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From Alert DC:

“National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow; which is in effect from midnight tonight to 9 PM on Thursday 5th March, 2015.
* Accumulations: Snow 4 to 8 inches….along with a trace of ice.
* Locations: Washington DC Metropolitan area.
* Impacts: Roads will be snow covered with visibility reduced to one quarter mile at times.
* Winds: North 10 to 15 MPH with gusts up to 25 MPH.
* Temperatures: In the low 30s. Dropping into the 20s on Thursday.”

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3322 Georgia Ave, NW

Ed. Note: In April 2014 the owner of Rita’s Carryout passed away.

Esencias Panameñas website says:

“Esencias Panameñas, LLC, unlike a typical Latin cuisine restaurant, will provide a unique combination of authentic Panamanian food at value pricing with a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Chef Yadira is a native from Panama and she pays tribute to her place of birth through traditional dishes made with staple food products, such as corn, coconut, culantro (not cilantro) and rice.

Each quarter we will feature a historic event, a holiday observed, or a tradition upheld in Panama. In addition, we will also feature a fruit, dish, or bake good in season during that quarter.”

You can see their menu here.

Updates when they get closer to opening in May.

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Entrance at door to the right at 1610 14th Street, NW

Another beauty from the Mindful Restaurant Group (Aqua Al 2, Ghibellina, Denson). You can see their drink and dinner menus here. Looks like live music is coming too. Sotto’s hours are:

“Monday closed

Tuesday-Thursday 6pm-2am
(Kitchen closes at 10:30)

Friday & Saturday 6pm-3am
(Kitchen closes at 11:30)

Sunday closed”

Check out the awesome photos by Amir Lowery below.

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3146 16th Street, NW

@ohmykevin tweets us the photo above:

“@PoPville work coming along with the meridian hill baptist church on 16th, roof + back wall gone”

Washington Business Journal previously reported:

“Valor Development picked up a permit on Feb. 6 to convert the entire structure — with a large rear and side addition — into an 85-unit multifamily building.”

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809 Upshur Street, NW

And even more good news for the increasingly popular 800 block of Upshur Street, NW. The former church at 809 Upshur has been sold. This in and of itself is not necessarily great news but who the new owners are makes it so. The folks that bought it were the local development team who found the Domku space (nearby) and the El Chucho space (on 11th Street.) IE two incredibly transformations. This will be their third. They told me that they are already in talks with a few potential clients and they emphasized that they are looking for someone local and someone interested in daytime (as well as night) hours. I asked if their was a preference of restaurant over other retail or vice versa and they replied the important part was that the renters be local and invested in the community. Given this and their track record at transforming neglected spaces around this is very promising!

The partners pictured above left to right are:

-Lynn Yaudes
-Norm Veenstra, N12 Development
-Brie Husted

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Lots more updates when a lease is signed.

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14th and S Street, NW

Despite the cold in the air, another annual sign that spring is around the corner from Garden District (formerly Standard):

“in the fall we said we would re-open for the spring on march 1st, but this year we’re going to do even better than that.

we’re firing up the smoker tonight, opening up the gates [Saturday] at noon, and we are guaranteeing that the beer will be ice cold.

also, to celebrate our 5th year in the neighborhood, we’ll be selling $5 hofbraus and bratwursts all season long during the 5 o’clock hour monday through friday.”