The Butter Chicken Company will open downtown on Monday. The fast casual restaurant – from the owner of Bombay Street Food in Columbia Heights and Barracks Row, will open daily for lunch and serve 300 bowls of its signature dish – then close for the remainder of the day. The new site at 818 18th Street sits directly between the Farragut West Metro entrance at International Square, and the World Bank, and the owners hope to attract enough business from the international crowd to sell out quickly and close for the evening – “good for business and good for the quality of life of the employees” said its owner Asad Sheikh. The signature dish from New Delhi, where Sheikh hails from, will be the main course, with a choice of sides that will offer variety in the level of spice. “It will be the only concept of its kind in DC” said Ken Johnson of Blake Dickson, who represented Butter Chicken Company.
Brown Bag reopened today above the Bethesda Metro station in the center of Bethesda. Brown Bag, the fast casual healthy alternative that closed its Bethesda store 2 years ago to make way for a redevelopment project, is now reopened inside the Bethesda Hyatt at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road. Open daily for breakfast, Brown Bag offers catering throughout DC. Brown Bag, a DC-based fast casual with 5 other locations, makes its food from scratch daily, partnering with local purveyors to bring the freshest ingredients to consumers quickly and reliably. Erich Fuldner, the creator of Brown Bag, also created and ran Parker’s in downtown Bethesda for many years while he developed the fast casual Brown Bag concept.
Green Hat announces the opening of their Gin Garden and bar – the most recent addition to their award-winning distillery in DC’s Ivy City neighborhood. Open Sundays from 2-6pm, the city’s first “gin garden” sports an outdoor patio appointed with overhead sails and seating in a botanical setting, fitting neatly among Ivy City’s industrial backdrop, one of the most concentrated distillery / brewery neighborhoods in the United States. Created by the owners of New Columbia Distillery, with a home grown line of gins and whiskeys, distilled and aged on site. The gin garden features an indoor and outdoor section for an inviting year-round respite from gin-deprived neighborhoods of DC.
The building that housed Jake’s American Grill at 5018 Connecticut Avenue has sold to a regional investor. Jakes American Grill closed in early 2019 after operating for 8 years across from Politics & Prose and Comet Pizza in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington DC. Its closure left the 8400 s.f. building mostly vacant, pending a new restaurant tenant. The transaction closed on July 8. The seller was represented by Ken Johnson of Blake Dickson Real Estate, the purchaser was represented by CBRE.
Blake Dickson client and restaurateur Nick Ongsankoon, owner of Soi 38 in DC’s West End neighborhood, has opening Laos in Town, the much needed addition to NoMa’s food scene. Nick has already earned praise for the quality and dimension of his food from Washingtonian and the Washington Post, accolades which are sure to follow in NoMa, where he and chef Ben Tiatatsen have created a truly authentic Laotian restaurant with a Thai spin, reflecting their heritage growing up in Thailand and love for the cuisine of neighboring Laos.
Laos in Town
250 K Street, NE
Bombay Street Food will open its second location on June 21 on Barracks Row. The original Bombay Street Food, from acclaimed restaurateur Asad Sheikh, was the culmination of several decades of success in northern Virginia’s restaurant community, and first opened in Columbia Heights last year. After earning top reviews and long waits at the Columbia Heights location, Sheikh will open his second location on Capitol Hill at 524 8th Street, SE, on the popular Barracks Row retail corridor. Sheikh was well known in northern Virginia for his restaurants London Curry House, Curry Mantra and 1947. Sheikh was represented in the lease by Ken Johnson of Blake Dickson Real Estate.
Daniele Catalani, the Iron Chef contestant and creator of Al Volo, will open Toscana Market at 400 K Street later this year. The 2800 s.f. space will feature a demonstration kitchen and authentic Italian market with prepared foods. Al Volo, which began with a stall at Union Market, has expanded to Cleveland Park and Adams Morgan, as well as a downtown pizzeria in the Warner Theater building. Chef Catalani, a native of Florence, got his start in DC cooking with chefs Roberto Donna and Amy Brandwein. Al Volo was represented by Ken Johnson of Blake Dickson Real Estate.
Proper 21 has signed a lease at 2033 K Street, bringing their upscale entertainment restaurant and bar to DC’s West End. Ken Johnson of Blake Dickson Real Estate represented Proper 21 in the lease of the 5500 s.f. space, Miller Walker represented the landlord. The NIEUW Group, which operates 2 restaurants in Manhattan and one in Washington DC, is expected to open at the end of this year, with the building to undergo a major renovation and expansion of the first floor. The restaurant will have extensive outdoor seating and be located across the street from the Stevens School.
The Black Cat, 14th Street’s legendary music venue, moves to a renovated 2nd floor space as it makes way for retail on its ground floor.
Swahili Village, the high-grossing east African mecca, signs on for a new space at 1990 M Street, a location close to the World Bank it has long sought as a natural extension of its successful Beltsville location. Blake Dickson represented restaurant operator Kevin Onyona in the transaction. Swahili Village will occupy the restaurant space long home to Vidalia. The building will undergo several months of renovation before opening this fall.