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The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Offers New Dining and Meeting Space

Fahrenheit 004 In response to greater guest demand, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C. is making changes to its current design.  Fahrenheit restaurant is undergoing a transformation into permanent banquet rental space and when it reopens on November 1, 2011, will be newly coined as Fahrenheit Ballroom.  The hotel’s bar and lounge, currently called Degrees Bar & Lounge, will re-open as a three meal restaurant and bar called Degrees Bistro.

“Over the past year we have seen a significant increase in demand for rental of Fahrenheit restaurant for corporate and social events,” said General Manager Grant Dipman.  “This acclamation confirms the success of Fahrenheit in the group and social catering market and has prompted us to seize a great opportunity to increase group room nights and improve our food and beverage revenue.  This makes good business sense and allows us to provide our guests with greater flexibility along with positioning our hotel to achieve long term financial success.”

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the hotel’s new restaurant, Degrees Bistro, will feature a traditional French bistro menu with an innovative cocktail and wine list created by the hotel’s Executive Chef Quang Duong and seasoned bar team.  Since February 2007 Chef Quang has served as the hotel’s executive chef with oversight of the restaurant, banquet and in-room dining operations and he will continue to oversee these three outlets.  Chef Quang’s new menu will include locally inspired items such as a Maryland Chesapeake Blue Crab Cake Sandwich and Chesapeake Striped Bass, along with French Bistro classics like Roasted Chicken Grand Mere, French Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese and Steak Frites with Béarnaise Sauce. 

The new restaurant design will complement the current industrial chic style with classic bistro tables and banquette seating for 46 guests along with the bar and lounge seating for up to 20 guests.  Degrees Bistro will be the epitome of what discerning diners desire in an upscale, casual restaurant: simple, yet sophisticated food coupled with an effortless wine and beverage program, delivered by friendly, professional wait staff in a relaxed setting.  Diners can unwind in the simple, yet modern comfort of this neighborhood eatery while enjoying a savory lunch or dinner at the hip bar or in one of the stylish banquettes located throughout the dynamic environment.

There will be no changes to the hotel’s Lobby Lounge located in the main lobby.  The peaceful refuge reminiscent of a large familial living room with plush couches and a homey ambiance will continue to provide a sense of community in the heart of the hip, historic Georgetown neighborhood.  Guests can order from the Lobby Lounge menu with bar snacks, cocktails and wine, or they may order a full lunch or dinner entrée from Degrees Bistro. 

As banquet space, Fahrenheit Ballroom will be able to accommodate meetings for up to 75 guests, and receptions and dinners for up to 120 guests.  Long considered one of Washington, D.C.’s most unique spaces, the oversized loft-like room features exposed steel beams and original red brick walls reminiscent of the hotel’s history as a turn-of-the-century brick factory structure that later served as an incinerator.  From private board sessions to product launches, company-wide celebrations, weddings, and other social catering events, Fahrenheit Ballroom and its team of dedicated meetings and catering professionals will continue to ensure the highest level of guest service and that all events are memorably excellent. 

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