1654 Columbia Rd, NW

A little over a week ago I shared the great news that the former Döner Bistro space (previously Shawarma King) would become a BBQ spot from the original pit master at the original DCity Smokehouse. Now we know the name – Federalist Pig – Que 4 the People.


Take a peek at the menu here.

Their facebook says:

“Federalist Pig is a regional American barbecue restaurant in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

We will be opening our doors this Friday!

18th and Columbia Road, NW courtesy the Adams Morgan BID

From Festivus to a Living Blog the kiosk now offers a chance for those who wish to thank 44.

“Dear PoPville,

Adams Morgan spent the thanksgiving holiday thinking of what they are thankful for…then created a way for the community to share their thoughts. The kiosk at 18th and Columbia, NW is now covered in blackboard and ready to go. Chalk provided. Here is what the first person wrote.”


located upstairs above the old Mixtec space at 1794 Columbia Road, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I was going to book some classes at Bits of Thread, a sewing shop in AdMo that offers great how-to classes, as Christmas gifts but it looks like they’re going under. I’m so bummed! Wishing the best for the owner and all the staff.

“In a creative business like this where overhead is high and margins are low, going through such a slowdown pushed things underwater very quickly. I tried as much as I could to keep things afloat for the sake of our students and the creative community in DC, but unfortunately these efforts were not enough and it is time to let go. Our last day of classes will be December 17th, 2016.”

1770 Columbia Road, second floor

But nearby… “Bristle Hairdressing, opened in August 2016”

1780 Columbia Road, NW

“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I live in Adams Morgan and are very excited for the Line Hotel to be completed. Do you know if there are plans to put a bar and/or restaurant on the roof?”


Back in March I shared the scuttlebutt, since confirmed, that Toki Underground founder and Maketto’s Erik Bruner-Yang and Woodberry Kitchen’s Spike Gjerde would be opening up restaurants at The Line. Anyone happen to know if there are roof top plans?

Rendering via Mill Creek Residential

From a press release:

“Mill Creek Residential, a leading multifamily investor and operator specializing in premier apartment communities across the U.S., today announced the start of construction and redevelopment of the former Italian Embassy building located at 2700 16th NW, which will be preserved and converted into 134 luxury apartment homes.

The acquisition, renovation and redevelopment of the site is being made possible by an investment from Rockwood Capital, a privately held real estate investment firm with $9.3 billion in real estate assets under management. Helaba is providing the construction financing for the project.

“Simply put, the historic revitalization of the Embassy, coupled with the vibrancy of the neighborhood, will make this one of the premier communities in the Washington, DC region” said Sean Caldwell, senior managing director of the Mid-Atlantic region for Mill Creek.

As part of the redevelopment, Mill Creek will maintain the Neo-Renaissance architecture of the building and construct an adjacent nine-story high-rise with two levels of below-grade parking. The existing Embassy building will be renovated to contain a select number of the community’s exclusive townhouse-style residences, which will face a private courtyard and garden, as well as the community’s amenities.

The community will consist of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartment homes that feature premium high-tech and high-end features. (more…)

2309 18th Street, NW

Speaking of Cuba… This is most recently the former homes of CZARS 11 International Tapas & Exhale BAR, Pi Pizzeria and Bottoms Up Bar and Blue Fin.

Back in 2008

The liquor license placard for Barada says:

“A Cuban cuisine restaurant with a Total Occupancy Load of 124 seats. The Summer Garden will have a Total Occupancy Load of 35 seats.”

Can Cuban finally break the curse of 2309 18th Street? Stay tuned for updates as they get closer to opening.



This rental is located at 2550 17th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Model Studio Residence in the Ontario 17 Condominium now available for Rent Now. Completely designed w/custom furnishings, lighting, shelving, decorative art pieces, fully customized closet system and much more. Sun-filled residence also has its own large, private balcony and comes w/a storage unit. Building offers a stylish modern lobby, a rooftop terrace w/gas fire pit and Monument views.”


You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,950/Mo.