Capitol Hill Roundup

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Lots going on atop Cap Hill, not the least of which is Ethan Stowell's latest, Anchovies & Olives, opening tonight. We'll get there soon enough. It's the most recent example of awkward timing: restaurants opening in the teeth of the downturn. (Barrio's another.) Chew well.


A few other observations about changing times. Cascina Spinasse has modified the draconian policy that permitted à la carte dining only at the bar, a shift that's (sort of) reflected online.

At Tidbit, all main courses are now under $20, and there's a 3-course, $25 special this week to celebrate Carnevale. That ends on Mardi Gras, masks not required. They're also offering grappa flights throughout February for $15.

Olivar, for its part, will start serving brunch on weekends, a $15 prix fixe deal. Not a bad idea for Broadway, which needs alternative to the Deluxe. Look for chef Philippe Thomelin's signature pasty, an ensaimada, a coil-shaped bun known as the brioche of Majorca.

Finally, a farewell of sorts to Artemis, which announces it will close for "remodeling and expansion." In the current economic climate, the owners say, "the fine & casual dinning model is unfortunately not sustainable." they write in a news release. "So as good evolutionists, we will change to adapt to our environment." The intention is to focus on the bar, with more affordable food. The interior space will be reconfigured to create a more casual atmosphere, and will include seating in the back garden patio, which has a great view. Reopening (keep fingers crossed) in a couple of months.

Photo: Bitter End cocktail at Artemis.

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