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821 Upshur Street, NW

Ed. Note: Domku closed after a decade back in June.

From a press release:

“Anna Bran Leis and Shawn Leis who own DC Empanadas, announce the opening of their new concept, Taqueria del Barrio, in the Petworth neighborhood early 2017.

The modern taqueria will serve lunch and dinner with a solid bar program and then start brunch a little bit down the road. Anna has tapped cocktail expert Chris Martino to run the bar program and will have Mikey Torres in the front-of-the-house as General Manager. In the kitchen, Anna will be the Chef, as well. The menus will be comprised of tacos, tortas, a bar menu with appetizers, and traditional Mexican entrees as well as traditional desserts with a twist. Everything is going to be very authentic and scratch made, down to the tortillas. (more…)

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I was having an interesting discussion with a friend about what our red lines are and what would compel us to take to the streets if they were crossed. So first let me ask how many folks are planning on attending the Women’s March on Washington the day after the inauguration?

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

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This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.


If you are going are you concerned at all that there could be violence since it is so close to the inauguration? If you are going, anyone bringing kids? If so, what age do you think is appropriate?

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And if you do not plan on marching, have you thought about what would compel you to march at some point, if any?

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courtesy Stanton & Greene. 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE by Remy Canario

From a press release:

Stanton & Greene is taking inspiration from its location in the heart of Capitol Hill and relaunching itself as a craft cocktail bar that celebrates the history, heritage and flavors of these United States. The centerpiece of this rebranding is a new cocktail menu that consists of two historical recipes and ten original cocktails each directly inspired by a different amendment in the Bill of Rights (see guide for details) .

Complete Cocktail Menu (PDF)

The two historical cocktails are Benjamin Franklin’s Clarified Milk Punch, recorded in a 1762 letter to James Bowdoin, and Martha Washington’s Cherry Bounce, a favorite of George Washington’s. A taste of these drinks is literally a sip of history. The list of original Constitutional Cocktails embraces the history of American drinking as informed by mixologist Remy Canario’s extensive background reading (see bibliography) and research at the Library of Congress, emphasizes ingredients native to North America (e.g. Concord grapes and black walnuts), and evokes flavor profiles familiar to all Americans (e.g. apple pie and peanut butter & jelly). The result is a menu that is highly accessible, but also full of novel flavor combinations and fresh ideas including: craft versions of two of the most humble of drink orders, rum & coke and vodka & red bull, the use of stickers as a medium to incorporate the scent of essential oils into a cocktail; ingredients with medicinal properties; and a 100% local cocktail. (more…)

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3714 14th Street, NW at Quincy

So they underestimated the reopening date. It will be worth the wait for the El Sol reincarnation! Stay tuned for an exact opening date, (I’ve sent an email for confirmation) possibly Dec. 1st according to their website:

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“Mexico City Street Food, Small Plates, Authentic Cuisine, Entrees, Fresh Ceviches, Weekend Brunch Specials, Craft Mezcal Cocktails – by chef Alfredo Solis, owner of El Sol, and his sister, chef Jessica Solis.”

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looking north towards Red Derby and Lyman’s Tavern

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From a press release:

“Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner invite you to the groundbreaking ceremony for McMillan Sand Filtration Site, a project delivering jobs, housing for all income levels, neighborhood-serving retail, a large public park, health care facilities and more.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, 11 a.m.
Where: McMillan Sand Filtration Site (North Capitol Street and Michigan Ave, NW)

Please note this is an outdoor event. Enter the ceremony site from North Capitol Street NW just before the intersection of Michigan Ave NW.”

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3900 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on this big development news from Nikkei Asian Review:

“The Japanese developer likely will pay 10 billion yen to 20 billion yen ($88 million to $176 million) for the building and roughly 40,000-sq.-meter property located 10 minutes or so from the White House by car. Sekisui House plans to remodel the 60-year-old brick structure into a shopping center while maintaining its stately facade, as well as build luxury condominiums on vacant land.”

Update Full press release:

“Roadside Development, a privately held commercial real estate firm and its joint venture partner NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), are pleased to announce the purchase of the iconic Fannie Mae Headquarters located at 3900 Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, DC. The acquisition includes a 228,000 square foot building and approximately 10 acres of land. (more…)

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Almost exactly a year ago we got a preview of a phenomenal map about the history of DC buildings. Of course the map was immediately taken down for some reason. Well it is back and in full effect! Thanks to Betsy for sending from the DC Office of Planning:

“The D.C. Historic Preservation Office announces the launch of HistoryQuest DC, a GIS-based web map that provides historical data on approximately 127,000 extant buildings in Washington, D.C. The historic data is easily retrievable and can be queried and mapped, providing a new tool for illustrating the city’s building history and patterns of urban development.”

As I said the first time we saw it – Warning a serious time suck in the best of ways for those of a particular proclivity. Perfect for this rainy day!!

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3000-3002 12th Street, NE

Well this is gonna be a helluva transformation – the liquor license placard for Primrose says:

“A neighborhood bar serving French cuisine with a strong wine focus. Seating capacity of 66 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 97. Summer Garden with 26 seats. No entertainment, performances or dancing.”

Updates as they get closer to opening.

Previously the Silvestre Cafe and note the Bail Bonds upstairs:

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12th and Hamlin St, NE back in 2010 or so