04/22/14 12:25pm

1103 19th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word. Back in Feb. we first about DC Pizza taking over the former Oh Fish! Maki Sushi Joint by Kaz which closed in July ’13. The liquor license placard posted out front says:

“Quick service pizzeria. No Entertainment. Total # of seats is 20 and the occupancy load is 45. Total # of sidewalk cafe seats is 24.”

And hours are listed as Sunday through Saturday 10:30 am – 11:30 pm.

Looking south toward L Street

04/18/14 3:00pm

1133 14th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1133 14th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“DO YOU WANT TO BE NEAR EVERYTHING? This is the place for you! 3 metro stops, Thomas & Logan Circles, Downtown, Chinatown, Whole Foods, all types of dining! It’s a 2BR, 2BA NYC loft like unit w/ imported polished stone floors, ceiling to floor windows, granite & SS KT & TWO GARAGE PARKING SPACES! Concierge, rooftop patio w/ stunning views! Pets considered on a case by case basis.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,999/Mo.

04/15/14 4:55pm

901 G Street, NW

From an email:

“On Thursday April 17th at 7 pm in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library the DC Public Library is proud to welcome author Corey Recko as he speaks about his new book “A Spy For the Union.” Join us as we learn the story of Timothy Webster and his life and careers as a New York City policeman and a military spy. In the mid-1850s, he left the police department and took a job for Allan Pinkerton with his newly formed detective agency. It was as a Pinkerton detective that Webster helped uncover a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1861.

Webster went on to serve the United States as a spy in the Civil War. For a time he was the Union’s top agent, but his career came to an abrupt end when he was betrayed and became the first spy executed in the Civil War.

This program is free and open to the public [but requires a ticket]. Thank you, and we look forward to you joining us for this interesting presentation.”

04/11/14 3:15pm

Street closure above via MPD.

Read more about the Sakura Matsuri festival here.


And don’t forget the Cherry Blossom parade is Saturday too:

“Saturday, April 12, 10:00am-noon

One of the Festival’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW. Vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor set the atmosphere. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, fourteen marching bands from across the country, and performers burst down Constitution Avenue in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival.

Friday, April 11 – At this time, the Parade grandstands are SOLD OUT and there are no additional tickets to be released.

To watch the Parade, please plan to find Free standing room along Consitution Avenue between 9th and 15th Streets, NW. Plan to arrive early, as beautiful weather will make this a popular event.

04/10/14 11:55am

1730 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

It’s been a long time coming (actually less than a year) but the glorious day has finally arrived!

From a press release:

“GCDC, Washington’s first grilled cheese-centric restaurant and cheese bar, is officially opening its doors on Friday, April 11, located one block from the White House on the city’s famed Pennsylvania Avenue. The next day (Saturday, April 12), GCDC will celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with $5 grilled cheese sandwiches and half-priced draft beers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A fast-casual grilled cheese sandwich lunchtime spot by day and artisanal cheese and wine, beer and cocktail bar by evening, GCDC will cater to both downtown lunchers and the after-work happy hour crowd. During the day, GCDC will serve a playful menu of creative, specialty grilled cheese sandwiches ranging from the Korean-style Kim-Cheese-Steak and the pasta-inspired Grilled Carbonara, as well as a “Grill Your Own” option of artisanal cheeses and toppings. Poutine and nacho-style tater tots, made-from-scratch vegan tomato soup and composed cheese and charcuterie lunch boards round out the lunch offerings.

Evening customers can come back after work for a more dressed-up menu. Elegant, artisanal cheese boards, local charcuterie and composed small plates can be paired alongside a comprehensive beverage program, featuring craft cocktails, local beers, carefully selected wines, and a nod to the owner’s hometown, the Brooklyn egg cream.

GCDC will officially open its doors on Friday, April 11.On Saturday, April 12, GCDC will host a National Grilled Cheese Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with $5 specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, and half-priced draft beers and a homemade wine punch.”

04/09/14 10:22pm

931 H Street, NW

Back in June of last year we first learned New York City’s Daniel Boulud would be bringing a DBGB Kitchen And Bar to CityCenterDC.

Now a few more details from the liquor license application posted out front says:

“New upscale fine dining brasserie-style restaurant specializing in French cuisine with Summer Garden seating 78 patrons and Sidewalk Café seating 44 patrons. Background music will be provided. Total occupancy load is 250.”

You can see the New York menus here.

And thanks to all who sent emails about rumors of David Chang’s Momofuku also coming to CityCenter. A source of mine also confirms that is true.


04/09/14 4:50pm

Photos courtesy of Donovan House

From an email:

“WHAT: On Friday, April 11th, the hotly anticipated DNV Rooftop will open for the spring season, featuring new menus inspired by Asian street food and cocktails. The DNV Rooftop boasts one of the most impressive skyline views in Washington, DC, perched atop the Donovan House hotel on 14th Street. DNV will feature an Asian-leaning cocktail menu from lauded bartender Jon Harris with influences including tea infusions, sugarcane, Vietnamese salted lemonades and Japanese highballs. Jon Harris’ menu of Asian street drinks includes: the Tidal Basin Picnic Special with Clear Creek Kirschwasser, lemon, Liqueur de Violette, bitter lemon soda; the Tokyo Gimlet with Tanqueray Gin or Belvedere Vodka, a house made yuzu-lime cordial; the Red Silk Slipper with Valentine White Blossom Vodka, rhubarb shrub, Teavine Green Tea Sparkling Wine and the Green Velvet Slipper with Milagro Silver Tequila, Wandering Poet Sake, Midori, house made yuzu-lime cordial, Fever Tree Bitter Lemon.

Zentan Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen will offer a line-up of Asian tacos inspired by her time spent in Austin, Texas including a Tamarind Barbacao Beef Taco with kimchee, pickled onions, jalapenos, yuzu crema and a Wild Mushroom Taco with seasonal mushrooms, five spice mole, pickled red onions. In addition, DNV will serve Mung Bean Tamale Cakes with shredded braised chicken, house red curry, radishes and Mazeman Noodles with peppered ground beef, cucumber, bean sprouts, bell peppers, ramen noodles and a peanut sauce.

WHEN: DNV Rooftop grand opening, Friday, April 11th at 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

DNV hours of operation: Monday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Happy hour will be available daily Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., when select cocktails, beer and wine are available for just $5.

WHERE: DNV Rooftop, 14th Floor, The Donovan House 1155 14th Street, NW