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Lisa Schreiber and Ofer Khal at Wagtime Pet Spa and Boutique. Photo: Alexander Padro

Shaw’s Metier Declared No. 1 Restaurant
Washingtonian magazine, in its much-anticipated list of the 100 Very Best Restaurants for 2018, has named Shaw’s Metier the top restaurant in the region. While chef Eric Ziebold and manager Celia Laurent have been associated with fine dining in the city for over a decade, this is the first time that their restaurant, declared “the most beautiful dining experience in Washington right now,” has received this honor from the magazine.

Metier, located on the lower level of Ziebold and Laurent’s restaurant Kinship, is accessed by a private elevator and is one of the last dining rooms in town that still requires gentlemen to wear a jacket. It was one of the few restaurants in the Michelin guide to Washington to get an upgrade this year, receiving a new star.

While new restaurants opening on the riverfront at the Yards and The Wharf have gotten a lot of attention lately, the rest of the Washingtonian list demonstrates that Shaw is still the place for fine and creative dining. The Dabney is No. 5 on the list, along with All Purpose (No. 18), Arroz (No. 26), Kinship (No. 27), Hazel (No. 46) and Tiger Fork (No. 49), with Convivial coming in at No. 50. Shaw’s Michelin-recognized Chercher (No. 96) was the only Ethiopian restaurant in the area to make the Washingtonian 100 list.

Shaw Mourns Loss of Lisa Schreiber, Wagtime Owner
Almost 300 people assembled in Blagden Alley on the night of Jan. 22 to hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Lisa Schreiber. Along with her husband Ofer Khal, Schreiber was the owner of Wagtime Pet Spa and Boutique. She died suddenly from an acute case of pneumonia on Jan. 17 at the age of 45. Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter Arielle, her parents and two sisters.

Wagtime moved to Shaw in 2005, taking a small space on the 1200 block of Ninth Street NW. The business expanded from just dog walking and daycare to pet boarding, grooming and other services. Wagtime eventually took up all three floors and the basement of the building in Shaw. It eventually opened a second location in Southeast DC, with the entire operation employing 100 people. Schreiber was known for using her business to feature and help place rescue dogs.

The vigil took over the alley near the rear door of Wagtime. Past and current employees testified to Schreiber’s energy and kindness, as well as her business acumen. A representative of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue related how important she was to their operations, including recent work to organize the rescue of abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the island. Alexander Padro from Shaw Main Streets pointed out how important Schreiber and Wagtime were to the development of Shaw businesses, noting that Wagtime was the second business to open on the block, preceded by a liquor store – a block that now has a dozen commercial establishments on it. Schreiber’s father, Dr. Ronald Schreiber, addressed the crowd to express the family’s appreciation for the outpouring of support from friends, customers and the community in the face of their grief.

In an effort to lift the spirits of the crowd, the vigil ended with a lighting of huge paper lanterns that were sent aloft. The Lost and Found bar made itself available for participants to gather after the event.

Morris Bar Opens
Marked by an illuminated sign suitable for the Great White Way, the Morris bar on the Seventh Street side of the Washington Convention Center has finally opened. Taking the first name of the US senator credited with banning alcohol in the District of Columbia three years before national Prohibition took effect, Morris, led by owner-bartender David Strauss and his business partner Vinoda Basnayake, takes a radical turn from the speakeasy bars now in vogue. Wide windows bring light into the two-level interior designed by Shaw designer/artist Maggie O’Neill of Swatchroom. The decor features pastels of powder blue and olive augmented by floral wallpaper. Strauss, a veteran of Barmini and other notable drinking establishments, will have a list of classic cocktails, at reasonable prices, with freshly squeezed juices, homemade tinctures and hand-carved ice.

Black History Month Tour of Dr. Woodson’s Neighborhood
Shaw Main Streets, in conjunction with the National Park Service, will present a free black heritage walking tour of central Shaw on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. The tour, presented by local historian and Advisory Neighborhood Commission Member Alexander Padro, will start at the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, 1538 Ninth St. NW, and will include places in the neighborhood that Woodson frequented and the homes of notable African-Americans with whom he associated. No reservations are required. For more information, visit www.shawmainstreets.org.