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When your risotto comes with Black Trumpet mushrooms and snails, you know it’s fall. The menu changes twice a year (lemon-lime in spring and summer) at this “little grand restaurant,” as Cyrille Brenac refers to Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar.
From the time they opened in 1995, Lepic has won over residents and tourists alike. Winning awards in their first year, it's long been a favorite of Georgetowners.
Most recently, Zagat named them one of the top 40 restaurants in D.C. Wine-tasting every Tuesday, Jazz on Wednesdays, 200 French wines on the menu (plus local favorites from Boxwood Winery) and authentic French cuisine all the time, what could be grander?
In typical Parisian style, there's a small main dining room with a (French-Asian inspired) bar upstairs designed by Eva Claudio.
Cyrille and his partner, co-owner Bruno Fortin, pride themselves on being consistent. “With regular customers, if you surprise them, it needs to be on the upside.”
Continuing, Cyrille said, “I’m a guest too.” And his favorite on the menu? Les joues de veau braises et paté au basilica (braised veal cheeks, osso-buco style, served with fresh pasta and basil).
A silhoutted couple carrying an umbrella adorns the front door. On a rainy Thursday afternoon, the perfect invitation for lunch.
Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar is located at 1736 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.333.0111
The organization best known for its work to improve the vitality and quality of life in Georgetown just got a new home. Since July 1, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) can be found (with a little help) in the Flour Mill building on Potomac Street.
“We wanted a location in the center of the business district. Looking for the kind of space that would also accommodate our Clean Team eliminated a lot of conventional spaces,” executive director Jim Bracco told The Georgetown Dish. The team of 12 headed by Bill Baker will be all moved in by the end of this month.
The 3,200 square foot space, all at street level has room for seven offices, a conference room that seats 24, and a kitchen large enough to prepare food for in-house events.
“Come out and play (Georgetown’s rebranded slogan) was a call to action,” said marketing director Nancy Miyahira. “We’re going to do more promotions with merchants and engage people more with the brand.” Looking forward to their signature events this fall, starting with Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) on September 8, Nancy explained, “Last year, 80 businesses participated, and so far, over 95 businesses have signed up.”
As Nancy pointed out, individual businesses are excited to be producing their own in-store events for FNO. The outlook is good, Nancy said, “the mix of independent to national brands has held steady at 73% to 27%.”
And on October 15, for the 18th year, it's Taste of Georgetown.
More good news. The BID has made free Wi-Fi available from Washington Harbour to Jack’s Boathouse. And soon, when it officially opens, at Waterfront Park.
The Georgetown BID is located at 1000 Potomac Street, in the Flour Mill office building (on the C&O Canal side, not the K/Water Street side.) Down the steps behind Dean & Deluca's patio and over the canal, it's on the right directly on the first level in suite 122. Tel: 202.298.9222
Washington's only embassy on the waterfront, The House of Sweden hosted the Georgetown Business Association (GBA) and 400 of their closest friends Wednesday evening for a sparkling midsummer’s evening of cocktails, music and a special tribute to the Furin family.
“This time last year, we had 25 people come to our event at Chadwick’s,” GBA vice president Rokas Berseniovas wasn’t complaining as he surveyed the guests packing Anna Lindh Hall and happily spilling out onto the patio.
A meeting place as well as home to the embassies of Sweden and Iceland, this gem on the Potomac was designed with many poetic nods to life in Sweden, from frosted glass walls symbolizing the early spring melting of ice to pixelated lighting in the ceiling mimicking a starry sky.
As guests enjoyed each other, stellar views of Virginia, and boats docked at Washington Harbour, GBA president Joe Giannino thanked everyone for coming, and especially the evening’s sponsors: House of Sweden for the dazzling venue, Ridgewells for the catering, The Georgetown Business Improvement District for beverages, and Chris Furin for desserts.
Cecilia Browning, House of Sweden’s general manager thanked everyone for coming and introduced Andrew Osborne, director of conferences and events.
Joining real estate agent Nancy Iiteilag, Joe Giannino and Sue Hamilton saluted the Furin family for 27 years serving the community with their baking and catering business.
Also today, longtime GBA representative Sue Hamilton was quoted at length in The Washington Post on the changing nature of business in Georgetown. “Family businesses . . . are the heart of Georgetown,” said Hamilton, a 26-year Georgetown resident, told the Post. “You can go to a national chain anywhere. But here you have [surviving independent businesses like] Georgetown Tobacco, Georgetown Floorcoverings, Cannons Seafood, Weaver’s Hardware, Bistro Francais.”
”It’s difficult closing a restaurant.” Thanking the crowd, and their legion of loyal customers, Chris Furin said. “We’ll miss you.” Furin’s of Georgetown may be leaving but the baking tradition continues with Cakes by Chris Furin.
As chair of a new D.C. Council small business development committee, Vincent Orange thanked the community for their support, and had good news for Georgetown's business leaders. "President Obama has made 13.5 million dollars available for small businesses in D.C."
On that sweet note, it was time for desserts by Chris Furin.