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Photo by PoPville flickr user bajidc

From a dozen to fifty and now up to 124, nicely done DC!!

From a press release:

“While the nation’s capital hosts inauguration weekend, 124 local hospitality businesses are making a statement of love, compassion and community by donating proceeds from the weekend to local charities. Washington, DC’s thriving service industry organized together to give generously from their profits to local service organizations. The diversity of participating venues is as dynamic as the DMV itself, from restaurants like Bad Saint, District Distilling Co. and Oyamel to shops and retailers like Scissor & Comb Salon, Logan Hardware and Glen’s Garden Market. Visitors and residents are encouraged to dine, drink and shop at the participating businesses this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and beyond.

All Is Service DC is an initiative of 124 venues city wide that are donating to causes as diverse as women’s health, the arts, LGBTQ issues, homelessness, food access, support for the local migrant community and the environment. The message has been positively overwhelming: DC’s service industry welcomes all for an opportunity to give back.

All In Service DC is the brainchild of two local service industry professionals inspired to give more to the community.

“We put out the call and DC’s hospitality community responded,” says Alaina Dyne, co-creator of All In Service DC. “Giving back is not just about being generous with your dollars, it is also about being generous with your attention to others. We look forward to opening our doors and attending to all for the inauguration weekend.”

“All In Service DC celebrates DC’s diversity by giving back to local organizations that keep our community thriving,” says, Amanda Carpenter co-creator of All In Service DC. “This project is about pulling together as a community. We are proud of the statement All In Service DC makes: Washington, DC is an amazing place to live, work, dine and drink because we care about our community.”

The project is led by an all-woman team of organizers: Amanda Carpenter, Alaina Dyne, Sarah Massey and Farrah Skeiky with support from Cherry Blossom Creative and Elsie Dwire Photo & Design.

The participating venues are: (more…)

Joy Asico (www.asicophoto.com)
1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW. (Photo by Joy Asico)

From a press release:

“eatsa, the unprecedented, fully-automated faster food experience, will open the doors to its second Washington, D.C. location at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW on Wednesday, January 18. The new eatsa, just steps away from the White House, will be the first multi-level eatsa in the country and will include a mezzanine where customers can enjoy the brand’s customizable, healthy and flavorful quinoa-based bowls, delivered at an unbeatable price point.

Joy Asico (www.asicophoto.com) “The Pennsylvania Avenue eatsa in Washington, D.C. is the brand’s first multi-level storefront. (Photo by Joy Asico)”

Lunch bowls start at $6.95 and include the Bento Bowl, which features edamame, stir-fry quinoa and apple-cabbage slaw and the Burrito Bowl, with guacamole, asada portobello mushrooms and tortilla chips. Breakfast is on the menu, too, as eatsa will open at 7am with breakfast bowls starting at $3.95, in addition to fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits. (more…)

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1132 19th Street, NW

We shoulda known after the initial promise of a “glamping experience”

Washington Business Journal reports:

“The hits keep coming on 19th Street NW downtown: Bonfire, the fire-themed restaurant that only opened last February, will shutter later this month.”

Ed. Note: They opened in late April/early May.

Famous Luigi’s Pizza closed after 70 years at 19th and M St, NW back in December 2013.

Other relatively recent closures on 19th Street include Olivia’s Diner and Science Club and Sophie’s Cuban and Protein Bar and Smith and Wollensky’s and Shoes by Lara and Red Robin Burger Works and Noodles and Co. not to mention Melt Shop around the corner…

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FG PoPville
11th and Florida Avenue, NW

Not such a gloomy morning after all!! Nice update from Florida Avenue Grill:

“We are very grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from the DC Community since the news broke that the Grill was facing foreclosure. You may have heard that we were forced to sue our lender for deceptive practices aimed at forcing us into foreclosure and that the Attorney General of New York is suing the same folks for allegedly defrauding tens of thousands of people. The NY AG said of them: “We will not allow companies to hold small businesses for ransom using lies and forgery.”

We are happy to announce that we were successfully able to fend off the foreclosure sale that was scheduled for the Grill. Unfortunately, even that comes at a cost as we incurred tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and accelerated our mortgage to a payoff in a year. We settled because the reality is that, even though we are right, we are not in a position to fund skyrocketing legal costs and survive a long court battle with a lender as litigious and deep-pocketed as theirs. These folks are responsible for 25% of all the general or consumer debt cases in New York and hold a whopping 40% of all the default judgments against people in New York County! Part of why the NY AG is going after them is that one of their alleged practices is to get default judgments against tens of thousands of people, many of whom don’t even know they are being sued until they find out their credit is messed up. (more…)

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1544 9th Street, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails/tweets/messages. The Washingtonian reported:

“Two and a half months after opening and less than two weeks after slashing prices, the Shaw Bijou has closed.”

I feel neither joy or pain. I feel nothing. Though I do feel bad for those who poured their hearts into it. Wishing better luck in their next endeavor. Updates when we learn what becomes of the space.

9th and q
9th and Q St, NW

blocked PoPville

I take three things very seriously in life – Bagels (and associated appetizing), Pastrami and Pizza. Wiseguy Pizza is the best slice in the District. So this aggression absolutely cannot stand. Wiseguy Pizza’s entrance has been blocked by prep for inauguration security:

“City couldn’t find anywhere else to put their concrete blocks. They closed the front of my restaurant. I hope this doesn’t stay like this until Thursday. It’s ridiculous. They must did this Sunday morning like 6am.”

Ed. Note: I don’t know if it’s the city or the Secret Service or the Guard but this is outrageous. So if you’ve got a hankering for some good pizza today (or anytime this week) show some love to Wiseguy and support local DC.

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3rd and Massachusetts Ave, NW

ten-tigers-popville
3813 Georgia Avenue, NW

From an email:

“Just in time for MLK Jr. day, I’m excited to share that Ten Tigers Parlour will be rolling out its new daytime menu starting at 11am this Monday, 1/16. Update: Thursday.

This includes a new selection of regional teas from China, Japan, Taiwan and traditional English favorites; the launch of TTP’s boba teas; and pastries from Kyirisan pastry chef Mollie Bird. While all daytime items are available for “grab & go,” complimentary wi-fi and outlets will also be offered to all guests looking to lounge.

PASTRY MENU – $4 per order (more…)

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Full menu here: la-puerta-verde-mock-menu (PDF)

From a press release:

“Completing Mindful Restaurant Group’s culinary trifecta within the historic and newly renovated Hecht Warehouse in the up-and-coming Ivy City neighborhood, La Puerta Verde (2001 Fenwick Street NE, Washington DC 20002; www.LaPuertaVerdeDC.com; @LaPuertaVerdeDC; (202) 290-1875) – a casual Mexican eatery paying homage to both Mexican cuisine and the many individuals owner Ari Gejdenson has had the pleasure of working with throughout his journey in the hospitality world as a restaurateur – will open to the public beginning with dinner service on Tuesday, January 17th.”

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Located in the newly renovated historic Hecht Warehouse, La Puerta Verde – which translates to ‘The Green Door’ – is simultaneously reminiscent of a traditional Mexican Hacienda and nostalgic to its Ivy City roots. Featuring 3,800 square feet (6,800 square feet total between the three connected restaurants including Ari’s Diner, DOCK FC, & La Puerta Verde), and seating for up to 85 guests – 60 in the main dining room and 25 at the bar – celebrated design gurus Eric Gronning – owner and principal of Gronning Architects PLLC (www.gronningarchitects.com) – and Tony Mize of Septcarres (www.Septcarres.com), teamed up to create a space that fuses traditional Mexican accents while maintaining the integrity of the Hecht Warehouse’s raw structure. The airy space with high ceilings features pops of bold colors including deep blues, earthy greens, warm oranges, and bright yellows, walls and flooring adorned with talavera tiles, and three large vibrant and original murals from DC-based graffiti artist and pioneer CHELOVE coexist amongst a backdrop of repurposed cargo containers, while still embracing rustic elements including the original warehouse columns. In Mexico the color green represents hope and Mindful Restaurant Group’s hope is that through their green door guests will find the perfect place to connect and enjoy the spirit of Mexico right here in the heart of Northeast Washington DC. (more…)