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Photo of last weekend’s DCCX Cyclocross race on the Soldiers Home Grounds by PoPville flickr user hi_my_name_is_tats

Interesting update on the Old Soldiers Home (AFRH) from the Washington Business Journal:

“The Armed Forces Retirement Home could be ready to select a team this summer to remake a substantial portion of its 272-acre campus in Northwest D.C., nearly a decade since it raised the prospect of letting private developers build on an unused part of its campus near The Catholic University of America.”

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2214 Rhode Island Ave, NE

Thanks to all who sent emails with this potentially great news from Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street saying if all goes well the owners of Boundary Road will build a:

“neighborhood bistro featuring shared plates with a Mediterranean lean, eight craft beer lines, small but eclectic wine list and thoughtful cocktails.”

One ofBoundary Road’s owners Karlos Leopold and former Boundary Road Manager Erin Lingle tell me that “we expect the purchase to be completed before the end of the year.” If it turns out anything like Boundary Road – this’ll be an incredible addition to this emerging section of Rhode Island Ave, NE. Updates when the deal is sealed and construction progresses.

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1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW

A late night pizza option for southern Dupont. As promised, &pizza is taking the first step towards opening on the ground floor of 1215 Connecticut Ave, NW by late 2014/early 2015. [Note: Rosebar (formerly Current Sushi) remains open on the second floor and outside deck].

The placard says:

“The total Occupancy is 52 with a sidewalk café of 11 seats.” and hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 7 am – 2 am, Friday & Saturday 7am – 3 am.

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Looking north on Connecticut towards Lucky Bar and Dupont Circle

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La Colombe’s Blagden Alley Spot, technically 924 N Street, NW

Exciting tweet from @nevinmartell:

“Head’s up coffee lovers! @LaColombeCoffee will open a new cafe w/ a cupping room at 6&I NW early next year.”

Also happy to see @LaColombeCoffee retweeted it.

La Colombe opened their first DC location in Blagden Alley back in February next to Rogue 24.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user J Sonder

From a Destination DC press release:

“Today Lonely Planet, the esteemed international guidebook publisher, announces Washington, DC as their pick for the world’s best city to visit in 2015. America’s capital was selected for its volume of accessible culture, diversity and great value. This honorific decided by Lonely Planet’s in-house expert travelers joins recent pronouncements, notably Forbes magazine’s anointment of DC as the “Coolest City in America.” With exceptional inventory: new hotels, restaurants, attractions, shops and transportation options expected to open in the next 24 months, Washington, DC is positioned to delight domestic and international visitors.

“2015 is a fantastic year to visit Washington, DC and that’s why it was chosen as our #1 city in Best in Travel 2015″ says Tom Hall, head of content for Lonely Planet. “The pomp commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination makes next year big for DC. Add that to its hip neighborhoods, incredible eats, venerable performing arts scene and iconic museums, like the Smithsonian Institution, and the nation’s capital is looking more epic than
ever.”

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3321 Connecticut Ave, NW

A few weeks ago I reported some scuttlebutt that Coppi’s Italian restaurant (formerly of U Street) would be taking over the former Lavandou French restaurant next to Nanny O’Briens in Cleveland Park. On their facebook page they say: “We will be making the grand reopening announcement within the week. Getting closer!”

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3226 11th Street, NW

From co-owner Nick Pimentel:

“Our name is a hat tip to the fishing village of Saint Malo, Louisiana. In the late-18th century, Filipino sailors deserted Spanish galleon ships plying the trade between Manila and Acapulco. They settled in Saint Malo, establishing the first permanent settlement of Filipinos in what is now the United States.

Bad Saint’s debut pop-up is in the works.

The restaurant will open on 11th St NW in Columbia Heights this winter.”

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Photo via Bad Saint’s facebook page

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108 Rhode Island Ave, NW

It’s been a while since we heard about El Camino coming to Rhode Island Ave by Boundary Stone – but I took a peek earlier in the week and they are nearly finished with the buildout. I was told if all goes well they should be able to open by the end of the month. El Camino is the:

“full-service restaurant featuring traditional-style Mexican food with a variety of Latin cocktails, by the partners behind 1905 Bistro & Bar as well as Tony Lucca and Phil Rodriguez also of Sticky Rice DC.”

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and around the corner is Costa Brava.

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1837 1st Street, NW

The even longer wait for Spanish tapas serving Costa Brava looks to be coming to an end too. Sign is up and construction seems to be wrapping up as well. Their facebook page says:

“Barcelona meets DC Lounge!”

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113 Rhode Island Ave, NW

And across the street from El Camino is Showtime who have applied for “a sidewalk café with an occupancy load of 6 seats”.

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3907 14th Street, NW

Happy Thursday morning!!! Back in July 2013 Rib Pit (the lounge had been closed for years) had closed at the corner of 14th and Randolph St, NW and was for sale.

From the Washington Post:

“The restaurateur duo of Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks (Jackie’s, El Chucho, Bar Charley) have another concept in the works: a casual Italian restaurant opening at 3907 14th St. NW in spring 2015. The restaurant’s working name is Little Coco’s.”

Ed. Note: It’s not clear if Little Coco’s will take up just the former Rib Pit Lounge space or the Rib Pit as well but obviously we’ll have lots of updates leading to their spring 2015 opening – can’t wait to learn more!