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In celebration of the publication of the first-ever Michelin Guide to Washington, DC restaurants, Shaw Main Streets, the commercial revitalization nonprofit that has led the effort to establish the neighborhood surrounding the Washington Convention Center as a restaurant destination, will host a release party for the book at the celebrated Columbia Room cocktail bar on Friday, October 14, 2016, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

 Shaw Main Streets has made arrangements with Upshur Street Books ( to have 100 copies of the 96-page red-covered guidebook available at the event, to be held at one of the city’s most renowned drinking establishments, owned by noted mixologist Derek Brown. The Columbia Room ( is located at 124 Blagden Alley, NW.

In an announcement prior to publication, two Shaw restaurants were confirmed as being listed in the inaugural DC Michelin restaurant guidebook. Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant and Kyirisan are included in the Bib Gourmand category, the guide’s list of favorite restaurants of good value. The Michelin Guide only lists recommended restaurants.  To be listed is a mark of excellence.

More than three dozen restaurants have opened in the Shaw Main Streets service area in recent years. Standouts include Convivial, The Dabney, Espita Mezcaleria, Hazel, Kinship, Kyirisan, and Metier, each of which have received 2-1/2 or 3 star reviews from Washington Postfood critic Tom Sietsema.

“We’re expecting at least 10 Shaw restaurants to be listed in the Michelin Guide,” says Alexander M. Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets. “We may even have a starred restaurant or two to toast to.”

Shaw Main Streets recently received the 2016 Great American Main Streets Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center for its success in revitalizing the Shaw neighborhood.  “When we surveyed the community asking what types of businesses they wanted to see attracted to Shaw, the answer year after year was restaurants. So we stopped doing the survey and focused on restaurants, attracting over 100 during the past 13 years,” recalls Padro. “Shaw’s restaurant boom is part of the District’s evolution into a great food city, demonstrated by our having become Michelin-worthy.  We’re excited to host a ‘Welcome, Michelin Guide’ party in Shaw.”

Admission to the Columbia Room party is free. Copies of the Michelin Guide will be available for a contribution to Shaw Main Streets, while supplies last.

DineinShaw, a free mobile app offering a complete listing of Shaw restaurants and bars, is available on the App Store and Google Play Store,. For more information on Shaw Main Streets, visit

Shaw Main Streets is a designated DC Main Streets program and is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development, Muriel E. Bowser, Mayor.