Finding a small ceramic or glass frog in Monte Carlo shouldn't be all that hard, but National Symphony spokesman Patricia O'Kelly spent yesterday looking for a florist who could get one for her there. She wanted to send flowers and a frog of some kind to soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, who is making her directorial debut with a production of "The Tsar's Bride" today at the Opera de Monte Carlo.
Her husband, National Symphony director Mstislav Rostropovich, will be conducting the orchestra. Vishnevskaya has a collection of glass, wood, brass, ceramic and crystal frogs and her friends here thought they would wish her luck with one. By the end of the day, O'Kelly said she had found a florist here that promised itwould find a frog for her in Monte Carlo. Clyde's Growing Empire
After some 40 years on Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria, the Old Club Restaurant has closed its doors. When it reopens near the end of the year following a $2.5 million renovation, it will be still another restaurant owned by Clyde's Inc. John Laytham, one of the owners of Clyde's, said the $500,000 in changes on the recently purchased 1789, F. Scott's and The Tombs is completed. The money went mostly for new kitchens, new chefs and different menus.
The Old Club Restaurant, which was not a very good eating place and seemed to appeal mostly to tourists because it allegedly was once the site of a club George Washington attended, will be completely redone. The decor will be early 1800s and an extensive bar will be added. Sometime next year, Clyde's plans to open a barge seafood restaurant in Georgetown at the foot of the Key Bridge, designed to look like three boat houses. End Notes
When Washington writer Dan Rapoport decided he was tired of dealing with New York publishers and could probably run his own publishing house in Washington, he may have known what he was talking about. His first book under the imprint Farragut Publishing Co., "The Pasta Salad Book," may have been one of Washington's best selling cookbooks last year. Written by Washingtonians Nina Graybill and Maxine Rapoport, it sold some 7,104 copies in the greater Washington area and about another 10,000 nationwide . . .
Telephones at the National Gallery have been constantly ringing over the past two days with people concerned that they will not be able to get into the stunning exhibit "The New Painting: Impressionism 1874-1886," which opens today. National Gallery Director J. Carter Brown pointed out earlier this week that the reserved tickets for the first two weekends of the show are already gone. The callers are concerned they won't be able to see the show, but it isn't as bad as they think. Gallery press officer Neil Heath said in addition to the passes reserved through TicketCenter outlets, the gallery always keeps back some 700 passes an hour for walk-in visitors. This popular show will be crowded, but it is still possible to get in . . .
Princess Caroline of Monaco is expecting her second child in August, a palace spokeswoman said yesterday. Caroline, who will be 30 this month, and her husband, Stefano Casiraghi, are the parents of a son, Andrea Albert, who will be 2 in June . . .
There are more changes on the Dallas newspaper scene. The Dallas Morning News has established two new leadership positions, coincidentally coming the day after Shelby Coffey III was named editor of the competing Dallas Times Herald. Burl Osborne, president and editor of the Morning News, has assumed overall responsibility for operation of the newspaper. Executive vice president Jeremy L. Halbreich will oversee the newspaper's business, financial and productions operations and report directly to Osborne . . .
Maybe the Chicago Bears just don't like Frank Sinatra. The ageless singer is scheduled to perform in New Orleans on Jan. 25, the night before Super Bowl XX. A promoter of the Sinatra concert offered to sell the Bears the 1,600 remaining tickets to the show, but they turned them down. The New England Patriots bought them instead for $52,975. The Bears, however, singers in their own right, may be headed for a gold record, so why should they care? Billboard Magazine said the record by 10 members of the Bears, called "The Super Bowl Shuffle," had moved from number 92 to 88 on the Top 100 chart, adding, "nobody around here recalls a sports record going that high" . . .