“If you are trying to fight off the winter chill with a chilled beverage of your own and partake in a bit too much “mystery punch” or adult eggnog over the Holiday season, stay safe and call SoberRide!
Together with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) SoberRide initiative, AT&T is proud to provide free taxi rides (up to $30) to anyone over 21 in the greater Washington, DC area nightly from 10pm until 6am starting Friday, December 13th, through New Year’s Day.
AT&T customers can call #WRAP to get a safe, free ride home, while others can dial 800-200-8294 (TAXI).”
“Great 1-Bdrm on upper fl. in popular Van Ness. 1-block to METRO & Giant Grocery! *RENT INCLUDES: All UTILITIES, free access to new GYM & outdoor POOLS! 24-Hr. Desk Staff. New paint, w/f, upgraded KIT. Lots of storage, too! ..Walk-in closet w/ built-ins, additional storage unit & access to bike rm. incl! Laundry on every floor! AVAIL 12/14/13, Building has a “no pets” policy. Zip-car ON-SITE!”
My husband and I are looking to turn our already renovated basement into a rental unit. Although the basement is renovated, we would need to make a few adjustments like taking out an interior staircase and adding in plumbing/electrical for a kitchen area. Most of the general contractors we have talked to though said they wouldn’t take on a “small” job such as this, and they only work on jobs in the $50-$100K area. I’m wondering if anyone has worked with a good general contractor they can recommend, or know of any that would take on a job of this size.”
“So an industrial design blog that I follow, core77, had an interesting post that I thought would serve as a good public service reminder for my fellow popville bikers. I had never really thought about how much the blind spot of a semi truck changes as the back of the truck articulates back and forth. As the truck turns, its mirrors don’t, leaving huge blind spots in places that they could see when they were going straight. The Core77 post shares a Youtube video that was made by Transport for London that illustrates just how big the truck’s blind spot is when it is starting to turn a corner. It was eye opening for me. Be alert and stay safe out there! Particularly as we get more and more big retailers and their big delivery trucks in the neighborhood. Don’t ever assume that they can see you on your bike.
(Keep in mind, that the video was made in the UK, so the driver and curb are mirrored to the opposite side of the truck here in the US.)”
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Thanks to a reader for sending word of the sad news that Li’l Pub was closing on Capitol Hill. I spoke with owner Howard Scherr who confirmed that the Li’l Pub was closing and their last day would be January 6th. He says that building was sold to CVS next door. Mr. Scherr says he realizes that the Li’l Pub was an institution and that “we will all miss each other.”
“Built in 1937 as Little Tavern No. 20 – Little Tavern was: a chain of hamburger restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The first Little Tavern opened March 24, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky, by Harry F. Duncan. The first Washington location was opened in October 1928 and the first in Baltimore opened its doors in June 1930. By 1937, there were 33 shops open. At the height of the chain, there were almost 50 locations. Duncan sold the chain in 1981. The last restaurant closed on April 29, 2008.”
“We need your help to save the 14&U Farmers Market — and the Post Office at the Reeves Center at 14th and U.
You may have read that the Reeves Center will sold to a developer (to pay for a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point). There is a very important meeting TUESDAY DEC 17th at 6 pm at the Reeves Center to hear from the community about what we want in that new development. We need you to come and tell the city that we want the farmers market to be able to be at that site, that we want the Post Office at that site, and that we need to replace this office complex with offices –not residential — that will create daytime traffic.
The Reeves Center is a huge office complex that supported local daytime business for our retail and restaurants. It needs to be replaced with something else that would support daytime business. We have a very lively nightlife and weekend life, but our businesses and restaurants need daytime traffic.
Thank you for you help and I hope to see you Tuesday, December 17th at 6 pm at the Reeves Center. Please spread the word.”
“Another stunning renovation by DC’s premiere developer; WSD. 2BR/2.BA with amazing flagstone patio and roof deck with sweeping views. H/Ws throughout, exposed brick on two levels, and an open floorplan. The “perfect” kitchen with marble countertops and SS Samsung appliances. En suite master bath w dual sink and huge shower. Generous closets in BR’s. In super hot Truxton/Bloomingdale!”
“Menu MBK will be hosting a preview of its market space on Thursday, Dec. 19. Frederik De Pue and his team will be opening the ground floor component of the three-tiered concept for a Holiday Market that will offer a special selection of seasonal treats and market stalls showcasing a number of local vendors.
The Holiday Market will be open from 3pm to 7pm. And feature:
Complementary hot chocolate and Chapel Hill Farm veal meatballs
Market stands staffed by representatives from DC Cured, Bounty Hill Farms and Junius Coffee
Items from the kitchen at Menu, including apple cider, soup, holiday cookies, macaroons, sticky buns, candied apples and Belgian waffles.
Slated to open in mid-January, Menu MBK (Market, BistroBar, Kitchen) will include a ground floor market offering local produce and goods as well as coffee and pre-made meals. The mid-level BistroBar will serve a wide variety of beer, wine and cocktails accompanied by casual bar bites and small plates. The top floor will hold Menu Kitchen, a 40-seat restaurant serving lunch and dinner seven days a week and featuring a similar take on the comforting European country cooking that has made De Pue’s Table a hit in Shaw.”
“In the works for more than a year, Silo restaurant hopes to open its doors to DC’s Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood shortly after Christmas. The restaurant’s name represents its raw and industrial interior as well as the fresh ingredients and grains used in its cuisine. It will accommodate 20 people at the bar and 50 people in the dining room.
PHOTO CREDIT: Reza Mohaddes for SILO
Created, designed and built by first-time restaurateur Reza Akhavan, who become known in DC’s restaurant community during his tenure as Manager of The Front Page, and then as the Opening GM of Shaw’s Tavern. Working alongside Akhavan as Restaurant Manager will be Charlotte Devilliers, most recently with Northside Social Coffee Shop and Wine Bar. Silo’s kitchen will be helmed by Executive Chef George Vetsch. From 2009-2013, Chef Vetsch was Executive Chef (American Classic cuisine) at C.F. Folks. During his tenure there, the restaurant was awarded the 2013 James Beard Award, Classic American Restaurant and the 2013 RAMMY Award, Casual Restaurant of the Year.
Excited to be back in the kitchen of a brand new restaurant just as it starts out, Swiss-born, and trained in French cuisine, Chef Vetsch has designed Silo’s menu on Contemporary American cuisine with a Swiss/French twist that pays homage to his heritage.
Some of his dishes to look forward to include:
§ Kohlrabi Soup with Appenzeller Cheese Fondue and Fennel Oil
§ Mussel’s Gratinée in a Vermouth Leek Sauce
§ Fried Pumpkin Purses with Eggplant Tomato Mousse and Garlic sautéed Spinach on Cauliflower Sauce
§ Potato crusted Branzino on sautéed Spinach with Tomato-Olive-Caper Concasse in a Fennel Soubise
PHOTO CREDIT: Reza Mohaddes for SILO
LOCATION, HOURS, AND CONTACT INFO:
Silo is located in DC’s Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood on 5th St NW, between K St. and Massachusetts Ave NW. 919 5th St. NW
Thanks to the folks from Urban Institute for sending this incredible study:
“Washington, DC, residents don’t need census data to tell them what’s obvious in their neighborhoods: the city is changing dramatically. But numbers can give us context. They can show us how shifts in population are reshaping the city and can help us prepare for changes to come.
In this series, we’ll home in on changes from the past decade—2000 to 2010—when DC’s population began growing again for the first time in 50 years. In this chapter, we look at demographic change, drilling down to wards and neighborhoods. Later, we’ll explore changes in housing, crime, education, and more, using data from NeighborhoodInfo DC to tell the story of our changing city.”
You can start checking out the background, graphs and maps here.