04/16/14 11:55am

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Photo via Crawfish for Cancer

From an email:

“Our party features more than 700 lbs of crawfish, unlimited drinks, and live music for 5 hours on the afternoon of Saturday April 26th at Yard’s Park in SE DC (Navy Yard Metro). Our organization puts on crawfish boils nationally to mark the coming of spring, and to gather great people for a good time and worthy cause.”

Crawfish for Cancer’s 2nd Annual DC Crawfish Boil to Benefit the MMRF:

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00pm – 7:00pm
The Yards Park DC
355 Water Street SE, DC

Join us at the Yards Park DC in the Capitol Riverfront for a day of sun, crawfish, and most importantly, fundraising to benefit multiple myeloma cancer research. As always, there will be hundreds of pounds of crawfish, beer, wine and spirits, and live music throughout the day.

Signature cocktails will be served including sweet tea vodka and other tasty delights.

Tickets are all inclusive. BUY TICKETS HERE.

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1346 T Street, NW

From a press release:

Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen will open on Thursday, April 17 at 1346 T Street, NW. The intimate restaurant was inspired by co-owner Rose Previte’s international travels. She and her husband, NPR Morning Edition Host David Greene, spent three years based in Russia, and the couple has traveled widely across Europe.

“Everywhere we went, David and I always said some of our best memories were strolling neighborhoods and experiencing a place through its food,” Previte says. “The former Soviet Republic of Georgia? I knew little about it five years ago. Now, I know it’s one of the friendliest, most interesting countries on earth. And when I think about it, I can literally smell and taste the khachapouri, the cheese bread sold everywhere, often by ladies who pop their heads out of the windows of their bakeries to give you a taste. That is one of our features at Compass Rose.”

Previte, whose Sicilian father and Lebanese mother taught her to cook, spent a decade in the restaurant business and helped her mother open a small family restaurant in Bluffton, Ohio. She and Greene now live in the 14th Street corridor.

“Making people feel at home, and being part of a community — those two things are so important to me,” Previte says. “So while our menu will take you on a tour of the world, Compass Rose will be a local, neighborhood gathering place where you can meet new people, kick back, and talk about life.”

Early in her career, Previte worked for her now-business partner, Mike Schuster, who has run neighborhood taverns across the city. He also co-owns Star and Shamrock, the recently opened Barrel, and Trusty’s, which defined itself as a neighborhood gathering place when it came to Capitol Hill in 2005. Schuster says he’s excited to bring his approach to a fast-growing part of the District.

“I got into the bar and restaurant business because I love community gathering spots–where people can eat, drink, share stories, meet new friends, just be comfortable and enjoy themselves,” Schuster says. “That’s what Trusty’s is about. I’ll never abandon that approach. Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen will wrap great food and drink with comfort and accessibility.”

JohnPaul Damato is the new restaurant’s executive chef. Damato has been front and center at some of Washington’s culinary jewels. He worked at Restaurant Nora, and later worked closely with famed chef Jose Andres. Damato also worked as executive chef for the Jaleo restaurants in the DC metro area.

Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen will open on Thursday, April 17 at 1346 T Street, NW. It will be open daily at 5 PM and close at 2 AM during the week, and 3 AM on weekends. Brunch and a late-night menu will soon follow.”

04/16/14 10:55am

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Been getting tons of emails about the new REAL ID:

“Dear PoPville,

I just saw an email about this new ‘REAL ID’ thing the DC DMV is rolling out? Maybe it’s me but it seems a tad confusing. Are we being required to get new IDs, or is there just a new protocol, requiring additional sources of documentation when renewing or getting a new license? If you’re not up for a new license any time soon (i.e. just got mine renewed at the end of 2013- in the new DC license format), do we have to do anything, or is this just a heads up that more documents will be required from here on out, whenever you have to go get a new license?
Thanks for any clarity!”

Effective May 1, 2014, DC DMV will begin issuing REAL ID driver licenses and identification cards. These credentials will meet the REAL ID security standards established by the Federal Government.The document requirements for proof of DC residencyproof of Social Security Number, and proof of identity have changed for everyone, and DC DMV will need to revalidate these documents prior to issuing a REAL ID credential. Therefore, be sure to view the list of acceptable documents and bring those with you when you visit a DC DMV Service Center when obtaining, converting, renewing, or requesting a duplicate credential. DC DMV moved to a central issuance process in November 2013 and will mail your credential to you. Without the required documentation, DC DMV will not be able to issue you a REAL ID driver license or identification card. There are no exceptions to the document requirements or mailing of credentials. 

Throughout the next year, residents will be notified by DC DMV to update their driver license or ID card to the REAL ID credential. For these notifications, residents will not be a charged a fee. However, the fees are the same for residents who are obtaining a credential for the first time or who are converting an out-of-state license or ID, as well as those who are renewing or requesting a duplicate credential.

04/16/14 10:25am

Pizza Parts & Service
1320 H Street, NE

First opened in Dec. 2012, Taylor Charles Steak & Ice abruptly closed back in January. At that time we were told:

“All we can say right now are cheesesteaks are not dead.”

But the mystery remained:

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Frozen Tropics now reports the Taylor Gourmet proprietors will try their hand at pizza:

“The new place is called Pizza Parts & Service. Customers will be able to buy pizza by the slice, or by the pie. My source tells me that this pizza is NYC style pie.”

Not sure of the opening date but in the meantime you can enjoy some H@Pizza a couple blocks away at 1118 H St, NE right next door to the original Taylor Gourmet or sit down at the beautiful Red Rocks Pizzeria located close by at 1348 H St, NE – and of course you can get some delicious Shawafel located right next door.

More info on the resurrection of the cheesesteaks if/when it becomes available.

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04/16/14 9:55am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Soinne

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.

04/15/14 10:55pm

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A new sports bar, The Big Stick, is coming to Navy Yard right near Nats Park and the metro at 20 M Street, SE. A recent liquor license placard says:

“This is a new “C” Restaurant with an Entertainment Endorsement and Sidewalk Café. The establishment will be a sports bar featuring an alpine lodge theme and décor serving casual foods such as bratwursts, sausages and kielbasas, salads, sandwiches, wraps and crispy oven-baked macaroni and cheese.”

Hours of operation are listed as Sunday through Thursday 8am to 2am, Friday and Saturday 8am to 3am.

Washington Business Journal reported that it comes from the owner of nearby Justin’s Cafe and hopes to open in June.

Ed. Note: Not sure what’s up with the alpine themed bars

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M and Half St, SE

04/15/14 10:05pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

Your captions in the comments and winners (free PoP t-shirts) picked Friday. If you find a caption particularly funny be sure to let me know in the comments so I can select a reader pick too.

Ed. Note: I’m out of small and medium shirt sizes at the moment but I’ve made the reorder – new shirts should arrive in about 2 weeks!