Business Ins & Outs June 6, 2018

By Stephanie Green and Robert Devaney

In: Fitzgerald Named United Bank President

Michael Fitzgerald, co-founder and former CEO of the Bank of Georgetown, has been named president of United Bank, the largest community bank headquartered in Greater Washington, D.C.

In: Wine Outlet on Grace St.

With the slogan, “Big box price, small town service,” the Wine Outlet has finally opened its doors at 3210 Grace St. NW, sharing the little side street with some of Georgetown’s favorite businesses, such as Dog Tag Bakery and Chaia tacos. The wine retailer is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia.

In: Mono Diner on Wisconsin

Next to Boulangerie Christophe, in a building rebuilt after a structural collapse, Mono Diner is set to open this summer at 1424 Wisconsin Ave. NW. With a menu of sandwiches, crepes, coffee and such, the new spot will be open 24/7.

In: Al Fresco at the Ritz

Finally, let’s lift a glass to another Georgetown watering hole, just in time for cooling-off season. On Friday, June 1, the Ritz-Carlton, 3100 South St. NW, hosted a soirée to kick off the opening of the Yard, its urban garden for al fresco drinking and dining. The signature offerings will be Sunday brunch — reserve soon for those glorious mornings in June — and “frosé” (frozen rosé) cocktails.

In: Susan Burke’s Design Pop-Up

It’s time for some late spring sprucing. Local interior designer Susan Burke has opened a pop-up shop in Spring Valley through June 30. The collection features artisan-crafted luxury furnishings by Bradley and other companies, otherwise available to trade insiders, along with vintage and antique pieces. Burke’s home accessories are by Addison Weeks, with lamps and custom table linens curated by her modern Southern sensibility. Burke celebrated her new venture with a May 16 cocktail party for her chic followers.

“I have created room vignettes allowing customers to envision each piece in their own home, whether it’s part of a table setting for a dinner party or part of an artful seating arrangement,” she tells us. The showroom is located at 116 The Collection, 4300 Fordham Road NW, near the popular restaurant Millie’s.

In: Georgetown Barbershop Co.

Your home is probably not the only thing due for a makeover (or under) this month. For your seasonal shearing — or a classic shave — the Georgetown Barbershop Co. has hung out its shingle at 3283 M St. NW. Haircuts start at $30 and beard trims at $18. Students get a 15-percent discount when they show a valid I.D.

Anniversaries  . . .

35: Filomena Ristorante at 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW, overlooking the C&O Canal, has been satisfying the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Helmut Kohl since 1983. With its classic Italian dishes and eclectic décor, the place is just right for intimate get-togethers or (now that we think of it) anniversary parties.

3: LiLi The First is turning three years old. The engaging Ifat Pridan, owner of the fashion-forward women’s clothing boutique, opened her shop at 1419 Wisconsin Ave. NW during the summer of 2015. Stop by to congratulate her and check out the summer specials.

Now Open: José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern

A restaurant focusing on regional specialties of the United States, America Eats Tavern — launched seven years ago in the nation’s capital by Spanish-born celebrity chef José Andrés — opened Monday, June 4, in Georgetown.

Located in the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton for two years, until late 2016, the restaurant replaces neighborhood rib joint Old Glory at 3139 M St. NW. Chef Claudio Foschi, the man in charge in Tysons, will run the Georgetown America Eats. Barbecue has been added to the menu as a tip of the toque to its 26-year predecessor in the space.

The America Eats Tavern concept began in 2011 as a pop-up in the former Café Atlantico in Penn Quarter.

When the move was announced last February, Andrés said: “We’re excited to bring America Eats Tavern back to the District, where it all began, especially to historic Georgetown where we’ve been wanting to open for a long time.” The restaurant is a partnership of Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup and Bechara Nammour’s Capital Restaurant Group.




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