From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.
Starting Monday, February 11, Matchbox‘s location at 1901 14th Street will be open for lunch at 11am on weekdays.
Matchbox opened on 14th Street NW, last November 2012, with Executive Chef Jeffrey Richardson leading the kitchen.
The lunch menu will offer the same wood-fired pizzas, salads, and sandwiches available during dinner service.
The full menu will also be available “to go” at the T street entrance behind the 65-person patio, which is expected to open in late spring.
Matchbox will continue to offer brunch on the weekends starting at 10am.
We’ve known for a while that Ted’s Bulletin is coming to 14th and S Streets NW. The location for the second comfort food café (the original is in Barracks Row) will be just across the street from the owners’ other newly opened restaurant, matchbox.
The 14th Street location will have a heavy emphasis on baked goods and pastries, and will even have its own entrance for the bakery counter.
Rebecca Albright, who runs the pastry menu at Ted’s Bulletin in Capitol Hill, will oversee the pastry program. She is planning to bring poptarts, donuts and “other clever twists on American favorites.”
The 14th Street location will be twice the size of the Capitol Hill location, with 170 seats in the main dining room and an additional eight to 10 seats in the café area.
The hours of the new Ted’s Bulletin will be the same as the Capitol Hill location: 7 am until 10:30 pm on weekdays and until 11:30 pm on weekends.
While an opening date has not been officially set, the owners are aiming to open the new space in April.
Borderstan welcomes new contributor Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.
So, hey guys. I’m Katie, and I’m new here. I’m not sure how I managed to pull this off, but I’ll be writing a weekly column about some of my favorite weekend things, which (hopefully?) are some of your favorite things, too.
Things like cocktails, food, and (mostly) lowbrow culture. Please be advised that in addition to these aforementioned topics, there are likely to be several obscure TV and movie references in each installment, as well as an overuse of parentheses (see what I mean?) and probably animal gifs, too. But enough about me, let’s talk about you and what you’re up to this weekend:
I’ll be scaring my co-workers with my white girl dance moves at my office holiday party tonight, but you should definitely head over to Scion for their “Secret Stash” beer night from 5 pm to 11 pm. They’ll be featuring over 50 rare and off-market beers, including something called “Three Floyds Artic Panzer Wolf,” which I’m pretty sure is a creature that lives on the other side of The Wall. Check out all the offerings options here, and get there early because the good stuff is sure to go fast.
Run directly from your desk over to U Street tastemaker Ginger Root Design, which is hosting a festive get-together from 6 pm to 9 pm, complete with cocktails by Bourbon Outfitters, gluten-free snacks and a raffle. It’s free, but make sure to RSVP so you can be eligible to win some cool stuff.
Since you’re only one metro stop away, you might as well hop on over to the brand spankin’ new venue 9th and Beats (1219 9th Street NW), which Borderstan profiled earlier this week, for what promises to be a delightfully odd variety show, “Who in the Whatnow?” tonight at 8 pm. Pick up your tickets here ahead of time and save two dollars off the door price.
It looks like it’s going to be unseasonably warm again this weekend, but consider taking a break from the fresh air, and head over to the NPR fire sale taking place at their headquarters (635 Mass. Avenue NW) from 10 am to 4 pm. All things considered, I’d say that this is shaping up to be the talk of the nation.
Cap off your nice little Saturday at The District Holiday Gala, which starts at 8 pm at the Whittemore House in Dupont (1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW). The black-tie optional benefit packs in 4 hours of open bar, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and some sweet tunes, all to benefit Horton’s Kids, a local organization that provides tutoring and other support services for children and families in DC’s Ward 8. Tickets are $85 in advance, and can be purchased here.
Brunch is happening, so don’t try to fight it. If you’re willing to brave the crowds, the new Matchbox on 14th started serving brunch last weekend, or, better yet, head over to Drafting Table to sample that 64-degree egg we’ve been raving about.
Bonus! Katie’s Netflix Hangover-fix
Nurse your mimosa-addled brain with some TV. The Forsyte Saga miniseries (currently available on Netflix streaming) stars my favorite British ginger, Damian Lewis, and it’s a great lead-in to tonight’s Homeland season finale. Downton Abbey fans will especially dig the awesome hats.
See you back here next week for what could be the second (and last!) Weekend Warrior column ever if the Mayans are right. I’ll be breaking down Borderstan’s finest 12/21/12 festivities, so if you know of anything fun, or if you have an extra spot in available in your doomsday bunker, please don’t hesitate to tweet me @kandriulli.
From Alejandra Owens. You can find Owens at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Owens also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Follow her on Twitter at @frijolita.
Fourteenth Street’s restaurant scene continues to grow at the rate of a protein hungry teenager, and the latest addition to restaurant row is local power-house and crowd-pleaser, Matchbox.
Long known for their Chinatown and Capitol Hill locations, the pizzeria fired up their brick ovens last week for a test run with friends, family and media. I don’t think we’ll be hearing any challenges for best pizza in town from this crew, but the location, robust menu and truly beautiful space is a welcome addition to an area that’s well known for smaller restaurants or restaurants appreciated by those with “fancy” pallets and deep pockets.
The three-story building’s brick facade was preserved and the interior was built out to compliment the building’s rustic feel. Tree stump stools, exposed wood staircases and wrought iron accents can be found throughout. On the first floor, a 25 foot bar is situated along the northern wall, leading patrons to a pizza bar that overlooks Matchbox’s famous brick ovens, of which there are two. Two floating wood boxes, located on the second level, offer a more private dining experience with impressive views of the rest of the restaurant. A to-go station and large patio will both open soon as well.
The mozzi carrozzi (a lightly fried basil, tomato, mozzarella sandwich), spicy meatball pizza and roasted tomato linguini at my table were all great and just begging for a big ‘ol table of friends to dive right in.
And that’s the thing, if there’s one thing the latest Matchbox location will be good for it’s large groups, visiting family and brunches. According to the Matchbox site, brunch is slated to begin December 8 at 10am every weekend.
Stay tuned for more updates on Matchbox and its pop-tart wielding cousin, Ted’s Bulletin, which is also opening along 14th Street in the coming months. Matchbox can be found at 1901 T Street NW, on the corner of 14th and T Streets NW.
From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.
One of 14th Street corridor’s highly anticipated restaurants, matchbox, announced that it will open on Friday, November 30. The restaurant group’s fifth location is at 1901 14th Street NW.
Executive Chef Jeffrey Richardson will lead the cuisine of the new spot, while General Manager Michelle Hebert will help to run operations.
The menu at matchbox will include everything from the signature pizzas to burgers, braised beef short ribs and seared sea scallops. The 25-foot bar features 23 beers, as well as eight wines and one prosecco.
The restaurant on 14th Street NW will be open for dinner daily from 4 pm until 10:30 pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11:30 pm on weekends. Weekend brunch will start at 10 am with all-day service.
The building at 1901 14th Street NW has been home to many iconic DC establishments, including a bowling alley in 1907, an automobile showroom in 1920 and a famous jazz club (Club Bali) in the 1940s… And this fall, it will be home to one of the District’s most popular restaurants, matchbox.
Drew Kim, one of three owners of matchboxfoodgroup, recently gave us a tour of the restaurant’s new location at 14th and T Streets NW, which comes equipped with patio seating, an outdoor fire pit, two brick ovens and three floors of dine-in seating.
Kim, who hopes to open the fifth matchbox location my the end of the month, is paying homage to the building’s history by keeping the original beams and ceiling, while incorporating little nods to its previous tenants. Kim also has big plans for some special seating areas, including a large-party table on the first floor that is “like nothing you’ve experienced before,” floating “box seats” and a potential private dining room area (it’s still in the works).
As for the menu, it will stay pretty true to most of the other restaurants, but will allow for some local and seasonal flare.
“We want to allow the chefs to cook for the neighborhood,” said Kim.
Once the opening date is set, matchbox will serve dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.
Demolition started on the old Post Office building on the 1900 block of 14th Street NW this week. The brick building that used to house the branch, along with Yum’s, was fenced off last week and construction signs were posted. Level 2 Development is starting construction on 1919 14th Street, a mixed-use apartment building of seven stories at the southeast corner of 14th and Wallach Place NW. That branch of the Post Office has reopened at the Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U NW.
The entire block running north from T Street to Wallach Place on the east side of 14th Street is undergoing some major changes — and new businesses. In addition the building at Wallach Place, renovations are underway at the Arena Stage Theater building, where Matchbox restaurant will add another location (wood-fired pizza, anyone?) According to Zagat, the estimated opening date is late September.
Level 2 Development had to make changes to its original design after facing opposition from neighbors of Wallace Place on the height and design.
From Matty Rhoades. You can email him at matty[AT]borderstan.com
Ted’s Bulletin will be opening its second location in the ground floor of The District apartment complex (14th Street NW) in early 2013, according to announcement late last week from the restaurant and the developer of apartment complex. The project, which runs along the west side of 14th Street from S to Swann, will have 125 rental units as well as ground-floor retail; it is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Ted’s Bulletin, located the Barrack’s Row section of Capitol Hill on 8th Street SE, is known for its “homespun staples like mac and cheese, meatloaf and tomato soup, as well as an extensive brunch menu with à la carte items including homemade pop tarts.” The 14th Street restaurant will have 180 seats and an extensive baked goods lineup.
The same owners of Ted’s Bulletin will be opening another location of famed pizza/ pasta/wine bar Matchbox at the northwest corner of 14th and T Streets NW. There are three other Matchbox locations in the DC area (two in the city), plus one in Palm Springs, California. Matchbox bills itself as “vintage pizza bistro.” In addition to Ted’s Bulletin and Matchbox, the owners also opened DC-3 on 8th Street SE.
Owners of Estadio and Proof are opening a Southeast-Asian themed restaurant in the District development, which was announced last month. The District is a project of The JBG Companies and Grosvenor Americas.
What is on your Borderstan wish list? What would you like to see included in all of this development?
The January meeting of the U Street Neighborhood Association is Thursday, January 12, at 7 pm. Location is the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW. On the agenda: presentations by the owners of Matchbox and Black & Orange, two new eateries coming to 14th Street NW.
Matchbox will open another location at the northeast corner of 14th and T Streets NW. Black & Orange will open at 1931 14th Street NW.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Ted’s Bulletin and Matchbox Coming to Borderstan!
Good news for Borderstanis who love supporting local chains — the matchbox group is bringing two of their restaurants to our ‘hood. For those in need of a chilly adult-beverage, Ted’s Bulletin will be bringing their shakes, the tasty homemade pop tarts and all the other goodies to us. Washington City Paper reports that restaurant will be one of two tenants at District Condos on 14th Street. As things cool down, you can warm up with a woodfired pizza from Matchbox, also brought to our attention by Washington City Paper. That’s delicious news!