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1015 7th Street, NW

“Acclaimed Washington D.C. Chef Eric Ziebold will bring two new restaurants to the city come Winter 2015. Designed by Darryl Carter, Kinship, will be located on the first floor of 1015 Seventh Street NW in an historic building dating back to 1907. In the bi-level space, Métier, a second restaurant, will offer an intimate dining experience with partial views of the kitchen. Both restaurants will commit themselves to offer creative and contemporary American cuisine with a continued dedication to hospitality.

Kinship will be Chef Ziebold’s vision of what the modern American restaurant can be and will offer an à la carte menu celebrating the rich diversity of influences that have come to shape American cuisine. The restaurant will offer 70 seats plus a 15 seat bar with lounge area. Ziebold has described Kinship as a more relaxed version of CityZen, with a new menu.

Kinship and Métier are the restaurants of Chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent. From September 2004 to December 2014, Ziebold was the Chef at CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Throughout that time, the restaurant was awarded the coveted Washington Post Four Stars rating and was the only AAA Five-Diamond-rated restaurant in the city. In addition to being named one of the Best New Chefs in the United States by Food & Wine Magazine in 2005, Ziebold took home the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” in 2008.

Partner Célia Laurent has worked with many celebrated chefs and restaurateurs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Stephen Starr. Involved in the art of the table from a very young age in her native France, Laurent holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management and has been following her passion for hospitality ever since: caring for guests, helping create memories and mentoring a team is what is important to her.

A Washington D.C. native, Darryl Carter is a leader in the design world, recognized for his restrained, distinguished, and livable environments. Known for seamlessly mixing the modern with the classical, his design feels effortless, current and lasting all at once. Darryl and his team have played a key role in defining the personality of the restaurants from day one, making design elements intimately woven with the experience Eric and Célia wish to provide to their guests.”

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“Acclaimed Washington D.C. Chef Eric Ziebold will bring two new restaurants to the city come Winter 2015. Designed by Darryl Carter, the restaurants will be located in the Mount Vernon – Shaw neighborhood at 1015 Seventh Street NW in an historic building dating back to 1907. Accessible by private elevator, Métier will offer a unique and emotional dining experience revolving around a seven-course tasting menu influenced by seasons, travel, culture and history. With partial views of the kitchen and a private salon, Métier will feel intimate with only 36 seats. The restaurant will be opened Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.

Métier and Kinship are the restaurants of Chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent. From September 2004 to December 2014, Ziebold was the Chef at CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Throughout that time, the restaurant was awarded the coveted Washington Post Four Stars rating and was the only AAA Five-Diamond-rated restaurant in the city. In addition to being named one of the Best New Chefs in the United States by Food & Wine Magazine in 2005, Ziebold took home the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” in 2008.”

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7th Street looking north towards the former Passenger location

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355 Cedar Street, NW

A reader reports:

“Gone: My Little Bistro. Central American chicken and sandwich shop.
Incoming: Takoma Yucatan Chicken.”

Old Takoma Business Association reports:

“TACO-ma
353 Cedar St, NW (formerly My Little Bistro)
Tacos and Yucatan chicken plus beer, wine and margaritas.
From the owners of Roscoe’s Pizzeria.
Opening date: TBD

The SpiceSuite
6904 4th St, NW (formerly Sitea Tea)
Spice Bar and Lounge
Opening date: Friday, September 4th.
http://www.thespicesuite.com/”

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via google maps

Via the Brookland listserv regarding shots fired around 2:30/3pm Monday afternoon:

Resident:

“Can I get some more information about the gunfire my husband witnessed on Evarts near 12th and the subsequent getaway via scooter? There were buses and lots of people present for pick up. Thankfully, it appears no one got hurt.

The dispatcher was not interested in my husband’s call, (“It’s already been reported, thanks.”) And the cop cruised by without lights on. NO URGENCY FOR GUN FIRE NEXT TO A SCHOOL??? The school security guard had to jump out and yell at the cops to get their attention and ask if they showed up for the the shooting.

Can I please get some type of explanation or clarification?”

MPD reply:

“At about 230 pm, units from the Fifth District responded to the sounds of gunshots in the area of 12th and Evarts. Units conducted a canvass for shell casings with negative results; however, a witness reported seeing one suspect b/m 20’s white tank top riding a red scooter in the area and possibly involved. A subject matching that description was observed a short time later in the area of 7th and Franklin, but made good his escape from the area without being identified. Noyes Elementary School delayed release for approximately 10 minutes while this matter was being investigated.

At about the same time, School Resources Officers requested assistance for unruly persons at the Brookland Metro. Units responded and 2 arrests were made, 1 juvenile and 1 adult. A red scooter was observed leaving that area as well, but the persons on the scooter were not the persons arrested..

There were no injuries or damage to property reported as a result of this incident.”

Resident:

“The reports of no damage to property are not accurate. The shots were fired closer to 3:00. The timing is important because buses and parents were already lining the street for dismissal. Also inaccurate, a bullet was found lodged in the rear side of the brand new car of our neighbor (the car was facing rear to the east) and it had a smashed window. Whereas the guy who jumped on the scooter was shooting in the opposite direction (shooting to the west and running east). It seems as though shots were fired from the group of 8 kids who who ran up Franklin, resulting in the bullet(s) in the neighbors car. My husband witnessed the scooter kid (wearing a white t-shirt, not a white tank top) run down the street with the gun out, jump on the red and white scooter driven by another kid, and duck while he drove away across 10th and on the next block of Evarts.

It took the police about 5-10 minutes to show up. No lights. No urgency. The school security guard had to jump out in the street in front of the police car to get it to stop. So perhaps none of the contributing details of the story matter to the “investigation”.

There was a shoot out right in front on my house and at dismissal of an elementary school between two or more individuals. The safety of my family, my neighbors, the Noyes students, their families and the bus staff that was on the street demands that something be done to address this situation. Please advise us on our next steps.

We have multiple shooters outside of a school and it barely commands a casual stop by an officer.”

MPD reply:

“No one called to report damage so I can only report the information as reported by victims. Please advise your neighbor that they should make a report.

It seems that you have very valuable eyewitness information. It is always critical for ‘first person’ eyewitnesses to call immediately so that we can operate and make strategic decisions using the most reliable and thorough information available. We had a sighting on the scooter during that time. Had this information been more punctual I could have used it to weigh in my decision as to whether the officers could chase the vehicle.”

Resident:

“Then why were there so many police out there last night looking at her car?”

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“From my husband regarding the shootings at 12th and Evarts:

I DID call as soon as I saw that the shooter had left. I stated that there was shots fired. I stated that i saw a young man running down the street WITH a gun. I was informed by the dispatch that a call had already been placed. I was asked what did the shooter look like. That was all. Can’t be more “punctual” than immediate. I am surprised that someone didn’t ask me again “how long have you lived here”?
There is a bullet lodged in my neighbors car. There were several police cruisers working that last night. They took pictures of it. Did they not report it? Did you not look to see if there was a report? Speaking of living here, I spoke with my neighbor last night, she stated that in her 53 years of living here, she has not had this level of deadly violence on Evarts.
Do you not believe that shots were fired? Obviously they were, as my neighbors car has a bullet lodged in it. The time to interview was yesterday as the police cruiser slowly approaching the school and was waived down by a bus driver.
I see that your union has placed a vote of “no confidence” in our police chief. I am happy that this is something that needs to take the time of all the MPD. Your internal strife, either real or manufactured, has apparently hindered your ability to discern a true emergency. THERE WAS A SHOOTOUT IN FRONT OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MINUTES BEFORE DISMISSAL. You guys decide to have a work slowdown to voice your opinions while the citizens who pay your salaries suffer as a consequence? OHOD make you angry enough to ignore a shootout at an elementary school?
If that doesn’t warrant 10 police cruisers with lights and sirens, what does?
Stop blaming the citizens for the violence being perpetrated in their communities when they call upon the MPD to do their sworn duty. Multiple calls were made, they were immediate, some descriptions were made, cruisers were flagged down. What more is possible without the MPD help?
Your replies seem to blame the very people who are calling for your help. This incident is NOT OUR fault. Its not the fault of the 5 year olds that go to school at Noyes. It’s not the fault of their teachers or parents or bus drivers or the people who reside on Evarts.
Whats the next statement, “buy a gun”? Only heard that several times by law enforcement..

FWIW, we’ve had numerous situations with violence and other dangerous activity in our neighborhood over the years. We try to report, but at some point it just gets sickening to hear some of the responses. For example:
– The number of times we have been asked by officers “How long have you lived here? (13 years, but I’m not sure why that matters) Do you know the neighborhood?”: 5 times (maybe 6 but I stopped listening)
– The number of times we have been asked by officers “What did you do to bring this on?” 3 times
– The number of times we have been told by officers to have a gun in the house to protect ourselves: 2 plus one additional time where the officer told use we needed to do “whatever it takes” to protect our family.

In other words the police have given us advice to break the law, eluded to us being outsiders who deserve problems, and tried to incite victim shaming as a reason from criminal behavior in our neighborhood.

I really and truly want to know what we are supposed to do.”

Update from MPD Chief Lanier:

“Good afternoon everyone,

As I am reading the email chain below, I too am concerned. Thank you for including me. Following yesterday’s event we have certainly increased the police presence in this area and will conduct an aggressive follow up.

I am going to follow up with Commander Fitzgerald on our initial response and he is going to send a patrol officer back to the area very shortly to specifically follow up, go door to door and ensure we include and gather any additional information from yesterday’s incident. If you can please send contact information for your neighbor whose car was damaged, we will follow up with him/her directly.

Please rest assured that we, as an agency, take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and are not advocating that you in any way shape or form break the law or don’t deserve fast, expedient and thorough responses from MPD when we are called upon for assistance.

Again, Commander Fitzgerald will contact you shortly.

Cathy L. Lanier
Chief of Police”

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1220 Connecticut Ave, NW

Update: An incredibly good source tells me that the bourbon place will be located on the second floor and on the first floor we can expect a Cava Grill and a Citibank.

Finally word of a replacement for the prime Bertucci’s location vacant since Sept. of last year. The liquor license placard for DVL says:

“Light fare to mix with rare bourbons. No hood for food service. DJ and bands on occasion depending on the event. No nude performances. No dancing provided. Seating for 30 and Total Occupancy Load of 250.”

Updates when more details are known.

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3211 O Street, NW

From Crumbs and Whiskers:

“The past two months have been incredible. With your help, we have fostered over 40 cats, adopted 23 cats, and put smiles on the faces of thousands of people. Cheers to that!

But, we have also learned a lot about how we can improve. We have spent the past two months listening very carefully to everything you’ve had to say, and it’s now time for us to make some changes. So here they are:

Max Number of People: We are reducing the number of people we allow in the café at once by nearly half to eliminate overcrowding. That being said, please remember that weekends and some weeknights will still feel busy because they are our peak hours. If you would like to visit us during slow hours, we recommend weekday mornings/afternoons and late evenings.

Café Experience: We are eliminating the previous food ordering system, and are instead including complimentary coffee and tea (self serve) with your cover charge. We will also feature macarons and other treats from a neighborhood bakery for those of you with a sweet tooth. No more waiting around for orders to arrive.

Cover Charge: Starting today, August 29, our cover charge will be $15 per reservation. This charge will include complimentary coffee and tea. Due to the significant reduction in our capacity, we have no choice but to implement a small increase in our cover. We hope you’ll understand.

Seating Options: We have added additional seating options in the cat café – there are more chairs and benches for those of you who are not stoked about floor seating.

We are making lots of smaller changes as well, but these are the big ones we want you to know about. We really want you to have an amazing time at the cat café. Email us (kanchan@crumbsandwhiskers.com) if you visited Crumbs & Whiskers when we opened and did not have good time. We have some ideas on how to make it up to you.

PS. We just discovered that a lot of you really like yoga. And cats (obviously.) You know what’s coming next…”

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From the Mayor’s office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser released the following statement in support of MPD Chief Cathy Lanier:

“After 25 years of policing DC streets, deploying officers and strategies, and building a force of highly qualified officers and leaders, in the good times and the tough times, too, I have every confidence in Chief Lanier.”

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From the DC Police Union:

Members of the DC Police Union were asked the following question:

“Do you have confidence that Chief Cathy Lanier is able to properly manage the resources of the Metropolitan Police Department and keep the citizens safe?”

The members had the choice of answering YES or NO.

1,150 members responded to the poll and 1,122 answered NO, they do not have confidence in Chief Lanier‘s ability to manage MPD and keep the citizens of the District safe.

That‘s an overwhelming 97.5% that answered NO; they DO NOT have confidence in the Chief‘s leadership.”

You can read the full release here: DCPU Press Release (PDF)

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23rd and M St, NW

Not sure how to process this one but I played squash I’d be pretty psyched. Previously we learned:

“This fall EastBanc will break ground on Squash on Fire — a $12 million, state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot indoor squash facility as an integral piece of the $200 million West End Library and Fire Station mixed-use residential project. When completed, Squash on Fire will include eight courts and a full-service restaurant situated atop of the newly renovated fire station.”

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Across the street from Room 11 at 3301 11th Street, NW at Lamont

Thanks to a tipster for sending word, and other very reliable sources confirm, a new market with wine and beer (and lots more) is coming to the old Arthur’s space from some of the owners of Room 11. Lots more info when more details are known. But given that it’s coming from folks affiliated with Room 11 – I’m gonna mark this as very, very promising. Stay tuned.