Thursday, January 29, 2015

Purple Patch Could Replace Tonic

It appears that someone has secured the former Tonic space (3155 Mount Pleasant St NW) and is moving forward with a new business. I peeked inside the downstairs level last night and there were bottles and bottles of wine in the otherwise nondescript and unadorned former sports bar space. The tables, chairs, and bar area looked to be identical to what remained when Tonic closed. As a reminder, Tonic closed last June. Plans to open another restaurant in the space never materialized.

The new business has posted hiring advertisements featuring the name and logo for "Purple Patch Food & Drink." I have zero inside knowledge, but that sounds like a wine focused theme to me. I'd be super-OK with a relaxed wine bar atmosphere. Or at least a regular-type, normal, non-gimmicky bar with a good wine selection. And beer. Maybe a TV or two for the game. And nice people working there and hanging out there. And... well, let's just wait and see what shakes out. At any rate, this is welcome news for such a prime space on our commercial strip. Stay tuned for more details as they come. Very cool news!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New York's Momofuku Coming to DC


New York exports all kinds of stuff. Especially foodstuffs. This is a town in which the line for cronuts was only 15 deep during a blizzard. A blizzard. 

The cronunt eventually made its way to DC (if not by the same name). And just as the cronut flew south during the winter, so does another NYC star, Momofuku.

Momofuku is actually a collection of restaurants mostly located in New York, but with sites in Toronto, ON and Sydney, NSW. The original Momofuku was a noodle bar featuring ramen. With each new restaurant came new concepts, such as Milk Bar, a dessert and sweets shop. They're known for inventing drinks like cereal milk hot chocolate

Both Momofuku and Milk Bar will open in the City Center development. They'll be located on the first floor of the office building at the corner of 11th and I (Eye) Streets NW. This is the retail space adjacent to the farmers market, where everyone wanted an Apple store to open. Turns out wishing stores into existence doesn't work in real life. The company has to want to do it and sign a lease. So instead we get Momofuku and Milk Bar.

Until recently vegetarian options at each place have been virtually nil and the vegan options are still truly nil. So, send me the reports, because I'll be window shopping. No announced opening date as of yet, but stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Newest Smithsonian Museum Under Construction

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is slated to open in 2016. The Museum was founded in 2003, and after securing a space on the National Mall, began construction of a permanent building in 2012. The NMAAHC will be located just west of the National Museum of American History and east of the Washington Monument. They are making incredible progress. Check out one of their exhibitions Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College, at the NMAAHC Gallery inside of the American History Museum. It closes March 1, 2015 and is worth the trip.
National Museum of African American History and Culture: January 20, 2015
Rendering by Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup
Postscript: Here are models of the other designs submitted for the museum.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

These photos are from August 23, 2011, taken during my first visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Were he still alive, Dr. King would have celebrated his 86th birthday this week.