Fresh Starts

Today's balmy temperature and the sight of all the little bulbs peeking their heads out of the ground have me coming down with a distracting case of spring fever. But to stay on task, I'll segue to the rebirth of several local establishments.

First up is the transformation of 14th Street's Source Theatre into Standard Bar and Grill, from the owner of Buffalo Billiards. The theater was apparently having some financial problems and decided to give up the space, a former car showroom. (If you buy this book, available at Pulp, you can see some great pictures of the neighborhood, including the old Standard Auto, where Standard Bar and Grill will be.)

According to the Business Journal, the 8,000-square-foot space will become "a two-story neighborhood bar and grill with pool tables, chess, backgammon and tiddlywinks." Look out for a September opening.

In addition to the Source going dark, there's also been some buzz about the Blue Room bidding adieu to make room for sibling Bourbon's upstairs expansion. (An offshoot of Glover Park's Bourbon recently moved into the first floor of the Blue Room.) The change could signal a great loss for fans of Blue Room's popular DJ nights, but the owners might be planning to keep some of those events around. Anyone know the scoop?

And way down the road, Mike Benson and the crew from Cafe Saint-Ex and Bar Pilar will transform a historic firehouse at the corner of North Capitol Street and Quincy Place NW into EC-12, a neighborhood restaurant. Plans are just beginning to take shape, and the new spot probably won't be open until sometime in 2007.

Now get back to work so you can leave the office and enjoy the rest of this gorgeous day...