Thanks to a reader for sending word of the sad news that Li’l Pub was closing on Capitol Hill. I spoke with owner Howard Scherr who confirmed that the Li’l Pub was closing and their last day would be January 6th. He says that building was sold to CVS next door. Mr. Scherr says he realizes that the Li’l Pub was an institution and that “we will all miss each other.”
“Built in 1937 as Little Tavern No. 20 – Little Tavern was: a chain of hamburger restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The first Little Tavern opened March 24, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky, by Harry F. Duncan. The first Washington location was opened in October 1928 and the first in Baltimore opened its doors in June 1930. By 1937, there were 33 shops open. At the height of the chain, there were almost 50 locations. Duncan sold the chain in 1981. The last restaurant closed on April 29, 2008.”
“We need your help to save the 14&U Farmers Market — and the Post Office at the Reeves Center at 14th and U.
You may have read that the Reeves Center will sold to a developer (to pay for a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point). There is a very important meeting TUESDAY DEC 17th at 6 pm at the Reeves Center to hear from the community about what we want in that new development. We need you to come and tell the city that we want the farmers market to be able to be at that site, that we want the Post Office at that site, and that we need to replace this office complex with offices –not residential — that will create daytime traffic.
The Reeves Center is a huge office complex that supported local daytime business for our retail and restaurants. It needs to be replaced with something else that would support daytime business. We have a very lively nightlife and weekend life, but our businesses and restaurants need daytime traffic.
Thank you for you help and I hope to see you Tuesday, December 17th at 6 pm at the Reeves Center. Please spread the word.”
“Another stunning renovation by DC’s premiere developer; WSD. 2BR/2.BA with amazing flagstone patio and roof deck with sweeping views. H/Ws throughout, exposed brick on two levels, and an open floorplan. The “perfect” kitchen with marble countertops and SS Samsung appliances. En suite master bath w dual sink and huge shower. Generous closets in BR’s. In super hot Truxton/Bloomingdale!”
“Menu MBK will be hosting a preview of its market space on Thursday, Dec. 19. Frederik De Pue and his team will be opening the ground floor component of the three-tiered concept for a Holiday Market that will offer a special selection of seasonal treats and market stalls showcasing a number of local vendors.
The Holiday Market will be open from 3pm to 7pm. And feature:
Complementary hot chocolate and Chapel Hill Farm veal meatballs
Market stands staffed by representatives from DC Cured, Bounty Hill Farms and Junius Coffee
Items from the kitchen at Menu, including apple cider, soup, holiday cookies, macaroons, sticky buns, candied apples and Belgian waffles.
Slated to open in mid-January, Menu MBK (Market, BistroBar, Kitchen) will include a ground floor market offering local produce and goods as well as coffee and pre-made meals. The mid-level BistroBar will serve a wide variety of beer, wine and cocktails accompanied by casual bar bites and small plates. The top floor will hold Menu Kitchen, a 40-seat restaurant serving lunch and dinner seven days a week and featuring a similar take on the comforting European country cooking that has made De Pue’s Table a hit in Shaw.”
“In the works for more than a year, Silo restaurant hopes to open its doors to DC’s Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood shortly after Christmas. The restaurant’s name represents its raw and industrial interior as well as the fresh ingredients and grains used in its cuisine. It will accommodate 20 people at the bar and 50 people in the dining room.
PHOTO CREDIT: Reza Mohaddes for SILO
Created, designed and built by first-time restaurateur Reza Akhavan, who become known in DC’s restaurant community during his tenure as Manager of The Front Page, and then as the Opening GM of Shaw’s Tavern. Working alongside Akhavan as Restaurant Manager will be Charlotte Devilliers, most recently with Northside Social Coffee Shop and Wine Bar. Silo’s kitchen will be helmed by Executive Chef George Vetsch. From 2009-2013, Chef Vetsch was Executive Chef (American Classic cuisine) at C.F. Folks. During his tenure there, the restaurant was awarded the 2013 James Beard Award, Classic American Restaurant and the 2013 RAMMY Award, Casual Restaurant of the Year.
Excited to be back in the kitchen of a brand new restaurant just as it starts out, Swiss-born, and trained in French cuisine, Chef Vetsch has designed Silo’s menu on Contemporary American cuisine with a Swiss/French twist that pays homage to his heritage.
Some of his dishes to look forward to include:
§ Kohlrabi Soup with Appenzeller Cheese Fondue and Fennel Oil
§ Mussel’s Gratinée in a Vermouth Leek Sauce
§ Fried Pumpkin Purses with Eggplant Tomato Mousse and Garlic sautéed Spinach on Cauliflower Sauce
§ Potato crusted Branzino on sautéed Spinach with Tomato-Olive-Caper Concasse in a Fennel Soubise
PHOTO CREDIT: Reza Mohaddes for SILO
LOCATION, HOURS, AND CONTACT INFO:
Silo is located in DC’s Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood on 5th St NW, between K St. and Massachusetts Ave NW. 919 5th St. NW
Thanks to the folks from Urban Institute for sending this incredible study:
“Washington, DC, residents don’t need census data to tell them what’s obvious in their neighborhoods: the city is changing dramatically. But numbers can give us context. They can show us how shifts in population are reshaping the city and can help us prepare for changes to come.
In this series, we’ll home in on changes from the past decade—2000 to 2010—when DC’s population began growing again for the first time in 50 years. In this chapter, we look at demographic change, drilling down to wards and neighborhoods. Later, we’ll explore changes in housing, crime, education, and more, using data from NeighborhoodInfo DC to tell the story of our changing city.”
You can start checking out the background, graphs and maps here.
New signs went up yesterday announcing the name of the apartment building going up over the new Petworth Safeway – The Swift:
“Get with it. It’s brand new apartments right above the new Swift Safeway and just a block from the Metro in Petworth, Washington, DC. It’s the city at your feet. With panoramic views of the Washington Monument and National Cathedral—and easy access to all of DC. It’s jam-packed with amenities, from the downstairs Safeway and concierge services to a fitness center and a rooftop terrace. It’s designed to give your way of life a boost, styled with modern finishes and fully equipped with sleek appliances. It’s more than just a floor plan. It’s yours to make your own—just pick your apartment size from studios, one, and two bedrooms.”
Ed. Note the website says coming Spring 2014, but the sign out front says Summer 2014.
So I guess they hope the new nickname for the Safeway will be the Swift Safeway? I guess it’s better than Stinky Safeway…
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.
I stopped in Catch 15 over the weekend and the buildout is nearly completely finished. The folks inside told me the grand opening will be the week of Christmas though it’s possible a soft opening could happen before then. While the inside wasn’t photo ready when I stopped by – you can tell it’s gonna be pretty nice. There is a huge bar and lots of table and booth seating too. The menu is not yet live on their website but as we previously learned:
“Sit at our ice bar, in the window or inside for fresh oysters & clams, try an amazing variety of small plates, sandwiches and entrees inspired by the international vibe of all that DC has to offer–intriguing and indulgent casually-sophisticated dining in the heart of DC’s K Street corridor. Indulge in seductive flavors, relive classics and savor sophisticated pairings with signature creations. Enjoy dining al fresco or relaxing indoors for Brunch, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner or Late Night socializing–simply irresistible!”