Posts Tagged ‘Penn Quarter’

Meatballs Sticks To Its Story: ‘It’s All Michel Richard’

A few weeks back, Y&H questioned Mark Bucher, founder of BGR: The Burger Joint and Medium Rare, about his involvement in the new Meatballs restaurant in Penn Quarter. Bucher denied any official involvement—despite records filed with the District's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration identifying him as the 100-percent owner of the business. Bucher claimed he was […]

D.C. Water Gives Its Two Cents On Elisir’s 29-Cent Water Surcharge

All the chatter this week about the cost of water (29 cents per guest for filtered tap) at chef Enzo Fargione's new Penn Quarter eatery Elisir, which opens Wednesday night, left me parched for more info. I wondered, what's the average price of tap water, anyway? You know, for the guy who is actually paying […]

Here’s Why Elisir Is Charging You 29 Cents For Water

"The city water in D.C. is notoriously bad and in deference to our guests' health we don't want to offer 'Chateau Potomac.' If people insist, we will of course oblige them with tap water, but we feel that bottomless sparkling or still bottled water for .29[cents] is more than fair."—Justin Kraemer, general manager of Penn […]

Enzo Fargione Isn’t Banking On the Power Lunch Crowd

"The idea was not to offer a white tablecloth experience because in this area, I was pretty much sure I was going to shoot myself in the foot....For lunch, we're going to give you the same plastic menus that TGI Fridays has, so you can feel that it is affordable."—chef Enzo Fargione, speaking to Dining […]

Gut Reaction: Michel Richard’s Classic Balls Taste Like Meat At Least

This is not a formal review, but rather an off-the-cuff first-impressions-style riff on a brand-spankin' new D.C. restaurant. Michel Richard's hugely ballyhooed Meatballs had barely opened (I counted 17 people in line, 13 seated at tables) and already staffers were telling folks that they had run out of the lentil variety around 11:30 a.m. on […]

Ballsy Move: Who’s Really Behind Michel Richard’s Meatball Shop?

For a concept as prosaic as ground meat shaped into savory spheres, the new Penn Quarter eatery simply called Meatballs sure has generated a lot of buzz. Part of the hype is probably due to the restaurant’s brash marketing strategy. Consider the eye-catching signage out front, which heavily emphasizes the word “balls” in large capital […]

José Andrés Will Keep Slinging Pricey PB&Js, Crummy ‘Catsups’ Until July 2012

The supposedly temporary America Eats Tavern isn't shutting its doors any time soon. While the National Archives exhibit that inspired the pop-up eatery will finish up in January, restaurateur José Andrés tells WaPo critic Tom Sietsema that he intends to keep the makeshift house of watery "catsups" and $8 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches open […]

No Balls For You! [UPDATED]

D.C. diners may have to wait a little longer to taste Michel Richard's Meatballs. The much anticipated eatery had been expected to open on Wednesday. But not according to the sign posted on the door when Y&H stopped by at 11:15 am. "Not Open!" To further tease our taste buds, menus have been put up […]

Meatballs To The Walls: What’s Your Favorite Rounded Meat?

So acclaimed chef Michel Richard's forthcoming concept in Penn Quarter is all about the meatball. All kinds, too: beef, lamb, chicken, crab, veggie. The name of the place: why, Meatballs, of course. (Note the playfully heavy emphasis on "balls" in both the signage and the souvenir swag.) And why not? New York already has its […]

Jaleo’s Proposed Redesign: What Would Salvador Dali Think?

Late yesterday, chef José Andrés' team sent out a link via Twitter to a computer animated YouTube video (embedded below) illustrating the proposed new redesign of his pioneering Penn Quarter tapas joint Jaleo. "We are moving away from the Flamenco dancer and more to a Dali-like, modern, provocative look," Andrés told WaPo critic Tom Sietsema. […]

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