential redevelopment play.

Cushman & Wakefield Inc. recently began marketing the Golden Triangle property at 1112 19th St. NW to prospective buyers, roughly two months after Smith & Wollensky abruptly shut down. Cushman & Wakefield estimates the site could be redeveloped into a 130-foot-high, 105,000-square-foot trophy office, hotel…

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Residential conversion of office building near Dupont, beer for Union Market and veggies in Georgetown

Source: Washington Business Journal

Welcome to permits on this late fall Monday. Oh, it’s mid-May, you say?

1255 22nd St. NW: Tasea Investment Co., owner of this “obsolete” seven-story office building south of Dupont Circle, will convert it into 77 rental apartments, while constructing a nine-story, 120-unit residential addition on an adjacent parking lot. The existing building will get a new facade, though the post office currently operating on the ground floor will remain, as will the existing three-story underground parking garage.…

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​After lengthy search for space in Fairfax, Twinpanzee Brewing Co. decamps for Loudoun County

Source: Washington Business Journal

It looks like Twinpanzee Brewing Co., the upstart brewery that launched two years ago with plans to open in Fairfax County, will actually end up in neighboring Loudoun.

Twinpanzee founders Antonio Maradiaga and Maha Majdoub have filed requests for zoning determination from the Loudoun County for several locations in the Sterling area, Maradiaga said Friday.

He declined to provide the exact locations given that they still are not sure which one will be the final spot, although one of them is on…

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Startup of the Week: For drinks with friends or hitting the club, there is no app like Rooam

Source: Washington Business Journal

It’s a Friday night and you want to hit the club with your friends but don’t know where to go. Once you get there, you aren’t sure you want to leave your credit card behind the bar. And when you are bored you are not sure where to go next.

Enter Rooam (pronounced like ‘roam’).

Part calendar, part social network and part payment app, this D.C.-based startup wants to smooth out the wrinkles in your nightlife, whether you are popping bottles at the club or grabbing a beer at your local watering…

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