Georgetown Boathouse Plans Still Stalled

June 18, 2013

Money can’t buy everything, particularly the approval of the National Park Service to build new boathouse in the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Georgetown. The University has already spent around $1,000,000 on lobbying efforts in an attempt to sway NPS.

Georgetown Current’s Carol Buckley reports that some “new information” had led NPS to expand its Environmental Impact Study, causing many to think the chance of a new boathouse is becoming increasingly slim.

Lacoste Gives Back

Lacoste is holding a company-wide polo shirt exchange from now until June 21st. Anyone who donates a gently used polo to the store will receive 20% off any full price item. In addition, for every shirt collected, $10 will be donated to Doctors Without Borders by USA Network and its hit show Royal Pains.

“The show definitely fits our demographic, so it’s [the exchange] really cool,” said Lacoste sales supervisor John Zittraver.

Lacoste is also holding a raffle in which contestants have the chance to win a week in the Hamptons and a $1,000 shopping spree at the store, sponsored by USA and Royal Pains.

ESPN Zone Scheduled to Close


-The beloved and popular sports bar and restaurant, the ESPN Zone, owned by Walt Disney Co., has scheduled to close down its Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, Las Vegas and New York locations on Wednesday, June 16 the Washington Post {reported]( Due to the poor economy, Disney felt that the restaurants were not generating enough revenue to justify their existence because the sports fan favorite is expensive to maintain.

The Denver and Atlanta closed last year, leaving only two restaurants, one in Anaheim, CA and one in Los Angeles, both which will be owned and run by companies other than Disney. Anyone that has scheduled and paid for an event taking place at the ESPN Zone after June 16 will be reimbursed.

DC2NY Bus Goes to the Beach


-The Washington Post reported cost-efficient DC2NY bus that offers easy transportation to and from Manhattan and D.C. will now be running to the Delaware Beaches of Rehoboth and Dewey for the summer. The bus began this route on Memorial Day weekend, and it will last through Labor Day weekend.

The bus offers three pickups per weekend at Dupont Circle and Union Station, plus holidays. Passengers can be dropped of at the fire station off Rehoboth Avenue or at the Lighthouse entertainment complex in Dewey.

The bus offers a wi-fi, free bottled water and movies during the ride.

Capital Fringe Festival Has its Act Together

November 3, 2011


-Where can killer robots, remnants of the 1968 riots, a magician and tales of love, family and valor be found? At the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival, of course.

The festival, running July 8 through July 25, will celebrate its fifth year with 137 different shows to entertain the city.

Capital Fringe festival largely showcases lesser-known artists and avant-garde work to the public, often new works, highlighting some of the local D.C. talent. The theatrical styles run the gamut, from comedies and dramas to musicals to solo performance. There are even a few puppet shows in the mix.

However, the festival will also include some established classics, such as “A Walk in the Woods,” a play by Lee Blessing, which has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award and an Oliver Award. “H.M.S. Pinafore” by Gilbert & Sullivan will be returning to the Fringe Festival for its fourth summer in a row.

Performances will be held in venues around Penn Quarter and Mount Vernon Square, such as an old cigar shop abandoned, since the ’60s, a historic church, a converted restaurant, and a German cultural institute.

Tickets are $15 per show or passes can be purchased for a range of prices from $40 for four shows, a $300 all-inclusive pass.

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Reality TV craze strikes Washington Post


-The Washington Post has begun to dabble in the reality TV scene with the creation of a new online video series called “I Do! Washington Weddings.” The series, airing every other Thursday, will profile engaged couples living in the D.C. area from their first date to the walk down the aisle.

The first episode kicks off today highlighting Theresa and Alejo, a young couple that owns a wedding photography business together. The episode runs about four minutes long.

If you are engaged and want to share your love story with the world, send an e-mail describing you, your fiance and your life together.

1789 Sees Summer Changes


-Local blog Georgetown Week reports that the famed 1789 restaurant in Georgetown will be changing up its menu until Sept. 15 to match the summer season.

The new menu will include food with local flair such as Virginia Asparagus with Surryano Ham, Serena Cheese and Blis Sherry Vinegar, Chesapeake Bay She Crab Soup with crispy spring onions, Sherry wine, and parsley, Crispy Fried Soft Shell Crab with Anson Mill’s grits and local asparagus, and Carpaccio, from Piedmont Ridge Beef, with hard boiled quail eggs, pequin chili oil, fried capers and aioli.

The menu will also boast new desserts including a honey funnel cake with nectarines and raspberry ice cream and oatmeal cookie blueberry crisp with Absinthe-apricot sherbet, just to name a couple.

The menu will continue to change to incorporate the current freshet produce.

But the menu isn’t the only thing that’s lightened up. The prices have seen summer changes. For $35 per person (not including drinks, tax or gratuity) diners can enjoy two choices from the dinner menu and one from the dessert menu.

The dress code is also more accommodating to season by no longer requiring men to wear jackets to dine, at least for now.

Georgetown Wing Co. Opening Week


-Georgetown Wing company opened its doors a week ago above Crepe Amore at 3291 M Street. The restaurant offers wings, friendly staff and a small bar.

Two Georgetown diners said the the food was good and decently priced. The current menu is the soft copy, and the items will be narrowed down to a shorter version with only the most popular selling items. The specials include $1.50 Miller Lite and Yuengling bottles and $3.00 Samuel Adams and Sierra Nevada. The restarant will also be having FIFA specials.

The Georgetowner crew sampled the restaurant’s trademark inferno and first-degree burn spicy wings, and their specialty mango and sweet sweet BBQ wings. Here’s their thoughts!

Siobhan (Wing connoisseur): “Lots of places in D.C. say their wings are hot when they’re not. But these had some heat to them. I just wish they were crispier.”
Justin (Buffalonian wing expert): “These are in the running to be one of the best wings in D.C.”
Garrett (Never met a wing he didn’t like): “The first-degree burn sauce is still flavorful with a kick, but the best option was the sweet barbecue wings.”
Charlie (Wing critic): “I am still a big fan of the honey barbecue, but the mango is a close second.”
Jenna (Texan barbecue queen): “It’s as good as any barbecue in Texas. You all know what that means.”
Nicole (The hotter the wings, the better): The first-degree burn spicy had a nice kick, but I’ve worked in a sports bar that specialized in wings and these are not the best I’ve ever had. They’re not Buffalo enough.”
Caitlin (Meat lover): “The wings tasted great, and the price is reasonable.”
Jillian (Vegetarian): “The sauce tastes good!”

The Georgetowner’s David Roffman Honored for His Work

May 23, 2011


-David Roffman, a local journalist, philanthropist and former co-owner of The Georgetowner will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgetown Business Association on Wednesday, June 16. The award will be presented at a celebratory luncheon at the City Tavern Club, located at 3206 M St. from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The event will be hosted by former presidents of the GBA including Tom Bryan, Judy Horman, Billy Martin, Paul Cohn, Linda Greenan and Brad Altman. Tickets are $50 for members and $65 for non-members.

More trouble for Georgetown Park?

The financial troubles of the Shops at Georgetown Park just seem to be getting worse.

The Washington Business Journal reports that the scheduled June 3 auction date for the mall, the second attempt to sell it in a month, was again postponed by Capmark Finance LLC, the lender in charge of unloading the luckless property on a buyer after it foreclosed the property in April. Capmark cited a need to market the property more aggressively before it went to auction. Commercial real estate agency Jones Lang LaSalle will spearhead the effort to entice more potential buyers.

The mall’s owner, developer Herb Miller, had worked for years to make it profitable by establishing a department store anchor tenant to lure smaller tenants into setting up shop there. However, several national retailers, most recently Bloomingdale’s, have been spooked by the litigation Miller has been enduring for almost a decade with rival developer Anthony Lanier. At the time of foreclosure, over half of the mall’s tenant space remained unclaimed.

Lanier, credited with revitalizing Cady’s Alley a block west of the mall, is known for creating European-style projects that encourage pedestrian traffic. If he is able to get his hands on the Georgetown Park property, he is expected to apply a similar vision to the struggling mall.