From Kathryn Ciano. Follow her on TwitterÂ @katciano.Â Email her atÂ Â kathryn[AT]borderstan.com.
Le Diplomate,Â a French restaurant coming to 14th and Q Streets NW,Â will be open soon and is taking reservations, starting April 12.
Opening day comes afterÂ two years of development work and many demolition dollars that were used to repurpose the old laundromat at 14th and Q Streets.
Stephen Starr’s Le Diplomate will seat 260 diners and serve lunch, brunch and dinner. The menu will be a hybrid of traditional bistro dishes and contemporary selections, paired with cocktails and wines.
Le Diplomate will also have a patio, just in time for spring.
Inside, red leather booths and authentic French furniture â€”Â some of it actually imported from Paris â€”Â decorate the space. The efficient, light-wood interior all bring to mind a railroad dining car (or one smoldering cigarette shy of the perfect Parisian cafĂ©).
To make reservations, call 202-332-3333Â between 10 am and 6 pm.