Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Central Michel Richard to Host The Shaw Bijou Pop-Up Bar

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From our friends at Central Michel Richard...

Central Michel Richard Partners with The Shaw Bijou for Pop-Up Bar

The Shaw Bijou’s head bartender Ben Long will recreate Central classics and introduce new cocktails on October 6 + 7

James Beard Award-winning bistro Central Michel Richard will host forthcoming Washington restaurant The Shaw Bijou for a preview pop-up bar at Central in downtown DC (1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 from 7 to 9:30 PM each night.

The pop-up bar will be a homecoming of sorts for The Shaw Bijou's head bartender Ben Long, who was part of the Central opening team along with current Central Wine Director Brian Zipin back in February 2007.

Long’s two-day return to Central will feature seven cocktails ($14) highlighting the late Chef Michel Richard’s love of pears, including the Pear Twenty and Pear Pan-Americano, as well as cocktails from The Shaw Bijou’s upcoming menu such as the Tritter Rickey made with pink gin and absinthe. 

"When Central opened, Chef Michel, Brian Zipin, and his management staff took a chance on a young, green bartender that was eager to learn,” says Long. "Because of their generosity I get to work with the great people of The Shaw Bijou and teach the principles I learned at Central to a whole new generation of bartenders. I was honored to be asked to come back behind the Central bar in Michel's memory and work again."

Long has graciously pledged to donate all tip proceeds from the two-day pop-up towards St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a charity close to Michel Richard’s heart.

For more information, visit: www.centralmichelrichard.com or call (202) 626-0015. 

Central Michel Richard is a James Beard Award-winning American bistro with a French twist, located in the heart of downtown D.C. at the corner of 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Named for its “central” downtown location, Central is just steps away from the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, Verizon Center,  galleries, and  downtown theatres. Central is crafted with Chef Michel Richard’s lively, jovial style of delicious food. Central is located at 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. For more information about Central, visit www.centralmichelrichard.com or call (202) 626-0015

Opening in the historic Shaw neighborhood of Washington DC, November 1, The Shaw Bijou, 1544 9th Street, NW, will feature modern American food with global inspiration from executive chef and owner Kwame Onwuachi. The Bronx native of Nigerian decent will serve refined yet approachable cuisine as a multi-course tasting menu in the 32-seat restaurant. A members-only bar with rare liquors and hand-crafted cocktails will occupy the upper level of the venue. The Shaw Bijou will be open for ticket-holders Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 until 10 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit TheShawBijou.com and follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.