I love this one not far from 9th and U Street.
I love this one not far from 9th and U Street.
1330 U Street, NW
Back in mid-September we took an early look at Fainting Goat located in the former Urban Essentials space at 1330 U St, NW. Since the design team was the same one that did Boundary Stone, Red Hen and Baby Wale I had very high hopes for how it would turn out. As expected – awesome:
14th and T Street, NW
From a press release:
“The best cocktails in the city are being served on 14th Street at Bar Pilar and Café Saint Ex, where legendary DC bartender Owen Thomson has taken over as Beverage Manager.
“I want to bring some of the interesting products and techniques that I’ve found along the way to the art of drink-making in a neighborhood bar,” said Thomson, who left Range to take over the sister establishments. Thomson was so well-loved by customers at Range (home of “Top Chef” Bryan Voltaggio) that he has been nominated Bartender of the Year for his pouring prowess and friendly demeanor behind the bar. Thomson said that despite his popularity at the upscale destination, he was ready for a change. “I prefer bars over restaurants,” he said. “A restaurant bar is just a stop-off point – you’re there for the dining experience. In a bar, you’re there to relax, hang out. There’s a communal atmosphere.” This is always how it’s been for Bar Pilar and Café Saint Ex – destinations long before the newfound popularity of the U Street corridor, where the sister hot spots are now like familiar friends in a sea of new faces. This move is in keeping with the company’s tradition of small restaurants with recognition for their bar programs. Former Bar Managers for the group include Jonathan Fain (now General Manager of Cafe Saint Ex) and Adam Burnbach of 2 Birds, 1 Stone.
Regulars and newbies are sure to want to be first to sample one of Thomson’s newest creations at Bar Pilar including the amusingly named Middle Child (rye whiskey, simple syrup, lemon and fennel) and Lose the Moustache (Mezcal, grapefruit, beer and sriracha salt). “Mixologist” is one word for people like Thomson who are equal parts scientist and cocktail chef, but Thomson pooh-poohs the newfangled technical term. “I’m a bartender,” he said. Still, Thomson is always tinkering, trying new recipes, meticulously measuring, stirring, seeking that perfect balance of flavors, which is what makes his cocktails among the most sought-after in the city. The new cocktail menu at Saint Ex is in process and will roll out in the coming weeks.
Thomson has big plans for the future. In departing from Range, he brought with him two of his favorite bartenders, Ben Wiley and Noah Broaddus. He set to work immediately training them on how he envisions these bars so that there are never any empty stools. Once his mission is accomplished, he will hand the reins over to his protégés and move on to his own bar on Florida Ave., slated to open in a year or two. (more…)
1212 U Street, NW
We’ve previously admired Alphonse’s new awnings but now the plywood has come down from their front window and it looks like it’ll be the roll up variety. Sweet.
Photo by PoPville flickr user fromcaliw/love
I have a horrible story that should go out as another FYI to people. I live in a small condo building near U Street and we have a small, but gated, front lawn. Recently two of us in the building gave birth, making it now 3 kids in our 6 unit building, and we began leaving our strollers outside of the building, inside the gate and right next the front steps (as our other neighbor with a 3 year old has been doing for years). Well, this morning (sometime between 10am and 11:30am) as I was sitting in my living room with my 4.5 month old, my neighbor’s stroller got stolen from our front patio, just feet from my front door!
Am I being naive to think no one would take a stroller? I just think this is awful and I hope it’s a lone incident and not another thing we have to watch for in this area.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user thisisbossi
From an email:
“the farmers are harvesting everything in they fields, the stands will be overflowing with everything you want for Thanksgiving, whether you are a carnivore, omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. All local, all delicious.
Come see us.
On Friday, I was leaving work and walking to my car, parked on V Street NW between 11th and 12th. Typical scene– dog walkers, middle schoolers heading home, and so on. I got into my car and as I leaned out to close the door, one of the middle school girls slammed my door. At first I thought she was trying to show off in front of her friends, but soon those friends started kicking my car and abruptly ran off. I unsuccessfully tried to follow them, and I didn’t get a look at their uniforms to identify what school they were coming from. There was no damage to the car, but I’d really love to know if others in the U Street/Shaw area are experiencing similar situations so that we can open up a discussion on how to address the issue of teenage violence towards adults.”
This rental is located at 1007 V Street, NW:
The listing says:
“Luxury 3-story townhouse (not a condo/apt) with spiral stairs, 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, open 3rd floor sunny atrium/loft great for work or yoga, private roof deck (view of Washington Monument and fireworks), wet bar; the backyard has a remote operated scrolling gate and room for 2 private off-street parking spaces (in series) or you can use it for one car and a backyard patio — perfect for grilling.
$4000 per month (OBO) plus utilities, 50% furnished (this is flexible), available December 15 (flexible), minimum one year lease and one month’s deposit.
Professional kitchen with stainless steel appliances (Bertazzoni wrought iron gas range, Miele refrigerator and dishwasher, Bosch built-in microwave), Vetrazzo recycled glass counters, bamboo hardwood floors, exposed brick and ductwork, electric skylights, excellent for houseplants, high efficiency heating/cooling, sound system wired throughout, front loading high efficiency washer and dryer, Toto dual flush toilets, tankless never-ending hot water, deep soaking tub.
Located in the heart of the U Street Corridor and its renaissance, but on a quiet street one block from all the fun (music, food, wine, theaters, etc.) and one block from the Metro.
1400 square feet interior.
170 square feet private exterior roof deck.
150 square feet front yard.
400 square feet exterior back yard patio (offstreet parking).
Please note that this is two bedrooms only (the third floor atrium will not be used as a bedroom). This home is perfect for a couple, one person or two housemates who are looking for high-end, occasional work-at-home, studio and great outdoor spaces.
No pets. No smoking.”
You can see more photos here.
This 2 bed/1.5 is going for $4,000/Mo.
1410 U Street, NW
From DC Noodles’ facebook page on Nov. 2nd:
“What’s that? I think I smell noodles. . . lots of new noodle dishes coming your way very soon. Pay attention for an announcement from DC Noodles regarding our reopening!”
I took a peek in the window last week, and they kept the mural:
Stay tuned for an exact date when they announce it.