Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Westin Washington, DC City Center Debuts Fringetree

Lobby Vertical Garden at Westin Washington, DC City Center

From our friends at Fringetree...

Sophisticated Urban Restaurant Blends Modern Design with Healthful Menu Offerings and Handcrafted Cocktails

The Westin Washington, DC City Center recently completed a $17-million property transformation and as part of its striking redesign, now unveils its all-new restaurant, Fringetree. This sophisticated urban restaurant and lounge, located on the lobby level, offers guests a modern and intimate atmosphere fused with healthful menu items for lunch and dinner. This stylish restaurant serves traditional cuisine enhanced with cutting-edge culinary creations that encompass the Westin brand’s SuperFoodsRx® concept and features an impressive selection of wine, beer and specialty cocktails, designed to complement the imaginative fare. Fringetree also offers an adjoining “grab-and-go” counter serving Starbucks® coffee along with breakfast and light bites, making it perfectly-accessible to Westin’s business travelers.

The name Fringetree is inspired by a flowering plant native to the Northeast United States and found in the US Botanic Garden located in Washington, DC. The name sets an intriguing tone with a nod to nature and a subtle subtext invoking the “political fringe,” which connects the restaurant to its DC roots.

Menu and SuperFoodsRx:
Under the direction of Executive Chef Felix Nunes, Fringetree’s menu combines traditional cuisine with contemporary creations, offering delectable yet healthful dishes that stay true to the Westin brand’s SuperFoods concept. Westin SuperFoods menus incorporate products known to improve well-being and longevity such as fruit, vegetables, grains and proteins. SuperFoods known for being health-enhancing and rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients are mainstay ingredients in many of Fringetree’s dishes.

Menu Highlights:
• Appetizers including garlic shrimp, cream of crab soup, tuna taco, frito misto and mac & cheese

• Artisanal margherita, marinara and bianca pizzas with protein, cheese and vegetable add-on choices

• Sandwiches such as crispy fried buttermilk chicken, carved turkey breast, southwest steak wrap and portobello

• Entrées including char-broiled Atlantic salmon, Maryland-style jumbo crab cakes, seared diver scallops, 72 hours-seared beef short rib, half grilled chicken and grilled halibut

• Greens to-go handcrafted salads including the Waldorf, warm spinach and classic chopped; and

• Desserts showcasing delicious panna cotta, gelato, banana and mango mille feuille and chocolate bunt cake.

The bar menu features inventive artisan handcrafted cocktails, a trending wine list and a wide selection of local beers on tap.

The evolution of a modern urban eatery, Fringetree is located on the lobby level at the Westin Washington, DC City Center. The entrance to the restaurant is enhanced with a sense of nature where a stunning living wall replete with plants and flowers is showcased. The restaurant’s unique and contemporary design highlights warm color tones of burnt orange and amber blend with hand-scraped walnut wood floors and millwork. Polished metals, smoked glass and back-painted glass accents add a modern juxtaposition against the natural wood tones. The back bar millwork includes a stunning display of warmly-glowing amber bottles, along with mirrored surfaces, walnut wood panels and inset televisions. Carrying out a theme of nature, the custom ceiling constructed of dark eucalyptus beams and stretched canvas accentuates the space. Functionality for Westin’s modern traveler is incorporated throughout many aspects of Fringetree’s design including a communal table equipped with power outlets and a specially-constructed drink ledge. The bar area also offers exclusive work area for guests with high speed Wi-Fi.

Fringetree is located at the newly-renovated Westin Washington, DC City Center located at 1400 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20005. For reservations or more information about Fringetree please visit: The Westin Washington, DC City Center is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (, the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts:
Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services - like the Heavenly Bed®, delicious SuperFoodsRx® and WestinWORKOUT® studio - have been designed with the guest’s well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit