641 Indiana Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for the heads up about Grand Trunk now hiring. I was optimistic last month and even more so when I spotted the new signage above and the reader saw the posting for jobs:


Lots of details from craigslist:


Hospitality has always been a core value for South Asian civilizations and our corporate culture is rooted in centuries of tradition. At Grand Trunk, our staff works together as a family unit, and we treat every guest as an extension of this family. Providing impeccable, world class service and raising the bar at every level is required of all our employees as we are committed to setting new standards in the industry. We seek charismatic, always positive individuals to join our team. Please understand that our application process is rigorous, and that we are only able to accept a small percentage of applicants. Extensive past experience is not always required, as we offer training in order to maintain the best team in the city for our respective positions. If you believe you have what it takes to be a part of the GT family then we encourage you to apply today!

As a company with significant expansion plans, Grand Trunk accepts applications for all employee positions year round.

Grand Trunk is an Equal Opportunity Employer and celebrating diversity is at the core of our corporate culture. (more…)

717 6th Street, NW

Last week a reader sent word that a new restaurant “with 66 seats on the second floor, 57 seats on the third floor, 63 seats on the fourth floor” was coming to the beautiful Bulletin Building in Chinatown. The restaurant has now posted a placard for a liquor license under the name Bar Deco:

“New Restaurant. Occupancy load is 357. Summer Garden with 48 seats.”

Updates when they get closer to opening.



“Dear PoPville,

I organize a Wizards fan happy hour group. We hold a 1 hour happy hour before each home Wizards game at a different bar in Chinatown/PennQuarter each time. The idea is for Wizards fans to interact with each other, as well as to explore the city around the arena.

Tonight we are going to Carmine’s [425 7th Street, NW] to check out their happy hour. The Wizards also gave me (through a contest) a $50 gift card so I’m going to cover a bunch of appetizers for our group. We meet up between 6pm-7pm.”


Thanks to a reader for sending word that demo has started at this future office building with retail from Douglas Development:

“1000 F Street NW will be a boutique, trophy quality new 11-story office and retail building located near Metro Center in the heart of Washington, DC’s East End/Penn Quarter neighborhood. The development includes ten levels of office space, ground floor retail with two levels of below grade parking. The project incorporates a two-story designated historic structure at the corner of 10th and F Streets, the facades of which will be restored and the interior completely renovated and fuilly integrated with the contemporary building.

Designed by the highly acclaimed architectural firm Shalom Baranes Associates, this building will seeks to achieve a minimum of a LEED Silver rating. The two primary street facades of the building will be clad with high performance curtain walls composed of terra cotta and metal panels with extensive portions of vision glazing accented by horizontal metal sunscreens. The building will feature multiple outdoor terraces and green roofs tops.”


Missed it in January but Washington Business Journal reported that American Eagle Outfitters would be taking 7,000 square feet.

You can see more renderings here.

Rendering via Douglas Development

Updates as construction progresses.

Formerly FroZenYo (among others) June 2014:


Photo by PoPville flickr user Joseph Leonardo

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently announced the launch of parkDC: Chinatown/Penn Quarter, the multimodal value pricing pilot, which is expected to make parking easier and reduce congestion. The pilot will encompass all 1,300 metered on-street parking spaces in the area bounded by H Street, NW; E Street, NW; 11th Street, NW; and 3rd Street, NW. This pilot will use the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area as a laboratory to test state-of-the-art strategies to make it easier to find parking spaces and reduce congestion. The project will accomplish this by doing the following:

(a) Providing real-time parking-availability information so customers spend less time searching, and

(b) Changing parking pricing so more spaces are available,

(c) Making parking signage more easily understood. (more…)

717 6th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I was running past The Bulletin building in Chinatown and saw permits up in the windows.

The permitting record makes clear the renovations are for a restaurant “with 66 seats on the second floor, 57 seats on the third floor, 63 seats on the fourth floor, for a total of 186 seats and a maximum occupancy of 311 persons.”

Would love to know more about what they’ve got planned.”

Anyone hear who’s coming to the former Muse Lounge space?

Buddy in the House
Photo from last year’s event courtesy Washington Humane Society

From a press release:

“The second annual Architects for Animals’ project, “Giving Shelter,” returns to aid Washington DC’s homeless, stray and outdoor cats on Wednesday, January 14, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at The American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Avenue, NW. The event will benefit the Washington Humane Society (WHS).

Outdoor cats with no particular home or owner are vulnerable to the harsh conditions of winter. Architects for Animals launched in New York City in 2010 asking architects and designers to create the most inspired winter shelters imaginable for outdoor cats. At past events, architects created a breathtaking assortment of stylish outdoor winter shelters to help keep homeless cats warm during the frigid winter months. The undertaking helped to create new awareness about the plight of NYC’s feral and free-roaming cats, and has since spread to DC and Los Angeles. (more…)

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Photo courtesy Luke’s Lobster

From an email:

Luke’s fans have been clamoring for the return of the lobster grilled cheese ($12) since the summer. But we knew that they’d need that pick-me-up most when winter hit. We’re excited to announce that lobster grilled cheese will be back starting Black Friday, November 28th. We’ll be cranking out hot lobster goodness to refuel fatigued shoppers. We’ll even have it on the truck!

Made with organic white bread, melted gruyere and the knuckles and claws of two and a half lobsters, our lobster grilled cheese is the perfect comfort food for happily riding out this year’s vortex/blast/character building experience. Pair it with one of our soups of the day, and you’ll be sufficiently invigorated to come back the next day, which happens to be Small Business Saturday.

As you climb out of your tryptophan daze, you’ll be happy to know that lobster’s selenium improves brain function for back-to-the-grind Monday.”