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418 7th Street, NW

Remember Wagamama?

Back in October 2013 we learned that Jose Andres would be opening a new Chinese-Peruvian Restaurant, China Chilcano, in the former Olsson’s Bookstore and once hoped for Wagamama on 7th Street.

Their website says:

“The latest brainchild of chef José Andrés and his talented team, China Chilcano celebrates the rich culinary diversity of Peru and brings an exciting exploration of this multicultural cuisine to our nation’s capital. The restaurant celebrates Peru’s deeply rooted and diverse culinary heritage, including its native Criollo, Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei cuisines; its name an homage to Peru’s celebrated fish stew and its popular national drink, the Chilcano.

At China Chilcano, Criollo exists in every single dish on the menu, whether it’s joined by Nikkei, with nigiri served on a bed of causa, a signature dish of puréed Peruvian potato, or Chifa, through a chaufa dish made with fried bananas. Also present throughout the menu are dishes that have come to embody the native style of cooking. Chifa is where traditional Chinese techniques meet the exotic flair of Peruvian ingredients, while Nikkei features Japanese-inspired dishes using native techniques and ingredients.

China Chilcano welcomes you to discover José and team’s unique take on contemporary Peruvian cuisine, an intriguing amalgam of authentic and innovative dishes that are, in a word, unforgettable. Bold flavors, heady aromas and the buzz of excited diners take you on a sensorial journey that is anything but everyday.

Signature dishes like chifles and anticuchos reflect its native Criollo, while its Chinese Chifa is evident through flavorful stir-fries and freshly made dumplings from our lively dim sum bar. Experience Japanese Nikkei cuisine with Asian-style ceviches and tiraditos, as well as Peruvian-inspired nigiris. Imaginative cocktails feature an extensive Pisco library and essential Peruvian desserts serve as the perfect complement to your exploration of Peru and its food.”

Today’s the day:

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A peek inside after the jump. (more…)

616 E Street Northwest

This unit is located at 616 E Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Fabulous 2-level, 1,200-square foot unit in great Penn Quarter location. Tastefully renovated by current owners – hardwood and marble floors, 3 newly renovated bathrooms, new carpeting, new fixtures! Amazing Clara Barton building offers wonderful amenities: 24-hour front desk, beautiful lobby, conf center, party room, gym, theater, rooftop deck w pool & views! Onsite parking available – $255/month”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $650,000 ($770 monthly fee.)

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1019 7th Street, NW

From an email:

“In case you haven’t heard already, we’re moving! We’ll be opening at 700 5th Street NW on January 3rd, while our new home at 440 K St NW gets ready for us. Lucky you: we’re having a moving sale! Come help us move some product from our shop to your home.

FYI: Our holiday and moving hours are…

December 24th: 10-4
December 25th: CLOSED
December 26th – 29th: 12-5
December 30 – January 2: CLOSED
January 3: Normal hours resume at 700 5th Street!”

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700 5th Street, NW

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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:

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Lots of details from craigslist:

JOIN OUR FAMILY

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…)

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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.

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“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.”

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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.”

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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.

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Rendering via Douglas Development

Updates as construction progresses.

Formerly FroZenYo (among others) June 2014:

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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…)