Checking In ... Temporarily

Through a haze of protein digestion from down in North Carolina, I have lifted my heavy, well-fed and over-served fingers back to the keyboard to reconnect with the outside world (if only until the next meal) to find a few tidbits of interesting D.C. news.

Sure, a soul legend and president have passed, but did you hear Le Pigalle in Dupont Circle has also kicked the bucket? The Post's Tom Sietsema fills us in on a quick turn-around for the 1527 17th St. NW space, reporting that the short-lived French restaurant that replaced Pepper's will now be replaced by Jack's Restaurant and Bar.

Meanwhile, PS 7's recently introduced a "7 and 7" happy hour, weekdays from 5-7 p.m. Dishes like veal cheek chips with a tangy balsamic and cherry dipping sauce and tuna tartar sliders are $7 each, as are the bar's 14 cocktails (seven classics, seven creations). Wines by the glass are $4—a great deal especially if you blew your budget on holiday shopping.

Stay tuned for a few de rigeur New Year's posts, once my mind is freed from the lovely memories of roasted oysters, oyster stew, eggnog, barbecue, hush puppies, beef tenderloin with sauce Espagnole, buttermilk sweet potato pie, cheese grits, ham biscuits, fat North Carolina shrimp and maybe a few too many glasses of wine.