395 mess
“photo via Capital Crossing cam #2 7:36 AM today”

“Dear PoPville,

The new entrance portal to 395 from Massachusetts Ave which opened this weekend?

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“the perfectly clear new signage that was there to guide motorists this morning…”

Per the press release, the goals of the portal are to “achieve improved traffic flow and a much safer environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.” It fails on both scores.The new portal is ONLY for traffic entering 395 from Mass Ave heading east.

What is not mentioned in the DDOT press release, but is acknowledged here is that the existing entrance ramp on third street was used by THREE other sources of traffic: (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Across from the building I was having drink at, Sixth Engine, I noticed a situation going on. Seems like people were being evicted. Earlier a couple had been out front and upset to come home from work to find their belongings on the sidewalk. They both left and and everything remained. While it’s none of my business what happened, I was surprised to see some people roll up and start loading the stuff into an SUV. The items had been on the sidewalk for a while and the people who came out of the SUV seemed more interested in picking through the items for things of value than movers would have.

Attached is a picture of the SUV loading the evicted people’s items into it. Does it seem odd that they had to clear out a lot of unopened Amazon boxes to make room for other things as well?”

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81 H Street, NW looking west towards Walmart

Update from Alexander W. McCall: “It’s already open.”

Coming soon signs went up in June but the space now looks like it can open up any day:

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Check out Quickway Hibachi’s menu here.

“We bring the Teppanyaki (teppan, Japanese for griddle; yaki, grill, broiled) cooking technique to a quick service restaurant setting. The proteins are prepared fresh on the open grill in your full view, a true cooked to order signature dish.

We offer choices of salads, sides, and sushi, all prepared from All Day Fresh™ ingredients and homemade sauces.

Plus, we really care if you have a cool place to eat. We build our space to be clean, convenient and modern.

Of course, our food is healthy, with reduced salt, no trans fat, and no MSG.
And yeah, all this in a value package.

So if you are looking for freakin’ good food, with quick, quality service, then welcome and enjoy!”

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901 Massachusetts Avenue NW

From a press release:

“Washington, D.C. chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella will open Arroz in the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C on March 27 for dinner; lunch and weekend brunch service will begin later this spring. Arroz, Spanish for rice, is Isabella’s contemporary take on the cuisines of Southern Spain and Morocco.

Isabella welcomes executive chef Michael Rafidi to helm the kitchen and collaborate on the menu. Originally from the area, Rafidi returns to Washington, D.C. from Mina Group in San Francisco, by way of Noma in Copehagen and Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia. Most recently Rafidi served as executive chef at Michael Mina’s RN74.

“Spain has always been one of my favorite countries to explore and dine around – the deep variety and strong regional identity of Spanish cuisine is unlike anything else,” Isabella said. “I’ve recently had the chance to travel around Morocco as well, and was fascinated by how much these areas influence each other’s art, architecture and food. I think Arroz captures that intersection, and Michael Rafidi is the right chef to collaborate on this concept. I’m excited to share our interpretation of these food cultures with D.C.”

On the Menu (more…)

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From an email:

“Exposed DC Photography Show – 11th Annual Exhibition

Tickets on sale now!

– Featuring 43 images of the Washington metro area

– Opening reception: Thursday, March 9, 6 to 10 p.m.

– Exhibit hosted by brand new event space AJAX, 1011 4th Street NW

– Exhibition magazine available for purchase, featuring all the winners

– Best in Show awards chosen by a panel of distinguished local photographers

– Beer provided by Bluejacket Brewery; Beats by v:shal kanwar

Advance tickets: $20. Door tickets: $25 (more…)

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1251 9th Street, NW at N Street

Union Kitchen Grocery:

“Corner store featuring local products from more than 50 Union Kitchen Members and Alumni, everyday essentials, and delicious breakfast and lunch options.”

jan 25th menu
“now featuring bagel breakfast sandwiches”

They’ve just posted a liquor license placard that says:

“New full-service grocery store with a Tasting Permit.” and hours are listed as Sunday 8:30 am – 11 pm, Monday through Friday 7:30 – 10 pm and Saturday 8:30 am – 11 pm.”

Updates when an exact opening date is announced. Their Capitol Hill location remains open at 538 3rd Street, NE.

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