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Georgetown University isn’t the only classic D.C. institution considering an expansion into the Rosslyn area. Starting in early 2014, famed hot dog and chili eatery Ben’s Chili Bowl will open a new store across the river from Georgetown.
The new store will replace Ray’s Hell Burger in the Colonial Village Shopping Center on Wilson Boulevard. According to Ben’s Chili Bowl co-owner Nizam Ben Ali, Rosslyn was chosen for its greater accessibility for customers.
“Sometimes it’s very difficult to get to Ben’s on U Street, with the parking,” Ali said, according to the Post. ”As we grow, we want to test out different markets and we hope the love will be there in Arlington as it is on U Street.” While parking probably isn’t a concern for most students, Rosslyn obviously has a GUTS bus stop, making it a much better location for a Ben’s Chili Bowl than U Street.
Ben’s Chili Bowl holds a special place in D.C. history. Having survived 1968 race riots and the construction of the U Street Metro Station, Ben’s Chili Bowl continues to serve celebrities and is a popular tourist site. In particular, Bill Cosby and Barack Obama are some of the owners’ favorite customers. A sign in Ben’s Chili Bowl states that only Cosby, Obama, and their families get to eat there for free.
Vox hopes the new location serves the same quality food that the U Street one does. For students who might end up living in a Rosslyn satellite residence, the new Ben’s Chili Bowl is looking like Epicurean on steroids.
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Today, Associate Vice President and Chief Business Officer of University Services Debby Morey announced via email that the construction of new dining options in Hoya Court has been delayed until mid-October. To make up for the delay, University Services has promised temporary food services in Hoya Court.
Construction began after the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, and Subway in Hoya Court were closed due to the owner’s failure to pay $500,000 in sales taxes on the businesses. The University announced that an Elevation Burger, a Salad Creations, and a “new and better” Subway would replace the old restaurants and bring some refreshing service to Hoya Court.
Unfortunately, these new options will not be available by the start of the school year. In fact, they aren’t even expected to finish until mid-October. In the meantime, University Services has several temporary solutions.
Hoya Court will have an Einstein Bagels kiosk and a “hot food station” amid the construction taking place there. Additionally, the Leavey Center Grab & Go has moved across the hall, allowing a “temporary Subway” to take its place. The other shops in the Leavey Center will operate normally.
Finally, University Services promised food trucks on “most days” during lunch in Lot G, which is apparently behind the New Research Building, and reminded the student body that Epicurean will operate for 24 hours a day, with the exception of Sunday nights to Monday mornings.
File photo: Hilary Nakasone/Georgetown Voice
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Earlier this summer, the University announced via email blast that the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, and Subway which previously graced Hoya Court would be replaced by Elevation Burger, Salad Creations, and a “new and better” Subway.
Now we know why: the previous owner of the grease purveyors failed to pay $500,000 in sales taxes and had his business licenses revoked yesterday after “numerous attempts” by the Office of Tax and Revenue to collect the tax. Along with the Leavey Center establishments, Yasmin Parveen owned a Dunkin Donuts and four other Subway restaurants across the city, all of which were closed.
Hoya Court is closed for renovations until August so that the new dining options can come into place. According to Associate VP for University Services Debbie Morey, the administration could tell from a variety of forms of feedback that students were dissatisfied with existing Hoya Court options. “And we could tell from the sales they just weren’t working,” Morey said.
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For all the foodies out there in Washington, next week will be a second Christmas. D.C.’s Restaurant Week is a week not only full of delicious top-notch food, but also great deals.
From Feb. 4 to 10, hundreds of area restaurants will offer a fixed lunch menu, all for $20.13, and a set dinner menu, fixed at $35.13. A certain set few even better deals for the price.
Many of these places include restaurants that usually charge $25 or $30 dollars per entrée, so these fixed menu prices, which usually include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, are definitely a bargain, not to mention the fact that this promotion might be the only week us poor college students might afford to experience Washington’s finest dining.
We all know what it is like to get stuck in a rut … and it’s not pretty. Restaurant Week is an opportunity to try something new and expand your palate (literally). D.C. is a hub for exquisite and authentic ethnic food, and if you haven’t been to at least one Ethiopian restaurant, you’re not a real Washingtonian.
Check out the Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week website to make reservations and read after the jump for Vox’s suggestions for Restaurant Week, which are categorized by type of cuisine.
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Yesterday evening, Luke’s Lobster opened in Georgetown on Potomac Street. Owner Luke Holden graduated from Georgetown University in 2007 with a degree from the business school. The shop is two stories, with the traditional Maine-inspired seafood menu. The restaurant looks great, though Vox has yet to try the food out. Review to come soon.
Luke’s Lobster takes over a space previously occupied by the famed Philadelphia Pizza Company, or “Philly P,” which apparently Holden frequented during his time at Georgetown. In 2009, the ANC went after Philly P’s for its late night hours, high number of take-out customers, and the odor that bothered the neighbors. A year later, Philly P’s was ordered to close. We wish Holden good luck in his effort to reoccupy the space!
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Nestled on Potomac Street in what used to be GoFresh and Philly P, The Crave has recently opened as Georgetown’s newest sandwich shop. The small eatery prides itself on its corn beef sandwiches, lobster rolls, and gourmet grilled cheeses.
First off, be warned that visiting The Crave will be an experience much different than your usual lunch excursion. The ambiance made us questioning many things, including the legitimacy of the restaurant and even our own sobriety. For example, the loud and unpredictably random music is immediately noticeable (we’re talking a playlist that contained both DJ Felli Fel’s “Get Buck in Here” and the Christmas song, “Joy to the World”). The upstairs eating space, which was more along the lines of an art-collecting hipster’s 70’s style living room, left us wondering if we had mistakenly entered a hookah bar or someone’s apartment.
However, our skepticism quickly subsided as we attacked our delicious sandwiches. With only one person working the kitchen, the food was prepared at perhaps not the quickest speed, but the wait was worth it. One favorite was the “Divine Goat Cheese” sandwich. Layered panini-style with chevre goat cheese, fig jam, honey, zest, and herbs on raisin walnut bread, this was not your average grilled cheese sandwich—nonetheless, it was one of the best Vox has ever tasted.
Other mouth-watering choices included the lobster roll and the grilled caprese sandwich with prosciutto. Both were a perfect portion size and were well deserving of the “It only takes one bite” slogan that the restaurant promotes.
All in all, The Crave left Vox craving more. We can’t say the same for our wallets however. The Crave seemed a bit overpriced, ranging from $7 – $16 per sandwich. But that’s not incredibly surprising—after all, this is Georgetown we’re talking about.
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One of France’s oldest bakeries has just opened its newest location right here in Georgetown. With over 120 years of service and 453 shops worldwide, authentic Parisian bakery PAUL has clearly done a thing or two right over the years. Settled on the corner of Wisconsin and M Street right behind Banana Republic, PAUL fits in perfectly with the cutesy Georgetown atmosphere. What’s more, it’s snug location used to house the kitchen of the historic City Tavern, a place frequented by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson back in the day.
So would our man George look fondly upon what’s become of one of his favorite 19th century hangouts? Vox unequivocally says yes. From the cinnamon pear tart to the gooey strawberry macaroon to the buttery chocolate croissant to the tender apple danish, PAUL offers a delicious variety that is sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of every customer. And if you’re more in the mood for savory flavors, that’s no problem.
PAUL also offers a selection of salads, quiches, and sandwiches that will make your mouth water. All of the items that Vox and our companions munched on during our dinner at PAUL were pretty solid—you can’t really go wrong with anything you try. However, what stood out most among the group were the chocolate croissant, the spinach-salmon tart, and a quiche filled with broccoli, turkey, bacon, and Swiss cheese.
The classic bakery set-up makes it easy to grab a quick yet delicious bite when time is scarce. But don’t get the wrong idea—this bakery is not just a spot to grab and go. It also features an upstairs café that offers classic French dishes for a sit-down breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The café is small and cozy, with the capacity to seat just around 30 customers. However, it’s this intimacy that makes the place so charming. This cozy ambiance is further enhanced by traditional French artwork and a collection of vintage baking items used for decoration.
Of the 30 customers the bakery can hold, a lucky four will have the pleasure of dining next to the grand floor-to-ceiling window that overlooks the quaint streets of Georgetown. Can you think of a better way to start your day than to relax with coffee and a crepe in the upper window of PAUL? Didn’t think so.
Photos: Alex Rice
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In middle school, we all learned about the Native American custom of not wasting a single part of a slain animal. Apparently, 1789′s relatively new executive chef Anthony Lombardo subscribes to that same idea, and is sticking parts of the animal not classy enough for 1789 into your Tombs menu.
According to an article posted yesterday on Washington City Paper‘s food blog Young and Hungry (where we also got that delightful photo to the left), Lombardo sends the “scraps,” or pieces of meat not classy enough to make it into 1789′s $36 lamb shank, downstairs to the Tombs’s kitchen, where head chef Frederick Valentin repurposes them for less expensive bar food. The Tombs’s lamb burger, lamb ragu, and bratwursts (made from, as described by WCP, nondescript “pig parts”) are all part of these waste-not options.
Although the restaurants expect to see some reduction in costs with this system, it was by no means a purely financial decision. It’s also enhancing what Lombardo describes as Tombs eaters’s “gastronomical experience.” Because personally, that’s what comes to mind when I think of beef scraps.
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The world of Georgetown restaurants is cut-throat. From cupcakes to kabobs, most end up in ruthless competition with at least one rival. (Think Chipotle vs. Qdoba, Georgetown Cupcake vs. Baked & Wired, or Wingo’s vs. Wing Co.)
The result? The restaurants that survive the brawl are delicious and provide top-of-the-line service. So, when a new crêperie opened its doors last week to challenge the likes of Crêpe Amour and Café Bonaparte, I decided to scope out dessert juggernauts’ competition.
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It seems that Georgetown restaurants can’t get enough of college students. More and more establishments now offer half price specials, almost guaranteeing that their lines go out the door on those special days.
So, we’ve compiled a list, including happy hour specials for those of-age. (After all, even upperclassmen can be cheap.) Let us know if we missed any!
[Editor's Note: Asterisked restaurants require a weekly "secret word" that is found on Hoya Connection.]
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