line hotel popville
1780 Columbia Road, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I live in an apartment building across the street from The Line Hotel construction site in Adams Morgan. While the hotel was projected to be finished last November, it’s still very much under construction. The construction noise is slowly driving me insane. It’s an active site 6 days a week, and large generators (I’m assuming that’s what they are, they appear to run heating into the finished parts of the site) run 24/7. It sounds like a semi truck is constantly idling on the block. This noise combined with the dust from the construction has been a nuisance for months on end—we can’t even have windows open. I have the luxury of escaping to my boyfriend’s house when I need some quiet, but there are families with small children in the building who surely don’t have that same advantage. I wanted to know if there’s any course of action residents impacted by this can take. Surely there must be some noise compliance laws, or at the very least, rent reduction agreements. Has anyone had success dealing with this sort of situation before?

al fresco
18th and California St, NW rendering by A.F.Clarens Architect

A reader reports:

“As a neighbor within 200 ft. neighbor, got a zoning notice for a huge restaurant (including underground parking and a roof deck) that wants to go in where the surface parking lot at 18th and California is. The architectural plans (attached) show it dwarfing Jack Rose. They’re seeking an exemption to the “rear yard” requirement.”

Washington Business Journal reported:

“The property, at 2009 18th St. NW, is owned by the same company that operates Mexican restaurants Lauriol Plaza nearby and Cactus Cantina in Cleveland Park. It’s currently used as an overflow parking lot for Lauriol Plaza, which is just two blocks down 18th Street.”

Updates as the zoning process/construction progresses.

al fresco admo
2009 18th Street, NW rendering by A.F.Clarens Architect

duccini raise
1778 U Street, NW

Earlier this week we noted that Pizzeria Trattoria had closed in Adams Morgan. Didn’t take long for nearby neighboring jumbo slice pizza purveyor, Duccini’s, to jump at the opportunity. Mikaela Lefrak updates us with the stunning news last night:

“Duccini’s just raised their jumbo slice prices and my heart is breaking. (a $1 increase. These are dark times.)”

All I can say is:

rosario
2435 18th Street, NW

The former Toledo Lounge space (briefly Libertine) has been fully transformed. Rosario’s website says:

“The new spot, Rosario, is a tribute to chef Rosario Patti, a mentor of Smoke and Barrel
chef Logan McGear.

We hope you enjoy the delicious food, handcrafted cocktails, and exquisite Italian wine selection, all presented to you in an atmosphere that will transport you to a sensual dining experience.

LOGAN MCGEAR
Executive Chef

Chef Logan McGear has a far more diverse culinary background than his Arkansas roots might have you believe. Although it was a connection to his home state, and experience with BBQ, that ultimately brought him to Smoke & Barrel in DC in 2011, he’s always drawn from a global arsenal. His early career in Hot Springs began in 2003 as apprentice for Chris Rix at French-Asian fusion bistro The Exchange and in 2005 for Mirabelli Restaurant Group at Pompeii Cafe & Wine Bar.

As someone with a thoughtful understanding of cooking technique, lusting after further cultural growth his ambition led him to the tutelage of Chef Rosario Patti in 2007, the namesake of our Rosario. Rosario and his partner Santo had restaurants previously in Manhattan and San Francisco before relocating to a slower paced Arkansas. McGear has always loved Italian food so it was only natural for him to seek a position under a hero of the category in Little Rock. It was there that he sharpened his focus upon a regional fare, and began to understand the intricacies of Italian, when one looks beyond the Americanized iteration.”

Check out the menu:

Rosario_Menu (PDF)

Wine_Cocktails (PDF)

rosario facebook
via facebook

ben tre
2418 18th Street, NW

The liquor license placard for Ben Tre says:

“A neighborhood restaurant serving Vietnamese cuisine. Seating capacity of 20 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 20. Sidewalk Café with 6 seats.”

Ben Tre opened up in the former Yamas (and various shawarma spots) space back in August. Props on proper sign! Any fans of the pho?

pop's seabar

From Pop’s Seabar (1817 Columbia Rd, NW):

“The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is right around the corner and Pop’s is here to be your home for watching all the games. We will be open for all the 67 games to decide the national champion; ready to serve you our delicious menu of food and drink while you watch your favorite (or most hated!) team.

$5 Miller Lite Tallboys and rotating food specials will be available every day.”

1866 California Street

This rental is located at 1866 California Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1700 / 1br – Available April 1! Fantastic Adams Morgan Location. 1 bed/1 bath.

Coming Available April 1!

1 bed/1 bath English Basement unit! (Not a typical Basement).
Great sunlight!
Full kitchen including dishwasher!
Tons of closet/storage space!
Central HVAC.
Small front patio area.
Washer/Dryer in unit.

1700.00 plus electric. Located on California Street between 18th and 19th. Blocks from everything! 18th Street nightlife, U Street Corridor, Harris Teeter, Gyms, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Boutiques and so much more! Short walking distance to both green and red metro lines. Rentals are based off the 1st come 1st serve system. Be the first to see it! Contact Andrew (EMAIL please) to schedule a showing.”

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