Washington Post, Going Out Guide by Tom Sietsema/Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post
Family and friends are in town for the holidays. Maybe you feel obliged to show off some sights. Perhaps you need an escape from four walls, or simply a pick-me-up. Some inspirations:
Cold weather calls for hot drinks, and the one that warms me most this season is poured at the Eddy Bar at the youngest Hank’s Oyster Bar on Capitol Hill. Home to shaker and stirrer extraordinaire Gina Chersevani, Eddy Bar is where anyone older than 21 can experience the essence of the season in a glass.
Cucurbita in the Rye ($11) combines scorched milk infused with Tahitian vanilla, star anise and cardamom “because I’m obsessed with it,” Chersevani says. The dairy is chilled, strained, punched up with Redemption rye and juiced fresh pumpkin, then finished with walnut bitters. The last are spritzed over the cocktail using a stencil in the shape of an acorn. Aww. The image is as heart-warming as the spicy, frothy, not-too sweet libation.
As with all her drinks, the challenge with this one, Chersevani says, is “keeping it light, so you can eat it with fish” from the restaurant’s surf-centric menu. Mission accomplished — and bonus points for a brew that tastes just as good chilled as warmed. STORY HERE
The Washington City Paper, by Jessica Sidman
The hottest battle of NIMBYs vs. businesses this year came down to six Dupont Circle residents and 20 patio seats at Hank’s Oyster Bar. Alcohol Beverage Control investigators forced the restaurant to shut part of its patio amid a dispute over the termination of its voluntary agreement with neighbors. Chef/owner Jamie Leeds’ resulting crusade for liquor-law reform fueled debate over how much power small groups should have over the operations of nearby restaurants and bars.
Hank’s initially sought to eliminate its voluntary agreement, which limited hours and expansion, in 2010, so it could build into the space next door. Liquor authorities and the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission agreed. But a group of six neighbors believed the liquor board acted illegally in terminating it. They took the case to the D.C. Court of Appeals, which reversed the decision. So a liquor board investigator forced the restaurant to close its patio the evening before the Capital Pride Parade, one of its busiest days of the year.
But Leeds fought back. She posted an open letter on the restaurant’s website, calling on supporters to contact the D.C. Council. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, which rarely backs an individual restaurant’s case, also asked local legislators to take a closer look at the rules governing protests against liquor licenses. Three months later, authorities reaffirmed the termination of the voluntary agreement, allowing Hank’s to have its full patio back. And by December, the Council was voting on liquor-law reform proposals. STORY HERE
Hank’s Oyster Bar is pleased to share the following “Action Alert” email distributed by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) yesterday, advising members to Sign+Send a message supporting ABC regulatory reform at the http://DCHospitality.org online petition site. READ FULL EMAIL HERE