duccini raise
1778 U Street, NW

Earlier this week we noted that Pizzeria Trattoria had closed in Adams Morgan. Didn’t take long for nearby neighboring jumbo slice pizza purveyor, Duccini’s, to jump at the opportunity. Mikaela Lefrak updates us with the stunning news last night:

“Duccini’s just raised their jumbo slice prices and my heart is breaking. (a $1 increase. These are dark times.)”

All I can say is:

2435 18th Street, NW

The former Toledo Lounge space (briefly Libertine) has been fully transformed. Rosario’s website says:

“The new spot, Rosario, is a tribute to chef Rosario Patti, a mentor of Smoke and Barrel
chef Logan McGear.

We hope you enjoy the delicious food, handcrafted cocktails, and exquisite Italian wine selection, all presented to you in an atmosphere that will transport you to a sensual dining experience.

Executive Chef

Chef Logan McGear has a far more diverse culinary background than his Arkansas roots might have you believe. Although it was a connection to his home state, and experience with BBQ, that ultimately brought him to Smoke & Barrel in DC in 2011, he’s always drawn from a global arsenal. His early career in Hot Springs began in 2003 as apprentice for Chris Rix at French-Asian fusion bistro The Exchange and in 2005 for Mirabelli Restaurant Group at Pompeii Cafe & Wine Bar.

As someone with a thoughtful understanding of cooking technique, lusting after further cultural growth his ambition led him to the tutelage of Chef Rosario Patti in 2007, the namesake of our Rosario. Rosario and his partner Santo had restaurants previously in Manhattan and San Francisco before relocating to a slower paced Arkansas. McGear has always loved Italian food so it was only natural for him to seek a position under a hero of the category in Little Rock. It was there that he sharpened his focus upon a regional fare, and began to understand the intricacies of Italian, when one looks beyond the Americanized iteration.”

Check out the menu:

Rosario_Menu (PDF)

Wine_Cocktails (PDF)

rosario facebook
via facebook

ben tre
2418 18th Street, NW

The liquor license placard for Ben Tre says:

“A neighborhood restaurant serving Vietnamese cuisine. Seating capacity of 20 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 20. Sidewalk Café with 6 seats.”

Ben Tre opened up in the former Yamas (and various shawarma spots) space back in August. Props on proper sign! Any fans of the pho?

pop's seabar

From Pop’s Seabar (1817 Columbia Rd, NW):

“The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is right around the corner and Pop’s is here to be your home for watching all the games. We will be open for all the 67 games to decide the national champion; ready to serve you our delicious menu of food and drink while you watch your favorite (or most hated!) team.

$5 Miller Lite Tallboys and rotating food specials will be available every day.”

1866 California Street

This rental is located at 1866 California Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1700 / 1br – Available April 1! Fantastic Adams Morgan Location. 1 bed/1 bath.

Coming Available April 1!

1 bed/1 bath English Basement unit! (Not a typical Basement).
Great sunlight!
Full kitchen including dishwasher!
Tons of closet/storage space!
Central HVAC.
Small front patio area.
Washer/Dryer in unit.

1700.00 plus electric. Located on California Street between 18th and 19th. Blocks from everything! 18th Street nightlife, U Street Corridor, Harris Teeter, Gyms, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Boutiques and so much more! Short walking distance to both green and red metro lines. Rentals are based off the 1st come 1st serve system. Be the first to see it! Contact Andrew (EMAIL please) to schedule a showing.”



“Dear PoPville,

There’s a whiteish skinned man with freckles on 18th Street near California almost every day that I walk by to work around 10am. He loiters in that area wearing a white cap (looks religious), big black coat and backpack, carrying a large trashbag in each hand.

He tries to spit on me, at least in my direction, every time I walk by. When I try to cross the steet before reaching him, if he spots me, he actually will pursue and cross the street as well.

I really don’t know what to do. Is spitting harassment worth calling cops? I noticed he doesn’t spit on men, and I have never seen other women around to know if he spits on other women or not. I’m female in my early thirties. What can I do?”

Ed. Note: You may wish to connect with the DC Mental Health Mobile Response Team.