Willie's Brew & Que
300 Tingey St, SE

Last week ANC Rep David Garber tweeted that the long awaited Willie’s Brew & Que was finally hiring. Now, these photos were posted to Willie’s facebook page. If the BBQ is any good this could be another a great addition to Navy Yard. They are located at the opposite end of Bluejacket brewery in the Boilermaker building. Stay tuned for an opening date.

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From an incident on H Street, NE earlier in the week

The week started with a serious dirt bike accident in Columbia Heights, followed by scenes of 100+ ATVs and Dirt Bikes spotted all over town and ends with, as predicted by many, a very serious incident injuring a pedestrian.

WJLA reported:

“[The driver of the motorbike] popped the wheelie and I guess her shirt or something got caught on his handlebars and he lifted her into the air with the bike and somehow the bike threw her off, right in front of my car,” he recalled. “I seen her, like a bullet comes toward my car, so I stepped on the brakes.”

Cheek said he found her partially underneath his car, not moving. Her injuries were extensive – a broken pelvic bone, broken tailbone and a left broken leg, among other injuries.

In the meantime, her cousin said the biker crashed as well – but she said he stood up, looked back and laughed before jumping on the other rider’s bike and escaped.

Read the full report here.

After reading that story a reader writes:

“After last night’s incident, which could have in all likelihood killed this victim , I would like to know how we as a community can ban together and get some serious changes to the laws and enforcement. We cannot sit back and watch these people terrorize our neighborhoods and streets any longer without consequence. Why does it take a near fatal hit and run to bring about change?”

Another reader shares a conversation they had with MPD after the earlier reports posted here. MPD responded:

“I understand your frustration and don’t agree that we are more concerned about illegal riders than residents…we are acting within our scope of policy and safety for all ….we will continue to use surveillance via the helicopter and try to identify the perpetrators/arrest when we can …. Also seize those vehicles that are on public space when able to do such safely .. This is a challenge for all of law enforcement.

you may call 911 and MPD would respond to this however we will not pursue them/chase them around the streets.”

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13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW via Aria’s website.

Thanks to a reader for sending word:

“I wonder if they’re being pushed or are jumping. I hope there’s something interesting in the wings for such a tough but cool space.”

Aria tweeted earlier this week:

“After 10 years, Aria will be closing its doors on Sept 30. Thank you to our patrons and employees for their support over the years.”

Anyone check them out?

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Back in July we heard some scuttlebutt that some Portuguese flame-grilled chicken could be headed toward the western end of H Street, NE.  It’s official – Nando’s Peri Peri is coming to 411 and 413 H Street, NE. The folks from Nando’s tell me “we will be opening a new Nando’s in spring 2015 (hopefully in May) on H Street NE.”

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1603 17th Street, NW corner of 17th and Q

While we’re waiting for the Indian Cultural Center to come to U Street, a piece of India has already dropped in Dupont. Thanks to those who sent emails about Pansaari opening on 17th Street.

Their website says:

“We will be an Indian food and spice market, cafe, and cooking school, serving the Dupont area with fresh, authentic Indian ingredients.”

This place is awesome.

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Lots more pictures of the inside after the jump. (more…)

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3118 Georgia Ave, NW

A reader asks:

“do you know anything about coffee/bar replacing Ma Ma’s at 3118 Georgia?”

Back in March we learned that a new bar with ping pong tables would be taking over the space. A new permit posted out front says buildout for a new “coffee shop/bar”:

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Sounds like in the morning they’ll be a coffee shop and transition to a bar at night. Keeping my fingers crossed on the ping pong tables…

Ed. Note: A new coffee and deli spot is also slated to come nearby to the former Tibet Shop at 3213 Georgia Avenue, NW.

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Looking north towards Kenyon

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1380 H Street, NE

Holy canoli – finally a new tenant for the Ohio Restaurant. Ed. Note: Somebody must save those signs!! Just saw this sign for Oh Zone Lounge in the front door:

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It’s not clear if these are the real menus or just a place holder but it’s on the website listed in the sign. Updates when they get closer to opening.

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14th and H Street, NE

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2477 18th Street, NW

A couple of weeks ago we noted that it looked like Federal had closed for more than repairs. Thanks to @Julie32BJ for tweeting us the photo above from Adams Morgan Day. A tipster told me some more details about the plans on Saturday and if it weren’t for the fact that I may or may not have drank my weight in the champagne of beers shortly after that conversation, I’d be able to remember what he said. At any rate a “music house and record cafe” sounds awesome. I look forward to remembering/learning more about it. Updates when they get closer to opening.

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19th Street south of Dupont Circle

Interesting update on the former Baja Fresh space next to Buffalo Billiards in Dupont from Washington Business Journal:

“California-based Pizza Studio is the latest brand to enter the fast-casual pizza market in D.C., signing a lease for the former Baja Fresh space in Dupont Circle.

An 11-inch personal pizza costs $7.99. Customers choose one of five crust options, which include a whole grain and a gluten-free, and then move on to choices for cheese, sauce and unlimited toppings.”

You can see their full menu here.

WBJ says they are hoping to open in November – stay tuned.

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looking north on 19th Street towards Dupont Circle