But when things turn nasty, you also need a well-protected bunker to ride it out. Brick. Concrete. A freeway overhead for good measure.
Yeah, we’ve got that place. It’s called Malmaison, it soft-opens Monday night in a former ice factory under the Whitehurst, and here’s how you might use it, any time of day.
8:30am: You finish your C&O Canal bike ride. Here, they’ve got one of the bay doors open and a walk-up coffee-and-pastry bar.
1pm: Take a seat next to the fireplace and tuck into a lobster-and-scallop salad. Your chef: Gérard Pangaud, who garnered his share of stars in the ’90s before going to cook for Pentagon brass.
7pm: Sit at one of the low lounge sofas and order a French Colony (rhum agricole, sweet vermouth, orange bitters). Tell your date about the chef who used to work at the Pentagon.
11:30pm: Head to the second floor, where another bar takes care of all your champagne needs, and four giant speakers surround the dance floor, the better to hear the rotating DJ talent.
And you thought we were going to say “bluegrass band.”