Ins & Outs: What is New in Georgetown

In (Next Year): Capital One Café
Well, Georgetown, you will get your wish … sort of. An eatery will indeed return to the southeast corner of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, site of the legendary Nathans Restaurant. It’s innovative, but may not be what you expected: It’s a Capital One Café.

The 3150 M St. NW property, renovated by Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Development, was sold a few weeks ago to Capital One Bank for $50.2 million. (For $10 million per year, Capital One also just bought the naming rights to the former Verizon Center, now Capital One Arena.)

With its Capital One Cafés, the company is redesigning the banking experience, it says. “We want to empower people to feel confident about their relationship with money so their money can ultimately fit their lives. That begins with redesigning the banking experience to make things simple and straightforward. Most of us prefer a digital experience, but many of us want that human connection, too — that is where Capital One Cafés come in.”

Here’s how the company describes its new cafés, which partner with Peet’s Coffee: “At the intersection of both the digital and physical worlds are the Capital One Cafés — a space that’s intentionally designed for how people live and bank today. The new locations will serve as a community space where D.C. residents can recharge their bank accounts, devices and lives, while learning new ways to manage their finances, try out new digital and financial tools, use fee-free ATMs, tap into free Wi-Fi, or simply grab a great cup of coffee or local pastries.”

Georgetown and Chinatown will be the first D.C. neighborhoods to get the sip-and-banks by late next year. Others are already perking away in California, Florida and Massachusetts.

Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One — which considers itself a hometown bank of Washington, D.C. — is a bank holding company that is the ninth-largest bank in the U.S. in terms of assets.

In: Georgetown Allure
Facial spa Georgetown Allure opens today at 3288 M St. NW in a former Pinkberry spot, offering facial treatments and chemical peels to treat skin discoloration, sun damage, rosacea, wrinkles, age spots, acne, razor bumps and more. The 2,800-square-foot facility has one consultation room and two treatment rooms.

In: Take Care
Another skin care shop, Take Care, opened where Helia’s boutique was at 1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW. According to the three-year-old company, Take Care offers a selection of effective, natural and independent skin care brands. It embodies a thoughtful and gentle approach to cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. In addition: “We are thrilled to partner with small, handmade and often women-owned labels of leisure wear, home care and personal and home accessories with an emphasis on simple, natural designs and ingredients.”

In: Oki Bowl & Sake Bar
Replacing the Basil Thai restaurant at 1608 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Oki Bowl features ramen (curry, etc.) and rice (mushroom, etc.) bowls and has another location at 18th & M.

Out: Hashi Sushi (Chopsticks)
The intimate Japanese restaurant in a row house right on Blues Alley at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW has closed. At first called Chopsticks, the business switched its name to Hashi, which means chopsticks. We’ll miss those bento boxes.

Out: Rene Ruiz
The Florida-based, top-end fashion studio Rene Ruiz, which partnered with Ike Behar a year ago to set up shop at 2902 M St. NW, has departed the neighborhood. Its dresses are still available at such places as the Neiman Marcus at Tysons Corner as well as at its own shops in Florida and New York. The M Street store made a big splash in the months leading up to the 2017 presidential inauguration.

Politics & Prose Puts Books in the Rosewood
The Rosewood Hotel on 31st Street has partnered with Politics and Prose bookstore to create a library for guests to enjoy. Guests can also pick up a “Summer Reads” newsletter with recommendations on the season’s buzziest books. Check out the new menu of summer cocktails in the Rye Bar for something to sip with your page-turner.


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