Daniel: I came to do the politics thing in late 2008. Frankly, I did not enjoy the same success in that field as I had in other cities but I liked DC so I figured out something else to do.
Daniel: Logistically, weather and size. Culturally, almost everything.
Daniel: We just rolled up our sleeves and went to work with not too much more than an idea and a willingness to learn. The idea came from prior trips to East London but the menu is influenced by all the places we’ve been, so there is constant evolution.
Daniel: When our guests bring in their families, that is the biggest honor for us.
Daniel: Nope. Open for business as usual, though I will be at services.
Daniel: It’s a delicious, fun style of cuisine and there are a ton of exciting flavors. Growing up in L.A., it’s everywhere and I could no longer understand why we don’t have it here. So I decided to change that.
Daniel: The hardest part is the constancy. There is no let up. But I take great satisfaction in knowing we are creating and sustaining jobs for our employees while serving hearty meals and stiff drinks to our guests.
Daniel: The easy answer is the Proper Burger, but this question assumes they will only visit once – and I’m not ready to concede that.
Daniel: The opening of the third Duke’s location (at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW in Foggy Bottom) and the opening of the Korean BBQ (at 8th & Florida in Shaw).
Daniel: Wake up with no alarm. Turn phone off. Make a smoothie and some breakfast. Take a jog and hit the gym for some weights. Steam, shower. Cruise over to the Phillips Collection and chill. Grab lunch at Sushi Taro. Pick tomatoes at my garden plot. Read a good book under a tree with a light breeze. Go to the farmers market for dinner ingredients. Open a good bottle of wine. Make dinner for friends on the rooftop. Be grateful for a care-free day. Go to sleep. Then repeat.
Daniel: Heading to the airport with my passport in hand.
Daniel: Exploring a new culture and learning about its people, cuisine and customs.
Daniel: My grandfather, Ernest Hagler. He recently passed just 3 weeks shy of 97. He was a total mensch and extremely humble.
Daniel: “There was a beautiful miracle this morning but you may have missed it: the sun came up.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel
Daniel: …good things usually happen.