821 Upshur Street, NW

Ed. Note: Domku closed after a decade back in June.

From a press release:

“Anna Bran Leis and Shawn Leis who own DC Empanadas, announce the opening of their new concept, Taqueria del Barrio, in the Petworth neighborhood early 2017.

The modern taqueria will serve lunch and dinner with a solid bar program and then start brunch a little bit down the road. Anna has tapped cocktail expert Chris Martino to run the bar program and will have Mikey Torres in the front-of-the-house as General Manager. In the kitchen, Anna will be the Chef, as well. The menus will be comprised of tacos, tortas, a bar menu with appetizers, and traditional Mexican entrees as well as traditional desserts with a twist. Everything is going to be very authentic and scratch made, down to the tortillas. (more…)


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Featured Property: 706 Rock Creek Church Rd NW Condos-Unit 1 & 2
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Assigned Ownership: Condo

Unit 1: Still ACTIVE
Original List Price: $699,000. Current List Price: $679,900.
Monthly Condo Fee: $243.00
Square Footage per Listing: 1450 Price per Square Foot: $469.
List Date: 10/06/2016 Days on Market: 56

Unit 2: Settled 11/30/2016-Unit 2 included a private roof deck
Original List Price: $779,000. List Price at Contract: $779,000.
Monthly Condo Fee: $243.00
Square Footage per Listing: 1450 Settled Price per Square Foot: $537.
List Date: 10/06/2016
Days on Market: 6
Settled Sales Price: $779,000.
Seller Subsidy: $1500.
Settlement Date: 11/30/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post for Unit 1 can be seen: here.

The listings can be seen here: here.


Like much of the rest of the city, condo conversions began appearing near the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro Station in 2004. A number of previously single family homes on the same block as the subject properties have since been parceled into two or three units. (more…)

3714 14th Street, NW at Quincy

So they underestimated the reopening date. It will be worth the wait for the El Sol reincarnation! Stay tuned for an exact opening date, (I’ve sent an email for confirmation) possibly Dec. 1st according to their website:


“Mexico City Street Food, Small Plates, Authentic Cuisine, Entrees, Fresh Ceviches, Weekend Brunch Specials, Craft Mezcal Cocktails – by chef Alfredo Solis, owner of El Sol, and his sister, chef Jessica Solis.”

looking north towards Red Derby and Lyman’s Tavern

809 Upshur Street, NW

From an email:

“Starting this Thursday Lost Sock Roasters  will be doing a coffee pop-up in our space every Thursday-Sunday (730-12sh).

They will be doing drip coffee, pour-overs, and espresso drinks from beans they roast right on kennedy st.

We will be doing the food: wood-fired bagels, breakfast empanadas, and few other small things.”

See the full menu: lost-sock-pop-up-menu (PDF)

819 Upshur Street, NW

A reader reports at 8am:

“Not much to go off, but it would appear Twisted Horn is changing names. Does DC need another Hank’s concept though??”


Hank’s Cocktail Bar’s facebook page says:

“Allow us to reintroduce ourselves… as Hank’s Cocktail Bar.

We will continue to offer the same seasonally focused, high-quality food and drink menu, the same affordable prices, and the same great neighborhood vibe that guests have come to know and love at The Twisted Horn as well as JL Restaurant Group’s sister venues, Hank’s Oyster Bar & Hank’s Pasta Bar.

“We’re excited to share this name change with you all,” Owner, Chef & Restaurateur Jamie Leeds says. “We would always refer to The Twisted Horn as our cocktail bar, so why not call it that. As JL Restaurant Group expands and as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of The Twisted Horn in January 2017, we wanted to bring the cocktail bar under the Hank’s brand.”

Before Twisted Horn:



From Walters Sports Bar [3632 Georgia Ave NW]:

“At 8:30 this morning Walters was broken into through our back door. Looks like 2 males jumped our back fence, broke our back window out and gained entrance. 2 hooded males with sparkly shoes stole our cash register and a case of Powers. While we appreciate their taste in whiskey if anyone saw something please let us or Investigator Kevin Decker 202.715.7506”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“I apologize ahead of time for the long story.

Thursday November 10th at around 6:15pm I was pulled over by a DC police officer. The encounter was really strange and a little unsettling, so I’m wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences. Below is the encounter:

I was driving north on New Hampshire Ave, passing the Georgia Ave intersection, and turning right on Rock Creek Church Rd. The light at the intersection was green as I entered and turned yellow shortly thereafter. I was out of the intersection before it turned red. So I turned right on Rock Creek Church Rd and pulled up to the curb to park. I turned my car off and when I turned to get out of my car I noticed there was a car pulled up directly to my left, blocking me in. It was a police car (flashers were NOT on) and the officer was sitting inside it just staring at me. I rolled down my window and said “hello” – the officer did not respond but continued to stare at me. I then asked a series of questions including: Is there something I can help you with? Have I done something wrong? Am I in your way? The officer did not answer any of my questions, but just continued to stare at me. Confused, I took off my seatbelt and was about to try and open my door, when he started backing his vehicle up. I figured he was leaving, but instead he backed up to be diagonal behind my vehicle and then turned his flashers on.

He immediately got out of the car and walked up to my window and asked why I went through the light on yellow. (more…)