11/22/14 1:24pm

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Holy cow – thanks to a reader for sending word. Suffice it to say Columbia Heights’ Ruby Tuesday has been a slightly controversial topic. So was TGIFridays but that has apparently fallen through. Though as far as I know IHOP is still doing well. So, it’s hard to say, are we seeing the beginning of the end of big restaurant chains in Columbia Heights?

Ed. Note: Previous Ruby Tuesday locations have closed in Van Ness and Chinatown.

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14th and Monroe St, NW

11/21/14 4:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

From an email:

“The last Bike House clinics of the year are this weekend.

Saturday from noon-3 at Annie’s Ace Hardware, and Sunday from 11am-1pm at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market. But don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of fun in the winter months. Watch our website or like us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events, like winter cycling workshops and the infamous “Coldest Day of the Year Ride.”
Thank you to our gracious hosts at Annie’s Ace Hardware and the Bloomingdale Farmers Market, and to all our guests and volunteers who made 2014 our most successful season yet.”
11/21/14 4:13pm

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1110 H Street, NE

Copycat co.’s facebook page says:

“Grand Opening tomorrow! We open daily from 5pm – 2am weekday, 5pm-3am weekends.”

Eater DC reports:

“Barmini veteran Devin Gong’s menu takes its inspiration from Northern Chinese street fare” will be downstairs and cocktails upstairs.

Can’t wait to check this place out! If anyone goes let me know what you think princeofpetworth(at)gmail or @PoPville on twitter

I’m digging the logo:

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11/21/14 3:55pm

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The Colonel rendering at 1250 9th Street, NW courtesy Oculus

You can see the prices here (prices range from $2,035 for a studio to $3,960 for a 2 bed/2 bath).

From a press release:

“Symbolizing a milestone in the rapid transformation of Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood, The Colonel at 1250 9th Street, NW is nearing completion. Oculus Realty has begun leasing 70 new luxury apartments, ranging from studios to a two-level penthouse. This five-floor, 64,500 square foot building at the corner of 9th and N Streets, NW includes 8,500 SF of street-level retail space.

“This boutique development, like the surrounding neighborhood was named after Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who commanded the US Army’s first African American regiment in 1863,” said K. David Meit, CPM® of Oculus Realty, which is leasing and managing the project. “The Colonel offers residents such sought-after amenities as a courtyard with outdoor fireplace, rooftop deck with fire pit, catering kitchen, home theater, garage parking, and controlled access bike room.”

The Colonel’s 70 apartments include 46 one-bedroom units, nine two-bedroom units, and 15 studios and efficiencies. There is one townhouse, several lofts, and many apartments with balconies or terraces. All residences feature nine-foot ceilings, custom cabinetry, ensuite laundry equipment, and GE Artistry appliances. The Colonel is pet-friendly and accepts large breeds (up to 80 pounds).

Three of Washington’s most creative urban developers teamed to develop The Colonel beginning almost four years ago. Douglas Development owned the corner lot at 901 N Street, NW, with a vacant building originally built in 1923. This historic low-rise building housed an automotive repair and supply shop through the 1970s and later hosted apartment dwellers, an urban nursery, and even an underground party venue with indoor skateboarding called “Fight Club.”

In late 2011, CAS Riegler and CityInterests acquired the adjacent L-shaped lot at 1250 9th Street, and then partnered with Douglas Development to combine the two contiguous land parcels and plan a mixed-use development. The Colonel preserves and incorporates the historic building with new construction, subtly balancing historic and modern design elements. PGN Architects of Washington, DC was the project architect.”

11/21/14 3:28pm

Ed. Note: Thanks to Michelle for putting together this list of adoptable pets. It will be featured the last Friday every month. If you are interested in submitting an adoptable pet you can email Michelle at Help.the.Pups.DC(at)gmail(dot)com

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Nicole Kitmom – Washington Humane Society

Nicole Kitmom is a 2-year old, domestic cat from the Washington Humane Society.  She is a sweet girl with a nice, shiny coat that would love to find her forever home. She would love to be your one and only and promises to entertain you and cuddle as much she can. You can meet her at our Georgia Avenue Adoption Center and learn about our adoption process here.

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Louise – Rural Dog Rescue

Louise is an adorable 10-month old jack/lab mix from Rural Dog Rescue. She is an active gal who is eager to please and be part of the family. She enjoys other dogs, children, and loves to cuddle and go for walks. You can apply to adopt Louise or any of our adoptable animals here. She can be sponsored here. If you are interested in fostering one of our animals, please apply here. You can meet many of our animals every Saturday at Howl to the Chief from noon until 3pm.

More great pets after the jump. (more…)

11/21/14 3:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Julian Ortiz

From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of November 21-23 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate regular weekend intervals, except at Franconia-Springfield station on Saturday only (see below). Red Line trains will operate every 16 minutes with additional trains providing service every 8-10 minutes between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours. Buses replace Orange Line trains between West Falls Church and Vienna beginning 12:01 a.m. Saturday through closing Sunday. (more…)

11/21/14 3:00pm

410 M Street Northwest

This rental is located at 410 M Street, Northwest. The listing:

“Welcome to the Bellview, a boutique luxury 5-unit condo in the heart of Shaw, an easy walk to Metro. Gorgeous bamboo flooring, exposed brick, stainless appliances, gas cooking, granite counter tops, glass tile back splash, contemporary glass breakfast bar, custom lighting, cozy fireplace, and private balcony. Elegant glass-enclosed shower. Everything is two years new. Call it home! Open Sun 1-3.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,000/Mo.

11/21/14 2:30pm

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve lived at 16th/V for 8 years — commuting by foot to and from work every day down New Hampshire to Dupont — and I’ve noticed a disturbing increase in the number of cars that, while they have a green light to continue straight down New Hampshire towards Dupont Circle, take the liberty of making a left-hand turn down 17th, which has a red light and a walk signal for pedestrians. Pretty much every other day I have to be on high-alert when using that crosswalk to make sure no drivers are barreling through that red light and into the crosswalk during the walk signal.

I wonder if other people have experienced this? Any ideas on what to do about this?”

11/21/14 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

Handyman & Electrician Recommendations?:

“I’m looking for a handyman who can come to our house for one day a month and do some general projects as well as help install new light fixtures. Does anyone have any recommendations?”

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