A reader reports:

“I was by the food trucks at GW (22 and H) and there was a loud boom – I think a fuel tank exploded. The truck caught fire and there were massive flames. The street was filled with people and I hope no one was hurt.”

Another reader reports at 2:05pm:

“Pictures taken from my desk. Lots of sirens. Not sure what is on fire but it’s right in the middle of GW campus.”

DC Fire and EMS reported:

“Food Truck fire -21st and H Streets, NW At least 3 burned patients will be transposed from the scene.”



“Dear PoPville,

I walk through Washington Circle every day to and from work, and the crosswalk there is a disaster waiting to happen. If you watch the video, you’ll see that the pedestrian signal tells people to cross WHILE the traffic light is still green. I’ve seen a lot of pedestrians stepping into oncoming traffic because they (naturally) assume that cars will be stopping. Do you know who to contact about fixing this?”

2140 F Street, NW

A reader reports:

“We just got a new carryout in Foggy Bottom. A new Rolls By U location opened up yesterday at 2140 F Street beneath the FoBoGro.”

Rolls by U’s website says:

“The Power of the People. Our vision is to provide simple, fresh, flavorful, healthy food that is fully customizable by U. We want to give U the power to create and enjoy. We’ve sourced the freshest ingredients and combined them with healthy sustainable couterparts so U can feel good about what U are eating. We want U to be in control and have fun.”

Check out their Menus here.


Chef Luigi Diotaiuti at 2013 I Street, NW – all photo credit to Joy Asico

Check out their menus here and here and Desserts here.

From a press release:

“Aperto, a new restaurant focused on contemporary Italian cuisine, is now open in Foggy Bottom (2013 I Street NW formerly Primi Piatti), serving lunch and dinner.


Diners can enjoy a three-course take-out express lunch for $25 and an extensive selection of cured meats (including house-made lamb and duck prosciuttos and pancetta) & cheeses, appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and classic Italian entrees with a contemporary twist on both the lunch and dinner menus. Standout dishes include fresh, house-made pastas such as Squid Ink Fettuccine, Laganelle, Olive Tagliarini, the Tagliata, a Tuscan-style ribeye with green peppercorns, arugula, rosemary and olive oil and the Basilicata-style Wild Greens and Fava Purée appetizer. Aperto also features a robust wine, beer and cocktail menu, with classics like the Negroni and the Manhattan and originals such as “Ride The Vespa,” a mix of Earl Grey-infused Titos vodka, Cocchi Americano, ginger, lime and soda water, made with house-made sweet vermouth. (more…)

Rendering of Boathouse courtesy WDG Architecture

From a press release:

“Urban Investment Partners (UIP) of Washington, DC has acquired a ten-story building at 2601 Virginia Avenue, NW across from the Watergate mixed-use complex for $36 million. The seller was George Washington University (GWU), which had used the building as student housing for 17 years.

Hall on Virginia Avenue achieved notoriety while operating as a Howard Johnson hotel in 1972. Rooms 419 and 723 were used as lookouts for the “Watergate burglars,” who broke into offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building. The ensuing Watergate scandal led to the 1974 resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Room 723 was preserved as a museum until 2001, when the exhibit was moved to the GWU archives.

GWU demolished the property’s interior about a year ago, planning to create new student and faculty housing, but decided to sell the property instead. CBRE’s Bobby Meehling, Andy Wimsatt, and Peter Larkin represented GWU in the sale.

UIP plans to develop about 200 rental apartments within the existing 97,300 SF core and shell, and build about 50 more units in a new 40,000 SF addition on the building’s east side. UIP also will create an 8,000 -10,000 SF restaurant/coffee shop on the first floor, which will be a fully activated space for residents and neighbors. The building has underground parking for 200 vehicles, plus bike storage and care facilities with lockers. (more…)

primi piatti closed
2013 I Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Primi Piatti has been papered over on I Street. Last month the Washington Post reported:

“Chef-owner Savino Recine has sold Primi Piatti and expects the Italian dining room in Foggy Bottom to close by the end of the month.”

Stay tuned for a new spot from the owner Al Tiramisu [2014 P St, NW] according to the article.

Photo courtesy Gina

Given the current climate, probably best to leave this shirt at home when off duty and wearing fatigues and gear and such. In case you missed the excitement Friday (we tweeted the situation @PoPville and on Facebook here. Thanks to all who sent updates.) night a reader sums it up:

“GW pushed out a campus emergency alert about a man spotted at 24th and Penn with an M16, body armor and a t-shirt reading “I love machine gun” (sic).

Here’s the tweet from the official GW account:

About 40 minutes later, they gave the all clear, saying the suspect was in custody:

Then MPD tweeted the kicker: “No arrest. Person of Interest was an off duty Special Police Officer.”