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Puck's A Cut Above

August 5, 2019

Welcome to Georgetown, Wolfgang!

 

“I want this CUT to be different, one that is true to its location,” said Wolfgang Puck. His new restaurant in Georgetown’s Rosewood Hotel, Washington, D.C. along with CUT Above, in the newly redesigned rooftop bar and lounge, opened Monday, August 5, 2019.

(Photo by: CUT DC)

 

“It’s important to me that CUT D.C. has its own soul that reflects just how unique the Mid-Atlantic is and how diners want to eat now. While guests will still be able to order the signature steaks they have come to love at CUT, we want to showcase the bounty of the region and create a menu that encourages sharing.” 

 

Leading the kitchen is Executive Chef Andrew Skala, who has spent the last 13 years working alongside Wolfgang and his team at Spago Las Vegas, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, and, most recently, CUT New York City. 

More on the celebrated master chef's refined steak restaurant very soon! 

 

CUT is located at 1050 31st Street in Georgetown.


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Liberté For Georgetown

July 24, 2019

“We love the location. Prospect Street is the gateway to Georgetown University,” explained restaurateur extraordinaire, Hakan Ilhan as he gave The Georgetown Dish a hard hat tour of Liberté, his new French brasserie (formerly Morton’s Steakhouse).

 

Understanding the changing restaurant market, Ilhan, who also owns Mirabelle, Al Dente and other DC restaurants, chose Swatchroom to design this millenial-minded space. 

 

With seating for 250, including al fresco patio seating for 70 at the lowered front deck and on the expanded new solarium side of the restaurant, the 6,000 square-foot space will be the "every day choice” for neighbors, students, their parents and tourists.

(Photo by: Swathroom)

Slated to open in October, Liberté features a private dining room with a chandeliered eggshell-shaped booth inspired by an Alain Ducasse restaurant in Paris with its own entrance. A glass-walled wine deck with over a thousand bottles is situated in front of the 1,800 square-foot kitchen. 

Hakan in the kitchen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hakan in the kitchen

In addition to French staples of steak frites, escargot, and onion soup, the classic menu will include cassoulet, pastas, seafood and lots of salads. Look for nostalgic American favorites too, including ice cream sundaes (with homemade ice cream, bien sûr ) sharing the dessert stage with creme brûlée and profiteroles.

 

Open seven days a week, Liberté will serve late night diners until 2:00 am Friday and Saturday, and until 1:00 am Sunday throughThursday. Brunch on weekends starts at 8:00 am. 

(Photo by: Swatchroom)

Ilhan promises ambience, experience and service. Georgetown can’t wait!


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DIGEST DESIGN VI: Vignettes by Vicas

July 21, 2019

Storied still life. Curated. Whimsical. Personal. 

Alcoves are always difficult to furnish. We took a limestone table and styled it with art books, cherished objects and a lamp and plant. (Photo by: M.S Vicas Interiors) Alcoves are always difficult to furnish. We took a limestone table and styled it with art books, cherished objects and a lamp and plant.

Foyer table, fireplace mantle, bookcase, dresser, countertop, coffee table, credenza or end table. A vignette is a cluster of decorative objects on any flat surface, large or small, in your home.

A collection of antique photographs calls for simple accents on the chest. A statue in a similar color adds a sculptural element while a glass lamp anchors the other side of the space. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) A collection of antique photographs calls for simple accents on the chest. A statue in a similar color adds a sculptural element while a glass lamp anchors the other side of the space.

With the help of a good designer, accessories you love are turned into stylish, meaningful arrangements. 

Restrained elegant boxes with rivets have enough presence to stand up to the orange velvet sofa. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) Restrained elegant boxes with rivets have enough presence to stand up to the orange velvet sofa.

Martha Vicas shares her approach to curating her clients’ collections.

A dark bookshelf is styled with all white objects of different shapes, sizes and textures. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) A dark bookshelf is styled with all white objects of different shapes, sizes and textures.

Design principles apply here. Harmony of textures and shapes. Height and depth. Empty space. Symmetry and asymmetry. Balance. Texture. Lighting. Edit, edit again.

What better way to style this prosciutto slicer in a restaurant van with food and dishes? (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) What better way to style this prosciutto slicer in a restaurant van with food and dishes?

When the surface is backed by a wall, the wall directly behind the display becomes part of the background. Framed art, clocks, and mirrors enhance or anchor your arrangement.

A limestone foyer table with a practical mirror and lamp, while a restrained grouping of favorite objects completes the vignette. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) A limestone foyer table with a practical mirror and lamp, while a restrained grouping of favorite objects completes the vignette.

Think in all three dimensions for the most visual interest when creating a vignette on furniture in the middle of the room.

Colorful brightly colored books turn a neutral office into a whimsical, fun area. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) Colorful brightly colored books turn a neutral office into a whimsical, fun area.

A well-designed vignette shares a harmonious aesthetic that reflects your personality or lifestyle.

Antique chest simply styled with dressy lamps and a vase with branches. (Photo by: M.S. Vicas Interiors) Antique chest simply styled with dressy lamps and a vase with branches.


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