Operator Blues Alley buys Blues Alley building
Looks like the famous Blues Alley concert hall will remain in Georgetown. Blues Alley operator Harry Schnipper has purchased the Blues Alley building from Snyder Properties, CEO Karen Snyder confirmed to The Georgetowner today.
Georgetown commercial real estate legends Johnny Snyder and Sam Levy purchased the Wisconsin Avenue property that included the alley structures in 1960. Schnipper will be the third owner of the alley building. Blues Alley opened in 1965.
Known as “the house that Dizzy built”, Blues Alley has hosted the biggest names in jazz history including Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Mingus, Tony Bennett, Stan Getz, Eva Cassidy and Chick Corea. A major DC tourist destination, the club — housed in a turn-of-the-century brick coachhouse tucked down the alley at 1073 Wisconsin Ave., NW — is also renowned for its speakeasy vibe, comfortable 125-seat capacity, and candlelit intimacy. .
In: Mahal BBQ at Sandlot Georgetown
Mahal BBQ opened at Sandlot Georgetown – 2715 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Chef Jerome Grant brings his new concept of American-Filipino fusion to town. Main courses come in platters or sandwiches and include BBQ sausage, smoked beef cheek, smoked half chicken and oyster mushrooms, served with your choice of banana ketchup or white BBQ sauce, beer mustard or chili-vinegar sauce, we are told. Mahal BBQ will be at the shipping container outdoor bar every weekend until mid-October.
In: Chi’s gallery
Formerly a clothing store — as well as the offices of the Georgetowner newspaper 22 years ago — the building at 1408-1410 Wisconsin Ave. NW was purchased by Trans Empires from Snyder Properties and will now house Chi’s Gallery.
Reduced in-person hours: Little Sister
Pastry chef Ashleigh Pearson’s elegant boutique on Wisconsin Avenue, Little Sister, opened in October, enticing passers-by with its displays of handcrafted chocolates. Pearson honed her chocolate-making techniques at Thomas Keller’s famed Per Se in New York City, where she crafted a full chocolate course of eight to 12 different bites each day. Her pastry skills reflect her training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and her work at DC’s Marcel’s. Intricately painted candies in flavors like hazelnut, passion fruit, caramel, and a clever play on s’mores, plus classic French butter cookies called sables, fudge, caramels, and chocolate bars ( some are ornate) are beautifully arranged in the display case.
But, for now, customers who expect the bon bon boutique at 1332 Wisconsin Ave. NW is open will have to wait. It seems Little Sister can’t handle all the demand for her sweets.
Ashleigh Pearson posted on social media: “The last two months have been a whirlwind! Thanks to @petitesoeurdc I have had the opportunity to meet and serve amazing people and organizations. We are growing much faster than planned and commissions and the corporate gifts arm of our business needs a lot of attention This has prevented us from meeting all of our retail hours as sometimes we need everyone on deck to these very large orders. Until we can form a new wave of team members, we will have to adjust our hours of presence to accommodate our online and custom orders. I see them as growing pains positive and we ask that you continue to support us as we grow so we can meet the incredible demand for the candies and shortbread cookies you love!!!”
“You can still order online for in-store pickup and shipping. We will continue to service and take new corporate orders and custom commissioned work. Our modified hours will be posted on Monday.
In Other Bon Bon News…. Coming: Arcay Chocolates on O
With a retail presence in Union Market, Rockville-based Arcay Chocolates plans to expand into Georgetown at 3211 O St. NW, the former site of the cafe cate, Crumbs & Whiskers. Offering truffles, specialty bars, shots, peels, pretzels and fruit, Arcay Chocolates says it is “the product of Anabella Arcay, a Venezuelan master chocolatier. Extensive experience with chocolate and cocoa has positioned Arcay Chocolates as one of the premier candy and truffle collections in the world. Arcay Chocolates is an internationally renowned chocolatier with 42 international awards, offering a colorful combination of flavors and artistry that creates an atmosphere of exquisite sensations, offering a variety of superb and mouth-watering chocolates and desserts. Years in the business have helped Anabella Arcay develop a unique business that literally caters to every customer, taste or need for an unforgettable fusion of art and chocolate.
Now, this closure has certainly upset some neighbors. Chef Nicholas Stefanelli had teamed up with Via Umbria owners Bill and Suzy Menard to open the Officina popup in the Via Umbria space at 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. It resembled Officina’s flagship location at the wharf and included Stefanelli’s distinct shopping and dining experience with fine wines, artisan pastas, specialty snacks and preserves. An update on the condition of the property is forthcoming.
Out: Taim Mediterranean Cuisine
Founded in New York 14 years ago by Einat Admony and Stefan Nafziger, Taïm opened its first location outside of the Big Apple in Washington, DC – specifically at 1065 Wisconsin Ave. NW – August 31, 2019. Georgetown location closed in May. Meaning “tasty” in Hebrew, Taim — with its falafels, pitas, bowls, salads, mezzo — continues at its Dupont Circle location, 1514 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Output: Fat Munchiez
“These are the candies, snacks and sweet cereals you love, only in bigger boxes and awesome flavors, plus candies from Japan and other East Asian countries,” we wrote in November about the brands of the unusual boutique at 1432 Wisconsin Ave. NW, now closed. .