01/27/15 1:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Do you have any information on this property that the developers are trying to tear down and build into 6 units on Grant Circle? I hear there is some neighborhood group starting to form a historic district in Petworth as a way to oppose it? Also wondering if you might want to highlight the predatory nature of this large sign saying “we buy houses for cash”.

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01/27/15 12:55pm

1459 S Street Northwest

This unit is located at 1459 S Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning all new 1200 sq 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxurious Townhouse Condo. Good light from southern exposure, gleaming gourmet kitchen with huge marble island, custom tiled baths, washer/dryer, and the best location in the city!!!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $679,000 ($183 monthly fee.)

01/27/15 12:20pm

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919 5th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Silo Restaurant, located at 919 5th St. NW, celebrates 1 year this month. After dabbling in a Swiss-centric menu and surviving tough reviews, it seems that Silo has since found its stride in modern American cuisine and is confidently walking in it. With Iran-born owner, Reza Akhavan (as recently featured by The Washington Post) at the helm and DC native, Chef Michael Walters in the kitchen, this unlikely duo is serving up Modern American cuisine…at its finest. Craft cocktails compliment the richly flavorful, rustic cuisine and the menu is as diverse as the men behind it. From the famous Shrimp and Grits featured as a “Best Dish” in USA Today in 2006 to daily Butcher Block specials that will leave you drooling for more, Chef Michael flaunts the fact that his freezer is “only big enough for ice cream.” Everything is made fresh. Trained under some of the most notable chefs in the world (John-Louis Palladin, Michel Richard, Roberto Donna, and David Burke to name a few), Chef Michael has been in the kitchen for 27 years and he’s working with a passion like he’s just getting started. With house cured meats and homemade EVERYTHING (including ketchup and mayonnaise), it’s no wonder some of DC’s top chefs sip and dine at Silo. Add to that, 13 craft beers on tap and you have the perfect combination of rustic, local, and delicious.

There are big things in store for Silo in 2015, but for starters, they’re celebrating getting over their first hurdle…they have 1 year under their belt and like fine wine, Silo’s just getting better with age.”

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01/27/15 11:11am

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1319 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“In the midst of a booming restaurant scene, several Washington, DC staples have held their ground and stood strong in the competition. The DC Restaurant Group, consisting of Madhatter, Front Page, Café Soleil, Bottomline, and Cedar, to name a few, has proven that even when big name chefs come to town, people still support local.

For over 30 years, owner Dick Heidenberger, has been serving up food and drinks in the nation’s capital. He still tenderly recalls the days when he was one of the “coolest” bartenders in town and he and his friends were turning dingy bars into hot spots. You can reminisce with Dick at the Madhatter, now located at 1319 Connecticut Avenue NW- a major step up from its former location on M St. You’ll find pictures from the “good ol’ days” and find business partner, Mickey Tobin, reading the paper at the bar or turning tables during a busy lunch. Dick has partnered with several others over the years, expanding his reach to Baltimore and Delaware with popular spots like Canton’s Portside Tavern in Baltimore, Mango’s, Bethany Blues BBQ, Dickey’s Frozen Custard and The Starboard in Delaware. Now, Heidenberger’s sons are stepping into the role of managing partners at Madhatter, Front Page, and Café Soleil. (more…)

01/27/15 10:35am

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Photo via Woodland’s Vegan Bistro Facebook

Thanks to a reader for sending word from earlier in the week. Woodland’s Facebook has a couple of photos posted Jan. 25th:

“They could have chosen to eat anywhere, but they chose us. ‪#‎WoodlandsVeganBistro‬ ‪#‎GoVegan‬ ‪#‎NuVeganCafe‬ ‪#‎KayneWest‬ ‪#‎KimK‬ ‪#‎BETHonors2015‬”

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s pretty cool. Must be something about vegan restaurants attracting the power players – back in October Stevie Wonder visited Evolve Vegan in Takoma.

Side note: New condo next door to Woodland’s is looking good too on the 2900 block of Georgia Avenue, NW:

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01/27/15 9:40am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  Jim Havard

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

01/27/15 9:10am

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

Although the snowstorm that just struck the east coast was not as bad as forecasters feared, it’s worth looking back at one of the most devastating storms from the past. The great blizzard of March 11, 1888 wasn’t even predicted at all in Washington. The weather forecast that day was just for wind and rain, with clear skies to follow. Sure enough, the day began with heavy rains, but by late afternoon it turned suddenly to heavy snow. About a foot of snow fell through the night, followed by fierce winds. It turned out to be a cataclysmic storm, walloping the entire northeastern U.S. and dumping two to three feet of snow in New York and New England. Though Washington was not the worst hit, the storm’s effects had a lasting impact on the city.

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A street-side snow hut made after the massive snow storm of March 1888 (Source: Library of Congress).

“The storm that visited Washington yesterday was one of the most remarkable known for years, The Evening Star reported on Monday, “In fact, the capital seemed to have dropped into the very center of a cyclone that brought with it a blinding succession of rain, snow, wind, and cold…. [T]he city was sheeted in a mantle of white that grew thicker every minute. As the night fell the heavily-laden telegraph wires began to come down, and in many places the streets were blockaded so that street cars had to turn around and make partial trips. The police wires were out of order, and to add to the discomforts of the night the electric lights began to fail. By midnight the city was almost in darkness, save for a few feeble gas jets that had flickered through the storm.” (more…)

01/27/15 7:22am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Laura

From the Mayor’s office:

“Due to winter weather, the Bowser Administration announced that today, January 27st District of Columbia Public Schools will open 2 hours late. District Government will open on time.

In anticipation of this week’s winter weather, Mayor Bowser announced the deployment of more than 200 snow trucks starting at 4:00 AM on Sunday, January 25. The District Snow Team is currently in its fourth 12-hour shift since Sunday.

All students, teachers, and non-essential school-based employees should report to work 2-hours after normal start times. Central and administrative office employees should report based on the decision announced for other District government employees. However, all essential personnel should report at their regular start time.”

From OPM:

“Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.”