10/31/14 12:10pm

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5830 Georgia Ave, NW

Earlier this month things were not looking good for Chocolate Crust. Thanks to a reader for passing on the unfortunate update from the Brightwood listserv:

“It is with great sadness that I must close Chocolate Crust Bakery today, Friday October 31, 2014. It has been a long struggle. However…

I would never have been able to get this far without your incredible support! I have been incredibly humbled by the passion the local community has shown in supporting small business in this changing neighborhood. You have rallied for us and come out for us and provided innumerable suggestions and positive comments which all together kept us going this far! Thank you!

Even with an episode on the Cooking Channel, 5 times written up in the Washington post, “Best of…” in several categories by numerous publications, great ratings on Yelp, radio interviews, TV spots from here to NYC, direct support from our Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser and her team and honored by being in her campaign commercial, and especially an incredible amount of support in so many ways form Emory Beacon of Light here in Brightwood, we were not able to make a solid go of it.

This neighborhood is in an interesting time of regeneration and I have been thrilled and grateful to have been a part of it getting to know so many of you and becoming your friends. I hope you will keep supporting the many neighboring businesses who are also struggling.

As for what I will be doing next… I will be finishing my chocolate cookbook quite quickly and also be teaching culinary at area institutions and do some business consulting as well. That should keep me busy until my next new idea takes form.

In love and service, THANK YOU for everything.

Chef Robert Cabeca”

10/31/14 11:45am

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2201 14th Street, NW

From an email:

“For its November guest chef sandwich, The Red Hen’s Mike Friedman has dreamed up The E Street Special, a mountain of chili braised brisket, crispy bacon, Fontina cheese, sauerkraut and 1000 Island aioli on griddled pumpernickel bread. The $14 sandwich is available throughout the month. G, 2201 14th st. NW. 202-234-5015. gbymikeisabella.com”

10/31/14 11:36am

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1829 14th Street, NW

From an email:

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Vastu will be closing soon.
It has been a wonderful 11 1/2 years and we are very sorry to see it end. We simply couldn’t absorb the financial burden caused by increased costs and lowered revenue during last year’s short change in ownership.

During our time on 14th St, we have taken great pride and delight in being invited into your homes and lives, asked to help make them a little more comfortable and stylish, and we cherish the friendships we’ve made along the way. It has been an adventure watching the neighborhood go from a retail wasteland where we needed to bring lunch if we wanted to eat that day to one where there are seemingly endless options for all-day drunken brunches.

Our closing isn’t immediate and we will of course be delivering orders to those of you who still have them outstanding. (more…)

10/31/14 11:15am

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801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW at Navy Memorial Plaza

Last week we learned Plan B Burger Bar would be opening Monday Nov. 3rd – now have a look inside. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is a real deal restaurant and it’s another transformation that blew me away (remember the former pizza place/deli?):

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You can see their full menus here.

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Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

10/31/14 10:45am

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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1357 Emerald St NE
Legal Subdivision: Old City #1
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #1
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1.5 Parking: Street Basement: No Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $599,990.
List Price at Contract: $669,500.
List Date: 9/15/14
Days on Market: 9
Settled Sales Price: $669,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 10/22/14
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No
Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here.

Emerald Street is a one block long enclave between 13th and 14th Streets NE and around the corner from Lovejoy Lofts. It is bounded north and south by F and E Streets NE, so not far off from the H Street activity. It is within a 25 minute walk to three Metro stations (1.5 miles to Union Station, 1.2 miles to Stadium Armory, or 1.1 to Potomac Ave), or easy access to the bus lines along Maryland Avenue, and of course (someday) to the trolleys.

We revisited another sale on this block during the Spring market. My comment on that net $627,500. sale in May 2014 was that “This recent renovation is the highest price paid on the block since 2011. There were two other sales on the block this year, at $502,900. and $571,000.” Currently, 1321 Emerald Street NE, is under contract with a list price of $683,500. The subject property is the highest sale price to date on the block.

The listing agents were Katie Wethman and Bridget Hodge of Keller Williams Realty in McLean, VA. Joan Cromwell of McEnearney Associates, Inc. represented the buyer in this transaction.

10/31/14 10:15am

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3rd and Massachusetts Ave, NW rendering via Property Group Partners

While Uniqlo coming to DC proper may still be wishful thinking – CityPaper got confirmation from the Capitol Crossing developers that Mario Batali’s Eataly is “definitively happening…no earlier than 2017″ according to Property Group Partners. This is part of the huge Capital Crossing Development which you can read about here.

So I guess the bet is, who will come first Uniqlo or Eataly?

10/31/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  number7cloud

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.

10/31/14 9:42am

From MPD:

“This morning a 5D officer was patrolling in the vicinity of the 3800 block of 13th Street, NE, when an unknown subject struck the front driver’s side window of the vehicle with an axe.

The officer was injured and is recovering.

The unknown subject is described as a black male, 5’9, medium complexion and wearing a black jumpsuit.

Anyone with information is urged to call (202) 272-9099.”

UPDATE from Chief Cathy Lanier:

“By now, I am sure most of you have heard that we had an officer attacked by a person with an axe around 0300 this morning while patrolling in his marked police car. The attack occurred in the 1200 block of Quincy Street, NE in the Fifth Police District. Although the officer was injured in a scuffle with the suspect, he did not sustain injuries from the axe. At this time the suspect is still at large and there is no known motive for the attack. I want to thank all of the residents for their calls and emails of support for our officer. We are relieved that his injuries are not life threatening but we must now focus on finding the person responsible. As always, we need your help. Below is a description of the suspect and the last know clothing he was wearing. Please pass along any information that you may have to assist us in locating this suspect before anyone else gets hurt.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing dark-colored or black coveralls. Please contact The Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099 or send text tips to 50411 if you have any information that may lead us to this suspect.

Chief Lanier”

10/31/14 9:23am

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a robbery and sexual assault that occurred in the 1100 block of 16th Street, NE.

On Thursday, October 30, 2014, at approximately 12:15 am, an adult female was walking in the 1100 block of 16th Street, NE, where she was approached by the suspect who robbed and sexually assaulted the victim.

The suspect is described as a black male, short hair, medium complexion, approximately 5`6″ in height, in his 30`S, with a cross tattoo on his right face/cheek. He was last seen wearing a black hoody, black pants, and black shoes.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”