“Naylor Court Stables: ONE HOME REMAINS, END UNIT w side windows and wrap around roof deck, just steps from the nucleus of DC nightlife on 14th St & City Mrkt at O. Designed to resemble urban stables of the 1800′s; with its own detached Carriage House for parking! 2600 sq.ft. on 4 lvls, 3 BR’s, 4.5 bath, 1 car parking, huge finished rec-rm, attic-level den, roof terrace plus a gated motor court!!”
“The name, [Silo] says the former general manager of Shaw’s Tavern [Reza Akhavan], is a nod both to the industrial interior he’s created and the facility used to store grain. Akhavan’s 60-seat dining room near Mount Vernon Square will be “modern American with Swiss and French influences.”
Stand by for a late December opening according to the Post.
“Urban Butcher, a bohemian inspired gathering place that celebrates the butchers art, opens Thursday, December 12
Urban Butcher is a laid-back and relaxed escape from the ordinary that will transform downtown Silver Spring. Every element of the restaurant from the sharing menu to the garage door sized windows that create an open air market feel to the repurposed coffee bar/lounge furniture to the custom-designed glass-enclosed curing cellar to the in-house butchering kitchen creates a true atmosphere of community, inclusion, transparency and comfort unlike any other. The extensive sharable menu of eclectic and honest fare will feature a significant selection of in-house cured and aged cuts of meat, as well as seafood, poultry, pig and game.
The entire menu is made of shared items including many selections from the meat cellar including charcuterie and salumi as well as terrines, pâtés and more. The moderately priced menu focuses on nose-to-tail dining. It will feature popular cuts of meat from heritage breeds chosen for the natural flavors they take from the land upon which they graze as well as many other cuts not often found on restaurant menus. Reflecting the chefs’ passion for whole animal butchery and using flavorful and honest ingredients, many of the proteins on the menu will come from local and sustainable sources.
With a focus on accessibility Urban Butcher’s highly-researched and value oriented wine list of approximately 100 labels is devoted to respecting terroir and tradition. It features avant-garde small producers from the Old World. Additionally, it will include newer-style wines from around the United States. One sparkling wine and 11 beers will be available on tap. The cocktail program features classic cocktails as well as an eclectic whiskey and malts selection.
Designed to appeal to the business and residential communities it is surrounded by, Urban Butcher will offer a variety of experiences including a 30 seat coffee bar that turns into a lounge area in the evening, a 20 seat bar, a 50 seat dining room, a 24 seat communal table and an outdoor patio that seats 50.
Splashes of bright, fresh color and texture will accent the clean, white interior. Vintage and reclaimed furniture as well as more modern pieces create an eclectic mix of old and new. Garage doors open to the street creating an open air market feel throughout the restaurant that beckons passersby. The jewel piece of the restaurant is the custom-designed glass-enclosed curing cellar located at the back of the restaurant. Reflecting Urban Butcher’s emphasis on accessibility and transparency, a floor-to-ceiling glass walled wine room accessed by a rustic, library-style ladder greets guests upon entering.
The restaurant will initially offer dinner & happy hour. The butcher shop, lunch, brunch and a coffee shop throughout the day are planned for early 2014.
Hours: 5:00 p.m. – midnight (Monday thru Thursday), 5:00 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Friday & Saturday). 5 p.m. to TBD (Sunday). Dinner 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday thru Thursday), 6 p.m. – midnight (Friday & Saturday), Happy Hour Open until close (seven days a week).
Thursday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m.
8226 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, just two blocks south of the Silver Spring Metro stop on the Red Line.”
1730 Connecticut Avenue, NW space courtesy of Cove
From a press release:
“Washington, D.C.-based cove has launched its Dupont Circle Productive Space, giving modern professionals, knowledge workers and grad students a compelling alternative to working from a crowded coffee shop or their lonely living room.
For the price of a latte, cove members can be productive with company for the afternoon – and the coffee comes included.
Following the opening of cove-Dupont Circle, the start-up will unveil additional Productive Spaces in neighborhoods across Washington in the coming months, providing a network of locations to work, meet and collaborate. The second site, on D.C.’s thriving 14th Street, is slated to open in mid-December. Each cove location has all the essential tools for productive work – Wi-Fi, color printing, scanning and conference rooms, along with free beverages – in a clean, comfortable environment that is professional and quiet, yet also social.
Cove Founder Adam Segal says that he created cove with his own work habits in mind. “I’ve worked from home, an office, and in a bunch of coffee shops – and I was actually never quite good in any of them,” Segal says. “I sought a new kind of space, one that combined all the tools with a friendly feel. A place to be productive, but also to interact, chat and connect, with more flexibility and mobility than being tied to a single desk. The name Productive Space sums it up: a place with the right combination of tools, people and atmosphere for being productive in the neighborhood.”
Cove is free for first-time visitors; after that, members sign up for a monthly membership plan based on their needs. Member plans range from $24 a month for eight desk hours and one conference room hour – or the price of five lattes – to $124 a month for 50 desk hours with four conference room hours.
Through the cove Web site and mobile Web app, members can check availability in advance and even reserve space ahead of time for an individual desk, group desk or conference room – or just drop in as they wish.”
The Logan Circle space will be located at 1624 14th Street NW above Barcelona Wine Bar:
I’ve been working on helping my elderly neighbor Ralph move home for about 3 years now. Having exhausted all options, I started a crowdfunding campaign. It’s a huge longshot and will take a modern day miracle, but I can’t just sit by and not try to help him. He has no family and the DC system has done nothing but throw up barriers.”
“Meet Ralph. He is 80 years old, he’s a Navy veteran who served in the Korean war, he’s a widower, a homeowner and longtime resident of the District of Columbia. He never had children and has no remaining family. Until December 2010, he lived quite happily in his tiny, one room apartment in a small coop building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.
In December 2010, Ralph became ill and was taken to the hospital, where he soon recovered. Rather than allowing him to return home, he was moved to a care facility where he has remained ever since. However, Ralph is healthy and has been cleared to return home. All Ralph wants is to go home. Unfortunately, Ralph has become tangled in the safety net and is now mired in a financial and legal mess. His story has become like a bad dream and he needs our help.”
It’s been a long time coming but All Souls Corner Bar is finally opening up at the corner of 8th and T St, NW. Yesterday I spoke with owner David Batista who shares the good news that they got their Certificate of Occupancy and will be opening in the “next few days.”
It’s another incredible transformation of a derelict property:
“All Souls seeks to be a neighborhood bar. We’re not a sports bar, a gastropub, a wine bar, a speakeasy or a restaurant. We will be none of these things, yet we will have something for everyone. You will be able to find the craft beers of a gastropub and the interesting labels of a wine bar. If you prefer a cocktail it will be crafted with care and attention to detail. The food will be simple, but elevated, not your typical bar food. And you’ll be able to enjoy all of it while listening to good, eclectic music or watching the game quietly playing in the background.
With over thirty years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, our experiences range from serving beers in small bars to working alongside James Beard Award winning chefs. We have done it all from washing dishes to running multimillion dollar restaurants. Our experience working in restaurants is where our concept originates.
The basic premise of All Souls is to take restaurant quality service and adapt it to a bar setting. Attention to detail, friendliness and a commitment to serve the highest quality drink and food are the heart of what we want to do.”
Batista tells me there will be 4 draft beers, 12 beers in cans and bottles and 12 wines in addition to a cocktail menu, which will feature the “classics with a twist.” As far as food is concerned, to start there will be a small sampling of snacks to include olives, nuts, cheese etc. and these options will expand a bit over time. But this is not a restaurant – it’s a proper corner bar. It’s incredibly refreshing to hear a place like this opening. No themes here just a very cool gathering spot. Additionally there will be a jukebox with an eclectic mix of soul, old soul, R&B, Rock and Jazz. Hours will be Mon.-Thurs. 5pm – 2am, Friday 5pm – 3am, Sat. 1pm-3am, and Sun. 1pm-2am.
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.
“1414 14th St. (Sav On Liquor) is boarded up with some construction permits in front (just since yesterday, I think). Do you know if Faces Lounge is still the plan?”
I stopped in and spoke with the owners last weekend and they confirmed the construction is for Faces Lounge which will be located in the basement. If all goes according to plan they hope to open in about three months. Updates when they get closer to opening.