San Souci is being resurrected by Giacomo of Giacomo's Restaurant on Richmond Highway, earlier of the Wellington Hotel. It's unsure when, but name possibilities go from Giacomo, back to San Souci or to Sans Souci in Italian. In English? Without Worry works better as a bar.
Prize-Winning Rice: At Samurai in Georgetown Park, the waitress was encouraging everyone to order the a la carte fried rice. "Why, Is it good?" she was asked. There's a contest to sell the most fried rice, and she wanted to win. We wondered whether our order could be listed as a charitable contribution.
In This Case, No News Was Good News: While we know that restaurants don't advertise unkindly reviews, sometimes they promote the good ones -- years after the fact. Take the blurbs on the China Gate's menu, which lists favorable ratings from two former area restaurant critics, both of whom left their positions six years ago. The reason for flakking old news, says the restaurant's owner, Sandy Chang, is that those publications haven't reviewed him since. And, he insists, "our menu hasn't changed and our food quality still remains the same." We, on the other hand, have the review to show that he's been re-evaluated as recently as two years ago.
Jazz on Ice: This is no plain-piano-bar happy hour. This is a "Jazzy New Happy Hour." The Burnett Thompson Trio, a local combo made up of a bass, drums and piano, appears at the American Cafe on Capitol Hill from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday along with complimentary cheese, crackers and fruit. We can't attest to the music, but we know there are some good numbers among the caf,e's creamy drinks.