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A few readers pass on the following email:

“My son, Joe Madden, has been missing since Monday. Joe is 23, about 6’1″ and 170lbs. Hazel eyes. Last seen in NE Washington, DC on Monday morning Sept 29 around 10:30 am. We have filed a police report but there’s nothing else the police can do. None of his friends have heard from him since Sunday. He doesn’t have his phone with him.

If you have seen him or have any information that might help us find him, please let me know. And share widely. Help.

Gwynne
gkostin(at)gmail.com”

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11th and M St, NW

Ed. Note: The building home to the laundromat at 11th and M St, NW pictured above went for sale for $2,999,000 in 2012. Will update when we find the exact location for the future Phonation restaurant.

@catiecat tweets us the big news:

“@PoPville my fave food truck @DCphonation told me they are opening a real restaurant at 11&M, maybe by end of year! #Awesome #BahnMis”

Check out DC Phonation’s menu here.

Their website also says:

“Phonation was created with an innovated vision where Rachel hopes to unite people through the famous and authentic taste of Vietnamese cuisine: pho and banh-mi. The menu also features a Mexican and Vietnamese fusion cuisine called the Burrito-Banh-mi that was inspired by a former employee. All that tasty freshness originally found in the famous BBQ pork and chicken banh-mi can now be savored in a simple tortilla.”

Any other fans?

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3321 Connecticut Ave, NW

Lots of folks have been emailing about the new paint job at the former Lavandou space in Cleveland Park next to Nanny O’Briens. Word on the street is that it’s going to be the new home of Coppi’s. Their website currently says “Updated contact information coming soon!”

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But perhaps of greater interest is news of who’s going to take over Coppi’s (and Utopia’s) old space on U Street. Washington Business Journal reports:

“District Distillery recently sought approval to open a combination distillery and restaurant at one of the city’s hottest intersections, 14th and U streets NW, according to plans submitted to the D.C. Zoning Administrator. The concept would encompass more than 7,000 square feet at 1414 and 1418 U Street, formerly home to Coppi’s Organic and Utopia restaurants, respectively.”

Updates when progress is made:

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1414 U Street, NW

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U Street looking towards 14th

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465 K Street, NW

From Kushi‘s facebook page:

“It is with great disappointment to announce that Kushi Izakaya & Sushi is closing. Our last day is this Sunday, September 28th.

There have been many new friends that have walked through the door since we opened four and a half years ago, and we leave with fond memories. We truly appreciate all of the loyal customers that have supported us all this time.

With one door closing, another door opens for us as we look forward to the future and new opportunities. Please stay connected to our Facebook page and website for news of our next project coming soon.

Thank you all and we hope to see you again.”

CityPaper’s Jessica Sidman reports:

“Norris is already moving on with another Japanese concept. He says he’s signing on a lease this week for the former Homemade Pizza Co. space at 1522 14th St. NW.”

HomeMade pizza closed back in June at the corner of 14th and Church St, NW. Updates when the new Japanese restaurant gets closer to opening:

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1522 14th Street, NW

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3211 Mt Pleasant St, NW

That was fast. Zabver in the former Adam Express space soft opened on Sunday. Like Adam it’s still a small carryout space but the menu looks good. In a brief chat I was also told that the owners are the same folks from Asian Spice in Chinatown. Though the menu is likely to change a bit you can check out the soft opening menu after the jump. Anyone stop by for an early taste? (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

“Detectives from The Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have announced an arrest has been made in connection to an Armed Robbery/Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun.)

After a joint investigation was conducted by MPD and the FBI, 27 year-old Robert Russell of Northwest, Washington DC, was arrested on Friday, September 26, 2014, at approximately 7:00 pm, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Robbery while Armed and ADW (Gun), in connection to the robbery that occurred on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, in the 300 block of K Street, NW.

Subsequent investigation led to Mr. Russell being charged with Robbery while Armed in connection to the robbery that occurred on Thursday, September 25, 2014, in the Unit block of New York Avenue, NE.

MPD and the FBI continue to investigate similar cases that Mr Russell is believe to be involved in.”