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Rendering of 1627 K Street, NW

From a press release:

“eatsa, an unprecedented, fully-automated faster food experience, will open the doors to its first Washington location in D.C.’s bustling business district on K Street (1627 K Street NW) this fall. D.C.’s new eatsa is just steps away from the White House, bringing Washingtonians the brand’s signature, customizable and flavorful bowls — with quinoa at the core — at an unbeatable price point.

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eatsa’s glass cubbies display personalized messages about your order.

All eatsa bowls start at $6.95 and come in a wide variety of globally-inspired, customizable options, such as the teriyaki Bento Bowl, with edamame, stir-fry quinoa and apple-cabbage slaw and the Burrito Bowl, with guacamole, asada portobello mushrooms and tortilla chips. eatsa also serves coffee, tea and small sides, including fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits. (more…)

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Photo by Phil Yabut

Phil writes: “13th and F St. NW. Like a ghost town.”

Another reader writes: “Large suspicious package on F Street in front of Press Building. F street has been closed for almost an hour.”

At 9am another reader sent a photo of the scene from 13th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW:

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Update:

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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…)

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1420 New York Ave, NW looking west towards the White House

The liquor license placard for Sushi Gakyu says:

“New Restaurant featuring Japanese cuisine. Total Occupancy load is 67. Sidewalk Café with 24 seats.”

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Saint Michel (previously Camille’s Cafe) closed back in October 2013. Updates as Sushi Gakyu gets closer to opening.

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Update from an email:

“Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Executive Chef Yoshihisa “Yoshi” Ota—known for his successful Bethesda, MD restaurant, Yuzu Japanese Dining—will open his newest restaurant, Sushi Gakyu at 1420 New York Ave, NW, Washington, DC in December 2016.

Neighborhood Retail Group helped secure the space which will offer patrons an upscale dining expierience including traditional and modern-style sushi, sashimi and Japanese fish menus. Let us know if you’d like to set up an interview with Neighborhood Retail Group Managing Principle and Co-Founder Bethany Scanlon along with Chef Yoshi.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Wasn’t this supposed to be an Armenian Genocide museum? Anything is better than the current vacant building.”

Back in May we learned about plans for the once beautiful former National Bank of Washington building – no longer plans for an Armenian Genocide Museum – next up restaurant and retail.  Updates when construction progresses and more info is released.

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14th and G St, NW

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11th and F Street, NW around 9am

A few readers email and one reader reports:

“On my way to work on my bike this morning a guy on a red dirt bike zoomed around me crossing Independence at 7th St, and I was a little annoyed that he got so close to me as I was also trying to get around a parked truck. About ten minutes later, I got to the intersection of 11th and F NW (around 9:00am) and there were several emergency vehicles. The guy’s bike was laying smashed in the middle of the intersection and an SUV was pretty banged up and missing some pieces off the front end. It looked like possibly the SUV had been making a lefthand turn when it hit him but I’m not sure. Wondering if anyone else might’ve seen what happened. The guy must have already been in the ambulance when I passed by, as I didn’t see him. I think he may have had a helmet on but I don’t remember.

Two things, before everyone jumps on this in the comments: this guy passing me closely doesn’t at all suggest this accident was his fault – I only included that detail because that’s what caused me to take note of him at all; and two, I don’t actually know if his bike is classified as a dirt bike – it looked like one to me, but I think it also may have had a registration plate and could very well have been a street legal motorcycle.”

Ed. Note: A commenter on another post wrote:

“a motorcyclist was hit by a car this morning at 11th St and F. DC Fire/EMS and MPD hadn’t yet arrived when I came upon the scene on my way to work, but a number of bystanders had stopped to help the injured motorist, including several construction guys nearby who had put out orange cones to block off the accident area/redirect traffic.”