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We first became aware of the space at 3401 K street back in April 2012 when it was the host to the Water Street art pop-up project. Over the last year, in different stages of rawness, Malmaison in Georgetown hosted some of our favorite dance parties, while wrapping up the necessary prep work to open as a multi-functioning restaurant/bar/venue it was intended to be. This is what some of those dance parties looked like:

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and while they were definitely awesome (and will continue happening, including a BYT Hosted afterparty for UNSTILL LIFE feat. Caroline Polachek (CHAIRLIFT) DJing on July 11th!!!!!) it is great to see Malmaison open during the non-party hours this week too.

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Owned by the Popal family (which also runs Napoleon, and Cafe Bonaparte) the new space continues their love all of all things Napoleonic: this addition to the family business is named after the first home Napoleon lived in with his wife Josephine. The inside is anything but a throwback to that time though-spreading over 4000 sq.ft, Malmaison is intended to evoke tender Meatpacking district memories in DC residents – with a daytime cafe, and a 50 seat dining experience in the evenings before those dance parties take the space over again.

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The menu is overseen by Chef Gerard Pangaud, the youngest ever two-star Michelin honoree, who, as luck would have it, grew up on Malmaison street in Paris. The menu is classic french bistro with a twist: beet and seafood appetizers are followed by entrees like poached lobster and duck confit, and all of it can be finished off with a dessert selection by Pastry chef Serge Torres.

After dinner – grab one of the delicious sounding cocktails at the upstairs bar, then enjoy it next to the working fireplace and, of course, stick around for the dancing.

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Malmaison will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday and with all these options morning to night, we can’t blame you if you want to move in.

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