07/24/14 11:20am

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11 Dupont Circle, NW

Some incredibly big scuttlebutt was reported by Elevation DC earlier this week:

“The store’s website [Mrs. Greens natural food store] had (now removed) a “Coming Soon” page for a Dupont Circle location at 11 Dupont Circle NW, the office building on the circle’s northwest corner, with a retail component (where there’s currently a Books-A-Million) on the ground floor. That building was put on the market in May, and the retail space was put on the market around the same time.”

Mrs Greens website says:

“Mrs. Green’s Natural Market is a neighborhood store, passionately committed to clean, natural foods. Dedicated to health and sustainability. Devoted to customers who care deeply about the foods they eat.”

Back in January 2012 I wondered about the long term future of this Books a Million.

Which would you rather have in this location Books a Million or Mrs. Greens?

07/23/14 3:55pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Thought I could send along some progress pics from the storage container apartments going up on 7th street in Brookland/Edgewood. As you can tell these will be in my backyard basically. My roommate and I are less than pleased at this going up in such a residential area and are confused as to why the neighbors didn’t put up more of a fight? We just moved here in April so we had no idea this was happening. I’m interested to see how/if they plan to make this stick out less on this beautiful street. It’s four levels high. Couldn’t get one from the front because they have the street blocked off for construction today.

I’m all for more affordable housing, but I’m pretty “not in my backyard” about this lol.”

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Updates as construction progresses. Here’s a report from NBC Washington:

“on Seventh Street, 18 six-ton shipping containers are being stacked to make 24 one-bedroom apartments mostly for student housing.”

07/23/14 11:45am

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3147 Dumbarton Street, NW

Back in January we learned that this former Cowboy Western Wear store would become UTB Boutique selling “sexy wear”. Now it’s become Cafe Mayo – which actually could become a “hidden gem” – check out their Five Spice Beef Brisket:

I stopped for a breakfast sandwich which was quite simple and good – and the prices are right:

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They also have Banh Mi:

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07/22/14 10:22pm

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2031 Florida Avenue, NW

From Veritas’ facebook page:

“It is sad to say that after almost 7 years, it is time for Veritas Wine Bar to say goodbye. Our last day will be Saturday August 2nd. Thanks to all our wonderful guests, amazing suppliers, winery friends, and our staff that have made it a great run. See you for a glass before we go!”

‏@barredindc hears it could be replaced by something called McClellan’s Retreat. Updates when more info is known on the replacement.

Were there any fans of Veritas?

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07/22/14 10:20am

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1939 12th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits are pleased to announce that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the owner of 1939 12th Street to open an upscale liquor store to serve the needs of the growing U Street Neighborhood. The group filed paperwork with ABRA in late June to open a Class A store and hopes to open its doors in early October.

Gallagher & Graham plans to specialize in craft beers, organic wines and selectively distilled spirits in addition to the staples. “We will carry a few of the name brands but really want to allow Washingtonians to sample some of the great products coming out of this region.” Said Tucker Gallagher, longtime U Street resident.

Gallagher, formerly in corporate marketing, has teamed up with his cousin, John Graham, a newly minted MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship. They are excited for the challenge of serving a changing neighborhood.

Mr. Gallagher came up with the idea while shopping for a dinner party: “The area east of 14th lacks a store where you can buy a fine wine for dinner, a decent craft beer to watch the game or a top shelf liquor to make cocktails. We want to be the first and only stop when U street resident are stocking their bars and wine cellars.”

In addition to serving the needs of the average customer, the duo hope to benefit from the recent trend in artisan products: “We want to help educate our customers about what they are drinking as well as introduce them to new brands. The craft spirit industry has really taken off in recent years and small batch products are in many cases better than the name brands people are familiar with.” added Graham.

“U Street has changed dramatically in the past 10 years and our neighbors are demanding more refined products for a cultivated palate.” Gallagher said “We look forward to providing a variety of quality products for the inquisitive gourmet.”

The store, to be located at 1939 12th Street, hopes to open in October upon approval of ABRA and input from local groups.”

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07/21/14 2:02pm

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1216 18th Street, NW at the corner of Jefferson just off Connecticut Ave

From a press release:

Sauf Haus Bier Hall, located at the corner of Jefferson and Connecticut Avenues in Dupont, will officially open on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The upscale tavern features a 2000 square foot patio and two floors with full bars and event space.

Inspired by traditional German Bier Garten’s, Sauf Haus will offer 16 beers on tap, directly imported from Germany, and a variety of seasonal, local craft and European beers in cans and bottles. Sauf Haus’s bar program will also include specially designed cocktails, inspired by German influences. Focusing on simplicity and authenticity, the menu will include Bavarian style pretzels and Bratwursts, Frankfurters and Oysters starting in August.

The warm colors and décor of Sauf Haus are reminiscent of beer taverns in Germany. The hallways and stairwells feature old-fashioned black and white photos of German Bier Gartens.

Doors open on June 24th at 4:00pm.”

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Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

07/21/14 10:20am

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5501 14th Street, NW

Finally a bit of info on the long anticipated restaurant coming to the former Colorado Cleaners at the corner of 14th, Colorado and Kennedy Streets, NW. Thanks to all who sent emails. A recent liquor license placard posted out front says:

“New Tavern. Serving American Cuisine. Occupancy load is 295. Sidewalk Cafe

Hours of operation are listed as Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am – 3 am.

This space has huge potential – updates as construction progresses and more info is known.

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07/18/14 1:45pm

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8th and Monroe St, NE

Brookland blowing up Vol. 72 – finally some good news from Brookland Pint – from a craigslist ad:

“Brookland Pint is preparing to open in Monroe Street Market! Conveniently located across the street from The Catholic University of America and directly adjacent to Brookland/CUA Metro stop on the Red Line. We will be a new American restaurant that focuses on community and neighborhood with a bit of a craft beer problem. We are currently seeking ALL FOH positions for a tentative opening day in the beginning of August. If you are a restaurant professional and have ever wanted to open a restaurant, here is your chance! Please respond with a resume and a good time to meet. We will also be accepting applications in person Friday, July 18th, from 12-4 and Saturday, July 19th, from 10am-2pm on site! Our address is 716 Monroe St. NE, 20017. Applicants who come in to apply in person should bring a pen and a hard copy of their resume.”