Whoa, Nellie! Jockey Club Looks to Ride Again
The Jockey Club is back -- or something that looks a lot like it. The Westin Embassy Row is quietly planning to revive the Old Guard's legendary hangout, and hoping that a new generation will embrace a piece of Washington history.
Hotel officials aren't commenting, but word has leaked to social lionesses around town that one of their favorite hideaways is reopening. "Every week, we get people who used to frequent the restaurant walk in and say, 'Oh, I just wanted to show my friends,' " said General Manager Steve Keup, who declined to discuss any details.
Tucked in the lobby of the then-Fairfax Hotel, where Al Gore grew up, the Jockey Club opened in 1961 and became the first stop for every VIP in the nation's capital. Nancy Reagan was a regular; Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas and Joe DiMaggio supped next to politicians and power brokers. But the Clinton crowd never took to it, the doors closed six years ago, and the hoped-for transformation into a "California French" hotspot fell flat.
Now the hotel is poised for a major renovation that will include a new jockey-themed dining room -- horse pictures, dark wood, low lights, lots of banquettes -- perfect for hosting those cozy private parties of yore. We hear the name is still up in the air: Can it be the old Jockey Club if it's not called the Jockey Club? (JCII?) The restaurant is expected to open by the end of the year.
The Bloom Is Still on Tessa Horst
Washington's own Tessa Horst won another rose from "The Bachelor" star Andy Baldwin on last night's reality dating show and is now one of the last two women vying to win the competition -- or rather, we guess, his heart.
|One of "The Bachelor's" final two.(Bob D'Amico - ABC)|
The New York Post last week declared Horst the winner, reporting that after a couple of drinks she accidentally told someone that she declined Baldwin's proposal, "but they are still very much together." The reports irked ABC and the show's producers, who -- while declining to address the who-wins secret -- have all along promised a successful proposal at the show's finale. "He absolutely is engaged," said a spokeswoman. "There is a proposal and engagement."
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?