Bar Briefs

Loeb’s owners have another mouth to feed
Forty-six years after opening Loeb’s Perfect New York Deli Restaurant across from the U.S. Treasury Department on 15th Street N.W., the late Walter Loeb’s legacy lives on at his restaurant on McPherson Square, where he moved to in 1979.

Now managed by his three children, the popular Jewish deli still pulls in standing-room crowds from the midtown neighborhood on weekdays. And although the elder Loeb, who died two years ago at age 74, and his 70-year-old wife, Sigrid, who died in January, are no longer around, there’s another Walter Loeb on the horizon.

That’s because the Loebs’ youngest son, Steve, and his wife, Christine, had a 7-pound, 15-ounce boy on Oct. 3, whom they named Walter.

“We didn’t have any other choice,” said Steve, 31, who runs the restaurant with his brother, David, 41, and sister, Marlene, 39.

Guess they’ll have to rename one of the biggest-selling sandwiches, a gargantuan pile of pastrami, Muenster cheese, slaw and Russian dressing on pumpernickel, and call it Walter II’s Favorite.


Zola adds flowering tea-infused drinks
This fall, Zola, the hip bar in Penn Quarter, is introducing tea-infused drinks, using the unique flowering teas by Numi Teas.

The drinks claim to be “as attractive as they are appealing.” The Dragon Thunder combines a warming blend of Dragon Lily blossoming tea and sake, while the Imperial Beauty is a chill-killing combination of golden-tipped black tea and Peruvian Pisco Capel. Both drinks are available for $7 and at Zola’s bar or restaurant.

Made from white, green and black leaves that are flattened and sewn with cotton thread into various shapes and bundles, the teas are steeped in hot water for two to three minutes so that they can blossom into their delightful shapes.

Zola patrons may also enjoy these flowering teas on their own in a variety of styles for $6. Flavors include Dragon Lily, which imparts a smooth apricot flavor and blossoms into an orange lily with sprinkles of osmanthus flower; Red Carnation, which blossoms to reveal a sunset hue, smooth in flavor with hints of sweet carnation; Black Beauty, a golden-tipped black tea with an exotic rose scent and a bold deep flavor; and Emerald Sun-Green Chrysanthemum, a white chrysanthemum flower wrapped in a bouquet of green tea, yielding a mellow, nutty flavor with notes of floral nectar.

Zola is located at 800 F St. N.W. For reservations, call (202) 654-0999.


Equinox and Barami help women in need
Equinox and Barami will come together next week to raise money for Suited for Change, an organization that provides business attire to low-income women who are entering the work force.

The event, to be held Nov. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Barami (888 17th St. N.W.), will feature personalized makeovers and hors d’oeuvres by Equinox’s chef, Todd Gray.

Guests are encouraged to bring a dry-cleaned old suit and earrings to donate; 10 percent of all clothing sales will go to the charity.

For more information, call (202) 293-0351.