2414 18th Street, NW

Thanks to a tipster for sending word that the former Shawarma Spot has been leased to Yamas Mediterranean Grill. This will be Yamas’ 2nd restaurant in DC – they opened one at 16th and U on New Hampshire back in May 2014. The Shawarma Spot most recently closed back in August after a roller coaster of openings and closings. Stay tuned for an opening date for Yamas when it’s announced.

2017 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Washington, D.C.’s thriving hospitality scene along the U Street Corridor is receiving a new addition that is a nod to the past.  Public House Collective, a New York-based hospitality management and consulting company, and operators of two New York City nightlife destinations, The Rum House and Ward III, announced today the opening of Quarter+Glory, marking its first venture outside of the New York market. Quarter+Glory is slated to open in mid-December at the corner of 14th and U Streets.

Conceptualized by Public House Collective’s principals, President, Ryan P. Burke and Chief Creative Officer, Kenneth B. McCoy, Quarter+Glory will be a modern take on the classic American watering holes of earlier generations; where all walks of life convened over carefully crafted drinks and good conversation in a convivial atmosphere.  Robert Yealu, who was recently named to D.C.’s first-ever “30 Under 30” list from Zagat, will serve as General Manager.

rendering courtesy Quarter+Glory

Quarter+Glory embodies the spirit of creative types of a past era coming together — whether it be journalists, poets, actors, novelists, or just the neighborhood raconteur – to converse about their individual crafts and the unique creative process that connected them. In that vein, Quarter+Glory borrows its name from an alleged secret New York literary society said to be started by famed playwright Eugene O’Neill. As lore would have it, the members would gather in old waterfront bars and conclude each meet by raising their glasses and pledging, “give me Quarter and Glory!”

“Quarter+Glory is truly an authentic ode to the bars of old New York that my father owned and operated, where folks from a cross section of society gathered to share great drinks and conversation with whomever happened to stride up to the bar,” said McCoy.  “We chose D.C. as the place to take our first step outside of New York because the city has such a distinctive energy that feels very much in tune with our own.  I think it’s fair to say that Washington, D.C. also captures the essence of Quarter+Glory, ‘Dignified for the Discerning and Bold for the Courageous.’”

At the core of Quarter+Glory is a menu of 23 cocktails, comprising both classics and house originals, which will rotate seasonally. (more…)

819 Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“Restaurateur Jamie Leeds is thrilled to open The Twisted Horn in the Petworth neighborhood of D.C., which will be led by General Manager Megan Coyle of Hank’s Oyster Bar. The craft cocktail bar officially opens in December 2015, located at 819 Upshur Street, NW, 20011. The menu highlights seasonally driven cocktails made with local ingredients, house infusions and innovative combinations, in addition to a number of bar bites and locally sourced snacks.

The opening beverage list features unique drinks such as Scarlet Billows, Blackwell Rum, Camparno Anitca, Fresh Blood Orange Juice; Ghostwood Development, Jensen Old Tom Gin, Sapins Liqueur, Port, Salmiakki Dala Scandinavian Fernet, Whole Egg, Black Pepper Nutmeg; and Black Hat, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Grapefruit Juice, Housemade Cinnamon & Clove Demerara Syrup, Angostura Bitters. In addition, the menu will include classic cocktails as well as rotating beer and wine lists. Bartenders will serve up craft beers such as Day of the Dead Hefeweizen or Atlas Rowdy Rye and several varietals of wines will be available by the glass or bottle. (more…)


A reader reports:

“Dacha posted two signs stating that their liquor license has been suspended from November 23 to November 29. All the picnic tables have been removed.

I wonder whether it relates to Dacha’s recent troubles with ABRA, or maybe their new grocery store?

The notices themselves don’t explain the reason for the suspension besides boilerplate about noncompliance with Title 25 of DC Code or Title 23 of the Municipal Regulations, both of which deal with alcohol. And the ABRA Board website hasn’t yet posted any orders addressing this particular suspension. What do you think?”

The Washington Blade reports:

“The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Nov. 4 issued a $42,500 fine and a 21-day license suspension…The ABC Board was expected to allow Dacha to stagger its suspension period over multiple dates between now and next spring so that it won’t have to close continuously for 21 consecutive days.”



Holy smokes I guess the marketing strategy worked…

From a press release:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans joined Events DC – the convention and sports authority for the District – to announce six new retail and restaurant tenants that will soon occupy spaces that have been vacant for years at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. These businesses will bring highly anticipated economic activity and jobs to Washington, DC, and more community services to the Shaw Corridor.

By filling 100% of the available space at the Convention Center’s street-facing retail establishments, Events DC is demonstrating its dedication to the Shaw community, while contributing to the continued economic vitality of the District. Collectively, the leases with these businesses represent a 10-year revenue of $7 million.

Future tenants coming to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, include the following establishments:

· Unconventional Diner, a locally owned and operated high-end diner concept and brainchild of two DC residents/business owners.

· Union Kitchen Grocery, a locally inspired corner market that will be expanding the brand’s footprint to the Shaw neighborhood. Union Kitchen Grocery has an existing location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

· Smoked & Stacked, a fast-casual sandwich shop that will showcase in-house brined and smoked pastrami.

· Morris, a craft cocktail bar, featuring notable DC-based chef and restauranteur, Spike Mendelsohn. This cocktail bar will be an expansion from their Sheppard concept which had its original location in Dupont Circle.

· Urban Athletic Club and Composition ID, a motivating and inspiring fitness marketplace and health diagnostic center. Urban Athletic Club has previously existing locations in both Georgetown and Glover Park.

· A Barbershop Concept that will relocate their pre-existing location in the Shaw neighborhood.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Paul Sirajuddin

Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing the Drug War:

“On Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7pm on the NW-side of the Washington Monument, a vigil for healing the chasms and scars of the drug war will begin. We invite you to join us for a multi-day Vigil on the National Mall.

This Vigil will offer space for community building, information sharing, art, music, healing, and celebration. (more…)