by October 8, 2012 at 11:00 am 2,302 0

"The Coupe"

The Coupe at 3415 11th Street NW, just north of Park Road NW. (Rachel Nania)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Because there are few things in life better than all-day breakfast and comforting sandwiches at 3 am, the folks behind Tryst and Open City recently added a 24-hour upscale diner to their DC dining line-up. And we all know about the lack of 24-hour diners in DC, so a new one beyond the boundaries of Borderstan is well worth noting.

The Coupe, an exposed brick and granite bar establishment in Columbia Heights, opens October 9 (the soft opening was last week) at 3415 11th Street NW (just north of Park Road and Red Rocks Pizzeria). The late-night menu includes house-made bottled sodas, milkshakes, omelets, waffles, burgers, sandwiches and specialty items (think cheddar grits with Creole braised short ribs, southwest cornbread waffle bites and Bahn Mi with crispy pork belly or tofu).

If you prefer to eat your meals during normal hours, The Coupe has a menu for that, too. Rabbit pot pie, jalapeño crepes, hand-cut  pappardelle and a list of local cheeses, salads, sandwiches and small bites are available from 5 until 11 pm.

And did I mention breakfast is served all day? Menus are also available online.

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by September 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,798 0


Tryst at the Phillips Collection (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

It’s old news that one of DC’s most highly regarded coffeehouses serves its frothy concoctions at The Phillips Collection, but now that same coffeehouse (Tryst) is hosting Thursday happy hours at the capital city’s notorious art collection.

Join DC’s passionate art aficionados and curious cocktail sippers at Thursday Tryst at the Phillips, a happy hour series held on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th (and sometimes 5th) Thursday of each month from 5 until 8 pm.

In addition to serving up craft beverages and food specials, the series also features live music from Listen Local First.

Here’s what’s on tap for this month:

  • September 13: Featuring Bumper Jacksons
  • September 20: Featuring Flo Anito
  • September 27: Featuring Ryan Bailey of the Riverbreaks

The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW.

by July 18, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,391 0

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Eat Local First will host two events on Thursday, including a locally sourced cocktail reception and a panel on local businesses. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Eat Local First is in full swing this week. Tomorrow — Thursday, July 19 — the DC-based campaign will host two events: one to discuss the benefits of local food businesses and another to celebrate the art of local cocktails.

A Panel on Locavore Business

From 8 to 10 am, Eat Local First will convene a local panel to discuss how businesses are growing, sustaining and adapting to changing consumer behavior. “Locals Unplugged: Transforming Business for the Locavore” will take place at Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street NW). Tickets range from $15 to $20 and can be purchased online.

Panelists for the event include June Blanks of Bodega, Ellen Kassoff Gray of Equinox/Watershed and Caesar Layton of Arganica.

The Art of Local Cocktails

If you’re looking to cool down from the high temperatures of the week, stop by Tryst at the Phillips (1600 21st Street NW) on Thursday evening for a taste of locally sourced libations.

The cocktail party, featuring Honest Tea-based creations, starts at 5 pm and goes until 8 pm.There is a $10 suggested donation at the door for 2 free drink tickets. A portion of the sales benefit the Eat Local First campaign.


Eat Local First Week runs July 14-21. (Courtesy of Eat Local First)

About Eat Local First/Think Local First DC

Eat Local First is a campaign of Think Local First DC, a non-profit organization that works with independent businesses, consumers and policymakers to grow a sustainable local economy in DC. is proud to be a sponsor of Eat Local First 2012 and a member of Think Local First DC. For more information on the week’s events, visit our previous post on Eat Local First Week.

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by February 26, 2009 at 7:25 am 2,422 0


The property in question at the southwest corner of 14th and T Streets NW. (Photo: Washington City Paper, Housing Complex blog.)

The Housing Complex blog at Washington City Paper has the story… plans by the furniture chain, Room & Board, to open a store at the southwest corner of 14th and T NW have collapsed, apparently due to the chain’s inability to get financing:


by October 25, 2008 at 8:04 pm 2,404 0

Southwest corner of 14th and T Streets NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez.)

Southwest corner of 14th and T Streets NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez.)

It appears that plans for turning the large building at the southwest corner of 14th and T NW–including a 24-hour diner, theater, yoga center and comedy club –may be dead. Seems a large furntiture retailer has come along and made an offer to the owner. Two accounts of the matter, at Greater Greater Washington and Washington City Paper.


From Greater Greater Washington:

Prospects for the Tryst/Diner/ comedy club /yoga studio/dance company plan for 14th and T, which has become a major campaign issue in 2B09 are looking dim. The City Paper found out that the owners have decided to sell to a big-box furniture store, Room and Board, instead.

The deal isn’t totally done, and some neighborhood activists including 2B09 candidate Doug Rogers are already pushing Room and Board to pull out of the deal (which they have the option to do).

Read entire post.


From Washington City Paper:

We learned today that Dave Chappelle, yes the Dave Chappelle, has signed on as a potential investor with the Diner/Tryst/ comedy club planned for the old Church of the Reformer at 14th and T Streets NW, the development plan we wrote about in July.

The bad news? That plan is close to imploding. Sources close to the deal say that the earlier agreement to lease the space from the current owner fell through. Rather than let their dream die, Diner/Tryst/Open City owner Constantine Stavropoulos and DC-Improv and Riot Act comedy impresario John Xereas, along with a few others–including Chappelle, a Xereas acquaintance who has D.C. roots–worked to get a deal together to buy the building. The bid is in the neighborhood of $9 million. The problem? They’re not the only ones interested.

Read entire post.


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