We at DC Metblogs seem to have caught the foodie bug lately! Continuing on this theme, twice in the past few days I’ve passed the gallery space of Hemphill Arts at 1515 14th Street, right next to Studio Theater’s new entrance, and noticed a new restaurant is going to open on the ground floor. I peeked in to see what looks like a very open, elegant space, with large black-n-white photgraphs on the (seemingly) white walls and a cool bar area. It just says, “Viridian – Opening Soon!” – no date, though the tables are set. The only gossip I can find are a couple of older blurbs about it being a restaurant with a seasonal menu and the involvement of the former pastry chef from the late lamented Ruppert’s.

Definitely looks intriguing, and certainly will pull in those theater and gallery crowds starved for some haute cuisine. Foodification continues! Anyone have any other scoop on this place?

Update 11/8: The always clued-in Amanda from Metrocurean is reporting that it may open this weekend – very cool. Except that I’ll be in NYC. Oh well, if anyone checks it out let me know!

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As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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