05/27/15 11:20am

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“Dear PoPville,

Can you ask your readers if they have any experience with the hazards of an intersection near the Convention Center? Attached is a photo looking across the intersection as a driver faces west from Mt. Vernon Place, NW (in front of the convention center), across 9th St. NW towards Massachusetts Ave. NW.

The design of the intersection forces two lanes of traffic to make a relatively sharp right onto Massachusetts Ave. as they cross 9th Avenue. The intersection narrows considerably at the turn (in fact the two lanes almost appear to narrow to one lane of traffic).

Recently, a driver of a car to the left of me crowded my lane in an effort to avoid cars coming in the opposite direction; I moved my car to the right, hit the curb, and slashed both my tires. I stopped at the Marriott Marquis and the employees there told me that the exact same thing happens at least once, and often twice, a week. This seems like a disaster waiting to happen, especially for pedestrians waiting on the northwest side.

Feedback would be helpful for me to forward to DDOT.”

05/27/15 10:45am

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501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“In just three weeks, DC’s LeDroit Park neighborhood will have an all-day destination for eating and imbibing, as The Royal opens at 501 Florida Avenue, NW, the corner of 5th & Florida NW. A coffee shop and lunch spot by day, and an intimate bar and casual eatery by night, The Royal will be a unique all-day destination for Counter Culture espressos, wood-fire grilled meats, fresh fruit shaved ice cocktails, housemade vermouth on draft and more.

MORNING

The Royal will open its doors early (7 a.m. M-F; 8 a.m. Sat-Sun), offering a full Counter Culture coffee program of espressos, lattes, drip and cold-brew coffee for dine-in and to-go. Morning sustenance comes in the form of freshly baked pastries, breakfast sandwiches and other a.m. fare. A rotating selection of fresh juices will also be available.

ALL-DAY

Come afternoon (starting at 12 p.m. M-F; 1 p.m. Sat-Sun), The Royal will offer one all-day menu, featuring a variety of vegetarian salads, Latin-inspired snacks and meats, seafood and vegetables hot off the wood-fire grill. Chef Lonnie Zoeller will hand-make Beef and Vegetable Empanadas, Cheese Arepas, and Plantains with sweet crema. All snacks may be made vegetarian.

Simple and flavorful salads might include Grilled Avocado with red quinoa/lentils/house vinaigrette, Tomatoes with hard cheese/herbs/garlic/cumin, or Cucumber and Hearts of Palm with apple/lime/chili/red onion.

A focal point of the bar will be the restaurant’s custom-made four-foot wood-burning grill, churning out fresh meats, seafood and vegetables, such as Grilled Squid with smoked tomato/radish/cilantro, Morcilla Sausage made with pork and rice/roasted potatoes/ house chimichurri, Duck Chicharron with radish/lime/hot sauce, and Steak with roasted potato/house chimichurri.

Chef Zoeller will also make a variety of sauces to accompany the dishes, ranging from a house chimichurri, aji Amarillo, house aioli, and family-recipe aji sauce.

BEVERAGES

The Royal will focus on craft cocktails created by beverage director Horus Alvarez. (more…)

05/27/15 9:50am

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3107 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW

Unless plans have changed drastically we’ll have to assume there was an error in “nature of operation” listed on the liquor license placard:

“Assisted living, nursing and apartment facility with a café room serving cocktails, beer and wine to dining residents. Entertainment will include occasional parties that may have some live music. Total Occupancy Load of 325. 240 total seats. Summer Garden with 40 seats.”

Suns Cinema reached their kickstarter goal back in March. Hopefully movies aren’t too far behind. Or maybe the coolest assisted living facility in the District…

05/26/15 10:22pm

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1420 K Street, NW

Back in January US Marshals were spotted at Lotus Lounge. Next up is Soundcheck. Their new liquor license placard says:

“Late night lounge with DJ, dancing and cover charge. Small plates/appetizers to be served during hours of sales and service with a total occupancy load of 239.”

Hours of operation are listed as:

“Sunday through Saturday 11am – 5 am”

Live entertainment hours are listed as:

“Sunday through Thursday 8 pm – 2 am and Friday & Saturday 8 pm – 3am”