Friday, August 22, 2008

Fall Restaurant Preview

The Blade's Fall Arts Preview issue is out today, and there's lots of exciting stuff coming up in the dining and visual arts worlds.

After a summer in which several popular Washington restaurants, including Colorado Kitchen and Butterfield 9, closed, the local dining scene picks up this fall with a crop of new restaurants, including super chef Alain Ducasse’s latest venture and a sibling for Agraria, Georgetown’s farm-to-table restaurant.

COMMONWEALTH, the latest venture from lesbian chef Jamie Leeds, who owns two outposts of Hank’s Oyster Bar, in D.C. and in Alexandria, opened in August.

Commonwealth, a British gastropub that serves, among other dishes, a Sunday roast, provides a neighborhood gathering spot for Columbia Heights residents. Also on the menu: British favorites including fish and chips, stuffed jacket potatoes and sticky toffee pudding. As a gastropub, Commonwealth has, as expected, a noteworthy beer list with ales from the United Kingdom and beers from U.S. states that are Commonwealths (Virginia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania). It’s at 1400 Irving St., N.W.

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