Calico, Coming To Blagden Alley, Should Feel Like A Background Dinner Party (Washington City Paper)

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First came The Fainting Goat. Then came Tiger Fork. For their third act, partners Greg Algie and Chef Nathan Beauchamp are sticking with the animal theme by opening Calico in Shaw’s Blagden Alley, ideally by September’s end. “We figured we’re kind of like alley cats down there so we wanted to give the cat a name,” Algie says, describing the kitties with multicolored, spotted coats.

Calico will have a smallish interior of around 1,500 square feet. Its main attraction is a 3,000-square-foot outdoor area. The centerpiece is a vintage greenhouse that the restaurant’s design firm, Edit Lab by Streetsense, unearthed on a trip to North Carolina. Above it will be string lights, lanterns, creeping ivy, and grape vines, creating a romantic space helped along by local gardening company Love & Carrots.

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