Thanks to a reader for sending around 1pm:

“What is going on, street shut down, cops, police tape?”

Metro reports:

“Gallery Place’s 7th & H Street entrance is closed due to a police investigation. The 7th & F St. and 9th & G St. entrances remain open.”

Updates when/if more is known.

Update from MPD:

“At approximately noon today in the 700 block of 7th Street, NW we had an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon that occurred. An adult male suffered a stab wound to the arm by the hands of two others who all knew each other. Both suspects were immediately apprehended and identified as those involved that led to his injury and arrested.

This offense occurred in Patrol Service Area 102 and is currently being investigated by members of the First Police District Detectives Office and should you have witnessed this stabbing or have knowledge of it, we urge you to contact the departments Command Information Center immediately on 202-727-9099 and reference CCN# 16-160-991.”

courtesy Luke’s

Normally I hate these made up days but for this one I’m making an exception that exception will not be lifted again until National Eggplant Parmigiana Day. Stay tuned.

From an email:

“For folks looking for things to do this weekend, they can celebrate National Lobster Day on Sunday, September 25 at Luke’s Lobster with their Lobstah, Lobstah, Lobstah special, available for one day only! [1211 Potomac St NW and 624 E St NW]

Featuring a lobster roll, a half lobster bisque, and a skewered half lobster tail served with cocktail sauce, this festively indulgent dish clocks in at a mindful $25 on the 25th of September. It will be available at all Luke’s Lobster shacks throughout the day while supplies last (no substitutions–but who need substitutions with a dish like this on the menu?).”

courtesy Republic Kolache

From an email:

This Friday Republic Kolache will be releasing the latest in our guest chef series.. the Barbacoa Kolache. This is a collaboration with Chef Quinten Frye who in addition to his James Beard nod while running the high-end SALT in Honolulu, is also a master of cooking delicious, simple, populist Tex-Mex food

It consists of the traditional beef cheek, smoked and beer braised until it reaches a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth level of tenderness, then we pair it with pickled red onion and a cilantro lime chimichurri — basically a kolache take on the flavors you’d find in a northern Mexico or south Texas barbacoa taco.
We’re anticipating King Cake Kolache levels of excitement around this one, so we’re opening up pre-ordering now so folks can lock in their order and skip the lines. We’ll be serving the barbacoa for a limited run, weekends at our ‘Republic Kolache @ Hill Country’ popup (Fri-Sun, 8-11a)– kicking off this Fri.”

410 7th Street, NW

chinatown troubles

“Dear PoPville,

Thought you’d want to see this from last night’s Mount Vernon Triangle CID community meeting. People are at the end of the line with the Chinatown parks and the heroin and and crack market in open air 24/7, transvestite prostitution , and trash cesspool. Drugged crazed idiots accosting pregnant people, toddlers, people’s dogs etc . Police action from MPD and park police is being hindered by national park service “the benches can’t be moved because it would ruin the historic nature of Chinatown park” and the city council “most people arrested are released a few hours later except for the guy that threw blood on a cop”. One lady said she’s petrified of the day her dog eats a piece of crack and dies. 11 people arrested in less than 2 weeks . Three of them wanted felons, just hanging in Chinatown park. NPS and the council need to be held accountable. Police are doing everything they can.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

“At approximately 8:45PM a citizen was operating a vehicle in the 900 block of G Street, NW, when several suspects approached the vehicle. The suspects pulled a handgun and demanded the vehicle. The suspects took the citizen’s vehicle and fled without harming the citizen. At approximately 9:10PM this same group attempted to carjack 2 other vehicles in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The suspects again displayed a weapon and attempted to take the vehicle however in both cases the citizens pulled away and fled without being harmed.

The four suspects involved in these robberies/carjackings were captured a short time later and placed under arrest.”

dirty habit
555 8th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending the new signage.

Dirty Habit Bar Rendering
A rendering of Dirty Habit, opening in Penn Quarter this fall. courtesy MoKi Media

From a press release:

“Dirty Habit welcomes Sarah Ruiz to its talented team as head bartender. With a sommelier certification from The Court Master Sommeliers and nearly a decade of hospitality experience, Ruiz brings her attention to detail and her dedication to spirits craftsmanship to the excitingly edgy new Penn Quarter restaurant and bar opening this fall. (more…)

740 6th Street, NW

Last Monday we learned that “wagyu corned beef reubens, babka gelato sandwiches and more” was coming to Chinatown. It was deliriously good news. Now on top of the grub you’ll be able to, hopefully, get some suds from Shmaltz Brewing Company. The liquor license placard for On Rye says:

“New Restaurant. Fast, casual sandwich shop with a modern take on the Jewish deli. Total Occupancy Load is 89.”

I’ll see ya there as soon as they open…

on rye liquor

705 H Street, NW

From an email:

&pizza, the unconventional collection of local pizza shops known for their craft pizza, housemade sodas and ampersand-tattooed employees, will open its first shop in Chinatown at 705 H St NW this fall.

The new store will launch&BAR, the brand’s new curated beverage concept, with three signature easy-drinking cocktails made with &pizza’s housemade craft sodas and &TEA. &WINE and DC Brau beer and refreshing non-alcoholic versions of &SODA and &TEA will also be available. (more…)

901 F Street, NW

A couple weeks ago we learned that The Smith Washington DC will open in early 2017 in the former McCormick and Schmick’s space at 9th and F. The placard posted out front says:

“A neighborhood restaurant serving American brasserie food. Offering Entertainment and a Sidewalk Cafe with seating for 42 patrons. Total Occupancy Load of 346.”

Looking west on F Street towards the coming Succotash spot in The Equitable building: