Archive for July, 2012

We’re hearing that 2200 Wisconsin Ave.—home to BodySmith Training Gym and, since last fall, to large “for rent” banners as well—may soon welcome local fro-yo-and-salad chain Sweetgreen. Nic Jammet, Sweetgreen’s co-owner, confirmed last week to City Paper that he expects to open a Glover Park location, though he added that no papers had yet been signed.

According to one source, the plan is for BodySmith to retain gym space in the building’s basement via a separate entrance, while Sweetgreen inhabits the glass-fronted retail space above.

Neither Jammet nor the owner of BodySmith responded to requests for comment.

UPDATE: A member of the Glover Park listserv writes, “It seems that Sweetgreen is coming at the expense of yoga and boot camp classes at Body+Smith :-( Body+Smith is closing their front studio space effective Tuesday [July 31] to give the entire space over to Sweetgreen. They will also be creating a side entrance on W Place for their training and spa clients.”


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Friends of Guy Mason will host an ice cream social at the rec center’s park (3600 Calvert St.) on Sunday, July 22nd from 3 to 5 p.m. The free public event will feature children’s activities, live entertainment, and ice cream donated by Something Sweet.

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On July 11, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board held a hearing to discuss the fate of the liquor license attached to Margarita’s Restaurant (formerly at 2317 Wisconsin Ave.). But licensee Maria Villalta failed to appear at the hearing, so instead, the ABC Board ruled the license abandoned, according to a board order. Villalta has until July 25 to reapply for safekeeping status for the license, which has been idle since Margarita’s closed in late 2008. If Villalta doesn’t reapply by the deadline, the license will be cancelled, the order states. 2317 Wisconsin, now vacant, is the future home of Sprig & Sprout Vietnamese restaurant.

One of the 14 full-service (CR) licenses allowed under Glover Park’s liquor license moratorium is already unused and available to apply for, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesperson. The cancellation of the Margarita’s license would make a second CR license available.

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Mayfair & Pine, the new family-friendly gastropub at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., opens today at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner six days a week; it’s closed on Mondays.

On the menu, according to a press release, will be “a rotating assortment of homemade savory pies including shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, and fish/lobster pie; a candied-apple salad; nostalgic dessert classics such as [chef Emily Sprissler's] signature, never-to-be-removed-from-the-menu hot fudge sundae; holiday-inspired sandwich staples such as the Thanksgiving sandwich; and an impressive wine list featuring notable American wines.” The children’s menu features “playful, made-from-scratch classics such as grilled cheese, chicken strips, and fish and chips, all made utilizing fresh, high-quality ingredients.”

The restaurant’s hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Local salad and frozen yogurt chain Sweetgreen has registered a limited liability corporation for a shop in Glover Park, according to the City Paper’s Jessica Sidman. Co-owner Nic Jammet told Sidman that no location has been finalized, but the company would like to expand to Glover Park “eventually.” Writes Sidman, “It’s too soon to say when ‘eventually’ might be.”

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Olga Boikess of the Zagat blog takes readers inside Mayfair & Pine, the gastropub set to open July 20 at 2218 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Town Hall.

As we have reported, chef Emily Sprissler and her husband Jason Coté plan a family-friendly restaurant with touches of London (the ambience) and San Francisco (the cuisine). Boikess describes Sprissler’s menu as “childhood faves re-imaged for everyday dining,” including potpies, a candied-apple salad, and a children’s menu featuring grilled cheese and fish ‘n’ chips. Adds the writer: “Future plans include family happy-hour deals offering inexpensive children’s plates, with the lure of a free cookie if the vegetables are eaten.”

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On July 2 around 3 p.m., a black Specialized mountain bike was stolen from the bicycle rack in front of 2209 Wisconsin Ave., the home of Ligne Roset and Natuzzi Italia furniture, according to a police report. “Area canvassed with negative results,” the report stated. The bicycle, which was chained to the rack, was worth about $200, according to the report.

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An investment group headed by a wine-loving lawyer bought Kitchen 2404 (2404 Wisconsin Ave.) today. The lawyer, Internet privacy and security attorney Elizabeth Banker, plans to turn the Southern-themed eatery into a “casual and comfortable” neighborhood restaurant called Slate Wine Bar & Bistro. The new spot will be “a destination for wine lovers of all levels of knowledge and experience” says Banker, who has put both her legal career and her part-time wine consultancy on hold to devote her full attention to Slate, her first restaurant. Banker is the majority owner of the buyers’ group, called Wine Investment Group LLC. Her partners are current and former work colleagues and members of a wine club she has run for the past four years, she says.

Along with daily wine specials, tasting seminars, and winemaker’s dinners, Slate will feature cheese plates, charcuterie, a rotating seasonal menu, and daily and weekly food specials made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Banker says. General manager Mark Krieger, a veteran of Chef Geoff’s (3201 New Mexico Ave.), is “developing the menu with the advice of various chefs,” Banker adds. “The food will be American, drawing on various global influences and flavors, since our wines will be from around the world.”

The ownership group plans to redecorate the restaurant, which is temporarily closed. Details of the new decor have not been finalized, but judging from Banker’s “Wine Bar Inspiration” Pinterest page, the look will likely be a blend of farmhouse-rustic and sleek contemporary.

The Kitchen 2404 business comes with a full-service (CR) liquor license, one of 14 allowed under Glover Park’s license moratorium. Two new CR licenses became available April 17 when the moratorium was extended. One of the new licenses seems certain to go to Sprig & Sprout, a Vietnamese restaurant coming to 2317 Wisconsin Ave. in the fall. The other new license had not been applied for as of yesterday, according to a spokesman for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.

Slate is expected to open sometime next month. For updates on its progress, you can visit its website“like” it on Facebook, or follow its Twitter feed.

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Elements Fitness & Wellness Center (2233 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 217) is hosting a class on essential oils at 12:15 pm on Saturday, July 14. Students will learn what essential oils are and how they are made, as well as “the science and research that is being done on these amazing natural medicines,” according to a post on the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup. “Sue Stewart will also show you how to use the oils for sleeping better, managing your stress, digestion troubles, kids’ health issues, and improving your moods.”

To sign up, email frontdesk@elementscenter.com.

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At 7:13 a.m. today, the Metropolitan Police Department received a report of a sexual assault in the parking lot behind Bruegger’s Bagels (2338 Wisconsin Ave.), a spokesman says. The parking lot is currently closed while police investigate.

UPDATE: A member of the Glover Park Yahoo newsgroup reports that she was in the parking lot around 7 a.m. and saw police find “two drunken girls laying on the grass who could not stand up.”

UPDATE 2: As of Thursday, July 12, this incident was still under investigation. According to MPD Captain Jeffrey Herold, “an unconscious female” whose “clothing was disheveled” was discovered in the Bruegger’s parking lot on the morning of July 7. The woman couldn’t remember what had happened to her, and no witnesses were identified, but police believe a sexual assault “could have been committed,” Herold says. The woman lives in Maryland, he adds.

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