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2301 M Street, NW

A reader reports:

“I thought you might like to know that Landmark Theatres has leased the former West End Cinema space and that they plan to reopen the theater on July 17. They have a sign on the window of the cinema and they are currently hiring new staff (they placed on ad in craigslist).”

Ed. Note: Thanks to everyone else who tweeted and emailed us.

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6th and H Street, NW

Last week a reader wrote in about Beef ‘N Bread coming to Chinatown. It’s now confirmed that it’s coming from the owners of the great Wiseguys pizza.

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I spoke with the owner who tells me he hopes to open in about two months if all goes well:

“Beef n Bread is a fast casual down to earth sandwich shop inspired from living in Boston (what pizza is to New Yorkers, Roast beef is to Bostonians) I lived there like 4 years. It’s also inspired from NY and CA. Combined with our unique homemade sauces.”

Given how good the pizza is at Wiseguys – I can’t wait to see how the sandwiches turn out. Stay tuned.

Building freshly painted gray:

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Poster via Metro Transit Police Department

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch obtained an arrest warrant for Jasper Spires who is wanted for First Degree Murder While Armed for the stabbing death of 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Sutherland which occurred on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at approximately 12:50 pm, aboard a train approaching the NOMA-Gallaudet Metro Station, located in the 200 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast.

If this subject is seen call 911 for immediate police response. Do not approach this person or attempt to apprehend him.

Anyone with information on this suspect’s whereabouts should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the homicide that occurred in the 200 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast.

On Saturday, July 4, 2015, at approximately 12:50 pm, officers on patrol from the Fifth District were alerted by Metro Transit Officers of a stabbing that occurred aboard a metro train in the NOMA-Gallaudet Metro Station, located in the 200 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast. Upon arrival, they located an unconscious adult male suffering from apparent stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene and found no signs of life. The adult male was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The decedent has been identified as 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Sutherland of Northeast, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411″

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301 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Romeo & Juliet has finally opened in the former White Tiger space. Their website says:

“Great food, great people Welcome to our new restaurant.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” – It has taken over 2 years to develop our restaurant to get the right feeling when you walk through our doors and taste from our kitchen.”

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Photos of the soft opening menu after the jump. (more…)

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Friday’s press release from District Distilling Company projects an “early 2016 opening”.

And now we now exactly where it will be, the liquor license placard lists 1414 & 1418 U Street, NW. 1414 was the former home of Coppi’s and 1418 U Street was the former home to Utopia. The placard says:

“High-end tavern with adjacent distillery pub. Will serve high-quality menu and provide live solo and small combo performers and recorded musical entertainment with or without D.J.

Entertainment Endorsement and a Distillery Pub Permit. Seating for 157 inside and a Total Occupancy load of 170.”

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looking east on 14th Street towards U Street

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3000 Connecticut Ave, NW right across the street from the Zoo

Incredibly sad news out of Woodley Park. From Go Fund Me:

“Cheers, a place where everyone knows your name…

The Cheers show familiarized the world with the idea of a bar creating a sense of community and home. My father Steve McKinney, made this a reality in his own hometown of Washington DC with the Zoo Bar in Woodley Park DC.

Sadly, in one fell swoop both the livelihood of the Zoo Bar and my father are jeopardized after a double diagnosis of cancer – a reoccurrence of Liposarcoma in his leg and Leukemia (AML). The treatments and course for recovery would be tough on anyone, but for a bar owner who also bartends and who is not able to walk or stand strongly, one can only assume the complications and the need to ask for help.

What makes my father, Steve, and the Zoo Bar a special case is his dedication to the community and an even more special niche, the Blues community. The Zoo Bar has been a haven for Blues musicians in the Washington area to “jam” in a weekly open mic night and for bands to headline each weekend. As a customer…this is all free of charge. The Zoo Bar has remained in business for 15 years offering live music free of charge, FREE! This has been made possible because of dedication and compassion…My 61 year old father bartending 3 nights a week and using tip money to keep the bar a float.

Between the doctor’s bills and loss of revenue from not being able to work at the bar, Steve needs your help. His savings has been exhausted, credit cards are maxed out. Thousands have been spent on deductibles and co-pays, even from the initial cancer 2 years prior. All of this on top of an increased loss of business at the bar.. extreme DC weather, changing dynamic of the city and increased costs.

Without this help the bar will have to close – locals will be left without a home, Blues musicians will lose income they received from playing at the bar, the community will be lost.

Please help Steve and help keep the Zoo Bar and Blues music community stay alive!

You can donate here.