Kintaro to Get Temporary Liquor License

July 4, 2013

Kintaro, the Japanense restaurant that opened in May at 1039 33rd St., NW., in the former L. Chocolatier space, received approval during the July 1 advisory neighborhood commission meeting to request a “Stipulated License while license is pending.” Run by Tetsuro Takanashi and Ken Yamamoto, Kintaro will meet with D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to get the final O.K.

Media-Marketers BrandLink Moves to M Street

BrandLinkDC, owned and operated by Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman, has moved its offices to 3109 M St., NW., less than one block from Georgetown’s busiest intersection. Experts in media management, events and marketing activations, Martin and Sandman deal with D.C. events along with reporters and photographers. They made a big splash in a December 2010 New York Times article, which tagged them as “the architects of the new Washington.” Washington Business Journal selected them as “Women Who Mean Business” awardees in 2012 as part of its annual award feature. They’re on the second floor. Welcome to Georgetown, ladies.

Ezrailson’s Reddz Trading Opens on Wisconsin Ave.

A little bit of now-gone hot Georgetown businesses, Commander Salamander and Up Against the Wall, are back on the street. Reddz Trading, a resale clothing shop, opened at 1413 Wisconsin Ave, NW, last week, in the old antique rug shop next to CVS. Also with a Bethesda store, the business is owned by Wendy “Red” Ezrailson, who with her husband and others ran those other trendy clothing days for several decades. “Reddz is a modern approach to recycled designer clothing and accessories,” the company promises. “Save money, make money or trade for something fresh. Upscale resale is like consignment, but Reddz pays cash for your clothes.”

Max’s Ice Cream to Stay Through Oct. 31

Max’s Best Ice Cream gets to stay at 2416 Wisconsin Ave., NW, through Oct. 31, in a deal with the business owner Max Kehani and landlords Gail and Barbara Bassin. The popular shop in Glover Park for two decades had its lease extended past the June 30 deadline after the neighborhood protested the upcoming move. Lawyers for both parties stated: “Max’s Best Ice Cream will continue in business at 2416 Wisconsin Avenue through October 31, 2013. Max and Gail and Barbara Bassin, the owners of the property, have agreed that this represents a fair and reasonable outcome for all involved. It gives Max and the community the benefit of having Max’s Best Ice Cream in Glover Park for the entire 2013 summer and part of the fall. We are grateful to John Snedden and Rocklands Barbeque without whose active support this arrangement could not have been achieved.”
By Nov. 1, however, the business will have to move, and the space will be taken over by next-door Rocklands Barbecue.

Noodles and Co. Opens Near Safeway

July 3, 2013

Noodles and Co. opened last week at 1815 Wisconsin Ave., NW, near Safeway and Drybar. The company with hundred of locations across the U.S. has two others in D.C. — in Woodley Park and downtown. Noodles and Co. features favorites like Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, Pad Thai, Spaghetti & Meatballs and Bangkok Curry — hours, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It also has a rooftop dining space.

Washington Harbour Sold for $371 Million?

June 20, 2013

Georgetown’s waterfront landmark, Washington Harbour has been sold, according to, which reported June 18: “A partnership between Principal Real Estate Investors and a Korean pension fund group is the winning bidder for MRP Realty/Rockpoint Group’s Washington Harbour, market sources tell us. … The sale price, which sources say comes in at $371M ($700/SF), represents a hefty profit for the sellers, which three years ago paid $245M for the mixed-use asset on the Georgetown waterfront. …”

The Georgetowner contacted MRP Realty about the report of the sale and received a succinct “no comment.”

Malmaison Officially Opens

Malmaison, conceived as a lunch and dinner restaurant as well as a dessert specialty eatery and bar, was officially opened June 17 by father-son team Zubair Popal and Omar Popal. The Popal family, headed by Zubair Popal, also runs Cafe Bonaparte on Wisconsin Avenue and Napoleon Bistro and Lounge on Columbia Road. The building at 3401 K Street, NW — or 34th and Water Streets — also houses Gypsy Sally’s Acoustic Tavern on the second floor. Chef Gerard Pangaud has set up the menu for Malmaison and will cook there occasionally, but the main chef for Malmaison is Yomi Faniyi, Zubair Popal said.
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Tuscany Cafe Has Closed

A favorite college student eatery is gone. Tuscany Cafe, the pizza and sandwich joint, next to Booeymonger’s on Prospect Street, has closed, according to the Georgetown University student newspaper, the Hoya. The newspaper also reported: “Public records show that Tuscany’s license was set to expire May 31. According to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Aokas Brothers Inc.’s license was not renewed. The DCRA could not provide information as to whether or not Tuscany applied to renew its license.”

Arcuri Opens in Glover Park

Trattoria Arcuri is now open for dinner. At 2400 Wisconsin Ave., NW, it takes over the space left by the popular Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub. Its grand opening will be June 22, one of its owners, Adam Hitebeitel told the Glover Park Hyperlocal blog.

JP’s to Uncover in June

May 23, 2013

JP’s Night Club, the longtime strip club up at 2412 Wisconsin Ave., NW, is set to reopen in June to new clients and a new design after a January 2008 fire destroyed most of the building. The new interior will look like “more of a high-end lounge than a gentleman’s club,” JP’s managing partner Mathew told the Glover Park Gazette. “It’s well-lit. It’s not anything seedy.”

When the owner of JP’s, the ironically named BJ Enterprises, re-opens the place with its unique liquor license — no kitchen required — protests will then be entertained by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board about any problems. Already, some are concerned about planed private booths in the back — which if any closeness or groping is involved — could get the joint shut down in a heart beat.