07/22/14 11:15am

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1701 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“Dupont Circle’s La Tomate has launched a new concept in its existing space on Connecticut Avenue. Family owned and operated since 1987, La Tomate inaugurates La Tomate Caffe’ adjacent to its current bistro – the first of many changes the restaurant will implement between 2014-2015. A Grand Opening of The Caffe’ will happen on Friday, July 25th all day. [Full menu here.]

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Designed by Milan-based architect, Fillipo Taidelli, The Caffe’ offers Belle Epoque inspired atmosphere with Italian-flared menu items. Open from breakfast to late-night, The Caffe’ will serve brioche and sweets, espresso, coffee and fresh-squeezed juices for breakfast, artisanal-cut domestic and Italian charcuterie, assortments of cheeses, mozzarella varieties and light-fare. A vast array of packaged homemade gastro products, including fresh, signature sauces and soups as well as Italian delicatessen treats, cocktails, wine and beer will be available all day.

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The Bistro will remain a place for leisurely indoor and al fresco dining, while The Caffe’ offers a fast option for a quick breakfast, lunch break, or dinner. “Whether dining in or on the go, La Tomate Caffe’ will offer fresh, affordable and delicious food in a cozy, traditional Italian caffe’ setting,” says La Tomate owner Natalina Koropoulos.

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To celebrate the opening, La Tomate Caffe’ will be serving up complimentary and reduced price specials all day on Friday, July 25th.”

07/22/14 10:45am

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual in this video. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the homicide of 76-year-old James Oh and an Armed Robbery of an Establishment which occurred in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, NW, on Friday, July 4, 2014, at approximately 5:20 PM.

The individual was captured by the store’s surveillance camera approximately two hours prior to the incident.

Anyone who can identify this person or knows the whereabouts of this person is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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07/22/14 10:20am

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1939 12th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits are pleased to announce that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the owner of 1939 12th Street to open an upscale liquor store to serve the needs of the growing U Street Neighborhood. The group filed paperwork with ABRA in late June to open a Class A store and hopes to open its doors in early October.

Gallagher & Graham plans to specialize in craft beers, organic wines and selectively distilled spirits in addition to the staples. “We will carry a few of the name brands but really want to allow Washingtonians to sample some of the great products coming out of this region.” Said Tucker Gallagher, longtime U Street resident.

Gallagher, formerly in corporate marketing, has teamed up with his cousin, John Graham, a newly minted MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship. They are excited for the challenge of serving a changing neighborhood.

Mr. Gallagher came up with the idea while shopping for a dinner party: “The area east of 14th lacks a store where you can buy a fine wine for dinner, a decent craft beer to watch the game or a top shelf liquor to make cocktails. We want to be the first and only stop when U street resident are stocking their bars and wine cellars.”

In addition to serving the needs of the average customer, the duo hope to benefit from the recent trend in artisan products: “We want to help educate our customers about what they are drinking as well as introduce them to new brands. The craft spirit industry has really taken off in recent years and small batch products are in many cases better than the name brands people are familiar with.” added Graham.

“U Street has changed dramatically in the past 10 years and our neighbors are demanding more refined products for a cultivated palate.” Gallagher said “We look forward to providing a variety of quality products for the inquisitive gourmet.”

The store, to be located at 1939 12th Street, hopes to open in October upon approval of ABRA and input from local groups.”

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looking north toward U Street

07/22/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user J Sonder

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07/22/14 9:15am

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This battle is starting to get bloody.

From a press release:

“NoMa just got even more bike-friendly, with new air pumps and a free public repair station installed in the neighborhood. To serve cycling traffic from the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the beautiful new cycle track on First Street, NE, the NoMa BID has installed a bright orange FIXIT station, an outdoor, tamper-resistant repair station that includes all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. The FIXIT station is located right off the Metropolitan Branch Trail ramp on M Street, NE, under the underpass and across from the M Street entrance to the NoMa/Gallaudet U Metro station.

In addition, the NoMa BID has installed five new, tamper-resistant, bright orange bike air pumps throughout the neighborhood at the following locations:

· First and M Streets, NE, northwest corner of the intersection
· M Street, NE, right off the Met Branch Trail ramp next to the new Fixit Station
· Third and L Streets, NE, southeast corner of the intersection
· On First Street, NE, just south of K Street, NE, adjacent to the Burnham Wall
· On North Capitol at H Street, NE, adjacent to the University of the District of Columbia (more…)

07/21/14 10:22pm

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1513 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

A couple liquor license placards just went up on Wisconsin Ave – first in front of the Violet Spa:

New restaurant serving Sushi. Seating is for 80 patrons. Total occupancy load is 110.”

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1515 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

And right next door in front of the John Rosselli Antiques shop:

“New restaurant serving Japanese type Teriyaki grilled food. Seating is for 50 patrons. Total occupancy load is 99.”

Maybe they’ll be located on the second floor a la Toki Underground? Updates when more info is known.

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looking south on Wisconsin Ave towards M Street