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14th and Irving St, NW part of DCUSA

Thanks to all who sent emails about the action in the former Tasti D Lite space which has been vacant since August 2012. A permit in the window says it will be a Deli and Coffee Shop from Zombie Coffee.  Interestingly I know FroZenYo has a partnership withZombie Coffee. Of course a FroZenYo is already located nearby in the Columbia Heights Plaza. So it’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. Stay tuned.

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1927 Florida Ave, NW

The Post Express finds out who’s taking over the former Visions Theater (briefly AED):

“The studio, slated for 1927 Florida Ave. NW (formerly the home of Visions Cinema Bistro), will be Flywheel’s 33rd location.”

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Flywheel’s website says:

“This is the workout for you.

Whoever you are.

The workout that offers a chance to achieve something more.

The step up onto a custom engineered bike.

And ride as hard as you dare.

The Flywheel indoor cycling ride includes climbs and descents, while working arms with weighted bars. It’s an amazing escape that challenges your body and relaxes your mind.

Our music playlists are choreographed to each class and make the time fly.

Our instructors lead the way, suggesting target resistance levels and RPM’s to strive for. But YOU decide exactly what’s right for you by controlling the technology on your bike. And your performance stats are made available in your private account on our website.

You’ll ride just once before you understand completely, “Why Flywheel?”

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You can see last week’s most popular posts here.

Major Progress at Pub and the People hoping to Open in Bloomingdale in February

Smashburger Closes in Dupont

Grilled Oyster Company joining Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, Raku and other retailers at Cathedral Commons

Rep. Andy Harris Not Welcome at Capitol Hill Bikes

Holy Cow this is really Happening! Colony Club, “coffee shop, bar and ping pong club”, coming to Georgia Ave

Black and Orange (fomerly Rogue States Burgers) closes in Dupont, 24 hour Surfside opening around the corner in January

Metrorail service suspended in both directions due to water main break

Dupont Underground Signs Lease With D.C. for Abandoned Trolley Station

“Starter Condos” on H St, NE start in the “mid $300,000’s”

McDonald’s Gets a Paint Job at 14th and U

Atlas Brew Works Offering Beer in Cans

Wake for the Burgundy and Gold at Lou’s City Bar this Saturday

Glover Park Hardware Closing Jan. 15th after 10 Years – Hopes to find new Location

The Barbies are Back in Full Christmas Gear

Epic Edgewood/Brookland News: ‘Dew Drop Inn’ Tavern from owners of Wonderland Coming to space above Chocolate City Brewery/Chocolate City closing at the end of the year

One Eight Distilling (D.C.’s First Vodka and Whiskey) Grand Opening Sat., Jan. 10th in Ivy City

“OFFICIAL: D.C. United will finally have a home of its own, right here in DC, at Buzzard Point.”

Scuttlebutt: The Heights Sold in Columbia Heights? The Counter Burger Coming? Ed. Note: Sale confirmed.

Heads Up – Do Not Drink/Use Water Advisory for Parts of Shaw/Logan/U Street

Update on Bistro coming to Woodridge – Nido Restaurant opening this Spring

Dolcezza (and other official retail) coming to CityCenter

Very Cool“real-time customer information displays at four bus stops in preparation for a wider rollout next year”

Jose Andrés, “I have long respected Donald Trump for his business acumen and am proud to partner with him to create a truly remarkable, fine dining restaurant in the city”

More Jose Andres NewsBeefsteak, “vegetable-focused fast casual restaurant”, opening in GW’s new new Engineering Hall in February

Shooting at Georgia and Quincy near the Petworth Metro at 12:50pm

Sad News for another Long Time Adams Morgan RestaurantMeskerem For Sale

Phenomenal! Metro video spoofing the Matthew McConaughey Lincoln Ads

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@dcwater tweets the good news (and photo above):

“The advisory has been lifted. #shawdc #logancircle

Residents should flush their water for 5 minutes to remove any old water in their lines. #shawdc #LoganCircle

We will continue to look for the source of the contamination but our flushing program has worked according to two EPA certified labs.”

From MPD:

“The DO NOT DRINK advisory has been lifted for affected DC Water customers. Customers in the affected portion of Northwest DC should flush their household or commercial plumbing before using tap water for all purposes. Please see the interactive map at www.dcwater.com or at http://bit.ly/1xrvzFM to review the boundaries of the previous impact area.

DC Water lifted the DO NOT DRINK advisory after confirming that the drinking water meets EPA drinking water standards. DC Water tested water samples from multiple sites in the affected area after extensive flushing was conducted in the pipe system. IMPORTANT***DC Water and EPA strongly urge you to flush water through your home or building by following the instructions outlined below: (more…)

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3118 Georgia Ave, NW

On Monday I was overjoyed to share an update about Colony Club, “coffee shop, bar and ping pong club”, coming to the former Ma Ma’s Southern Cuisine space by Georgia and Kenyon St, NW. I was able to get in touch with the owners who say if all goes well they should be able to open by early February. I was curious about the ping pong aspect and they share:

“We’ll probably just have one indoor table to start (space is tight!). We’re going to have a professional caliber table (probably from Joola) and gear. We’ll have a system for reserving the table, certain times will be open play, and we’ll host tournaments and a league. In keeping with everything we’re doing, we welcome people to take it as seriously (or not) as they want.”

Lots more updates as they get closer to opening.

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“After years of guest requests, America’s third oldest, continuously operating restaurant, Tadich Grill, is opening on the East Coast in the first quarter of 2015. The DC location will be on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street, NW, at the pulse of the political district, just as the original is in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district.

“The DC restaurant will reflect the soul of the original Tadich Grill, but will not be a replica, as original icons cannot be replicated. We plan to bring the same consistency in quality and attention to detail in food, beverage, service and ambiance to the district’s power players,” revealed General Manager Ron Robbins.

Staying true to its roots, the Tadich Grill tradition of fine seafood and meats grilled over mesquite, established in San Francisco over 165 years ago, will continue in Washington, DC. Under the direction of Executive Chef Wil Going, menus will be prepared from scratch and printed daily, serving the freshest seafood, meats, poultry and produce available. Much like the original, diners will find authentic elements such as artisan glass, mesquite broilers, wines from California vineyards and those famous white-jacketed servers at the DC location.

“The rich past of Washington, DC aligns perfectly with what we wanted for Tadich Grill’s first location on the East Coast. We look forward to introducing our West Coast flavor and traditions to our nation’s capital,” said Rick Powers, managing partner and COO of Tadich Grill Development Company LLC.

Upon opening, the restaurant will offer dinner Monday through Saturday, with lunch service to follow in the subsequent weeks. One distinctive difference is that Tadich Grill – Washington, D.C. will take reservations.

The DC location is currently hiring for all front and back-of-the-house positions. Applications may be submitted to Rick Powers at rpowers@tadichgrill.com or 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 102, Washington, DC 20004.

About Tadich Grill

Tadich Grill’s history dates back to 1849, during California’s famed Gold Rush, when three Croatian immigrants set up a coffee stand on Long Wharf in San Francisco. They served fresh fish grilled over mesquite, to the merchants, sailors, and argonauts that frequented the pier, a technique that the San Francisco restaurant still utilizes today. Over a century and a half later, that coffee stand is now one of the world’s most iconic restaurants, exemplifying tradition, longevity, and history. The Washington, DC location opening in 2015 will be the first outpost of Tadich Grill. To learn more about Tadich Grill, visit www.tadichgrill.com.”

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1658 Columbia Road NW via Potter’s House

From an email:

“After weathering some significant delays we are excited to announce that we are 6-8 weeks from reopening! As construction is wrapping up we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise money for initial startup costs.

The Potter’s House is a not-for-profit café, bookstore, and event space Adams Morgan. Since opening its doors in 1960 it has been a key place for deeper conversation, creative expression, and community transformation. After closing last year for major renovations we’re excited to reopen with a completely redesigned space and new offerings.

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The new menu will change seasonally, be sourced locally whenever possible, and draw from the diverse cultural and culinary streams that make our city great. Daily pay-what-you-can items will ensure that all who enter our doors can enjoy a delicious meal. A third wave coffee and tea program will feature Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Tea.

Books

The bookstore will focus on social issues, cultural studies and progressive spirituality. And we’ll offer curated selections of literary fiction and poetry, alongside great books for children and youth.

Community

Community is at the heart of this entire project. We want to be a catalyst for justice and healing in DC through our programs and gatherings. Our discussion tables, issue forums, and film screenings will amplify efforts for social justice and explore the spiritual practices and cultural traditions that sustain them. Our live music, spoken word and storytelling nights, and rotating gallery will highlight the diversity of the city and celebrate its creativity.”

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3115 14th Street, NW

Yesterday’s scuttlebutt about The Heights being sold has been confirmed. From a press release:

“The Heights, Columbia Heights’ neighborhood restaurant, is set to change owners by the start of 2015, with the concept to remain intact. Having gone under contract earlier this week to local restaurateur Ammar Daoud, the deal will transpire once license transfers are complete. Daoud, who has over 20 years of experience operating casual dining brands in the U.S. and internationally, plans to keep the restaurant operational as the neighborhood-centric place it has been for the past seven years, with all staff remaining.

The Heights is currently under the ownership of EatWell DC, which owns and operates four other neighborhood restaurant concepts: The Pig, Logan Tavern, Commissary and Grillfish. Upon completion of the contract’s transfers, EatWell DC will focus on these restaurants as well as explore future endeavors within Washington, D.C. A priority remains growing its produce farm, EatWell Natural Farm, located in La Plata, Maryland.

The Heights’ eclectic American fare and emphasis on locally sourced, fresh ingredients and craft beer and cocktails will continue, but Daoud’s vision does include a menu update in the future and to create a more alfresco dining experience. The Heights will continue to honor EatWell gift certificates through March 31, 2015, and this year’s New Year’s Eve offerings will remain as previously publicized.”

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10th and H Street, NW

A tipster with a very good track record sends word that a Dolcezza is coming to CityCenter. A nice compliment to RareSweets? Update: Thanks to the kind souls who pointed out that Dolcezza is listed on the coming soon section on CityCenter’s website. Ok then! Here’s that full coming soon list for others who’ve been sleeping:

Caudalie Boutique Spa
Coming Soon

Centrolina
Coming Soon

CH Carolina Herrera
Coming Soon

David Yurman
Coming Soon

Dior
Coming Soon

Dolcezza
Coming Soon

FIG & OLIVE
Coming Soon

Louis Vuitton
Coming Soon

mango tree
Coming Soon

milk bar
Coming 2015

momofuku
Coming 2015

Paul Stuart
Coming Soon”

Dolcezza’s latest expansion was to Logan Circle (after opening their factory by Union Market) at 14th and P St, NW in June.

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