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Inside The Riggsby, Dupont Circle's Retro Neighborhood Joint (with Fabulous Wallpaper)

Michael Schlow debuts a second restaurant in D.C.

They had to send the peacock back.

Michael Schlow wanted a colorful peacock as an accent piece for The Riggsby, his second D.C. restaurant opening tonight in Dupont Circle. The one he got was drab and brown. So it's going back.

In general, "drab" is not a word to associate with the retro-styled restaurant in The Carlyle hotel in Dupont Circle. There's the eye-catching wallpaper of sketched faces, courtesy of Schlow's wife, artist Adrienne Schlow. The design of the restaurant is from Edit Lab at Streetsense, who have given the Riggsby a supper club feel. An eclectic mix of artwork dons the walls of the main dining room.

Menu items are familiar but elevated, with new takes on stuffed mushrooms, onion dip, smoked trout, seared filet with bearnaise sauce and more. Bartender Christine Kim aims to create a culture of regulars at the bar, which will serve both classic and customized cocktails, plus wines by the glass. Dinner service launched Monday evening.

The Riggsby, 1731 New Hampshire Ave., website

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