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Thanks to Wendy for sending: “The place next door to the Brightwood Lofts has been abandoned a while, and this morning my dog and I woke up to find it on fire.”

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More video and photos from DCFD after the jump. (more…)

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From an email:

“BRIGHTWOOD – Get ready Georgia Avenue, here comes something meatier!

The BBQ Bus food truck is hanging its own brick-and-mortar shingle at 5830 Georgia Avenue NW in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, DC.

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courtesy BBQ Bus

The BBQ Bus Smokehouse will feature the well-loved smoky sandwiches and picnic plates served from the food truck since 2011 plus original additions created in honor of the surrounding Brightwood community, including a new Georgia Avenue Gold slow-smoked pulled pork sandwich.

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courtesy BBQ Bus

Other dishes include soy and brown sugar brined chicken wings, baby back ribs, Angus brisket, choriozo mac and cheese, and bacon mashed potatoes.

BBQ Bus Smokehouse opens in May.

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Photo of Lynda Carter by Pablo Raw

For folks who were bummed about the changes implemented last year, look away! Though perhaps this is a good opportunity to reasses the under utilization of Carter Barron and maybe this’ll come out better all around when repairs are made.

From NPS:

“As the result of a recent structural assessment, the National Park Service has determined that the Carter Barron Amphitheatre stage has structural deficiencies and cannot safely support the weight of performances. This means there will not be concerts or other performances at the Carter Barron this summer.

We know how much the community loves the Carter Barron, and we are working to get it back in action as soon as possible. We invite you to join us for concerts at Fort Dupont Park’s Summer Theatre while we address this important safety issue.

We will continue to share information as we have it. Updates will be posted here on our website.

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Which option are you pursuing, and why?

We investigated options, including short- and long-term repairs, and determined that rehabilitating the stage (Option 3) is the best choice. This option would ensure that the amphitheatre meets all current codes and is accessible for all, and it would last for 75 to 100 years.

We remain committed to finding solutions to preserve this amphitheatre and will keep you informed as we move forward.”

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5832 Georgia Avenue, NW

Man oh man, remember Brightwood Bistro? Finally a new tenant!! From an email:

“We just leased 2,932 sqf of space at 5832 Georgia Ave to Imm Thai

They will call it Imm on Georgia (just as they do for IMM on H) and expect to be open in early 2017

They have two locations currently, H Street and Annandale.

The is a commercial condo and was vacant for years. Former tenants included Brightwood Bistro and Ibex. [Ed. Note: Don’t forget Meridian!] The bistro had a loan from the city of 500K. Last occupied the spaces back in 2011. The Bistro tried in vain but was not able to make it.

Capital Retail represented the landlord. Imm Thai represented themselves.

We are excited to have this corner reactivated.”

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“Dear PoPville,

A few years ago, PoPville reported on the sale of the old Jackie Lee’s building on the eastern end of Kennedy. [Ed. Note: At the time listed at $1,300,000.]

Well, it’s on the market again, [for $749,000] and they’re targeting a restaurateur:

Solid ALL BRICK Commercial property in Northwest DC. Zoned C2A. Main level is Restuarant and upper level can be used for other commercial purposes. New wiring, 2 New HVAC, (1 on each level), and New hot water heater. Lots of work has been done to this property; new owner just need to finish from where the seller left off. Good conveniently located to main traffic. THIS WON’T LAST LONG.

It would be awesome to have a great restaurant in this beautiful and historic building. Fun fact: before it was Jackie Lee’s it was Hofberg’s Delicatessen.

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“Dear PoPville,

I’ve seen cars with these “notes (don’t block this space”) and suspect it’s likely the homeowner who expects the spot in front of their house to be reserved just for them. Interestingly enough the area generally has abundant parking so even if you were in “this space” there’s likely one just a few feet ahead or behind. Seems like someone got fed up with it! (Also there were several signs placed in the area. All have been ripped down expect this one. Apparently “this space” letter-writer doesn’t appreciate getting notes about acceptable behaviors.)”

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Rendering via Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority

But will there be a Wegmans?!?!

From a press release (yesterday):

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner for a ceremony recognizing the transfer of the Walter Reed Campus to the District Government.

“The wait is over and a new beginning is in sight at Walter Reed,” said Mayor Bowser. “Today marks an important milestone for Ward 4 and for residents across all eight wards. The Walter Reed Campus is one of the most important development projects in the District – it will bring jobs, affordable housing, economic opportunity and pathways to the middle class for thousands of residents.” (more…)