Author Archive for Ruth Samuelson

Nathans Likely Surpasses $22,000 Fundraising Goal

Last night, famed saloon Nathans closed, and Carol Joynt ended her 12-year stint as the restaurant's owner. In the last few days, Joynt's been asking her patrons for a "citizens bailout," saying that Nathans owes the city $22,000 in unpaid sales taxes from February, and she has no way to pay it. (If you want […]

Taylor Gourmet Owner Explains Why He Chose Mount Vernon Square for Second Location

You got to hand it to City Vista.  This Mount Vernon Square development has landed the most impressive group of retail, restaurants, and amenities in recent memory: Results Gym, a beautiful Safeway, 5th Street Hardware store, Chevy Chase Bank, Busboys and Poets and now a second location for Taylor Gourmet, as first reported on Prince of Petworth. […]

Eastern Market Reopens

As promised, Eastern Market re-opened today after a $22 million renovation, following a fire in the Spring of 2007. Mid May, I (or rather a designated construction official, who said I couldn't come onto the site due to my footwear) snapped some photos of the inside of the building.

Young & Hungry Dining Guide Staff Picks: Mr. Yogato

Right around early May, I need to start budgeting for frozen yogurt. I’m probably spending between $15 to $20 a week. And with cravings lasting through Indian summer, that’s like $350 in annual FroYo expenditures. I mostly blame Mr. Yogato. In the last year or so, D.C. has been inundated with new shops selling sweet-and-sour […]

Wiedmaier Aiming for Another Restaurant, This One on Capitol Hill

Last night, four developers—finalists whittled down from a group of ten—presented plans for projects on the site of Hine Junior High School, down the street from Eastern Market. The Fancy Stuff Plan: StreetSense/DSF/Menkiti Group DSF may be based in the Boston area, but they know how to impress the locals. Kimpton Hotels is already interested […]

Eastern Market to Reopen on June 26

Last time Eastern Market was all over the news, it looked like this: (Of course, let’s not forget this either.) However, today was about moving forward.  Construction workers and officials gathered at the building and discussed its upcoming re-introduction into D.C. life. Crews expect to complete the project on June 9. Eastern Market will officially […]

Meridian Pint Coming to Columbia Heights in Late 2009

Yesterday, I posted about construction at the old Bi-Rite building, up the road from Wonderland Ballroom on 11th Street in Columbia Heights. Today, I reached John Andrade, owner of the future lounge/restaurant Meridian Pint, which will move into the building “any fall now,” as he put it. Without further adieu, more details about the space: […]

Personal Chef Neil Wilson on Bibles, Lemon Zest, and Thanksgiving Leftovers

This is personal Chef Neil Wilson. He used to be in the army—but now he makes delicious ravioli (seen here in its pressed dough, pre-stuffed from). Before becoming a personal chef, Wilson attended L'Academie de Cuisine and then worked as a line cook for Palena. Here are some of his cooking tips: Buy this book:The […]

How a Personal Chef Designs a Kitchen

Let's say you cooked in three to five different kitchens every week, and you did that for a period of several years? Well you'd probably be pretty good at designing a kitchen. Personal chef Monica Thomas has that background, plus several years catering experience, not to mention a big family that expects some plate-filling from […]

Nathans’ Carol Joynt Ponders Closing the 40-Year-Old Restaurant

Hat tip to DC Metrocentric for reporting on the future of Nathans, one of Georgetown’s most recognizable landmarks, home to Carol Joynt’s Q&A Cafe, and—most importantly from a real estate perspective—occupant of a prime D.C. corner: Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. In the next few weeks, Joynt has to decide if she will renew her […]