12/18/14 2:10pm


The cheapest grocery option in C-Heights/Park View/U Street Area:

“Hey y’all – I tried to search this online, but couldn’t find a topic specific to DC that actually helped me, so I figured I’d ask here. I know what some of you may say, but I’m legit not interested in super organic farmer’s market shit – I spend money on coffee and fine liquor – not necessarily on fruit.

I normally do my shopping at Giant on Park road because it’s only a five minute walk away, but I heard from several people in my office that Giant was still pretty expensive, even with the deals. So, I guess I’m just wondering now – is there a better option in the area? All I can think of is going to the Target, maybe hiking over to the Safeway, or Biking down to Trader Joe’s or going over to Arthur’s – would it be worth it to actually head anywhere else, or should I stick to Giant?”

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12/18/14 1:44pm

3115 14th Street, NW

Yesterday’s scuttlebutt about The Heights being sold has been confirmed. From a press release:

“The Heights, Columbia Heights’ neighborhood restaurant, is set to change owners by the start of 2015, with the concept to remain intact. Having gone under contract earlier this week to local restaurateur Ammar Daoud, the deal will transpire once license transfers are complete. Daoud, who has over 20 years of experience operating casual dining brands in the U.S. and internationally, plans to keep the restaurant operational as the neighborhood-centric place it has been for the past seven years, with all staff remaining.

The Heights is currently under the ownership of EatWell DC, which owns and operates four other neighborhood restaurant concepts: The Pig, Logan Tavern, Commissary and Grillfish. Upon completion of the contract’s transfers, EatWell DC will focus on these restaurants as well as explore future endeavors within Washington, D.C. A priority remains growing its produce farm, EatWell Natural Farm, located in La Plata, Maryland.

The Heights’ eclectic American fare and emphasis on locally sourced, fresh ingredients and craft beer and cocktails will continue, but Daoud’s vision does include a menu update in the future to create a more alfresco dining experience. The Heights will continue to honor EatWell gift certificates through March 31, 2015, and this year’s New Year’s Eve offerings will remain as previously publicized.”

12/18/14 1:25pm

3145 Mt. Pleasant St, NW

@bgneumeyer tweets us:

“New “affordable housing” in Mt. Pleasant seems at pricepoint for college-educated paralegals, maybe?”

The Craigslist ad says:

“AFFORDABLE BRAND NEW STUDIO APARTMENTS IN MOUNT PLEASANT @ $1,065/Month. 3145 Mount Pleasant Street, NW. Newly Renovated. Energy Efficient. Walk to Columbia Heights Metro, buses, Restaurants, Shopping. Income Restrictions Apply. For single person, MAX Income of $44,940, MIN Income of $36,514.”

Ed. Note: This is the recently reopened Monseñor Romero Apartments, formerly the Deauville that burned down 6 1/2 years ago.

12/18/14 12:55pm

2142 O Street Northwest

This unit is located at 2142 O Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“NEW 2 BR/2.5 BA in Dupont Circle nestled on quiet and historic O St. Corner home with west exposure, 5″ Arctic Oak HW flrs, Bertazzoni Pro Series range, two tone cabinets, quartz counters, Grohe/Kohler fixtures, glass backsplash. 10 Ft Ceilings w/ LED recessed lighting. Porcelain Mosaic Floor+Wall Tile, large glass shower. Boutique bldg is selling quickly! Prk avail for rent-1yr paid up!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is listed at $749,900 ($296 monthly fee.)

12/18/14 12:49pm

From DC Water:

“During the investigation of potential contamination in a portion of DC Water’s drinking water system, DC Water deployed a mobile water dispensing unit near the impact area in NW Washington, DC. The unit is located on O Street between 6th and 7th Streets NW. Water will be available for customers affected by the Do Not Drink Advisory until further notice. Customers must bring water containers, such as reusable water bottles or other large water receptacles.

12/18/14 12:20pm

Photo courtesy ThinkFoodGroup

From an email:

Opening February

José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup will debut a new vegetable-focused fast casual restaurant brand, called Beefsteak, with the opening on the George Washington University Campus in Washington, DC (at the new Engineering Hall on the corner of 22nd & I Street, NW). To fuel busy lifestyles and feed the growing desire to eat well, the affordable and accessible concept will execute good food, fast. This is not a vegetarian restaurant, but rather a place where fresh, market-driven vegetables take center stage and thrive as the main component of a dish. The menu will focus on customizable, wildly flavorful meals in a bowl that use cooked-to-order vegetables as an anchor, which can be complemented with a selection of hearty grains, freshly made sauces, crunchy toppings and, if desired, a choice of protein. Beefsteak will celebrate the unsung power of vegetables and propel the goal of bringing wholesome, quality food to the masses.”

12/18/14 12:00pm

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

The Prohibition era in Washington saw the rise of speakeasys and glitzy nightclubs, like Le Paradis on Thomas Circle, which we profiled last March. But the end of Prohibition in March 1934 did not bring an end to the supper club era. On the contrary, supper clubs flourished across the country, and Washington had plenty of them. Silken-voiced singers and lush orchestras continued to offer people an escape from the hard economic realities of the Depression. Exotic décor heightened the sense that one was fleeing to another place and time, to somewhere simpler and more romantic. These were the golden years of the supper clubs, a unique era when dining and entertainment were more closely linked than ever before or since.

Mayfair Cafe
Postcard view of the interior of the Mayfair, circa 1935 (author’s collection).

Fourteenth Street downtown hosted some of the biggest supper clubs, including the Casino Royal and Lotus Restaurant, but there were many others, including popular night spots at most of the city’s major hotels. One club that opened in 1935, the year after Prohibition ended, was the Mayfair Restaurant, nicknamed the “Café of All Nations.” It was located in a new office building at 13th and F Streets NW, in the heart of Washington’s theatre district. Within a block or two were the National and Warner theaters as well as the Palace and Capitol movie theaters. The restaurant quickly became one of the city’s most popular after-theater spots. (more…)

12/18/14 11:40am

12th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“The Trump Organization and José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup announced today that the renowned culinary innovator will open a signature restaurant in the forthcoming Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., one of the newest additions to the rapidly growing Trump Hotel Collection. The to-be-named José Andrés restaurant will debut when the hotel opens in mid-2016 after a $200 million redevelopment of the historic Old Post Office by The Trump Organization.

“Everything about Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C. – from its magnificent guest rooms and Presidential Suites, to the ballroom and spa – will be the very best, and the culinary experience is no exception,” said Donald J. Trump. “We’ve tapped one of the very best in the field, José Andrés, to create a restaurant concept that will live up to the unrivaled offerings of what will be one of the finest hotels anywhere in the world.”

Added Andrés, “I have long respected Donald Trump for his business acumen and am proud to partner with him to create a truly remarkable, fine dining restaurant in the city I have called home for many years, right in the heart of the historic Post Office.” (more…)