Photo by Farrah Skeiky

From a press release:

“The Dolcezza Gelato Factory and Coffee Lab re-opens its doors for the season Today, April 14th. Since its opening three years ago in March 2014, the retail portion of the DC Gelato maker’s hub closes during the winter, and re-opens upon the start of spring.

Photo by Farrah Skeiky

This time, the Factory opens with a new addition: Milkshakes. The drinks all have a gelato base, and some are inspired by flavors or copettas (gelato sundaes) guests have already enjoyed at our various locations. The opening menu of milkshakes ($8 each) includes:

Lemon Pound Cake
Lemon pound cake pieces, meyer lemon sherbert, whipped cream, candied lemon zest

Coffee & Cookies
Stumptown Hair Bender espresso gelato, stracciatella-covered biscoff cookies, whipped cream

Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Vietnamese cinnamon gelato, Cinnamon Toast Crunch pieces, whipped cream, cinnamon powder

The Factory is the only location to find milkshakes, and there may be new flavors or menu changes in the future.

In addition to milkshakes, the cafe will continue to offer coffee service and gelato. Because guests are enjoying Dolcezza at the source, the gelato at this location is served shortly after it is spun, and the menu features our greatest hits and newest flavors. For our opening weekend, that menu includes:

Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Indonesian Vanilla Bean, Coffee & Cookies, Vietnamese Cinnamon

Meyer Lemon

Clementine, Grapefruit Hibiscus

The Dolcezza Gelato Factory also retails pints and push pops of our gelato and sorbet, Stumptown Coffee, Paisley Fig snacks, and Dolcezza merchandise when available.

HOURS: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.”

dolcezza_factory 550 Penn Street, NE
550 Penn Street, NE

1309 5th Street, NE

From a press release:

“TasteLab, a Culinary Incubator in NE DC, launched a marketplace at Union Market on Tuesday, April 18th. The marketplace features an eclectic mix of food and beverages made exclusively by the over sixty-five small businesses that produce their products at TasteLab. The Grand Opening Celebration will occur over the weekend of April 22nd & 23rd and feature tastings and product demos.

courtesy TasteLab

“Not only will this marketplace allow us introduce all of these incredible products and entrepreneurs to the thousands of people who visit Union Market on a daily basis, but we will be creating a new revenue stream for our members and in some cases, putting them on their first shelves,” said Ryan Hansan, Founder of TasteLab. (more…)

noma map
via google maps

Matt reported just after 10pm:

“One gunshot fired outside of NoMa Metro, M Street. Shooter took off running up MBT ramp; police on the way. Possibly 1 person shot”


A reader reports:

“Wanted to make everyone aware of a car that was dumped and set on fire in the G Street block in NE. Someone set a car on fire right next to a fence that proceeded to set fire at 1030am yesterday. It is a miracle it didn’t continue down the fence and damage the entire row of backyards, the tree or heaven forbid the houses. Please neighbors stay on alert!”

Video after the jump. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

I was on my way to work with morning when this speeding SUV veered into the bike lane on Columbus Circle by Union Station, coming within a foot of sending me to the ER. I went up to the car at the stoplight and politely asked the driver to please be mindful of cyclists, at which point the driver, an older gentleman in his late 50s, screamed through the window “I DON’T CARE! I SHOULD HAVE HIT YOU!”

So seeing as though I likely have no legal recourse, public shaming is all that’s left.”


Thanks to a reader for passing on:

“DDOT has proposed their plans for “fixing” the Dave Thomas Circle at Florida/New York/Eckington Place. They presented their plans on Tuesday night in NOMA and are looking for the public’s feedback by April 21st.”

Given how maddening Dave Thomas Circle has become – which of the five proposals below do you like best?

Which do you think they’ll go with?

Check out all the proposals after the jump. (more…)

cherry blast

From a press release:

Events DC Cherry Blast! will kick off the finale weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on Friday, April 14 from 7pm to 11pm at Dock 5 at Union Market. Both in celebration of the annual blooming of the cherry blossoms and inspired by Japanese nightlife, Events DC Cherry Blast!, a premiere event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, is a one-of-a-kind multi-sensory experience.

By transforming Dock 5 into a vibrant streetscape highlighting Japan’s dynamic culture and ambiance, Events DC Cherry Blast! guests will be immersed in:


wunder garten
Fruhlingsfest, Photo by Sam Kittner

From an email:

“Wunder Garten (1101 First St, NE) welcomes the arrival of spring with Frühlingsfest, a German tradition akin to Oktoberfest.

Head to the beer garden Thursday, April 13 through Saturday, April 15 for live music, authentic German fare, Stein holding competitions and more games.

The party kicks off Thursday, at 4 pm with DJ Lehi and the tapping of the traditional Maibock keg. Specifically made for consumption at spring festivals, Maibock is a paler, more hopped version of bock, a strong, German lager.

No ticket purchase necessary!”

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1305 5th Street, NE Photo by Joy Asico

From a press release:

“Union Market, northeast D.C’s vibrant culinary and retail district, will kick off its monthly drive-in movie series this Friday, April 7 at 8pm with feature presentation The Royal Tenenbaums. The special screening marks the start of Union Market’s annual classic American drive-in experience, which in partnership with Getaround, is held in the parking lot (1305 5th Street NE) and projected onto the market’s wall. Each family-friendly showing is free for walk-up film fans in the picnic area, or costs $10 per car. (more…)