Decrease than two years after opening his Southern cafe internal the Darcy Hotel in Scott Circle, chef and TV personality David Guas will shut Lil’B. He tells Eater he’s parting ways with the hotel following a exchange in possession.
“Be pleased any new [thing] that comes in, they favor to attain one thing honest a itsy-bitsy different,” says Guas, who plans to shut some time in the next week and a half at 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW.
The 226-room hotel’s different dining establishment, Robert Wiedmaier’s Michelin-starred seafood restaurant Siren, also only currently announced plans to switch out of the foyer level this month. Siren is scheduled to shut on Tuesday, February 19, and re-open at a to-be-announced field.
Guas is also shopping for a brand new home with his valid estate broker. He “positively” wants to be in a bigger venue to accommodate extra coffee drinkers. Lil’B’s 19-seat internal has an out of doors patio that seats 35.
“I don’t mediate we’re going into one other hotel,” he says, which is also Siren’s notion. Guas and Wiedmaier, fishing and looking pals of over two decades, aren’t shopping for spaces in tandem.
The hotel, which debuted as D.C.’s first and finest allotment in Hilton Worldwide Inc.’s Curio Series, used to be sold slack final year to personal valid estate investment community Northwood Investors. Eater reached out to its new just possession for commentary.
Guas, who founded Bayou Bakery, imports gadgets from his present New Orleans-themed store in Arlington, Virginia. That capabilities muffulettas, gumbo, and pimento cheese, along with caffeine from Counter Tradition Coffee.
Lil’B has a uncommon murky-and-wooden La Marzocco espresso machine with swish brass knobs. The shop is also stocked with vinyl data, beer and wine, snatch-and-gallop gadgets, and vintage maps of Louisiana brought over from his shuttered Capitol Hill Bayou Bakery (now Miniature Pearl).
Although Guas discovered a turnkey home “tomorrow,” he notes, he’s in no mosey and doesn’t rely on Lil’B to resurface until about a year.
For now, Guas’ corpulent consideration is on Mardi Gras, which falls on regarded as one of the most modern dates that you just might maybe well perchance well also mediate of this year (Tuesday, March 5).
“It’s appropriate for business,” he says, of packing in pre-vacation festivities and gross sales for a corpulent two months. He plans on pumping out 1,500 dilapidated king cakes this year out of his Arlington bakery.
His zero.33 annual Paunchy Tuesday occasion Mardi Gras Extravaganza DC shall be held at the Showroom (1099 14th Street NW). Its co-owner went to Loyola and is a colossal fan of all issues New Orleans, says Guas. All-you-can-relish-and-drink tickets ($fifty five) gallop against DC Central Kitchen. The evening (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) gains a costume contest, brass bands, a are residing feed of Bourbon Street projected on the wall, drinks from mixtress Gina Chersevani, and a Typhoon cocktail competitors.
Spike Mendelsohn is truly apt one of two dozen celeb chefs who will encourage riffs on Creole classics. Every gets a theme to work with to wait on diversity so that “10 chefs don’t attain 10 varieties of gumbo,” says Guas.
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- D.C.’s finest Curio Series by Hilton hotel is sold, goes just [WBJ]