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801 K Street, NW

This is a multiple reader request (apologies for the delay). The Washington Post reported on Wednesday:

“Representatives from Apple have proposed opening a flagship store and events center in one of the District’s most prominent and historic buildings, the Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square…

Its protected status, however, has made it difficult to re-use. A stint as local history museum lasted barely a year. A planned music museum there never opened. And the International Spy Museum initially planned to move in but opted instead for L’Enfant Plaza after its plans were turned away by the city’s historic preservation panel.”


The story also notes that current resident, the Historical Society of Washington D.C., will remain in the building too until at least 2098. Anyway, what do you think – good idea or bad idea? Regardless of how you feel, do you think it will really happen or at least has a chance? Or should we still hold out hope for somewhere in the U Street Corridor? The Wharf? Where do you think the next Apple store would fit best in the District?

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But seriously, this area is fixing to be pretty sweet.

From a press release:

“Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW), developer of The Wharf, announced new additions to its expanding dining and entertainment scene, where the District’s best chefs, restaurant owners and entertainment impresarios are creating the region’s most eagerly awaited waterfront destination.

New concepts coming to The Wharf include:

Eric and Ian Hilton, renowned for creating neighborhood mainstays including Georgetown’s Chez Billy Sud, and The Gibson along 14th Street, will open The Brighton, a high-energy waterfront pub

● Chef K.N. Vinod and Surfy Rahman, the DC area-based hospitality veterans behind Indique and Bombay Bistro, who, after over a decade of serving diners some of the most celebrated and exciting Indian cuisine in Washington DC and Maryland, will open a new Indian dining concept at The Wharf.

Cathal Armstrong will open Kaliwa, a new dining destination with a distinct Filipino, Thai and Korean menu

● Nick Fontana, Bruce Gates and Henry Gandy, the team behind DC’s original dock bar, Cantina Marina, are bringing a small-format, live music venue and tavern named Pearl Street Warehouse to the waterfront

These new additions will open at The Wharf starting in October of 2017, joining: (more…)

Colada
1405 T Street, NW

Thanks to Courtney for sending:

“signage up for Colada next to Lupo Verde and Ice Cream Jubilee

Back in April we learned that Colada Shop was:

“Named after the iconic Cuban-style coffee, Colada Shop is a concept that blends together the contemporary lifestyle of Washingtonians with the Cuban tradition of starting and ending the day. Paying homage to the Caribbean way of coffee, food, cocktails and social lifestyle, Colada Shop will be a casual café and eatery where guests come for the quality and stay for the company. (more…)

angle wingo
2339 18th Street, NW

I’m still too emotional to talk about the loss of Angles and Little Fountain but it is definitely worth sharing the news from Washington Business Journal:

“Arthur plans to turn the space into full-service Wingo’s on the lower level and a sports bar “with a Wingo’s theme and pub menu” on the upper level, he said via email. He’s aiming to open January 1, 2017.”

You can see Wingo’s Georgetown menu here. Think a sports bar this close to Ventnor (2411 18th St NW) can do well here? Any fans of the wings?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lauren Parnell Marino

From the Mayor’s Office:

“The National Park Service is set to begin major road construction along Beach Drive on September 22nd, and is projected to last for 3 years. This project will greatly impact drivers and pedestrians in this area. Please see below information about the project and where to find additional information about the District Government’s traffic mitigation plan.

The project will be completed in four segments. Each segment of Beach Drive will be closed in both directions 24/7 during work. Prior to work beginning on each segment, the National Park Service will post upcoming road work and road closure information so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can plan their trip through, and around Rock Creek Park.

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DRIVING – Alternative Routes (more…)

art all night

It will be epic. This year neighborhoods where you can the action are: Congress Heights, Dupont Circle, H Street, NE, North Capitol (Bloomingdale, Truxton Circle), Tenleytown, Van Ness

From Art All Night DC:

“Art All Night: Made in DC is Washington, DC’s free overnight arts festival, starting at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 24, 2016 and running until 3:00 AM the following morning. The festival will take place in seven DC Main Streets neighborhoods, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including businesses.

A ‘pre-party’ sponsored by JBG will begin at 4:00 PM on the 1900-2100 blocks of 8th Street, NW in Shaw, with over 25 aerialists, jugglers, gymnasts, and other performers from the Nuit Cirque troupe, in addition to art installations and music in businesses along those blocks.”

Ben's
10th and H Street, NE

Thanks to Kim Coates for sending:

“former Ten 01 space is rebranding to Ben’s upstairs”

Ben’s Upstairs Website says:

“At Ben’s Upstairs you can savor delicious Southern-influenced cuisine with a hint of Caribbean flavors”

Check out their Menus here.

Ed. Note: TEN 01 opened back in Nov. 2015.

Looks like Ben’s Upstairs (which makes sense since the original U Street location has a Ben’s Next Door) was the original plan – when you look at an old photo from 2014:

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saks

Thanks to a reader for sending an opening date update on the Saks Off 5th coming to the former ESPN Zone – Thursday, September 22nd!

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11th and E Street, NW

From a press release:

“Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new location in the heart of Washington, D.C. at District Center, in the historical Thurman Arnold Building, on Thursday, September 22. The 33,000 square foot, two level store located at 555 12th St. NW will offer shoppers a compelling lineup of more than 800 sought-after brands and an ever-evolving selection of luxury designer fashion – all at up to 70% off. (more…)

Insomnia

Thanks to Adam for sending Friday night:

“open for biz tonight at 9pm. And they deliver!”

Insomnia Cookies delivers warm, delicious cookies from the oven and straight to their customer’s doors until 3am daily. Whether you need cookies for a meeting, just a mid-day pick me up or to fulfill a late night craving, Insomnia Cookies will deliver. Popular cookie flavors include Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and the S’mores Deluxe. The requisite pint of cold milk can also be added to any order. Insomnia Cookies also serves and delivers cookie cakes and brownies with various toppings like M&M’s and white chocolate chips; all of which make a great gifts for celebrations large or small.

Insomnia Cookies will also offer a full ice cream menu with customizable options such as the cookie a la mode and cookiewich, ice cream sandwiched between any two cookies of your choice. For more information call 1-877-63-COOKIE or visit www.insomniacookies.com.

In addition to Wash Hydro downstairs, did I mention Funky Piece Smoke Shop is opening down the block…

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2318 18th Street NW upstairs

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2406 18th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Quara Ethiopian has opened in the old Felix/NYNY Diva space. Quara’s website says:

“Quara Ethiopian Restaurant is named for the ancient civilization where the modern-day country of Ethiopia is situated – and for the city of Quara, Ethiopia. True to our roots, we prepares traditional recipes from our homeland. Your food is served by first- and-second generation Ethiopians in Washington. Our culture is represented throughout by posters, paintings and music from Africa.

And our menu features many traditional Ethiopian favorites, including Kitfo, a raw beef dish that one that many Westerners are reluctant to try, but then find quite enjoyable!”

Check out their menu here.