03/07/14 10:30am

108 Rhode Island Ave, NW

More good restaurant news for Bloomingdale – this time on Rhode Island Ave near Boundary Stone and Grassroots Bakery – from an email:

“Plans are moving forward with the space at 108 Rhode Island Avenue, NW. The application for a liquor license has been submitted, and placards are going up later today for El Camino, a full-service restaurant featuring traditional-style Mexican food with a variety of Latin cocktails, by the partners behind 1905 Bistro & Bar. Tony Lucca and Phil Rodriguez (also of Sticky Rice DC) hope to open the Bloomingdale restaurant later this summer.”


03/05/14 10:22pm

1648 North Capitol Street, NW at R Street

We first heard about plans for Pub and the People back in October:

“A neighborhood restaurant and bar with 70 seats indoors and a potential for up to 100 outdoors. The largest patio in the area will also provide a view of the U.S. Capitol Building (which will be nice, assuming it ever reopens). Indoors, the space will bring the atmosphere of DC’s early pubs and restaurants. Think exposed brick and wood, not suspenders.

We have recruited Chef Dan Dalcin, currently Sous Chef at the award-winning Black Salt in Palisades. Chef Dan’s menu will offer traditional American cuisine, and will draw influence from several other cuisine types: Southern, Southwestern, Seafood, Asian, and Vegetarian.”

And we saw some renderings later that month. And now they’ve applied for a liquor license:

“New Tavern serving high-quality American Fare with entertainment for special events, live music, karaoke and community speaking events. Total occupancy is 99. Sidewalk Café with seating for 125 patrons.”

Very much looking forward to this becoming a reality.

North Cap looking north

North Cap looking south

Firehouse at the southern end of the 1600 block of North Capitol Street, NW

Ed. Note: On Washington Firehouse Restaurant’s facebook page they wrote on Jan. 30th:

“Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, emailed their representatives, and came out to support The Washington Firehouse Restaurant. Our ABRA hearing lasted almost 7 hours yesterday and we should hear back from the board within 60 days as to their determination on our application and the hours of operation. As soon as we hear from the board we will post the news on our Facebook page. Thank you again and have a great week.”

02/03/14 1:00pm

2119 Flagler Place Northwest

This unit is located at 2119 Flagler Place, Northwest:


The Listing says:

“Fantastic 2-level PH w/ high ceilings, exposed brick & great light, marble Kitchen & Baths, good closets & UNBELIEVABLE ROOFDECK. Quiet street but close to it all in Ledroit, Bloomingdale & hotspots along 1st Street, steps to restaurants, coffee shops & new development – great neighborhood! PKG AVAIL FOR $30K! Taxes/SF estimated & photos of similar unit”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $669,900 ($238 monthly fee.)

01/28/14 2:30pm

1828 1st St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

The Mini Mart on 1st St in Bloomingdale (between Red Hen and Yoga District) has also not been open since Christmas, and I’m wondering if you or any of your readers know what’s going on? It’s one of a few prime commercial spaces in our neighborhood, and I hate to see it going to waste.”

Hmm, I noticed it’s gate just got a fresh coat of paint – so something’s going on. Anyone know?


01/17/14 2:15pm

Rendering via Bonstra architects

Empty lot at Florida Ave and North Capitol St.???

“Anyone know anything about the empty lot at Florida Ave and North Capitol St.?

I checked the DC zoning map, and it looks like a planned unit development (PUD) was approved way back in 2009 for a mixed-use building (residential and retail). But, obviously nothing seems to have happened since then.

I moved to the neighborhood recently and just curious if anyone has information on it!”

a reader responds:

“As a nearby resident, I received a official statement in the mail yesterday notifying me that the recently-proposed amendment to the PUD had been approved.

While I don’t have any additional information, I’m hopeful this is a sign things are at least moving in the right direction.”

Bonstra architects write:

“1600 North Capitol Washington, DC
This 7 story, 86,000 sf mixed use Planned Unit Development will provide up to 100 residential units along with streetfront retail. Two levels of below-grade parking along with a loading area will be accessed from Florida Avenue. At the North Capitol Street facade, a lively play of window bays and brick planes compliment the massing of the residential townhouse bays to the north. Its cylindrical tower directly relates to the Capitol Building to the south while containing the main building entry.”

See the full fact sheet below:

1600 North Capitol Fact Sheet (PDF)

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01/10/14 12:30pm

1626 North Capitol Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending the petition ANC Commissioners Should Support the Liquor License Application for The Washington Firehouse Restaurant:

The Washington Firehouse Restaurant will be a neighborhood restaurant where people will gather to dine with family, friends and neighbors. More than just a local bar or eatery, The Washington Firehouse Restaurant will serve as a neighborhood and community gathering place that will promote community, increase neighborhood security, and add value to local properties. The Washington Firehouse Restaurant will also serve as a destination for other residents of Washington, D.C. allowing them a glimpse of everything that the Bloomingdale neighborhood has to offer. (more…)

12/19/13 1:00pm

152 U Street Northwest0

This house is located at 152 U Street, Northwest:


The listing says:

“Looking to own in DC? Here’s One For You! (Also an Investors Dream). 3 Level, Brick TH, in a GREAT location. 3 BDRMs, 1 FB, Upper Level, Sep. Living Room & Din. Room, EIK, Back Enclosed Porch/Den, all on Entry Level, 2 FPs, Central Heat, Sky Lights, Unfinished BSMT, Rear Driveway w/Fence, Deck, Home Warranty Incl. Looking for Best Offers Only.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1 bath is going for $625,000.

12/18/13 11:30am


In late October we looked at some cool rendering for the planned future McMillan Development at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site at North Capitol and Michigan Ave, NW. At that time we were told they were hoping to get “shovels in the ground by summer 2014 and deliver the first buildings in 2016.” You can read more about the plans here. In the meantime check out some more renderings I hadn’t seen from Envision McMillan:


“View from a rooftop at Park Place, you can see the the multi-family building, the North Service Court entrance and the pocket park atop preserved Cell 14.”


“Bays on the residential building pay homage to the three sand bins it faces. The building can accommodate a 50,000 SF full service grocery store complete with underground parking. — at North Service Court & North Capitol Street.”


“New buildings on both sides of the Court are set back to give emphasis to the iconic cylindrical Sand Bins. The new healthcare facility brings 3,000 jobs to Ward 5. — at North Service Court & North Capitol Street.”