On The Look Out

Georgetown BID Offers Guidance to Navigate Liquor License Application Process

May 20, 2015

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) welcomed the announcement Wednesday that the D.C. Government’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will begin accepting applications for four licenses beginning at 8:30 am on Thursday, June 25.

Georgetown is Washington's most iconic shopping destination, with more than 120 restaurants, cafes and bakeries in addition to more than 350 stores, salons and galleries. Welcoming new, high-quality restaurants is an important part of sustaining Georgetown’s status as a world-renowned neighborhood. The majority of the Georgetown commercial district is inside of one of five moratorium zones in the District of Columbia; others include Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle East & West, and Glover Park.

In the past year several critically acclaimed concepts opened their doors in Georgetown, including Fiola Mare (led by James Beard award winner Fabio Trabocchi), Chez Billy Sud (from restauranteurs Eric and Ian Hilton), and a revamped Grill Room (led by James Beard award winner Frank Ruta). These debuts drew Washington Post editor Tom Siestma's conclusion that restaurant happenings in the neighborhood are “looking skyward."

The ABRA announcement covers four restaurant licenses that became available from the cancellation of existing, but unused, licenses.

“The BID frequently helps interested restaurant operators to understand and navigate the Georgetown retail landscape by providing demographic and market statistics, and connecting entrepreneurs with individuals and organizations that help businesses launch in our historic neighborhood,” says Joshua Hermias, the BID's economic development director. “We urge interested restaurants to contact us before and after June 25 because there are always opportunities to open high-quality, innovative restaurants in Georgetown.”

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Prospect Street Gems on Market

May 12, 2015

Two fabulous residences in the historic Wormley School at 3329 Prospect Street in Georgetown are now listed by Beasley RE. The stately old brick school was transformed into seven exclusive residences in 2010.

Unit 7, living space (Photo by: Beasley RE) Unit 7, living space

Built in 1885, the building, an historically protected structure with landscaped grounds, create a serene setting.

Two united are now on the market;

Unit  7 is listed for $5,200,000.

Unit 1 is listed for $2,600,000.

Both offer state-of-the art systems, luxury fixtures and finishes, and thoughtful eye-catching details. Both have private underground parking for two and supplemental storage.

Unit 7 kitchen (Photo by: Beasley RE) Unit 7 kitchen

Unit 7 is a duplex penthouse that features more than 4,800 square feet of living space.  It has four bedrooms each with a bath, an ultra-modern kitchen with custom finishes, refined millwork and four fireplaces.  The view of the Potomac River is stunning as well as the city lights of nearby Rosslyn,

Unit 1 has a double-sized private brick terrace, which was made possible after the neighboring unit was combined – creating an expansive two bedroom residence with formal and casual spaces to enjoy.  Features include a designer kitchen, baths ‘en-suite,’ custom cabinetry, millwork, and two fireplaces.

The agent is Nelson Marban. Tel: 202.870.6899.



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Gwen Ifill Wins Italian Award

April 22, 2015

The Italian Embassy honored newswoman Gwen Ifill Wednesday night with the announcement that she is the winner of the 2015 Urbino Press Award.

Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and manager editor for The PBS Newshour

The Urbino Press Award, now in its 10th edition, has become a tradition in Washington’s diplomatic and journalistic life since it was first presented in 2006 at the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C.

The prize is given annually in recognition of excellence in journalism to American reporters who, through their commitment and daily work, have the ability to inform millions of people.” 

The Italian Ambassador, Mrs.Bisogniero & Gwen Ifill (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) The Italian Ambassador, Mrs.Bisogniero & Gwen Ifill

Past recipients of the award include Diane Rehm (2006), Michael Weisskopf (2007), Martha Raddatz (2008), Thomas Friedman (2009), David Ignatius (2010), Helene Cooper (2011), Sebastian Rotella (2012), Wolf Blitzer (2013) and Maria Bartiromo (2014).

The winner travels to Urbino to participate in a ceremony and then holds a “Lectio Magistralis” at the Palazzo Ducale.

The Italian ambassador to the United States, H.E. Claudio Bisogniero made the announcement to an audience of some 175 people at the embassy.  In accepting, Ifill said she is eager to travel to Urbino to receive the actual award.

The prize itself is awarded at the Palazzo Ducale in the city of Urbino in June.

 “The city of Urbino, which during the Renaissance gave life to one of the most enlightened courts of Europe, symbolically reinstates its court, once enriched by geniuses like Baldassarre Castiglione and Torquato Tasso, with the voice and experience of today’s reporters, the outstanding interpreters of the events that are changing our world,” stated a press announcement.

Following the embassy's announcement, a dinner featured local foods from the Montefeltro region with wines from the Marche region. Italian opera music filled the evening.

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