SW Waterfront

From a press release:

“The following is an updated list of restaurant and retail offerings coming to The Wharf in 2017, as part of the development’s Phase I grand opening:

Social Restaurant Group’s 9,800-square-foot concept La Vie, their largest venture to-date, will feature French-Mediterranean cuisine that includes an extensive moules-frites menu, a wide selection of sweet and savory tartines and a variety of coastal-inspired beverages. Situated along The Wharf’s most expansive and stunning vistas, their space boasts a 1,100-square-foot waterfront terrace, and serves the resident pool deck above. La Vie also includes private access to a 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, poised to be Washington’s premier events space.

District Hardware and Bike, the nearly 50-year old family-owned hardware store, full-service bike shop and now café and water sport retailer, is expanding from its current location in Foggy Bottom. Their new 6,300-square-foot location will be designed by Natalie Park Design Studio and is the latest in a series of expansions for the store, which has been owned and run by the Conway family for three generations. To strengthen the concept, District Hardware and Bike has teamed up with local coffee roaster, Vigilante Coffee, to help design and launch the new café and coffee bar.

Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits by Eric Rohleder is expanding from its current operation in Union Market. His 525-square-foot location at The Wharf will feature a water view and products from independent importers and boutique distributors across the globe.

America’s largest pharmacy retailer CVS will occupy a 9,000-square-foot space at The Wharf.

Earlier this year, The Wharf announced the first round of restaurant concepts: (more…)

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926 U Street, NW

From a press release:

“The District of Columbia’s U Street corridor is getting a new hangout this August at 926-928 U Street NW. Service Bar DC’s proprietors: Chad Spangler, Glendon Hartley and Chris Willoughby, are all veterans in DC’s bar and restaurant scene. Chad and Glendon (former president of the US Bartenders Guild DC Chapter) are also partners in the Menehune Group, a behind-the-scenes consultancy that specializes in building highly customized ice programs, bar programs and cocktail menus for some of DC’s favorite restaurants and bars (Ocopa, Provision 14, Bonfire, SOI 38, and MXDC to name a few). Their partner Chris, is a long time U Street business owner having owned the popular bar JIN on 14th and U St and before that, Mangos. Together they aim to bring a service-driven, neighborhood retreat with cocktails that will just happen to be, of the highest quality.

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Chad Spangler, Glendon Hartley and Chris Willoughby courtesy Service Bar DC

The bar’s concept yields from the service industry’s well-known “service bar” where the goal is to make a large number, and variety of cocktails, quickly and well. SBDC aims to define what is to be a casual, neighborhood cocktail bar with high quality cocktails, and a price range that says “see you back here tomorrow.” Featured highlights include an all-day happy hour menu with $7 Cocktails, $7 Pop & Ponies, buy-one-get-one shots and a “snug room”, modeled after the small, private drinking rooms of the 18th century Scottish and British pub culture. The SBDC Snug Room will have an intimate capacity of five to six guests, with a special window to the bartender, and offer a shareable cocktail menu exclusive to the Snug Room. (more…)

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9th and I Street, NW. Rendering via CityCenterDC

A couple weeks ago we saw that “Conrad Hilton Hotel site mobilization underway.” Lots more info from a press release:

“Hines, the international real estate firm, and Qatari Diar, the real estate development entity of the Qatar Investment Authority (the co-developers of CityCenterDC), Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) smart luxury hotel brand, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed today the start of construction of the Conrad Washington, D.C., a 360-room luxury hotel with 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space at CityCenterDC; the landmark 10-acre, mixed-use development located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Initial occupancy for the hotel is expected in the first quarter of 2019.

In addition, Hines, Qatari Diar and Conrad Hotels & Resorts are pleased to announce that Chef Bryan Voltaggio, of Fredrick, MD, will be the signature chef for the hotel restaurant, responsible for the concept and menu. Voltaggio is the executive chef and owner (with his business partner, Hilda Staples) of several acclaimed restaurants in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland, including VOLT, RANGE, AGGIO, Lunchbox and Family Meal. A James Beard Foundation Award finalist, Voltaggio was also a finalist on Top Chef Season 6 and Top Chef Masters Season 5, and is the co-author of VOLT.Ink and author of HOME.

The Conrad Washington, D.C. marks the seventh building developed by Hines and Qatari Diar at CityCenterDC. Not only does this represent an additional investment by Hines and Qatari Diar in the CityCenter project, it demonstrates the continued commitment to long-term investment in the nation’s capital. (more…)

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Georgia and Upshur Street, NW

Hallelujah!!!!! Slim’s is finally here:

“Today – Open from noon – 4pm
Tomorrow – Open from 7am – 4pm
Friday (we start our regular hours) – Open from 7am to 2am

Regular hours:
Sunday – Thursday 7am – Midnight
Friday & Saturday 7am – 2am”

Check out their menu: slims menu (PDF)

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922 N Street, NW – Rear in Blagden Alley

The liquor license placard says:

“A restaurant and bar serving a contemporary Hong Kong-inspired menu along with alcoholic beverages popular in Hong Kong.”

Updates as they get closer to opening in the former Rogue 24 space in between La Colombe and the coming Village Whiskey. Incidentally, the Village Whiskey construction is looking good:

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“Dear Former Neighbors,

As a favor to the folks who will simply stop reading and disregard whatever is written below based solely on race, let me save you the time and start by saying that my wife and I are black. I say this not to elicit snark or engender sympathy or because it should matter, but just as a basis of fact in a city where you can’t seem to have a conversation without taking race into consideration.

I moved here in late 2003 after college and a tour in the Marine Corps. Like so many other people, I moved to the region for work. I thought I’d be here for a short time but life happened, and I made the District my home.

Oddly enough, all of my positions and jobs were in MD or VA, but I was one of those who enjoyed urban living and made the reverse commute. I endured the embarrassing things our elected officials did and the backwater way our city operated because the urban-ish lifestyle seemed to be one that I should endure these things for.

We aren’t looking for a trophy or a gold star, but my wife (former Navy) and I (atleast on paper) are the kind of residents jurisdictions try to lure. Highly paid DINKS, we pay a lot in taxes but use relatively few public services as we’ve yet to have kids. We actively participated in and tried to improve our community. We both had spent years (5 and 7 respectively) tutoring DC middle and high school students in STEM courses. Kid-less, we still participated in the yearly DCPS summer “all hands on deck” to help clean, paint and landscape local schools before school started, occasionally volunteered at the local hospital, food banks etc.

I met my wife here. We started out buying a condo in Woodley Park, then made the jump and bought a row home in on Kenyon street in Columbia Heights in 2006. At the time, there were fewer people living or socializing in Columbia Heights. You were confronted by the occasional day-drunk and discarded used condoms on the sidewalk, but the neighborhood then was significantly different, and for the first few years we lived there and it was the picture of urban renewal. More than a billion dollars of private development in the neighborhood took form in a matter of a few years, and even more since. DC schools have always been atrocious but at the time we had decided to try to stay in DC regardless and simply “hope” that there would be significant short term educational gains, or resigned ourselves to pay for private school when the time came.

Then a few years ago the positive changes in Columbia Heights seemingly started to reverse. The streets of Columbia Heights filled with unbelievable quantities of trash. It was as though people from all over DC were coming to Columbia Heights specifically to throw trash on the street. The amount of crime skyrocketed. Robbery’s, assaults, burglary became a more frequent issue. Not a week went by in the last couple of years living there where at least one car on the short street I live on hadn’t gotten broken into. I had to get one of those roll down steel doors across the back of my lot because all of a sudden, out of nowhere 4 years after we moved in, people started breaking into homes via the alley. Nearly every house (15 in total over 6 months) on our block got hit, some twice and despite the cops taking prints and finding the criminals already had been in the system, there was seemingly no consequence to their actions. People also started defecating with some regularity in the alley and on the sidewalks. Constant pleas by the entire neighborhood to the ANC, the police the Council member go ignored for months and years. The only time someone from the ANC or Council gets involved is around election time, and the involvement stops immediately after.

At least 2 or 3 times a year I would walk out of my house in the morning to go to work and find some passed out / strung out guy on my lawn or adjacent neighbors lawn, covered in his own urine or vomit or actively hitting the crack pipe in the middle of the day. People started ripping out landscaping plants and bushes we (or my neighbors) had planted, apparently to take home and plant because they simply disappeared. Who does that?

A new and very visible drug trade has appeared in multiple places in the neighborhood. Unbelievably the most visible example is right at the Columbia Heights metro stop where it happens in full view of cops who sit there in their cars on their Facebook, or otherwise couldn’t care less. And I am not talking about weed here, but serious narcotics.

The straw that broke the camels back was when I apparently had the audacity to remind a young twenty something that my lawn wasn’t his trash can as he walked by and threw his discarded chicken wings on my lawn. I was standing less than 10 feet away when he did it and decided to ask him what he was doing.

Like all young thugs I’ve encountered, he “ran hot” which meant he went from zero to full-rage in about a millisecond. After ~20 seconds of screaming every four letter word and negative gentrification invective in the book at me (he and I are the same race but that seemed to elude him), he started towards me, pulled up his shirt to show me his gun and told me he was going to shoot me (I’ve actually cleaned that language up quite a bit, I will let your imagination run with what he really said). I grew up in rural VT, hunted in my childhood, spent time in the Corps and am extremely comfortable around firearms, but I had never had one pulled on me before, or the threat of it. I simply reacted out of fear, grabbed him by the neck with one hand, put my hand on his gun with the other so he couldn’t draw it and slammed his head into the retaining wall in front of my house while trying to disarm him. (more…)

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1020 19th Street, NW

Moxie’s soft opened in the former Retrospect Coffee and Tea space that closed last summer and was Java Green before that.   Moxie’s website says:

“JOIN US FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH, COFFEE OR DESSERT

At Moxie’s, you’ll experience a casual, friendly environment with great food and a relaxing atmosphere.

We have a different, modern and ecclectic menu to satisy both your naughty and nice cravings!
And remember to add one of our Handcrafted Signature Sauces to your entree.”

You can see all their menus here.

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Brookland Pint
716 Monroe Street, NE

From Drew Swift, General Manager of Brookland Pint (on Sunday):

“Due to an unfortunate incident today, effective immediately, Brookland Pint has a new pet policy:

Pets are no longer allowed on the property under any circumstance. As always, and in compliance with ADA requirements*, service dogs and their handlers will continue to be welcome.

We understand and are sympathetic to the pet-owning portion of the Brookland community who relied on our patio as a welcome space for themselves and their pets.  We have always tried to be as lenient as possible with regards to DC Health Codes** to accommodate everyone and regret that due to the events of today, we can no longer risk exposing our guests and staff to the potential hazards of substandard or inexperienced pet ownership.

Our purpose of writing is to explain this shift in policy and notify as much of the community as we can to prevent turning people away as a result of this shift.

This evening a 6-year old boy was bitten on the leg by a dog on our patio. A family was finishing their meal inside when the boy’s uncle went over to Filter for a coffee. On the patio, two women were sitting near the planters with their dog. Our pet policy up to this point has allowed guests with pets to sit around the edges of the patio, with the understanding that the pet needed to be outside the perimeter of the patio, marked by large planters. Inevitably, especially when food hits the table, some dogs creep past the planters and end up under the tables. This evening, two women had ordered their food, along with a hamburger to go that was brought out with the rest of the meal. They had cut up the burger and were feeding it to the dog under the table. The 6-year-old boy walked across the patio to meet his uncle at Filter, when the dog quickly became territorial, darted away from the table, and bit the boy on the leg. (more…)