5037 Connecticut Ave, NW

You can see Comet Ping Pong set up a tent with heaters so they should be able to welcome lots of supporters all weekend!

#StandWithComet Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11.

Comet Ping Pong Pizza is a family-friendly neighborhood pizzeria that has come under attack in the age of fake news. On Sunday, December 4, the attack became literal when an unidentified man entered the establishment with an assault rifle.

Thankfully, no one was hurt. The assailant was arrested, identified as Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, N.C., and now faces multiple charges.

No doubt this awful event and the malicious mistruths spread beforehand have left the staff feeling unsafe and on edge. They need a little light in all this darkness.

So go eat at Comet Ping Pong this weekend: Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11. Thank the staff for being a part of our community. Tell them you have their back. Tip well. Post your support on social media with the hashtag #StandWithComet.

We are also asking that you patronize the businesses surrounding Comet that have been negatively impacted by this fake news crisis, including Politics & Prose, Little Red Fox, Buck’s Fishing & Camping, Besta Pizza, and others.

For those of you who don’t live in D.C. or can’t make it to the restaurant, but want to help, there will be a GoFundMe page, where interested parties can make donations to help cover the costs for damage to the property, the increased security measures now required, and the wages the restaurant covered out of pocket when they were shut down.

Some of the signs of support out front:



14th and Quincy St, NW

Thanks to Kenna for sending the photo of the new signage and paint job. Mark it, the new opening date is set for December 16th!!

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this is the El Sol reincarnation opening near Red Derby and Lyman’s on 14th (in the failed Quik Cash space.)

“Mexico City Street Food, Small Plates, Authentic Cuisine, Entrees, Fresh Ceviches, Weekend Brunch Specials, Craft Mezcal Cocktails – by chef Alfredo Solis, owner of El Sol, and his sister, chef Jessica Solis.”

3410 11th Street, NW

When KBC (Kangaroo Boxing Club) first opened on 11th Street back in 2012 they were riding the 2nd wave of the street’s revitalization. The excitement and anticipation was huge for BBQ from the (former) Porc food truck folks. They were instantly a smash hit, complementing next door neighbor Meridian Pint, the pizza centric Red Rocks across the street and fellow new comers Maple and The Coupe. Alas 2012 is a lifetime ago in District years and change is not uncommon. Props to KBC who were a big part of the block’s revival – following the closure of Acuario.


From a press release:

“After four-plus years, countless renditions of “The Victors”, three engagements (Mazel Tov!), and more Alex Combos than we care to admit (RIP Kevin Combo), Kangaroo Boxing Club will close its doors early January 2017. While we are devastated to have to close our doors at KBC, we remain dedicated to our wonderful staff and the neighborhood we still call home. With that in mind, we are working quickly to redevelop the space and plan to launch a new community focused bar and restaurant this summer.

Long-time bartender and friend, Carrie Dzwil, along with the team from Ivy and Coney, will be the creative force behind the new project. While the bar will be new, you can expect to see many familiar faces when we launch this summer. In the meantime, some of our KBC staff can be found at Ivy and Coney and the newly-opened Midlands Beer Garden. (more…)

740 6th Street, NW

It brings me great pleasure to share word that the recently opened On Rye in Chinatown is legit. Legit, legit. Now my pastrami bona fides run deep. Though my family originally hailed from Lodz, family folklore says some cousins were tight with Reuben Kulakofsky. Anyway Pastrami and Football that’s what Lodz does!!!


But seriously, not only was my sandwich mint – the space is great too. If you haven’t been yet, I’d definitely add to your list. Check out the full menu here.


More photos after the jump (more…)

Photo of 637 T Street, NW by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

Back in late October we looked at some awesome new murals at the old DC Postal (for a hot second) and Capoeira space in Shaw righ across from Right Proper Brewing and the Howard Theatre. We noted a restaurant ws coming and now we got a name – Kiss Tavern.

The liquor license application says:

“A tavern with a Total Occupancy Load of 99 seats. The Sidewalk Café will have a total of 24 seats.”

Stay tuned as always for an opening date.

Sfoglina inside the Park Van Ness building at 4465 Connecticut Ave, NW (at Yuma)

Finally!! Sfoglina is the pasta house from Fiola’s (et al) owner and Chef Fabio Trabocchi:

“Food binds us to each other. From the hands that prepare it to the friends you share it with, we cannot wait to spread the love in Van Ness!

Reservations are live! Find your table beginning Tuesday, 12/13″

Check out their menus here.