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2438 18th Street, NW

Good news for Donburi fans – well good news for Donburi fans who’d like a beer (or sake) with their rice bowls – they’ve just posted a liquor license placard.

Also an interesting note from them on their faceboook page:

“Many of you have noticed that we are busier than we ever have been before. During the past year we have been fortunate to receive a wide variety of positive stories in the local news, and we are currently one of the most highly rated Japanese restaurants in DC on Yelp. The flip side of this is that our popularity and growth, which is entirely due to the loyalty and devotion of our customers, means we have to constantly reevaluate how we prepare for service and then cook and present our food to you.

It sounds cliche, but behind the scenes we spend a considerable amount of time considering feedback and constructive criticism. Every Yelp review we receive is reviewed by the entire staff, from the owner to the people who do prep, and oftentimes reviews and comments have influenced the way we do things. If at any time your experience is less than satisfactory, please reach out to us either in person, via email (we have business cards at the register), or through social media (Twitter and Facebook).

We wouldn’t be here without you! Thank you all for helping to make us such a success!”

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2003 18th Street, NW

From the owner:

“We are excited to announce The Blaguard’s 4 year anniversary party is this Monday, October 20th. Celebrating 4 years of bringing the neighborhood together for good times, friendships and epic jukebox takeovers with extended happy hour, tastings from our new menu, and giveaways including our annual anniversary Blaguard hat starting at 6PM (limited quantity available).”

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From a press release:

“Last year the Adams Morgan Partnership BID, in collaboration with Cultural Tourism DC and the Art4All DC festival, launched PorchFest to bring music of all styles out from the confines of walls and into the light of day. The free event returns Saturday, October 18th, from 3 pm to 7 pm. With maps (handed out on the day of the event at 18th and Columbia) in hand, music fans, families and neighbors can follow their ears through the tree-lined side streets of Adams Morgan to experience a wide range of music styles, from brass bands and Brazilian beats to blues, rock, jazz and soul.

“More musicians and musical styles can be experienced here at PorchFest on one day than at any other time of year,” says Kristen Barden, Executive Director of the Adams Morgan Partnership BID. “And seeing them play in a setting like this — in front of the beautiful homes in our neighborhood – is a rare opportunity.”

PorchFest could have some high level talent this year, as members of the National Symphony Orchestra may be added to the schedule this week. And street favorites Brass Connection will join several other bands at the 18th and Columbia Road headquarters throughout the day.”

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1658 Columbia Road, NW

From the artist:

“To everybody,

I want to let you know that the Potter’s House Mural, “The Light of the World,” is gone. It was painted over with beige paint today Tuesday October 13, 2014 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. The first coat was applied at around 1:00 pm and the second coat was applied between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.

I just want to say thank you to all the people who supported the mural. Thank you for your letters of support and your gracious comments supporting the preservation of the mural. I guess all of these signs of support and appreciation were not enough to save it. However, I am very thankful to all of you for your support! Thanks to all of you who signed the electronic petition and the paper petition and who gave me moral support. There was not a day that went by without a person stopping me on Columbia Road or calling me on the phone or emailing me, asking me about the status of the mural and giving me words of encouragement and telling me they hoped the mural would stay. This means a lot to me! I feel very thankful to have seen all of these signs of support and appreciation. (more…)

1880 Columbia Road Northwest

This condo is located at 1880 Columbia Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spacious and bright high floor 1BR + Den/1.5 BA unit with loads of upgrades. Large LR/DR area w/wood burning FP, updated Kitchen with SS counters & high-end appliances. Spacious Den/Study with wall of built-in cabinetry/shelving (could be used as MBR) leads to the GREAT walk-in closet, the updated full bath and the BR area. Possible in-unit W/D, reserved parking & great location w/walk score of 94″

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1.5 bath is going for $499,503 ($586 monthly fee.)

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2431 18th Street, NW

Holy cow, how’d I miss this?!?!? A couple weeks ago we learned that Sakuramen would be expanding upstairs into the former Botanica Yemaya space at 2441 18th Street, NW. Well that’s the tip of the iceberg. The Washington Post reports:

“Cho signed a lease on the long-vacant Cafe Lautrec/Cafe Toulouse building at 2431 18th St. NW, where he will open a new pan-Asian restaurant concept.”

Fortunately the Post says they’re keeping the mural, thank God. It’s located right next to La Fourchette which early last month we learned was for sale:

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18th Street looking north towards Sakuramen

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

I live in Adams Morgan and there is a vague notice posted in my building from the City saying that the water will be shut off for 6-8 hours, Tuesday, starting at 7 pm. Is it just me or is this absurd? Our front desk person thought perhaps the work would end at 7 pm, but the notice is kind of unclear. Is nighttime construction work a common practice in the city? If so, is the water usually turned off during the whole window of time?”

Ed. Note: When I lived in an apartment building near the Zoo it was not uncommon to have daytime water cutoffs but we never had one at night. Anyone else ever have one at night?