PbS rollout Map
“Week 1 is on the right of the map and week 2 is on the left.”

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today it is launching a new, simpler way to pay for and manage parking in the Penn Quarter and Chinatown areas of Washington, DC.

Pay-By-Space parking will improve the parking experience for vehicle drivers. Pay-By-Space means drivers will now park in defined spaces, read the four- or five-digit space number on space marker posts, and then enter the number at the payment kiosks, or on their mobile devices with Parkmobile. There is no need to display a receipt on a dashboard.

Between October 13 and October 27, 2015, DDOT will roll out Pay-By-Space parking in the area from E Street to H Street, NW and 3rd Street to 11th Street, NW, as shown on the map above. (more…)


Don Rockwell confirms the news that’s been rumored for a while – Oya has closed at 777 9th Street, NW. Oya’s website says:


After more than a decade OYA is closing a chapter on Sept 20 and reopening a new chapter in Winter 2015 as BOE.

We were the venue for numerous celebrations, met wonderful families, made forever relationships, and so many wonderful employees, managers and chefs. There are simply too many people to say thank you to and so many incredible experiences to recount.

La Colombe’s first DC spot in Blagden Alley Spot

About a year ago we learned that La Colombe had plans for a second DC cafe in Chinatown. Though they had hoped to open early 2015 – happy to see plans still continue. From the Washington Business Journal‘s permit patrol:

900 Sixth St. NW: Interior work only in this Sixth and Eye streets building to ready a ground-floor space for incoming coffeehouse La Colombe.”


From a press release:

“This summer the DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) started it’s new Maker-in-Residence (MIR) program. The MIR program is a one-year residency that gives makers, designers, artists and community hobbyists an opportunity to explore, create, and share innovative projects using the library’s tools and resources in the Labs @ DCPL, the DC Public Library’s MakerSpace at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.DCPLF, along with generous support from the Friends of Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, have given a stipend to two artists, Billy Friebele and Mike Iacovone (both MFA graduates of Maryland Institute College of Art), who will create one significant work of art over the course of the residency, and will also host talks, teach classes and provide on-site training and guidance for anyone interested in the MakerSpace technologies such as robotics, 3D printers, wearable electronics, furniture making and design. (more…)

6th and H Street, NW

Back in July we learned:

“Beef n Bread is a fast casual down to earth sandwich shop inspired from living in Boston (what pizza is to New Yorkers, Roast beef is to Bostonians).”

They had their first soft opening on Tuesday and will have another starting at 11:30am on Wednesday. They’ll be open until they “run out of meat and bread”. Stay tuned for regular hours next week from 11am to 10pm. And in the future we’ll see Breakfast and Late Night hours too. In the meantime – looking forward to hearing what folks think of the sandwiches!


1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“After 167 years, America’s third oldest, continuously operating restaurant, Tadich Grill, will open its doors on the East Coast on Thursday, October 1 at the corner of 10th and Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.

Located strategically between the White House and the Capitol, the D.C. version of this iconic restaurant will be at the pulse of the political district, just as the original is in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district.

Staying true to its roots, the Tadich Grill tradition of fine seafood and meats grilled over mesquite, established in San Francisco, will continue in Washington, D.C. Under the direction of Executive Chef Wil Going, menus will be prepared from scratch and printed daily, serving the freshest seafood, meats, poultry and produce available. (more…)

477 H Street, NW

Movement on the Cigar Bar the placard says:

“New tavern will operate a cigar lounge serving food and alcohol with a seating capacity of 16 patrons. Total occupancy load of 29. Entertainment Endorsement will provide a DJ and solo performances.”

The BURN by Rocky Patel Facebook Page for their Naples, Florida locations says:

“our evolved cigar lounge is a luxury experience drawing on Mediterranean, Asian, and Cuban cultures.”

Stay tuned.

Next door to Chinatown Coffee.


crime museum closing
575 7th Street, NW

From the Crime Museum’s website:

“Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances…

Crime Museum will be closing its doors to the public on
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

Tickets still available — visit while you can!

We would like to thank you for your support over the years. We will continue to post updates on this website.

After we close, several programs will still be offered to the public.

Programs that will continue AFTER September 30th:

– Assassinations in the Capital Walking Tour
– Traveling Forensic Educational Programs
– Team Building
For more information see the links below or contact events@crimemuseum.org.

The Crime Museum opened on May 23, 2008. The museum’s conception began when Mr. John Morgan, successful entrepreneur and respected attorney, was amongst the tourist crowds on a trip to Alcatraz Island, the former federal prison in San Francisco, CA that’s now a national park. After his tour of the prison, he decided that a museum that discussed the history of crime, punishment, and crime scene investigation was needed. His goal was to make it interactive and to also honor law enforcement. He partnered with his friend John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted to bring his vision to reality.

Crime Museum Mission
The mission is to provide guests of all ages with memorable insight into our nation’s history of crime and its consequences, law enforcement, forensic science, and crime scene investigation through a captivating, interactive, entertaining, and educational experience.”

Good to see they’re keeping a sense of humor about it: