Finally tried The Restaurant on Church Ave. in Germantown. It's open for lunch and dinner Thursdays through Sundays. The location has had its share of tenants, none of which seem to have lasted very long. I hope this place makes it. The decor is soothing and pleasant with interesting art on the walls and an attractive bar (beer and wine only) separated from the dining area.
The food was very good: a pot of excellently marinated olives, bread and dunking oil and a glass of wine preceded nicely prepared duck breast, a sweet potato cake, haricots verts a tiny bit on the too-crisp side but with real bean flavor. Dessert was a perfect match: coconut ice cream balanced by blood orange sorbet on a swirl of caramel choclate sauce and a dab of whipped cream. The citrus hit the right mark. The serving was large and just right to split.
The menu is manageable and has a creative list of appetizers. The only mundane thing is Caesar salad. There are pastas and individual pizzas and interesting beef, poultry, and fish options. The lamb shank looked fabulous.
This place deserves to flourish.