04/18/14 12:55pm

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This unit is located at 1502 Q Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Unique Logan Circle 2BR/1.5BA unit boasts 2 levels of open space. Massive 11′ ceilings highlight spectacular upper level bedroom w/custom built-in shelving, fireplace, & huge windows overlooking picturesque Q Street. Storage galore inside w/additional private storage included. Kitchen & bathrooms recently remodeled w/ new fixtures & granite throughout. Baseboard heater in half-bath conveys AS-IS”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1.5 bath is going for $569,000 ($341 monthly fee.)

04/14/14 11:25am

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1407 S Street, NW

Big news from Salt and Sundry’s Instagram account:

“Big news, everybody! A second S&S is in the works! See you later this summer, 14th Street.”

The photo says S Street, NW. So I’m thinking this has to be one of two spots – either the former Pulp space which for a minute looked like it would turn into a doggie daycare but that coming soon sign has since vanished. There’s a lot of foot traffic here and other retail like Home Rule and Current Boutique. I think they would kill here.

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However, if the doggie daycare is still coming perhaps they’ll come across the street to the retail space that was briefly home to the custom clothing store near the 2 birds 1 stone bar.

Anyway Salt & Sundry opened it’s first spot in Union Market – their website says:

“Washington, DC tastemaker Amanda McClements brings to life her passion for stylish entertaining with Salt & Sundry. The award-winning boutique features a beautifully curated selection of housewares, linens, gifts, artisanal foods and covetable vintage finds.

Also in store: Farm tables hand-made by Amanda’s father, a North Carolina craftsman who creates furniture out of salvaged and locally milled wood. His pieces are one-of-a-kind and showcase the rustic beauty and patina of aged wood.

In addition to being a go-to source for gorgeous tableware, home goods and gifts, Salt & Sundry hosts special events and demonstrations with local chefs, mixologists and food personalities in the store.”

04/13/14 10:22pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user clif_burns

Hearing rumors that Le Diplomate’s executive chef, Adam Schop, has either left or is leaving soon. Before Le Diplomate opened last year the Washington Post reported:

“Adam Schop. The 37-year-old chef, whose resume includes the pan-Latin Nuela in New York and the admired Zinc Bistro in Scottsdale, beat out more than a dozen serious candidates for the job – including three French chefs.”

Not sure how/if Schop’s leaving will affect the menu but will update as soon as more info is known. Le Diplomate opened up almost exactly a year ago at the corner of 14th and Q St, NW.

04/11/14 10:25am

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1728 14th Street, NW back in December 2013

Looks like some potential competition for Room and Baord located at 1840 14th Street, NW. Potentially huge update for the new building coming to the former International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers building in Logan Circle. District Source reports that West Elm has filed for a permit for the retail space at 1728 14th Street, NW. We have previously learned that plans for the building included:

“The current design anticipates the first two floors as retail space with two floors of office space above.”

West Elm currently has a DC location in Georgetown at 3333 M Street, NW.

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Rendering of 1728 14th Street, NW from Perseus Realty

04/10/14 12:55pm

1515 P Street, Nw

This condo is located at 1515 P Street, NW. The listing says:

“If you’re looking for “wow” factor, you’ve found it! This 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom plus loft unit features an incredible two-story living room flooded with light from a beautiful bay of south-facing windows. Other features include: wood floors, gas fireplace, an open kitchen featuring Subzero and Viking appliances, and a master bedroom with en suite bath, walk-in closet and balcony. Low condo fee. Two-car tandem parking included.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $949,000 ($417 monthly fee.)

04/10/14 12:25pm

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1401 R Street, NW

And in other anticipated openings is Red Light Cocktails & Dessert Bar is soft opening on Saturday in the former Bar di Bari space.

From a press release:

“On Saturday, April 12th, Partners Aaron Gordon, Robert Underwood, and brothers Ari and Micah Wilder will softly open Red Light, Cocktails & Dessert Bar at 1401 R Street, NW. A limited dessert menu will run for two weeks, from April 12th through April 26th. Guests can stop by nightly, from 4 PM to close, to indulge in the restaurants show-stopping desserts and innovative cocktails. Then, on Sunday, April 27th, the restaurant will open with a full menu and regular hours: Monday through Thursday from 4 PM to close, Friday and Saturday from 12 Noon to 2 AM and Sunday from 12 Noon to 10 PM.

“Distinctive craft cocktails and inspired desserts in a fun, relaxed bar will be the ideal complement to 14th St. – DC’s top restaurant destination, explains Aaron Gordon. “Who doesn’t love delicious chocolate and Champagne?”

Gordon tapped Robert Underwood as executive chef for Red Light. Underwood was previously the head pastry chef at award-winning Komi and Marcel’s in Washington, DC. His menu at Red Light will offer ten desserts changing daily, reflecting the season, and a featured soufflé. Opening selections planned include Soufflé of the Moment– white chocolate Grand Marnier; Pistachio Tea Cakes – with local strawberry jam and lavender gelato; Abuelita’s Tres Leches – with toasted coconut cake and Zapaca rum; Black & Tan Donuts – ale batter beignets with a chocolate stout filling; and aQuinoa BrûléePudding – with caramelized bananas and spicy candied cashews. Dessert choices will be priced from $8 to $10. A pre-fixe menu, complete with a cocktail or wine pairing, will also be available for $16 to $20 per person.

The cocktail menu and wine list is being developed by the talented Wilder brothers, who will serve as Red Light’s beverage directors. Since 2008, when they founded Wilder Bros LLC, they have created over a dozen successful cocktail programs and opened Fed Restaurant in May, 2013. Their innovative list for Red Light will include a selection of eight to 12 specialty drinks, as well as ‘adult’ desserts that combine cocktail and dessert ingredients for a spirited treat. Red Light’s upcoming list will include the Riverstone Slush –ice wine with seasonal nectar, shaved river stone ice and winter fruit; the Double Down –Buffalo Trace Bourbon, rose bitters, B grade maple syrup, Ruby Red grapefruit and lime; andthe Cake Shake –Red Velvet cupcake, homemade ice cream, Atlantico dark rum, Velvet Felernum and cocoa bitters. The menu will also offer a boutique wine selection as well as eight to ten Champagnes by-the-glass, including four Champagnes on-tap.

Design studio SwatchRoom is responsible for the scheme for Red Light. The intimate 27-seat interior will have ‘love-nest’ seating options of red leather banquettes and club chairs for lingering plus a sprinkling of two and four top tables. Guest can grab a stool at the dramatic concrete 18-person bar and see the chefs in action at the display pastry bar. The seasonal 44-seat outdoor patio will be the destination gathering place with its warm and inviting environment featuring communal, cocktail and lounge seating.

“The contemporary design for Red Light will call back to the dangerous and salacious history of 14th Street, a dessert lounge and a place where the edge of rock & roll is juxtaposed to classic romance through color palette, found objects, and sensual textures,” states Warren Weixler, co-owner of SwatchRoom. “The design will illuminate the natural allure of voyeurism and the intoxicating art of the performance; specifically preparing craft cocktails and delectable desserts.”

04/09/14 11:55am

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1612 14th Street, NW

From an email:

“WHAT: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace will kick off crawfish season with a Crawfish Boil on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Guests will enjoy Louisiana crawfish, whole-roasted, sustainably raised suckling pig, peel & eat shrimp, slaw, pulled pork sandwiches on the restaurant’s famous Addie’s rolls, and a selection of Southern inspired sides and desserts from pastry chef Carri-Anne Hamer, including a house-made deep fried “twinkie.” Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company Amber will complement the food for the duration of each two-hour seating. Pearl Dive Chef James Huff, who has cooked in celebrated New Orleans kitchens Delmonico and Stella, will prepare the select grade crawfish from Crawley, Louisiana with potatoes and corn, and season them with the signature Cajun “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning. All dishes will be served family style. Tickets can be purchased for $65 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity by emailing pearldivedc@gmail.com. All ticket purchases include Abita Amber and all the boil you can eat for two hours.

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 with two seatings from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is located at 1612 14th Street, NW”

04/08/14 11:11pm

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14th and Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Yesterday we learned the first Peet’s had opened at 17th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Lots of folks were curious about the status of the Logan Circle location at 14th and Rhode Island Avenue, NW. I’m happy to have finally tracked down that date – their PR rep tells me that the Logan Circle location will be one of the last to transition and will open in early December.

UPDATE: Some communication problems from the Peet’s folks. Now a rep tells me that there is no known date for a Logan location. I specifically asked if they will be opening in this location (even in a new building) and all the could confirm was that there is no opening date and they would update me “as soon as we have more information.” I’m gonna take that as a maybe…

04/04/14 4:45pm

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Photo courtesy DC MEETMarket

From an email:

Saturday, April 5th, 11am-5pm at the corner of 15th & P St NW

Opening Day at the DC MEETMarket is on Saturday, April 5th and will include live painting & free raffle by No Kings Collective and Kelly Towles, live musical performances by America Hearts, Light Arms, and DJ vANNIEty Kills, hosted by Rock-n-Romp!, an interactive photo booth for all ages, and over 40 local vendors selling their goods such as Baked & Wired, Twisted Aristocrat, Pure Palette Scents, Grey Moggie Press, Mallory Shelter Jewelry, and many more! And as always, the market is free, open to the public, and always family and pet-friendly.

04/03/14 1:30pm

11th & O

“Dear PoPville,

I tweeted you about the construction ongoing at the long vacant building of 11th & O NW (southeast corner). Here are some photos. Any idea on what’s coming in?”

Another reader writes:

“It was a corner store years ago and has been vacant /for lease since we moved in almost 2 years ago. Work started on it last week. We saw people who used to be affiliated with The Pig (the old chef?) one evening last year and they were looking at spots. They are doing a LOT of work on the space.”

Hmm, could this be the future home of Gristle?

Update from the Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association:

“The 1337 project will ultimately be a mixed-use development comprised of two large residential rental units on the top two floors of the building and a restaurant space on the ground level and first floor above.

The restaurant space has approximately 3,500 sq ft of indoor space across the two floors as well as an additional 2,200 sq ft of outdoor space, the majority of which we hope to utilize as outdoor seating – with, of course, the input and blessing of the surrounding community.”

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