public option
1601 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

From an email:

“Wanted to let you know about a new smoked meats pop-up happening this week (Saturday, May 13th). Taco Bao Smoke Shop will be taking over the kitchen at The Public Option brewery in NE.

We’ll be serving from 2-8pm on Saturday. It will be re-occurring monthly.

Taco Bao Smoke Shop Menu (PDF)

The deal: Slow-smoked meats and mushrooms with pickled toppers fill corn tortillas and house made bao. BBQ classics find Latin and Asian treatments at this Langdon pop-up, where tacos and bao pair with site brewed beers at the host brewpub, the Public Option in Langdon.

Where: The Public Option, 1601 Rhode Island Avenue NE
Date: Saturday May 13, 2-8 PM
Price: A la carte $3-$5″

mason dixie
2301 Bladensburg Road, NE

From a press release:

“Diners (and drivers) rejoice – Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.’s drive-thru location is coming in hot! I’m reaching out with news that Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. will open its doors to the public beginning this Saturday, April 15th at 9:00 AM with its fresh-fast restaurant. Eager diners and biscuit enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by the new location in Gateway/Bladensburg to fill their stomachs with a selection of crave-worthy biscuit sandwiches, juicy fried chicken, refreshing salads and creamy frozen “Cultshakes” by DC’s premier ice creamery, Milk Cult. (more…)

mason dixie
2301 Bladensburg Road, NE

A reader reports:

“Driving home this weekend, I noticed that Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. appears to be setting up a brick and mortar spot on Bladensburg, just north of NY Ave NE. It’s taking over the building that used to be Dolphin Fish and Chicken. Super exciting to see something that isn’t a new night club going in on this stretch, and hoping it means more to come for Bladensburg!!”

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co tells me they should be opening soon – stay tuned for an exact opening date later next week.  In the meantime they describe the new spot:

CUISINE: A nostalgic throw-back to a 1950’s roadside kitchenette, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.’s Drive Thru is a fresh-fast restaurant focusing on crave-worthy biscuit sandwiches, juicy fried chicken, and creamy frozen “Cultshakes” by DC’s premier ice creamery, Milk Cult. Mason Dixie serves versions of these delicious Southern roadside classics made-to-order, using fresh, preservative-free, hormone-free, and high quality local ingredients with heart-warming Southern hospitality.

ICE CREAM PROGRAM: Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. partners with DC ice creamery, Milk Cult, on an ice cream program specially made for the Drive Thru. The menu is complete with ice-creams by the scoop, inventive ice cream sandwiches, and introducing the exclusive “Cultshake” by Mason Dixie – signature hand-spun milkshakes only available at the Drive Thru. The duo met as members of Union Kitchen in Ivy City and are collaborating for this break-out concept.

SPACE: Located in Washington, DC’s thriving Ivy City/Gateway community, Mason Dixie’s Drive-Thru reinvigorates the former fast food locale into a nostalgic 1950’s roadside kitchenette. The restaurant preserves the existing drive-thru and features updated vintage fixtures and a fresh new face to the exterior façade. The 32-seat restaurant interior gives a playful nod to a throw-back Howard Johnson meets old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Hand-picked vintage furniture and a retro color scheme provide a fun and relaxed aesthetic which will reintroduce the social aspect of the classic teen hangout spot. The youthful ambiance and family-friendly atmosphere is sure to evoke a trip down memory lane.”


“Dear PoPville,

I live in a semi detached duplex style house. The neighbor was issued a stop work order in August 2016. The house is currently a see thru with a failing structure. Our party wall is made of wood (shiplap) and it is serving as my exterior wall. I currently have wildlife inside the walls of my home because the party wall was damaged leaving gaping holes larger enough for squirrels or rats or even raccoons. (more…)

via google maps

From MPD:

“On Monday, November. 14, 2016 at approximately 9:30 pm Fifth District Officers responded to the 2300 Woodridge St NE in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived on the scene and located a victim. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. A suspect in the shooting was taken into custody for questioning. The shooting was found to be domestic in nature and no continuous danger to the community.”

2414 Douglas Avenue, NE courtesy of District Clay

Following word of “the district’s first get-married-anytime, secular wedding ‘chapel’”

From a press release:

“The District Clay Center will open Washington’s first Ceramic Center and Gallery on Saturday, November 19 as it expands its space from 2,000 to 6,400 square feet at Off the Beaten Track Warehouse near Brookland in northeast Washington DC.

The NEW! District Clay Center will also include a 500 square foot ceramic Gallery, room for workshops and receptions, an associate artist program and studio artist program, including private artist studio space, the most comprehensive offering of ceramic equipment in the region, a guest resident artist program for young emerging artists and a master artist workshop program. (more…)

courtesy Pop! Wed Co.

From a press release:

“DC-based wedding startup Pop! Wed Co. has opened the district’s first get-married-anytime, secular wedding “chapel”. Not getting married, but just want to visit? Stop by any Friday in November between 12-7pm for a drink and a tour!

You may know Pop! Wed Co. from their guerilla-style popup weddings at downtown museums, or their collaborations with beloved local establishments like DC Brau and Miss Pixie’s. Now, the wedding startup is opening their own bright, fun, styled wedding headquarters to host the most fun tiny weddings in the city — and maybe, on the planet.

The new wedding venue is part of DC’s Off the Beaten Track Warehouse, a community of artists in the heart of Northeast DC. Other tenants include florists and a letterpress studio, so couples can get almost anything they’d need for a wedding right at the Warehouse. [2414 Douglas St, NE] (more…)

Echostage by Doug Van Sant
Photo by by Doug Van Sant

From a press release:

“Washington, D.C. (September 19, 2016) — This Saturday, September 24, D.C.’s famed concert and nightlife venue Echostage will celebrate its four-year anniversary in style with a free concert and party for fans. Internationally acclaimed DJs Deorro and MAKJ will provide the soundtrack for the night-long bash while party-goers enjoy a complimentary open bar to get the bash started from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Washingtonians 18+ can reserve free tickets to the event on Echostage’s website.

Since its inception in 2012, Echostage has attracted industry EDM and hip hop heavyweights such as Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dogg, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Jay-Z, and Hardwell. (more…)