700 G Street, NW

From Free State:

“Please join us for a spring Punch Night featuring recipes from seven DC distilleries on Monday, March 27th starting at 7pm. Representatives from the distilleries will be there to mingle.

Monday, March 27 at 7 PM – 2 AM

Join Cotton & Reed, Don Ciccio & Figli, One Eight Distilling, Jos. A. Magnus & Co., Republic Restoratives, Capitoline Vermouth and New Columbia Distillers for a Punch Party at Free State Atlantic Bar!! Each distillery will be creating a punch featuring one or more of their spirits for you to enjoy. Let’s get together, kick back and celebrate all your hard work.”


Thanks to Andy for sending the update. Back in December we learned Hen Quarter would be taking over the former Austin Grill space.

The Pheast website says:

“Pheast Food Group was created by foodies, for foodies, with the mission to create an incubator dedicated to farm fresh, sustainable and edgy food concepts – be it fast casual, quick service, or full service – and to have a lot of fun doing it!

Our first new concept out from the team led by Chef Fred Raynaud, is Hen Quarter – an ode to the best of Southern fare and classic cocktails. Dishes full of flavors that can only come from the best in farm to table design. The first two locations in Old Town, Alexandria, Va and downtown Silver Spring, MD will be complete in summer and fall 2016. (more…)

806 H Street, NW

ZPizza replacement solved – Poke Papa. Washingtonian reports:

“In addition to raw fish like ahi tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, proteins will include Thai-style minced chicken salad and tofu. The bowls will be finished with a range of sauces (wasabi shoyu, yuzu, sriracha aioli) and toppings (mango, seaweed salad, avocado). The meals will come in three sizes ranging from around $7.49 to $12.99 with two to six “scoops” of proteins.”

Stand by for a “mid-March” opening. Updates when we learn the exact date.

Back in January we reported that Poki District would be coming to the former Amorini Panini space at 906 F Street, NW so Penn Quarter is all squared away on the Poke front.

9th and G St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

As I’m sure you know, the Martin Luther King, Jr Mem. Library closed March 4th for three years, leaving hundreds of homeless without a good centrally located place to go and get services during the day, when the shelters are closed. Would you please consider posting this quick video of protestors outside MLK as the doors were finally closing?”

9th and G St, NW

From the DC Public Library:

“Who: Francine Houben, architect, Mecanoo Architecten
Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director, DC Public Library

What: Present and discuss the new documentary ³A Legacy of Mies and King²

When: Wednesday, March 1; 6.30 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

What do you do with a library designed in the sixties by world-famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King Jr.? This was the question Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, had to answer when she was commissioned to modernize the District¹s central library.

The documentary ³A Legacy of Mies and King² follows Houben as she investigates the past and present to design the library of the future. Houben delves into library archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current library visitors and participates in the District¹s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade to understand how to give the library a new future.

The screening is part of the events celebrating the closing of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

A discussion with Francine Houben and DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening.


About the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Modernization (more…)

“Penn Quarter/Chinatown pricing adjustments will occur within the red boundary, between H Street NW, 3rd Street NW, E Street NW, and 11th Street NW.” via DDOT

From a press release:

“Beginning Monday, February 27, 2017, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will implement a new parking meter rate schedule in the Penn Quarter and Chinatown neighborhoods. This is the second quarterly parking meter rate adjustment as part of the Penn Quarter-Chinatown pilot project to improve parking availability through demand-based pricing.

The study area includes on-street parking spaces bounded by H Street NW, 3rd Street NW, E Street NW and 11th Street NW. The pilot aims to reduce the time needed to find parking, improve turnover of high-demand parking spaces, provide better parking information to motorists, and reduce congestion by adjusting prices based on observed demand for parking on a block-by-block basis.

Parking meter rates on individual block faces in this area will range from $1.50 to $3.25. As with the previous price adjustment, the rates on each block face will vary by time: weekday morning, weekday midday, weekday evening, and Saturday.

The table below provides a summary of the number of block faces that will have quarterly demand-based meter rate adjustments. Blocks identified for adjustments are shown in the figure below: (more…)

781 7th Street, NW

Apologies for the delay in posting – and thanks to all who emailed and tweeted. I have no excuse except for the fact that I’m battling a bit of a fruit fly problem that is slowly driving me insane. But never mind that… Richard Sandoval’s Zengo closed last week and the Washington Business Journal reports:

“Circa, the neighborhood brasserie with several other locations around Greater Washington, will open in the Zengo space at 781 Seventh St. NW.”


You can see Circa’s menus here.

And on their website they have a coming soon slot for a Navy Yard location too (99 M Street, SE.)