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Lost & Found: Adding A Neighborhood Feel to the 9th Street Corridor

 

The development of the 9th street corridor in NW Washington, DC is arguably the most exciting transformation in the city since the redevelopment of the H Street corridor and the SW waterfront. Home to new condominium buildings and hotels such as the Cambria Suites, the 9th street corridor is building an array of attractions for residents and tourist. Its newest tenant, Lost and Found, located at 1240 9th St NW is filling a long time void of a hang out space that allows patrons just to come in to relax, socialize, and have a drink without being in a nightclub setting. The rustic venue, which has a reminiscent feel of ‘Cheers’, derives its name from the “lost” and now “found” pieces that fill up the space such as old license plates, original stadium seats from RFK stadium, and old vinyl records. Although the venue does not have a kitchen, therefore doesn’t serve food, its array of beer selections and available “snacks”, such as Goldfish and Oreos is a nice touch to the relaxed theme of the venue. If patrons need food, they have great choices in the surrounding neighborhood such as Rogue, Table, and Thally. The venue, which features a unique décor and beautiful exposed brick walls, features three separate rooms with two bars and a patio in the rear alley. The venue is also looking to launch unique and fun themed nights such as B.Y.O.V night (Bring Your Own Vinyl) that will allow patrons to bring their own vinyl records to play at the venue. This unique touch, and thinking outside the box, is how Lost and Found is sure to carve out its mark within the city. Head over to Lost and Found, ask for Brian, and tell him that The Sophistocrats sent you. Cheers Sophistocrats!

 

 

 

 

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Bartender of the month: Soup
Location: The Hamilton (Washington, DC) at 600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
From: Dalton, Massachusetts (Where US currency paper is made)
Been bartending since: 1999

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Why did you begin bartending?

“First off because I like people. I like the action, I like working hard, and I like the pace. I love interacting with people and making people happy. People come to bars for a reason…to unwind and escape. I like to help them forget about everything that’s bothering them for a little while. We all have to go back to it [reality] at some point, but with me they can take a few minutes and enjoy themselves. It makes me happy to make other people happy.”

What is your favorite drink to make?:

“Right now it would have to be ‘The Suzerac’ (which also happens to be the Sophistocrat drink of the month). It’s the history behind it and there’s a story. Plus it’s so many ways to make it. It’s tied to New Orleans and cocktail culture wise, we owe so much to New Orleans. Long story short, “it’s a soul to this drink”. One of the reasons I love bartending is because you’re never finished learning-its always a work in progress.”

What’s your favorite beer to drink?

“Weihenstephaner by far. It’s the world’s oldest operating brewery. I could drink it forever.”

What’s your pet peeve when dealing with customers?

“Not being self-aware. When you’re in a busy bar, just recognize your surroundings. I’m never going to intentionally make somebody wait; I’m here for you. Bartenders are here to please the guest. Without the guest I’m useless.”

What is the best way to get a bartenders attention?

“Make eye contact, you can’t help but realize when somebody is clearly staring at you unless you’re purposely trying to ignore them. Once we make eye contact I’ll give a [head] nod and let you know I see you. That shows me that you’re a seasoned veteran. Waving your card or throwing cash out is unnecessary.”

What makes a great bartender?

“Part of being a great bartender is knowing your limits and just being real. Strive to throw the perfect game, but you’re never going to throw the perfect game. Something is going to go wrong and you’re going to have to adapt so be ready, keep a clear head, and don’t get rattled!”

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“The Suzerac”

· One ounce Cognac (preferable Remy Martin)
· One ounce of Dry Whiskey
· Three dashes of Sugar Cube
· One dash of bitters
· Stir for 30 seconds….enjoy!

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