08/04/15 11:40am


From a press release:

“Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is excited to present the return of the 18th season of Summer Restaurant Week – the week-long celebration of the DC region’s top restaurants featuring specially priced menus from some of the most acclaimed dining destinations. From Monday, August 17 – Sunday, August 23, 250 restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinner ($35) and/or three-course prix fixe lunch ($22) menus. Perfect for spending time with family and friends to end the summer in style, Summer Restaurant Week offers exciting dining destinations – classic restaurants, your favorite go-to spots, and must-try newcomers – for everyone to enjoy at an affordable price.

Reservations can be made at www.rwdmv.com where diners will see the full list of 250 participating restaurants. Mark your calendar and book your tables through the new URL to please your taste buds and for a chance to win incredible prizes.”

08/04/15 11:15am

3322 Georgia Ave, NW
3322 Georgia Ave, NW

The former Rita’s Carryout space officially opened as Esencias Panameñas (authentic Panamanian Cuisine) on Wednesday, July 22. Their website says:

“Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering, unlike a typical Latin cuisine with a Caribbean flair restaurant, will provide a unique combination of authentic Panamanian food at value pricing with a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Chef Yadira is a native from Panama and she pays tribute to her place of birth through traditional dishes made with staple food products, such as corn, coconut, culantro (not cilantro) and rice.

Each quarter we will feature a historic event, a holiday observed, or a tradition upheld in Panama. In addition, we will also feature a fruit, dish, or bake good in season during that quarter”

Anyone already take a taste?

08/04/15 10:45am

845 Upshur St, NW

Uphsur Street is officially the shit, as we you used to say back in the 90s. Do people still say that? Anyway, Upshur Street is the shit. On the far end Slash Run opened – joining the Hitching Post on the east end and the 800 block now features Domku, Petworth Citzen, Upshur Street Books, Willow, Crane & Turtle, my barber shop and the coming soon Slim’s Diner, Timber Pizza and Twisted Horn. Now we can add a new spot from @ChefAlexMcCoy who tweeted the big news yesterday:

“Friends, honored to officially announce that Upshur St NW in Petworth will be home to our newest concept!#petworth”

McCoy is coming to the former China American Inn space which closed back in Jan. 2014 and was rumored to be an Ethiopian/International cafe. Now plans are even more exciting. The Washington City Paper reports:

“McCoy is taking the idea of the expat bars he encountered while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and opening one up at home.

McCoy’s menu will feature “authentic regional dishes” from throughout Southeast Asia, but also things like an Australian burger with sweet chili sauce, grilled pineapple, and pickled beet root.”

If all goes well standby for an October opening.

Ed. Note: That would be a miracle but the sooner the better!

08/04/15 10:20am

via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

This morning we discovered what looked to be a four-car team of FBI agents and Maryland sheriffs hanging out on our block (7th and Madison), not at all inconspicuously.

At around 6:15 we left the house for a run and there were two unmarked cars, parked and idling, facing east on Madison. Both cars had one guy in them, and at least one had Maryland plates. Both guys had vests on, one said Sheriff, I couldn’t see the other as well.

When we left for work at 7:15, the cars were still there plus two vans, one on 7th and one on Madison. The guys in one van were wearing full camo tactical gear (helmet included) looking more like soldiers than cops. Just hanging out, obviously waiting for something/someone. I didn’t take pictures for fear of pissing them off.

Our best guess is that it’s some kind of fugitive/bail jump situation, give the FBI involvement and MD plates–there was no visible MPD presence in the immediate area. I’m just curious if anyone else has reported something similar in the neighborhood or elsewhere or knows what they might have been up to. Obviously there was some kind of jurisdictional issue. This is probably unrelated, but this is just two blocks from where that house was shot last week.

Optimistically, I guess our house is on the safest block in DC today? But it was a bit unnerving.”

08/04/15 9:50am


From a press release:

What: ANXO, DC’s first cidery and pintxos bar opening in Truxton Circle in late 2015, presents diners with a taste of what’s to come at ANXO Sighting No. 2, a four-course dinner event at Boundary Road on Monday, August 17th, 2015. This follows July’s first ANXO Sighting event at the Dolcezza Gelato Factory, which sold out in less than two days.

ANXO is the child of five founders: Managing Partners Sam Fitz and Rachel Fitz, Executive Chef Brad Walker, Beverage Manager Tim Prendergast and Cooper Sheehan. The team focuses on strong relationships with its cidermakers, both locally and internationally, yielding a highly curated selection of cider. Its also home to DC’s first recipients of the Certified Cicerone® title (Fitz and Prendergast), and the fermentation process of ANXO’s house-made cider will result in an incredibly unique Mid-Atlantic cider. Executive Chef Brad Walker (of Boundary Road) “will honor the Basque culinary traditions of honesty, simplicity, and quality by showcasing local producers’ best efforts.” Chef Walker will be joined in the kitchen by Barcelona-born local chef Alex Vallcorba, currently at Obelisk and formerly at Asador Etxebarri, San Pellegrino’s No. 13 restaurant in the world.

photo credit: Farrah Skeiky

The night will begin with a pintxos hour with assorted fare such as Gilda (olive, guindilla pepper and anchovy)and Peperonata, all offered with a welcome cocktail and unlimited Basque and Austurian cider pours.

photo credit: Farrah Skeiky

The four-course family-style menu features items such as Mixed Lamb Barbecue with Sausages and Charred Greens, and Olive Oil Poached Lobster Mushroom with Great Northern Beans. Each course is paired with a different cider. As ANXO works with local farmers, fishermen, ranchers and of course mother nature, all ingredients are subject to availability and reality.

When: Monday, August 17th, 2015
7:00 p.m. – Pinxtos Hour
8:00 p.m. – Dinner

Where: Boundary Road
414 H Street NE, Washington DC 20002

Details: Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, August 6th at noon. They are $85 per person, all-inclusive of all food, beverage, tax and tip. Reservations are limited and must be made at here.”

08/04/15 9:30am

Photo by PoPville flickr user Rebecca R

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.

08/04/15 9:08am

via google maps

From MPD just before 11pm Monday night:

“The Fifth District is currently investigating a shooting in the 800 Blk of 20th St NE.

Anyone with information about this case 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.”

Ed. Note: Early Sunday morning there was a shooting homicide in the 800 block of 18th St, NE.

08/03/15 10:22pm

807 V Street, NW

Psyched to see some progress for the movie theater coming next door to the 9:30 Club.

A liquor license placard says:

“The facility will operate as a high-end theatre with a café, serving patrons a variety of food offerings, including local specialties and spirits. Summer Garden seating for 14, Total Occupancy Load of 420 and seating for 369 inside.”


It’s interesting to note that even these huge developments get smacked with “vacant property” delinquent tax notice stickers: