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2024 P Street, NW

A reader reports:

“Beer & Welding sandwiches in Dupont is closed. I stopped by today, the Oasis Market guy said that they were “undergoing a change in management” or something to that effect and could re-open in a few months. It didn’t seem promising.”

Beer and Welding sandwich shop opened up in Oasis Market back in April with very positive reviews. Their last day was Jan. 22nd.

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1711 Florida Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on the sad news:

“The former Localat space – Hans Pedr Kaffe. Done. Spoke with the owner just a few minutes ago. Sign on Door cryptically reads Closed -Thanks for Coming. I happen to be walking by when someone was leaving. She is engaged in the depressing process of cleaning things up and out.”

Hans Pedr Kaffe took over the Locolat space back in March. They will be missed. Hans Pedr follows news of Casa Oaxaca closing in Adams Morgan after today. Hoping to share better Adams Morgan dining news soon.

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Rendering of 1146 3rd Street, NE courtesy Douglas Development Corporation

From a press release:

“Today, lovers of the outdoors learned that the country’s largest consumer co-op and specialty outdoor retailer, REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), will open its fifth flagship store in late 2016 at the site chosen by President Eisenhower for his inaugural ball and by the Beatles for their first concert in the U.S. The REI flagship will serve the fast growing outdoor community in the region, including more than 281,000 REI members who live in and around Washington, D.C. already.

The new REI will be a place to inspire, educate and outfit people who want to live more of their lives outside no matter their skill level or outdoor interest. It is being designed collaboratively. Representatives from the outdoor community are spending time together Wednesday evening to preview and discuss emerging plans including the store design, educational outdoor classes and partnerships with local non-profits, which are the foundation of all REI stores because they help REI members gain access to great places to play. (more…)

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819 Upshur Street, NW

Full press release:

“Jamie Leeds, Chef/Owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar is announcing her newest concept, Twisted Horn. The cocktail and small bites bar is slated to open at 819 Upshur Street, NW in the Petworth neighborhood of DC.

Leeds has tapped Megan Coyle as the General Manager who will also head up the cocktail program. Megan currently serves as the Beverage Director at Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont. “I am excited to help support Petworth and become a deeper part of such a great neighborhood.” says Coyle “Jamie has a really cool vision. I am proud to be a part of it.” A few highlights of Coyle’s cocktail list are Dance of the Seven Veils (Mezcal, cocchi torino, currant and orange oil jam, whole egg, topped with saffron), Ghostwood Development (gin, port, Sapins aperitif, Salmiakki Dala, egg, fresh nutmeg, black pepper), and Louisiana Purchase (cognac, dry and red vermouth, Bénédictine liqueur, muddled cucumber).

Chef Leeds’ opening menu will be perfect for snacking all night long and guests will be greeted with an old-school touch—jars of pickled eggs on the bar. The menu reads elegantly but it is still fun. Herb Puffed Escargot is very fancy but at Twisted Horn it’ll be served on a stick! Other items include Hank’s Mac n’ Cheesy Fritters, Tuna Melt Crostini, and French Onion Dip with Chips. If you are feeling indulgent, some other items will include Togarashi Dusted Tempeh, Toasted Marcona Almonds, Lemon Fried Olives, and Cheese & Charcuterie. Leeds is keeping things in the neighborhood by going “micro-local” with ingredients as much as possible. Straw, Stick & Brick Delicatessen, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, and Qualia Coffee are some of the neighbors from whom Leeds will be sourcing.

A reincarnation of an old church, the entire space will be new. “I’ve always dreamed of owning a really cool bar. Since my recent move to Petworth, I wanted to create a neighborhood bar that I can hang out in and meet my neighbors.” The interior architecture and design will be created by Lauren Winter and Brian Miller of Edit, in collaboration with Streetsense. Some of their most notable porjects have been Hank’s Oyster Bar on Capilal Hill, Red Hen, and Daikaya. The décor at Twisted Horn will feel edgy and industrial, yet welcoming and candlelit. The bar will have 30 stools, with an additional 10 seats at high-top tables. There will also be an outdoor patio for approximately 40. Leeds plans to have a wood-burning fire pit on the patio for toasting marshmallows and enjoying cozy cocktails.

Hours will be 5 pm to 2 am, 7 days a week. Leeds is very excited about this project and hopes to open in Spring of 2015. More information to come but for now, folks can get up-to-date with the progress by going to Twisted Horn’s page on Facebook or by following @twistedhorndc on Twitter.”

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918 F Street, NW

From a press release:

EquityEats, the DC-based equity crowdfunding platform for restaurants has signed a lease for 5 floors of historic National Union Building at 918 F Street NW, Washington, DC, for its forthcoming restaurant popup complex, pending landlord approval. The space will allow up to five concurrent month long pop-up restaurants, bars, and quick-service concepts in addition to cooking classes, short term popups, and other culinary events.

LivingSocial did an amazing job building out the most beautiful event space in downtown DC that people loved going to. We’re really excited to re-open it and create a 17,000 square foot restaurant popup complex that the DC community is excited about coming to on a regular basis.” EquityEats CEO Johann Moonesinghe said “Yesterday, Bluebird Bakery’s popup in Georgetown sold out all of their inventory in four hours and there was a line out the door, so we know here is demand for pop-ups. We wanted to create an experience where people can try the newest culinary concepts and interact with the chefs behind those concepts.”

The experience will cater to the most adventurous foodies and discerning investors. “We will encourage patrons to explore all the space has to offer,” EquityEats COO Chaminda WIjetilleke explains. “Unlike other pop-ups, which change locations and sometimes sell out before most can buy tickets, we will function more as a foodie’s equivalent of a movie theater. Diners will buy tickets for the different concepts in advance, and there will always be something new coming to the space on a consistent basis.” (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jordan Barab

From an email:

“I thought you’d like to know that the District of Columbia’s Office of Revenue Analysis is starting a new blog, District, Measured, www.districtmeasured.com. The blog will feature our research on economic trends shaping the city.

Our first post features research on which residents stay in D.C. and which leave. Recently, two of my colleagues wrote on whether first-time parents are leaving the city at rates similar to the past and showed that new parents today tend to leave the city at rates similar to the new parents of early 2000s.

In this new study, we ask: what kinds of economic and demographic characteristics explain a District resident’s decision to stay in the city? To see that, we tracked people filing taxes in the District between 2004 and 2012. The main findings are below and I’ve attached the study to this email:

· The District’s population is transient. Only 23 percent of the 42,257 tax filers who first filed in 2004 remained on the tax rolls in 2012.

· People tend to stay if there is a change in the family structure. Singles tend to leave and those who change their filing status, for example, because of a marriage, tend to stay.

· Family dynamics matter beyond marriage. We have shown elsewhere that the first child plays an important role in the decision to move out of the city. A second or a third child increases the probability that families will stay.

· The District attracts high-income residents. Among those who were in the highest income quintile when they arrived in the city in 2004, 41 percent were still found on the tax rolls. Only a quarter of filers who were in the lowest income quintile, however, were still on the tax rolls in 2012.”

Full report below:

Family Structure Study (PDF)

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2100 14th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

The last two night walking up 14th on the way home from work around 6:15/6:30 I noticed Diego is closed. Inside visible from street but only by emergency lights and all the chairs are turned up on the tabletops. No sign in door. Interestingly enough the lounge upstairs IS open. Have you heard anything?? Two nights in row sounds odd. Not sure about last weekend as my outings did not take by there.”

They closed this weekend – they shared the news on Friday:

“It is with our most sincere apologies that DIEGO will be closing after this weekend. Please join us one last time for our freshly made guacamole and margaritas.

Diego will be open for brunch and Dinner ALL WEEKEND! We will see you soon and thank you for the many memories!”

Diego opened up at 14th and V St, NW in the former AM PM Carryout space back in July 2013.  They had a troubled start closing shortly after opening only to open a few weeks later with a new chef. Were there any fans?

Flashback to 2010:

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2106 18th Street, NW

Last week a reader sent a link to an online auction of their kitchen goods and today from Casa Oaxaca:

“Dear Amigos,

Casa Oaxaca will be opening its doors for the last time on Friday January 30. Thank you for over 7 years of amazing dishes, moments, and memories in Adams Morgan — we could not have done it without your support!

We hope to see your friendly faces during our last week of operations. Food and drink specials will be on the menu from Tuesday, January 27 through Friday, January 30.

Relocation and a brand new concept (with the same authentic flavors of Mexico) are in the works! In the meantime, come enjoy our famous mole sauces and award wining margaritas at our sister restaurants — Guajillo and Don Lencho — in Virginia. We will also be refocusing our efforts on our full catering services. (Call us at 240-586-1102 for more details.)

Hasta luego,
Karen Barroso y Rolando Juarez
Owners”

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Photo via Woodland’s Vegan Bistro Facebook

Thanks to a reader for sending word from earlier in the week. Woodland’s Facebook has a couple of photos posted Jan. 25th:

“They could have chosen to eat anywhere, but they chose us. ‪#‎WoodlandsVeganBistro‬ ‪#‎GoVegan‬ ‪#‎NuVeganCafe‬ ‪#‎KayneWest‬ ‪#‎KimK‬ ‪#‎BETHonors2015‬”

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s pretty cool. Must be something about vegan restaurants attracting the power players – back in October Stevie Wonder visited Evolve Vegan in Takoma.

Side note: New condo next door to Woodland’s is looking good too on the 2900 block of Georgia Avenue, NW:

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