Golden Triangle News, Events, & Promotions
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April 2017

New Restaurants Le DeSales, Mirabelle Open in Golden Triangle to Rave Reviews

With the arrival of Spring comes two exciting, new restaurant openings here in the Golden Triangle - Mirabelle at 1600 K Street and Le DeSales at 1725 DeSales Street! Both restaurants are already receiving rave reviews, as you can see in some of the media coverage noted at the end of the newsletter. Keep in mind that you can always find our interactive guide to dining and shopping options in the Golden Triangle on our website.

Farragut Fridays, TriFit, Picnics in Park to Launch in May for Summer 2017 Season

Days are getting warmer and the Golden Triangle is gearing up for another season of fun, outdoor events from May through September in Farragut Park and other nearby public spaces. Mark your calendar for our fabulous Farragut Fridays series, plan for a Picnic in the Park on three different days and park locations, or wind down at the end of the day with a great TriFit workout in the park. All of the events are free! Additional details can be found on our website.
Calling All Retail Shops and Restaurants: Can You Help with Prizes for Events?

Throughout the summer season, we’ll be greeting thousands of people at Farragut Fridays and other events. We’ll have the Golden Triangle prize wheel out there with us. This is a great opportunity to promote your shops and restaurants, if you can provide prizes to give away to those who engage with us. Examples of past prizes from our local businesses include restaurant coupons, shot glasses, t-shirts, refillable cups and discount cards, among others. We’d love to promote your business. If you can help, please email Ted Jutras.

Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19; Register to Join at Farragut Pit Stop!

If you bike to work – or even if you’ve just thought to yourself: “Maybe I should give it a try?” – you will want to be sure to join thousands of cyclist throughout the region and nation for the annual Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19. More than 85 “pit stops” will be established around D.C. this year, including two in the Golden Triangle, to greet participants with morning refreshments, free bike checks and more. The BID will coordinate the pit stop at Farragut Park and our friends from Tower Companies will host a pit stop at 1828 L Street, NW. Participants are encouraged to register early in order to ensure they will receive one of 16,000 t-shirts reserved for the first area registrants. Visit to register and select the pit stop that best fits your schedule.

Tri-Talk: Sam Khalil, Entering 50th Business Year in Golden Triangle

Sam Khalil, Owner, Optical Gallery

If you’ve been running a trusted small business in the Golden Triangle for nearly 50 years, it’s altogether possible that from time to time you’ve served customers such as J. Edgar Hoover, Senator John Warner and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, and… oh yes, Sir Elton John. Sam Khalil, owner and operator of the Optical Gallery at 1150 18th Street, NW, has proudly provided optical solutions for thousands of sets of eyes – some more famous than others – since opening his first shop in the district in 1968. We stopped in to visit with Sam to learn more about him and his thoughts on the keys to long-term business success, for this edition of Tri-Talk…

1. You’ve been in the optical business for decades and now in your third location in the Golden Triangle since opening your first shop in 1968. What’s the secret to success in small business?
Being in and around your business, all the time… that’s very important. Also, of course, taking very good care of your customers. Many people appreciate the care and attention of a “mom and pop” operation. And providing unique products, like our eyewear, that helps too.

2. You’ve also been in the Golden Triangle since long before it existed as a BID! What are some of the best parts about doing business here?
The clientele and the foot traffic, to start with. This is a busy metropolitan area and there are great customers to serve. Best of all is when you have customers who come back year after year.

3. You’re entering your 50th year in business. What are some of your strongest memories about working here and running your shops over that time?
My first year I was on 18th Street. That was 1968, when the riots were going on in the city. Hard to forget that, and not an easy time. But we’ve had so many good times. A lot of fun memories with some customers you don’t forget… like Senator Howard Baker, John Warner and Elizabeth Taylor. And J. Edgar Hoover. He used to come in when we were in the space where the Daily Grill is now. He invited me to do a tour of the FBI Building. I regret that I never took him up on that. Oh, and making a special set of glasses for Elton John back in the 70s (as Sam proudly points to the wall with the photo of Sir Elton wearing them). That was fun.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

900 16th Street, NW
Contemporary American and French fare, from James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Frank Ruta and Pastry Chef Aggie Chin. Open now for lunch; dinner to be added.
Le DeSales
1725 DeSales Street, NW
A take on comfort food with a rustic French/American influence. Chef Raphael
Francois is a 20-year veteran of several Michelin-star rated kitchens. Open now for dinner and happy hour; lunch to be added.
  Ahra Cafe
                         2020 K Street, NW
                         Gourmet salads, sandwiches, coffee.

 La Colombe Coffee Roasters
                       1701 I (Eye) Street, NW
                       Coffee and drinks... authentic, frothed,
                       cafe-style drinks on the go.

Golden Triangle in the News

Mirabelle, On the Fast Track to SublimeWashington Post
Chef Raphael Francois Earned Michelin Stars in London. Now He’s Taking on DC. -- Washingtonian
Le DeSales Aims to Liven Up Golden TriangleEater DC
Expect Traditional French Cooking, With Some Flourishes, at MirabelleEater DC
Mirabelle Opens for Lunch at 1th and I St, NWPOPville
Sommelier David Metz Joins Hospitality Team at Michelin-starred Plume at the Jefferson HotelBad Wolf DC
More Mediterranean Coming to D.C…. and More Restaurant NewsWashington Business Journal
Real Estate/Office
Akridge to Go Spec on YMCA Redevelopment - Washington Business Journal
Akridge Begins Gut of Former Rhode Island YMCA -
Rockrose, Spitzer Land Anchor Tenant at Alexander Court in D.C. - Washington Business Journal
Best Real Estate Deals of 2016 (including JBG’s 900 16th St.) – Washington Business Journal
CBRE: $1.7 Trillion Coming Off the Sidelines and Into CRE This Year – Bisnow
How Green is Greater Washington? Here’s How Its LEED Projects Compare with Other U.S. Real Estate Hubs – Washington Business Journal
The Nine Most Valuable Commercial Properties in the District (including two in the Golden Triangle) – Washington Business Journal
Prudential Lands 25K SF Tenant at 1800 M - Bisnow
Haiku Grace Downtown DC After Annual ContestNBC 4
Sorry Haters, the Golden Triangle’s Haikus are LegitWashingtonian
For Innovative Sidewalk in Dupont Circle, a Few Stumbles - Washington Post
Meet the King of K Street: Get to Know the D.C. Dad Who Reigns Over this Global Legal Empire – Washington Business Journal
Top Law Firms (Ranked by Metro-area Lawyers) [One-third located in Golden Triangle] – Washington Business Journal

Events & Promotions

Allen Edmonds • April 7-24 • Join Allen Edmonds for their anniversary sale at 1027 Connecticut Ave., NW.
Betsy Fisher • April 7-8 • Meet designers Karen and Paul at their annual Heyne Bogut personal appearance in the store. The duo pushes the edge of contemporary fashion with versatile, sophisticated pieces that work both casually and professionally.
DC Pizza • Monday, April 24 • Welcome spring with $4 off any four-topping pizza with the password "discombobulated" on in-store orders only.
DC Improv • Saturday, April 15 • Laugh your way into spring with "Next Wave" comedian Mike Speirs. Tickets and more information here. Wednesday, April 26 • Local comedians take the stage for the opportunity to test out their comedy skills. Learn more about performing and RSVP. • Saturday, April 29 • Tony Perkins and Gary Stein record an episode of their hit podcast in front of a live audience with special guests Sarah Fraser and Rob Maher. Tickets and more information here.
1725 DeSales • Thursday, May 4, 12-2 p.m. • Explore new Luxury Spec Suites available in the renovated 1725 DeSales building. Building and suite tours begin at noon. Register for this open house.
Eye Street Massage Therapy • Through April • Take 20% off 45-, 60-, 75- and 90-minute massage and couples massages if you are a Golden Triangle email subscriber.
GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar • Wednesday, April 12. • Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day and GCDC's 3rd birthday with $3 grilled cheese and draft beer for those in line by 12:30.
Geothe-Institut Washington • Friday, April 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. •  Enjoy an evening of German board and card games with a glass of wine. Many German games are growing in popularity outside of the country, including classics such as Bohnanza alongside newer favorites Alhambra, Tigris & Euphrates and Settlers of Catan. Register online.
Heurich House Museum • Thursday, April 13, 5:30-10:30 p.m. • Join Nathan Zeender from Right Proper Brewing for this month's special Craft Brewers Conference edition of History and Hops. Find tickets and more information here.
JBG Earth Day Fair • Friday, April 21, 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. • Find new ways to be environmentally responsible with raffles, prizes and more in the lobby and outside of 1233 20th St.
Jordin's Paradise • Through April • Sign up month-to-month for $15 to attend up to two classes each month. The new membership can be shared with friends. Find all membership deals here.
National Geographic Museum • April 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. • Attend a talk led by Nat Geo photographer Erika Larsen and archaeologist Dr. Rick Knecht about how climate change–driven melting ice has unearthed preserved artifacts—and how rising sea levels have forced archaeologists into a race to find and protect treasures before it’s too late. Click here for info and tickets. • April 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. • Learn about fascinating geological mysteries, innovative ancient societies and modern conservation challenges in Peru from four National Geographic photographers and explorers at this month's Field Notes: Peru Nat Geo Night. Click here for info and tickets.
Roti Modern Mediterranean • Through April 15 • Receive 10% off catering orders over $100 by mentioning "Tax Relief." Learn more.
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center • Monday through Friday • Explore Omani heritage just blocks from the White House and multiple Metro stations at a large exhibition space featuring Omani cultural items including jewelry, clothing, model forts and more. Through outreach programs, scholarships, lectures, educational resources, cultural partnerships and the Cultural Center in D.C., SQCC brings its culture, history, and heritage to audiences in the U.S. and abroad.

Become a Golden Triangle Sponsor!

Make sponsorship of Golden Triangle BID events part of your summer marketing program. To learn more about how your business can sponsor Farragut Fridays, Golden Cinema, TriFit and other activities, call Abbe Kaufmann at 202-759-9569 or click here to email.
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