Posts Tagged ‘Dave Pressley’

What Gives? Why D.C.’s First “Philanthropub” Hasn’t Made the Profits It Hopes to Give Away

Raj Ratwani and Nick Vilelle knew from the beginning that there’d be skeptics. Not only did they have zero restaurant or bar experience when they opened their Shaw “philanthropub” Cause last October, but they also planned to do something unheard of in the hospitality industry: give away all the profits. On the surface, Cause operates like […]

Charity Case: Can a Restaurant That Gives All Its Profits Away Succeed in D.C.?

Not many restaurant opening parties kick off with a PowerPoint presentation. But during last week’s debut of the  U Street NW corridor “philanthropub” Cause, founders Nick Vilelle and Raj Ratwani stood before the crowd in suits with microphones in hand. “I never thought I’d be using graphs in a bar,” Ratwani told about 50 people. […]

Sietsema’s 2009 Dining Guide Makes Premature Appearance on Web

Yesterday afternoon, Eventide General Manager Dave Pressley was so excited about his restaurant's inclusion in Tom Sietsema's latest Dining Guide that he pasted the Post's link onto his personal Facebook page.  Someone at the Clarendon restaurant also posted the news on the eatery's Twitter feed. There was just one problem: The guide wasn't supposed to […]

Eventide’s General Manager on Noisy Restaurants

Here at Y&H Central, we've received plenty of static about noisy restaurants from readers and even more readers. But so far the hospitality industry has been quiet on the subject. Until this morning, when I got a note via facebook from the general manager at Eventide, a top 50 performer in this year's Young & […]

So Many New Restaurants to Check Out, So Little Weekend

We in the D.C. region are fortunate. Restaurants, ones that aren't afraid to pump serious money into their build-outs and staffing, are still opening in our area, despite the nasty economy. In the past week, three new places have been launched and one Arlington institution has moved into a swankier space. It's making my weekend […]