Cherry Blossom PUB 3
“Flower Power” (Photo by Farrah Skeiky)

From a press release:

“After the massive success of the holiday-themed Miracle on 7th Street pop-up experience, Drink Company returns this Spring with the Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-up Bar), where James Beard Award-nominated Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th Street) and Southern Efficiency (1841 7th Street) will take on Japan with a cherry blossom-inspired transformation debuting Wednesday, March 1.

The two bars will roll out new decor and exclusive menus, inspired by Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful season. Draped in pink, Southern Efficiency will feature an origami crane chandelier and an impressive collection of maneki-neko, Japan’s world-famous lucky “waving cats” against a beautiful backdrop of cherry blossom art by iconic D.C. artist Maggie O’Neill. At Mockingbird Hill, nostalgia will reign supreme with an ode to the beloved Super Mario Bros., featuring an entire room dedicated to the Mushroom Kingdom and a special corner reserved for super villain King Koopa.

Cocktails and food from the creative direction of Senior Bar Manager Paul Taylor will follow the theme, too, including drinks like the “King Koopa Cup,” a mix of Japanese whiskey, Genmaicha “popcorn” tea and ginger syrup with a lemon “crown” and “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Smaller,” made with vodka, mandarin orange, pomelo and apricot soda. Classic Japanese bites like gyoza, seaweed salad and a katsu sandwich will also be on the menu, alongside Japanese sake, beer and whiskey offerings. In addition to the themed food and drinks, guests can expect a Mario Kart contest and bartenders wearing red caps and overalls for the duration of the Cherry Blossom PUB, which will stick around through April 15.

“Japan has always been a source of inspiration for me and, as a native Washingtonian, cherry blossom season is something we look forward to every year,” says owner Derek Brown. “This pop-up brings together some of my favorite things under one roof, including both classic cocktails and Mario nostalgia. Just imagine our Miracle on 7th Street pop-up with a mustache and horde of hand-waving, lucky cats.”

The Cherry Blossom PUB at Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency will be open March 1 through April 15, 5pm to 12:30am Sunday through Thursday and 5pm to 1:30am Friday and Saturday.”

Check out the menu after the jump. (more…)

seylou bakery
926 N Street, NW

Despite the recent demise of Chao Ku, Piassa, Table, Shaw Bistro and A&D in April – all is not lost for 9th Street. A reader reports this great update:

“The Union Kitchen Market (SE corner of 9/N) is now open, the place that’s going into the old Rogue 24 location (next to La Colombe) looks like it’s close to being done Ed. Note: Monkey King and there’s the bakery (pictured above) at 926 N.”

Seylou Bakery & Mill’s website says:

“opening late Summer 2017

A Whole grain bakery
We specialize in
100% whole grain
freshly milled artisan breads
made in a wood fired oven
as well as
healthy and nutritious
pastries, teas and coffees.

We hope to delight your senses and nourish your body.

Seylou means “eagle” in the Mandinka language of West Africa. (more…)

469 Ridge St NW

This rental is located at 469 Ridge St, NW. The craigslist ad says:

“$1925 / 1br – Superb Shaw Hideaway!

Set in a boutique 8-unit building, this adorable one-bedroom unit is perfectly situated in Shaw! Step into a bright living area with recessed lighting and hardwoord floors that has an open layout feel. As you move into the kitchen, there is a small breakfast bar that creates a flexible seating area for you or guests. Modern, stainless steel appliances fill the galley-style kitchen. Down the hall, you’ll find an updated bathroom and a spacious bedroom that can accommodate a Queen-sized bed. A washer and dryer round out the space.


This building has a fenced-in, shared yard that is perfect for lounging or entertaining! (more…)

606 Florida Ave, NW

Nice! Thanks to Tom for the heads up about Rito Loco’s roof deck plans.. Bloomingdame told us on Friday: “They got a grant but still need BZA approval. Case next week.”

Looks like they’ll be ready by spring if the BZA goes through. And don’t forget they have a liquor license now, I think that went through, or at least it should by spring as well. Stay tuned:




On January 9th I posted that Chao Ku was for sale. I don’t know the details but they’ve now closed. So the curse remains despite some initial denials. On Friday City Paper reported:

“It made sense just to let it go. The road was too long,” says owner John Fielding. “We just never got the foot traffic to make it work, and we spent so much money on the buildout.”


1414 9th Street, NW is now the former home to Vegetate, Cafe Eagle, Taqueria Mexicana, Eagle (again), Northern Restaurant and Secret Lounge and Sports Bar and Chao Ku.

Thanks to all who emailed.


apreski (1)

From a press release:

“Après Ski DC
La Jambe, Shaw’s only French wine bar
1550 7th Street, NW
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 – Sunday, February 26, 2017

In keeping with French tradition co-owners David Bloom and Anastasia Mori bring you Après Ski.

“a·près-ski: the social activities and entertainment following a day’s skiing.”

Bloom’s vision was to create a seasonal event focused on something other than the holidays. Après Ski translates to “After Ski”.

La Jambe will be transformed into a winter wonderland equipt with all the coziness and warmth you’d long for after a day on the slopes. In addition to their regular menu they will also be offering a special menu featuring raclette which is a dish comprised of three types of charcuterie and a boiled potato smothered with melted cheese. (more…)