the-royal
501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Paying homage to one of the most iconic bartending films – “Cocktail” – The Royal in LeDroit Park is flashing back to the 1980s for the latest installment of its monthly “Royal Knights” spirits exploration series, complete with the decade’s most infamous drinks – sans Tom Cruise but with plenty of flair. On Monday, December 12, guest bartenders Will Alvarez and Jake Kenny of renowned cocktail bar Columbia Room, along with The Royal’s former beverage director Horus Alvarez, who is returning to DC for just one night, will shake up their own spins on charmingly tacky film-inspired drinks of the 80s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“Cocktail” has inspired a generation of professional bartenders for the last 30 years. And “Royal Knights” will resurrect this bygone era, as Will Alvarez, Jake Kenny and Horus Alvarez take guests back in time to the age of flair bartending. The menu features eight cocktails (all $8), inspired by everything from the first drink Cruise is asked to make (the Cuba Libre), Cruise’s go-to hangover cure (the Red Eye), Tiki culture, and of course, many of the decade’s infamous cocktails such as the Sex On The Beach, Long Island Iced Tea, Appletini and Midori Sour.

Will and Jake, who bartend at the award-winning Columbia Room, have collaborated on the following cocktails: (more…)

408-u

A reader writes:

“I am so so friggin in love with that house. Its in my neighborhood, and I pass by it all the time and just sigh.”

The listing for 408 U Street, NW says:

“OPEN SUN 10/30, 1-4pm! 3BR/2.5BA semi-detached home (circa 1876) nestled in the historic district of LeDroit Park. Rare + over-sized 3-car carriage house w/ endless potential (a virtual Unicorn)! Well-loved + beautifully preserved, this home boasts an expansive yard, antique brick terrace, original character, high ceilings + excellent finishes. Close to local eateries + Metro. Offers due Wed 11/2.”

gdon

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $899,000.

detail

“Dear PoPville,

I walk by this gorgeous house every other day. I posted a pic of this house on Instagram and called this projection a cupola. My friend disagreed. We’re not sure what this architectural feature is called. If it is not a cupola what the Helen of Troy is it? Any historical significance? What’s the practical reason for this type of addition?”

309-elm-street-northwest

This house is located at 309 Elm Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“LEDROIT PARK HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FINE SOUGHT AFTER NEIGHBORHOOD OF ESTABLISHED HOMES. LOADS OF POTENTIAL ABOUND IN THIS CENTRALLY LOCATED LEDROIT PARK RESIDENCE FEATURING 3 BR, HIGH CEILINGS, ORIGINAL POCKET DOORS BETWEEN LIVING/DINING RM, GENEROUS SIZE KITCHEN. JUST WAITING FOR THE DESIGNER FINISH*** SOLD IN AS-IS CONDITION.”

inside

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1 bath is going for $600,000.

IMG_6820
207 Florida Avenue, NW

The placard posted out front says The Darkroom will be:

“A new retailer class ‘C’ Tavern with 90 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 144. Applicant has also requested an Entertainment Endorsement to include dancing.”

This is the former Aida sales and service store:

IMG_6821

IMG_6823

Right next door to the new DCity Smokehouse space coming soon. Updates on both fronts as they get closer to opening.

IMG_6818
2nd and Florida Ave, NW