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2333 18th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending. I didn’t even know Carriage House has closed! But this has the potential to be a very nice replacement – Johnny Pistolas’ website says:

“Johnny Pistolas is a Mexican Taqueria Bar serving up delicous LA Style Tacos, Signature Craft Cocktails in a fun and inviting atmosphere.”

Check out their menus here.

They will be opening this Friday at 5pm!

Ed. Note: Good timing on our Friday Question of the Day about DC’s best tacos.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Rukasu1

From a press release:

“New outdoor concerts will be presented in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden as a prelude to the upcoming concert season. Inspired by the beloved summer tradition of Jazz in the Garden, concerts take place at noon and 1:00 p.m. on Sundays during the month of September. Watch summer turn to fall while enjoying live music and a delicious brunch menu at the Pavilion Café. Served from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m., the tempting menu includes scrambled eggs with chives, breakfast pizza, granola and yogurt parfait, fresh fruit, mimosas, and more!

On September 7, the U.S. Air Force Strings will play 19th-century French and American music in honor of Degas/Cassatt; on September 14, Ricardo Marlow and Ensemble will entertain with Flamenco music and dance; on September 21, Seldom Scene provides lively strains of bluegrass; and on September 28, the National Gallery of Art Wind Ensemble plays music by Andrew Wyeth’s favorite composers in honor of Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.

There are six public entrances to the Sculpture Garden: one on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, three on 7th Street (one directly across from the Gallery’s West Building entrance), and two on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets NW.”

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13th and F Street, NW

Earlier in the year we learned that Mastro’s was coming to the former M&S Grill space downtown. The new liquor license placard says:

“Applicant requests an expansion of seats from 220 to 420 and entertainment endorsement to include dancing. Total occupancy load of 520.”

Mastro’s website says:

“Mastro’s collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club Seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience…”

You can see their Chicago menu here.

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1780 Columbia Rd., NW

A liquor license application placard has been posted outside the church where the new hotel will be coming in Adams Morgan:

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New full-service hotel with two restaurants featuring meeting and event spaces, gym, spa and swimming pool. Dancing and live entertainment will be offered for booked events such as wedding receptions. Roof top summer garden seating 460 patrons. Hotel has approximately 220 rooms.”

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1817 Columbia Rd, NW

1817 Columbia Road has been the home Evolve, Marrakech Lounge, and briefly Mudbugz and back in late June we found out Taan had also closed.  We learned the space  would be taken over by the folks from Cashion’s and called Pop’s Sea Bar. Their facebook page says:

It’s official… we’ll be open to the public on Sept. 4th! Casual, boardwalk-inspired seafood bar and restaurant. Eat. Play. Imbibe.”

And they’ve also posted their menu:

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EaterDC reports:

“Pop’s will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, with plans for a happy hour menu to come. The restaurant will be open Sunday-Thursday 12 p.m. to midnight. And, Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.”

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517 H Street, NE

From a press release:

“Restaurant front and back-of-the-house veterans Jared & Arthur Ringel are set to open DC Harvest on September 2nd. A dream come true for both, Jared, who will manage, and Arthur, the chef and veteran of such lauded kitchens as Vermillion, Vidalia and most recently Hank’s in Dupont.

The restaurant, located at 517 H Street, NE in the area’s ever more populated H Street NE neighborhood, will feature local products in a menu that will change seasonally based solely on local products from the foodstuffs to the beers, wines and libations. Look for beers such as DC Brau, Port City and Flying Dog, libations like those of Catoctin Creek and Don Ciccio & Figli and a variety of local vintages on the wine list. The menu, which will frequently change depending on local ingredient availability, will feature homemade pastas and include livestock, fish and produce from local seas and area farms—nothing from outside of the area. Brunch and dinner as well as a late night menu will be served.

A sampling of the dishes on the opening menu include half dozen local oysters on the half shell with watermelon mignonette ($14); Virginia Fluke crudo with marinated cucumber, celery, Maine Uni and chili ($11); ricotta kale Agnolotti with confit yellow tomatoes, eggplant and marjoram ($10/$18); fresh spelt linguine with house-made spicy lamb sausage, Swiss chard and garlic bread crumbs ($11/$19); Zataŕ roasted turkey breast with Swiss chard, kamut and shitake mushroom ($21); Crispy Quinoa Cakes with broccoli rabe, shitake mushrooms, confit yellow tomatoes and Allegheny Chevre ($19); and pan-roasted scallops with beans, corn cherry tomatoes, garlic chive and chili ($25). Additional sides, daily plates and desserts including honey walnut tart with thyme, fomage blanc and fruit on the menu.

“It has been a long two years of hard work for us to get DC Harvest open,” Chef Arthur said. “I am so excited to get into my new kitchen and get cooking. The quality of the local products coming from our area farmers and fishermen is at its peak right now. It’s going to be a lot of fun cooking with these ingredients for all of our customers.”

DC Harvest’s ‘modern farmhouse’ ambiance designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense, is rustic yet casually contemporary with a 10 seat, Carrera marble-topped wooden bar on the street level and a total of 50 seats on two floors with an open kitchen dining area on the second floor. The ceilings boast wooden beams, some original to the venue, with walls are adorned with earthy textured wall coverings and whitewashed original brick. Wooden floors below and brass fixtures above create the somewhat bucolic finished look.

“We can’t wait to share DC Harvest with everyone. Our seasonally based Modern American cuisine and carefully selected domestic bar offerings will be like no other, Jared says, “our ‘modern farmhouse’ decor will be uniquely inviting and appealing. Both Arthur and I look forward to opening and being a part of the H Street neighborhood.”

The restaurant will soft open September 2nd, serving only dinner the first week and then add brunch the following week.

DC Harvest is located at 517 H Street NE and is open for dinner – Sunday -Thursday 5 pm-11 pm; Friday & Sat 5 pm-2 am and Brunch – Saturday & Sunday 11-2:30 pm. Reservations are available through Open Table, by phoning 202-629-3296 or by logging into http://www.dc-harvest.com/.”

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first floor

More photos after the jump. (more…)

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1015 7th Street, NW looking south toward Chinatown

Washington Business Journal with the big scoop:

“After 10 years at the acclaimed CityZen restaurant in D.C.’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Executive Chef Eric Ziebold is striking out on his own. The chef has signed a lease for a 6,000-square-foot space at 1015 Seventh St. NW. The restaurant is aiming to open in the second quarter of 2015.”

Updates as they get closer to opening.

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7th Street looking north towards the Passenger

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Following yesterday’s news of the Giant grocery store’s big win comes word of the name of the new Mintwood Place restaurant coming to City Market at O. The original Mintwood Place is in Adams Morgan. Washingtonian reported:

“The previously untitled Shaw restaurant from the Mintwood Place team now has a name: Convivial. Chef Cedric Maupillier says he and co-owner Saied Azali were drawn to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of the word: “relating to, occupied with, or fond of feasting, drinking, and good company.”

They also say Convivial, to be located at 801 O Street, NW, hopes to open early next Spring. Stay tuned.

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1645 Connecticut Ave, NW via google street view

“Dear PoPville,

The Dupont Five Guys which had a sign [back in March] saying it was temporarily closed for a few months has replaced that sign with a permanently closed sign. Real similar to what happened to the potbelly’s right down the street that is now the Custom Fuel Pizza shop.”

Ed. Note: The Dupont location has also been removed from the Five Guys website locations.