all purpose
1250 9th Street, NW

From a press release:

“All-Purpose Pizzeria in Shaw will serve Sunday brunch from 11am until 2:30pm beginning on Sunday, April 9.

Chef Mike Friedman and his team have created a variety of classic brunch dishes with creative Italian American twists. Dishes include The Continental, an assortment of house made salumi, seasonal fruit, cheese, pizza toast, butter & jam; Eggs Fra Diavolo (a twist on eggs in purgatory) with calabrian chiles, soft polenta, feta and basil; Crispy Fried Potatoes with a rich gorgonzola crema; the Tigelle ‘Egg & Cheese’ Sandwich with fried mortadella, egg, provolone and arugula; a Nutella Bomboloni (an Italian-style filled donut) topped with an airy whipped ricotta and sprinkled with powdered sugar. (more…)

axum poboy2
1934 9th Street, NW

Big news for the former Axum space in Shaw. A liquor license application has been filed for Po Boy Jim 2:

“New Class “C” Restaurant with 150 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 180. The licensee has
requested an Entertainment Endorsement to provide Live Entertainment.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Saturday 11 am – 4 am.

The original Po Boy Jim opened on H Street back in July 2014. Check out their menu here. Updates as they get closer to opening 2.

Dino's Grotto PoPville
1914 9th Street, NW

From an email:

“Dino’s Grotto’s Beverage Director Ric Newton is excited to introduce a new menu of classic cocktails made with local spirits. These cocktails will be on the cocktail menu for $10 and are also part of our Happy Hour where all signature cocktails are $8.

To kick the menu off, Dino’s Grotto will have representatives from the distilleries on hand Thursday, March 16 from 7 pm on. We will offer these cocktails at Happy Hour pricing all night {$* per} plus when you order your first District Cocktail, we will send out a complimentary deviled egg with crispy jamon serrano & seasonal crostini.

DIno’s Grotto will donate $1 of each cocktail purchase to Shaw Main Streets, the organization behind so much of what makes Shaw so exciting today!

The cocktails: (more…)

944 Florida Avenue, NW

BarredinDC reported:

“The cozy spot, officially known as Darnell’s at Manchester, shut down after 6+ years after the building housing it was sold at Florida and W NW.”

For many of us, things were never really the same after the Blind Dog Cafe pop up ended. Updates when we learn what becomes of the space near 9:30 Club.

And since I’m getting all nostalgic – anyone remember Mocha Lounge?

mocha lounge popville

10th and N

This rental is located at 10th and N Street, NW. The craigslist ad says:

“1 bedroom/1 bath for $1,699

This one bedroom condo is located on the first floor of a three unit building. It offers a safe, comfortable and affordable living space. This one bedroom condo has it all and is a wonderful place to relax and unwind.


Large kitchen
Hardwood floors
Open layout
Ample closer/storage space


604 R St NW

This house is located at 604 R Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Perfect location. Less than a full block from Shaw Metro and steps away from groceries, DC’s hottest dining and downtown. This property has been professionally maintained and is perfect for a busy DC life. Pregame for brunch on the deck in the back, entertain in the expansive dining room and living room, and rest up to do it all again in the four bedrooms above. Everyone will envy this location.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2 bath is going for $857,000.

clean up signs popville

Thanks to Tim for sending the update: “There is a new sign up next to the you need a boyfriend one. He should just clean up his back yard.”

Last week we shared the saga between a neighbor(s) and the restaurant owner of Corduroy and Baby Wale in Shaw. To be honest I’m kinda speechless. Don’t get me wrong it’s beautiful in a Middle School tantrum sort of way and I certainly don’t condone throwing eggs, if indeed that happened, but Jesus Fracking Christ. Seriously? This all feels like a very Trumpian reaction. To what end I ask? What is the purpose? What does one hope to gain by such action? Such provocation. Will this improve the impasse? Bridge the divide? I don’t fracking think so. So, to gain publicity? Maybe. I know that restaurant competition has heated up in Shaw but there’s gotta be a better way. Anyway, wishing peace to all parties before we regress to Elementary school.

Update from owner of Baby Wale via email:

“My goal has never been to get publicity out of this situation. I have not contacted any media outlet first. Attached are photos of how we found our cars Friday night at 11:30 PM. Looks to me that the eggs were thrown from the Whitman. Not sure where the concern for the cleanliness of the alley was in that action. I think rats like eggs too.”