Business Ins & Outs May 16, 2018


By Stephanie Green and Robert Delaney

In: Sugar Lab (for your sugar fix)

On May 12, Georgetowners got another sweet spot. Sugar Lab, which specializes in local and handmade gelato and waffle cones, has rolled into 3279 M St. NW, billing itself as a “research institute of happiness.”

In: Rosewood Rooftop (for a drink with a view)

For those looking for treats of an alcoholic variety — along with cool views — the rooftop bar and lounge of the Rosewood hotel on 31st Street opened for the summer on May 11. You can head over for cocktails and light bites from 11:30 a.m. to midnight daily.

In: Illesteva (for those M Street sunsets)

Should you require some chic new sunglasses for outdoor summer parties, Illesteva, the Italian optical company, is now welcoming Georgetown customers at its new location: 3306 M St. NW.

Out: No More Cream Puffs

Sad to report: Beard Papa’s, the custard cream puff shop headquartered in Japan, has closed its Georgetown location at 1332 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Coming: Restaurant by Owner of Mirabelle

As Morton’s Steakhouse prepares to leave its 37-year-old spot in Georgetown Court, 3251 Prospect St. NW, Hakan Ilhan, who owns Mirabelle restaurant downtown, has signed a lease for the space, according to Miller Walker Retail Real Estate, which represented both landlord (Bob Elliott) and tenant.

The property owner will renovate the space and push the entrance close to the Prospect Street sidewalk, shared by Cafe Milano and Peacock Cafe. As previously reported in this newspaper, Morton’s will close by Dec. 1. The as-yet-unnamed casual French restaurant will debut in late 2019. Ilhan’s 20 eateries include Al Dente and Ottoman Taverna.

Expanded: Salon L’eau Adds Barber Shop, Spa

Salon L’eau,3240 P St. NW, has expanded to a full-service, one-stop shop, according to LoAnn Lai, owner and stylist. The expansion includes the launch of Crew Cuts, an upscale men’s barber shop. The name Crew Cuts was inspired by the Georgetown University crew team, the salon said, “which represents so much of the charm, history and prestige that is Georgetown. Clients can relax in the private men’s area receiving various treatments from massage to waxing to manscaping. Or sit in the chair of a highly trained barber for a straight-edge razor shave and haircut.” Salon L’eau also offers massage therapy, facials, waxing with homemade sugar wax and manicures/pedicures.

Ladurée’s Premier Anniversaire

Ladurée, 3060 M St. NW, celebrated its first anniversary May 11 with a breakfast. The deluxe French macaron shop plans to expand to Rosslyn, Virginia, later this year.

Merged: Chef Geoff’s and Clover Restaurant Group

Chef Geoff’s Restaurant Group and Clover Restaurant Group joined forces to create a joint venture comprising four Washington restaurant brands and nine total restaurants, including Chef Geoff’s, Lia’s, Cafe Deluxe and Tortilla Coast. All the restaurants will be operated by Chef Geoff’s Deluxe Hospitality and family owned by father and son James and Brian Sullivan and brothers Geoff and Chris Tracy. The four have extensive experience in restaurant ownership and operations in the D.C., Virginia and Maryland markets.The Tracys have been partners at Chef Geoff’s for over a decade and the Sullivans have owned Cafe Deluxe and Tortilla Coast for more than eight years.

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