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Irene lands at Dent Place

August 28, 2011

The winds slowed as Georgetowners made their way outside following Hurricane Irene's visit through the nation's capital. A tree fell on this Dent Place home owned by Margaret E. Cheney, according to D.C. government records. She is a cousin of former Vice President Dick Cheney, according to The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club by C. David Heymann. Neighbors said the house has not been occupied for some time.

Dick Cheney's memoir "In My Time" was reviewed by another Georgetowner, Maureen Dowd, in Sunday's New York Times.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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Bistrot Lepic, Georgetown's little grand restaurant

August 25, 2011

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.

Lepic's main dining room (Photo by: Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar) Lepic's main dining room

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.  

Goat cheese beet terrine (Photo by: Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar) Goat cheese beet terrine

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?

Bistrot Lepic door (Photo by: Bistrot Lepic) Bistrot Lepic door

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.

(Photo by: Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar)

Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar is located at 1736 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.333.0111

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Come out and visit Georgetown BID

August 23, 2011

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.

Jim Bracco at the new BID office in Flour Mill (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jim Bracco at the new BID office in Flour Mill

“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.”  

Jim Bracco, at door of of new BID office (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jim Bracco, at door of of new BID office

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

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