07/07/15 10:45am

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3605 14th St, NW

Lots more info on The Airedale coming to the former Mad Momos space in Columbia Heights. From an email:

“I thought I’d get in touch with you to share some more information about The Airedale. My name is Ben Jordan and I’m the owner and my business partner is Baback Salimi formerly of Quarry House Tavern. We plan on being open in August and we’re excited to tell you about all of the things we have going on.

Our bar program includes prosecco based cocktails, European classics like the Aperol spritz, French 75 and the Pimm’s Royal Cup as well as our own creations. The selection of spirits will be quite whiskey-forward with ryes and bourbons being well represented at all price points. We also plan on serving an Old Overholt soft serve, each serving containing a full shot of rye. We will offer an entire range of classic, handmade cocktails as well. There will be 15 beers on tap and we will make our own Radler (don’t worry we’ll have Stiegl too).

The menu is classic European bar and cafe food served a la carte. The focus is on authentic, accessible pub and bar food from across Europe with one or two local favorites added as well. I have attached a preliminary menu for your consideration.

We will be open for brunch at 10am on Saturday and Sunday and will broadcast English Premier League, Bundeslliga and Champion’s League football weekly.”

Check out their menu after the jump. (more…)

07/07/15 9:50am

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Dupont Underground has the potential to be truly epic. This new paint job/tease is already getting me psyched. For those not familiar – from their website:

“Mission
To revitalize the abandoned trolley station beneath Dupont Circle for presenting, producing, and promoting cutting-edge arts, architecture, design, and creative endeavors.

Vision
To establish a cultural destination in the nation’s capital that partners with emerging voices in contemporary arts and architecture; encourages public participation, education, and engagement; and leverages development of the Dupont Underground as a catalytic force for the city in the 21st century.

The Dupont Underground is transforming a forgotten space beneath Washington, D.C.’s iconic Dupont Circle into a cultural destination.

Opened in 1949 as a trolley station, 75,000 s.f. of underground platforms and tunnels were closed off in 1962, when the city’s streetcar system shut down. Other than designation as fallout shelter in the late 1960s and hosting a short-lived food court on the west platform in the mid-1990s, the space has remained empty. Until now.

In late 2014, the Dupont Underground signed a five-year lease with the District for the entire space. Now we are working to activate about one-third of it — the east platform, plus some of the tunnel space — to demonstrate what uses are best suited for the long-term buildout of all 75,000 s.f. Over the next five years we plan on activating the space in many ways:

art & design exhibitions
public arts performances
community events
educational events
pop-up retail & dining
creative economy incubators
demonstrations of emerging technologies
film shoots & commercial photography
rental space for private events

In addition, we will also be working on long-term plans to permanently redevelop all 75,000 square feet as a mixed-use cultural destination. Our objectives for the space:

Create a unique, centrally located venue for exhibitions and events.
Provide a democratic space for community groups, educators, and entrepreneurs.
Develop an institution that brings wider attention to the District’s arts and design culture.
Strengthen the social networks that patronize the arts and inform business interests in the city, the region, and across the nation.
Return a long-abandoned space back to the public realm.”

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Across from the closing July 18th Books a Millon:

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07/07/15 9:30am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user blake martin

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.

07/06/15 10:22pm

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North Capitol and Florida Ave, NW

The liquor license placard for Wicked Bloom Social Club says:

“New Tavern serving crated drinks and beer with fresh-made sandwiches. Entertainment Endorsement. Total Occupancy Load is 49.”

Washingtonian reported that Wicked Bloom comes for the owners of nearby DCity Smokehouse and will feature cocktails and barbecue. Sweet!

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07/06/15 10:02pm

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A reader sends this beauty from Dupont:

“Perfect car for 4th of July galavanting! If it’s not clear, that license plate reads “70 Joy”–and it’s not an antique plate! That means that car passes DC’s emissions inspection. Badass!”

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