10/23/14 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user random lady

Ed. Note: earlier in the week we we spoke rooftop concerns in Mt. P.

Backyard prowlers in Mt. Pleasant:

“In the “don’t freak out, but be careful” category, our nanny surprised a couple of guys in our backyard on Adams Mill this afternoon. They had come down the steps from the alley and were headed into the basement stairwell; they ran off when she pounded on the window. Not much of a description, but one was a heavyset guy with long dreads and the other looked to be a high school-aged kid.”

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10/23/14 1:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I live on the 600 block of Florida NW and I’m getting repeatedly fined for this. I’ve called DPW several times and fought several fines already, admitting with explanation that after the new bins were delivered (and many old ones were not picked up) there is nowhere to place all of them. We share a pathway to the back of our rowhouse with several other rowhomes on Florida and cannot block it off, but we can’t put them on the sidewalk on Florida either. The fines I’ve fought have been dropped by DPW after the court official rules in our favor, but my requests that we be told where to place the bins are always ignored, as are my requests that DPW write a letter to our landlord ordering him to build a structure to house them that DPW would find acceptable.

I’m at wit’s end because I am constantly fighting these fines and I don’t have time to be filing paperwork with the DPW once every couple of weeks. Is anyone else having problems with this? Is everyone on our block getting fined all the time? Any suggestions?”

10/23/14 12:55pm

2022 Columbia Road Northwest

This unit is located at 2022 Columbia Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“Sunny, top floor 2 bedroom unit with sweeping views over DC at the fabulous Wyoming – one of DC’s “Best Addresses. ” Sleek, updated kitchen, high ceilings, warm wood floors, charming period bath, and one of only a few units in the bldg with central a/c! The premier location is just a short stroll to Metro, great restaurants and the best of DC. Possible rental pkg nearby.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $509,000 ($498 monthly fee.)

Ed. Note: I’ve always wondered what the inside of the Wyoming looks like. Beautiful.

10/23/14 12:21pm

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From Toki Underground (1234 H Street, NE):

Mark Ladner, executive chef at Del Posto in New York City, is taking over Toki Underground on November 6, 2014 with delicious bowls of his 100% gluten-free pasta. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Ladner and his team have set off on a tour to bring PASTA FLYER to cities including Cambridge, Philadelphia, Providence, and now Washington, DC. The gluten-free pasta “marries traditional Italian culture with Japanese ramen efficiency” and will be offered for both lunch and dinner from 11:30am until close. Also joining Ladner in DC will be Del Posto’s executive pastry chef, Brooks Headley, with his notoriously delicious veggie burgers.”

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10/23/14 11:45am

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1612 14th Street, NW

As a big fan of Republic – I’m very excited about this!

From a press release:

“Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is pleased to announce a new executive chef, Colleen Conrad, who joins the restaurant from its sister establishment, Republic in Takoma Park, where she worked as sous chef, alongside co-owner and executive chef Danny Wells.

Conrad, who has come up through the ranks of Black Restaurant Group, starting out as a junior sous chef at Pearl Dive, and working her way to opening sous chef at Republic, has a strong commitment to quality sourcing and letting ingredients shine on the plate. After a semester abroad immersing herself in the food culture of Seville, Spain, Conrad decided to switch academic focus and enroll in the culinary program at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, NC.

Her food philosophy is simple: use the best quality, properly raised ingredients, and handle them with respect. She emphasizes the immense care that she and the rest of the kitchen staff have for the products they utilize, often going on staff field trips to the farms where they source their products.

Since joining Pearl Dive this fall, Conrad has worked to add her personal touch to the menu, and recently debuted several new dishes on the dinner menu, including:

Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with fall greens, pickled red onion, smoked Marcona almonds, Benton’s ham, Meyer lemon vinaigrette, Creole mustard crème fraîche ($11)
Coriander and Panko Crusted Fluke with jicama and apple slaw (jicama, apple, jalapeno, orange, lime, cilantro, fennel tops) fennel and sunchoke purée, roasted fall vegetables ($26)
Wood Grilled Market Fish with roasted cauliflower, snow peas, and seared mushrooms, served over a smoked paprika and sweet onion cream sauce, and fines herbes ($25)
Whole Wood Grilled Bradford Bay Farms Black Bass with confit sweet potatoes, sautéed winter greens, spicy peanut sauce ($26)

The dinner menu can be seen here.

In the coming weeks, Conrad will be adding dishes to the restaurant’s popular brunch menu.”

10/23/14 11:15am

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Park Place apartments at New Hampshire and Georgia Ave, NW

The wait for retail/restaurants at Park Place has been exhausting for those that live nearby (no disrespect to Sala Thai, Subway and Cricket). That wait, knock wood – knock wood, is almost over. Globest reported:

“TA Realty is acquiring the apartment building at 850 Quincy St NW for approximately $62 million or $385,093 per unit.”

I’m told the building will stay rental and for retail we can expect a bank, small restaurant and other retail coming soon. Here’s where I think the bank will be located:

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Georgia and Quincy Ave, NW

Full press release after the jump. (more…)

10/23/14 10:45am

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Photo courtesy Golden Triangle BID

From a press release:

“The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, the 43-blocks area that connects the White House to Dupont Circle, is getting a fresh look that will help visitors, shoppers and workers better find their way around the neighborhood.

The Golden Triangle is replacing its traditional banners on 200 light poles in the area with new signs that use bold graphic design to help people find their way around while adding color and design to the central business district. The new signs feature clearly identifiable street names on them in a variety of colors and patterns.

“These signs are for everyone who has ever stood in the middle of a downtown street or exited a Metro stop not quite sure what street they’re on,” said Leona Agouridis, executive director, Golden Triangle BID. Each day, more than 60,000 people exit Farragut North, Farragut West, and Dupont South, the three Metro stops in the Golden Triangle area. “Even though many people now rely on smartphones with GPS for directions, you can still get confused or unsure if you are actually where you want to be. These banners are a convenient way for people to validate where they are as they try to get from point A to point B,” said Agouridis.

Installation will occur in the evenings, 8 p.m.–5:00 a.m. from Wed., Oct. 22–Fri., Oct. 24.”

10/23/14 10:15am

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801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

@PlanBBurgerDC reveals the good news for Penn Quarter folks:

Grand Opening November 3rd. Are you ready to eat some meat DC?!”

Plan B Burger Bar is located in the Navy Memorial Plaza by the Archives-Navy Memorial metro stop. Their website says they offer beef, burgers, bourbon and beer. You can see their full menus here.

10/23/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  Beau Finley

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