Hollywood on the Potomac

Cooper Watch

February 24, 2015

What are the odds that Bradley Cooper was your waiter back in the late nineties at Cafe Milano?  If you take into consideration all the mathematical possibilities, it’s probably pretty good: Just do the math. The Georgetown University student who graduated in 1997 was also working as a waiter at Cafe Milano which opened in 1992.  So Hollywood on the Potomac and other regulars at the Georgetown hotspot since the opening just want to say thank you Bradley for the great service.

Cafe Milano hosted an Oscar watch party to benefit Dog Tag Bakery and to cheer on Oscar nominee Cooper for Best Actor and American Sniper, nominated for Best Picture.


“Welcome to this special Oscar Night,” said Cafe Milano proprietor Franco Nuschese. “I was very privileged to be at the Oscars once and believe it or not it was the year that “La Vita è Bella” won.”  That would be “Life is Beautiful” to us, starring Roberto Benigni winning an Oscar® in 1997 and who could forget that?  Think Benigni enthusiastically climbing over heads to get to the stage at the 71st Annual Academy Awards® after being introduced by Sofia Loren.

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'JW' 'JW' 'JW'

February 23, 2015

“With JW, every one of our designs is custom. So, we don’t have a room that’s a standard room. Everything is custom,” said Mitzi Gaskins, VP & Global Brand Manager for JW Marriott Hotels. “When you think about DC and the location of this hotel, there’s so much that goes into the business traveler–the men’s very tailored suit, crafted and curated, it fits with the brand too” she added explaining the driving concept behind the renovation for the iconic hotel property on Pennsylvania Ave.

After being built in 1984, the company felt that this was a perfect time to update the look and feel of the hotel with a massive overhaul of the building including more than 90% of the 772 rooms and suites. The update wants to represent the personal and refined aspects of the brand by modernizing the colors and fabrics used in all the rooms, including pops of color and patterns, the same way a pocket square or necktie would brighten up an executive’s suit.

“This is where it all started” emphasized Gaskins about the flagship property in DC. The hotel holds the name of the company’s founder and was established as a tribute to him. “This is a brand that was built out of love.” Media toured the property to see how the updates we taking place and were even invited to swing a hammer or two as part of the demolition of the old rooms. The bright and revitalized rooms are sleek and modern and invite the guest to truly feel comfortable, no matter where they are from. In the king-sized rooms, bathtubs were being replaced with more modern stand up showers, the colors and carpets and flooring all modernized, and even the doors on each room were widened to 36 inches to make each room ADA accessible. No issue is too small to tackle when it comes to comfort for the guest.

Written by Brendan Kownacki

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Justice Network

February 16, 2015

“I’m kind of a voyeuristic type of guy and I like getting behind the scenes of real life.” Steve Schiffman.

Call them the Dream Team: Lonnie Cooper, Steve Schiffman, Barry Wallach, John Ford and Wendy Brown. These are the faces of the newly launched Justice Network who bring with them backgrounds from Bounce TV, National Geographic Channels, NBC Universal, Discovery Channel and CSE respectively. That’s a collective lot of great jobs to give up to start a new network, so naturally we wondered why they did. 

Hollywood on the Potomac posed that question to new Justice Network CEO Steve Schiffman: “Actually, I spent three years initially opening up my own media consulting practice where I had a number of clients and one of them was The Washington Post, another A&E Networks and a variety of other companies. For the past three years, I’ve been the general manager of digital video here at The Washington Post and created a brand called Post TV which is the video arm of The Washington Post. I’m actually even speaking to you from The Washington Post as I transition out from this role to becoming a full time CEO of the Justice Network.”

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