Amuse Bouche

José Andrés Closes All His DC Area Restaurants

March 15, 2020

“We are doing this for the right reasons. We need to take care of our employees, we need to take care of our guests for their safety, more importantly we need to take care of every one of you,” José Andrés said in a video posted to Twitter. “We cannot just keep going like this is not gonna happen to us.” 

 

Known for his philanthropic work providing meals to communities in the wake of natural disasters, the celebrity chef said Sunday he is closing his D.C. restaurants and urged others to do the same as the coronavirus outbreak spreads.

 

He said the move is necessary in order to mitigate the global coronavirus pandemic, which is rapidly spreading across the U.S. 

 

“We need to be joining the NBA, need to be joining closings of other venues that are doing the right call ahead of everybody. We cannot stay much longer with restaurants open or we will only be part of the problem when we need to be part of the solution,” Andrés said. 

 

Andrés, who founded the nonprofit World Central Kitchen, which provides meals to areas hit by natural disasters, said several of his D.C. restaurants will be converted into community kitchens to provide basic needs s amid the pandemic. 

 

The community kitchens will have take-out windows for people to pick up food, he said. 

 

Andrés also said that all of his employees will be paid for the next two weeks, adding that closures will be hard on small businesses. 

 

“I've been here 26 years moving this company forward and plan to be here 25 more years ahead, and I know I will only be able to do this with the men and women next to me,” he said. “We’re going to be finding every way to be next to them to make sure that together we go through this complicated time.” 

 

  • America Eats Tavern, Georgetown: A community kitchen will operate from the back upstairs patio.
  • China Chilcano, Penn Quarter:  Due to the lack of outdoor space at the restaurant, a community kitchen will not be available.
  • Jaleo, Bethesda: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • Jaleo, Crystal City: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • Jaleo, Penn Quarter: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • minibar and barmini, Penn Quarter: The restaurant and bar both closed following the end of service on March 14. A community kitchen will not be available. Guests with existing reservations will be contacted to rebook, and deposits will be refunded.
  • Oyamel, Penn Quarter: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • Zaytinya, Penn Quarter: A community kitchen will operate from the side door.
  • Beefsteak, Dupont, Foggy Bottom & Montgomery Mall: Our D.C.-area fast-casual locations will offer delivery only, available via our website. 
  • Pepe Food Truck, D.C.: Will remain in operation, check here for current location.


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Kim Waters Live at Blues Alley

February 20, 2020

Saxophonist, composer and producer Kim Waters will be performing live at Blues Alley on February 27 through March 1, 2020.

 

Waters has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For close to two decades  has been one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in contemporary jazz. He has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, amassing record sales of over a million albums and ranks among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. Kim Waters’ music has fine-tuned the perfect combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion and technique and soulfulness.

 

Kim Waters is the epitome of cool. The Washington Post says the model-handsome and charming saxophonist is "like a romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll...he has a flair for composing seductive melodies" while JazzTimes Magazine hails Waters"" sax stylings as "effortlessly expressive."

 

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Clyde's Valentine's Day Celebration

February 11, 2020

(Photo by: clydes.com)

Old Ebbitt Grill, The Hamilton, and all Clyde's will be featuring Surf & Turf for Two with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $150. 

 

Dinner for two includes one bottle of Veuve Clicquot and two surf & turf dinners (beef tenderloin and jumbo lump crab cake).

 

Should your sitter be booked up or Fridays are too hectic for you, fear not; they're offering the Valentine special Thursday through Sunday! 

Reservations available online at Old Ebbitt Grill, The Hamillton, and Clyde's.


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