705 H Street, NW

Back in June of last year it looked like &pizza had bailed on their Chinatown plans (though their PR folks said they were still coming it just wasn’t clear when.) Apparently things are back on track as they’ve just posted a liquor license placard:

“Total Occupancy Load is 99 seats.”

Updates as they get closer to opening.


817 7th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I was walking by the former Mehak Indian restaurant on 7th Street NW when I overheard someone say the new Asian restaurant in its place was having its soft opening on Sunday at 11:30 am. So, I stopped by. I may have been the first customer. The restaurant is named “Reren Lamen & Bar.”

I recalled the earlier misspellings spotted on a job flyer in the window of the same space and thought about gently telling them how to spell “ramen,” but all the staff had matching shirts with the word “Lamen” embroidered on them, and I somehow didn’t have the heart to say anything. I did, however, echo the belated idea of one waitress to put a copy of the menu in the window!

The menu is focused on noodles and dumplings, and the owner is from China. The staff seemed uncertain but super friendly and eager to please. They offered me free dessert. Clearly, this is a group of rather inexperienced folks, but the food was perfectly decent and pretty fairly priced, I thought. The ramen noodles were definitely homemade and were a good texture — not limp and soggy. I’ll go back.

I wish them luck!”


Photo by PoPville flickr user washingtonydc

First there was word of Springsteen at Nats Park, then Hamilton at the Kennedy Center and now the Verizon Center gets in on the action with “The Incomparable Streisand”:

“The Incomparable Streisand to Play 9 Cities in August; Back in Brooklyn for 2 Shows

Tour To Be Followed by the Release of Upcoming Album, ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway

Tickets go on sale May 25

Barbra Streisand, who last year became the only recording artist or group to achieve #1 albums in each of six decades, will bring her legendary live performances to 9 cities in August, it was announced today by her longtime manager Marty Erlichman. Streisand will perform her hits from each decade plus songs from her new album, ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, celebrating a career of unparalleled creative achievement. Every ticket purchased online includes a CD of Streisand’s new album, which will be released later this year.

August 18 Washington D.C. Verizon Center”

915 E Street Northwest

This rental is located at 915 E Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Bright South-facing 2BR/2BA in heart of Penn Quarter. Hardwood floors, Berber carpeting w/private balcony. Maple cabinets, granite counters, ceramic tile floors, walk-in closets. Two assigned parking spaces in garage and one storage unit. Luxury bldg with onsite mgmt, rooftop terrace, club room and exercise room. Nearby restaurants, shopping, museums, and entertainment”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,350/Mo.


From Weschler’s – Auctioneers & Appraisers:

“Weschler’s is pleased to announce highlights from the May 13 Capital Collections Estate Auction. The sale will include a fine assortment of jewelry, fine art, silver, American and European decorations and furniture, rugs, 20th century works of art and Asian works of art. Works featured range from contemporary pop-art prints by Keith Haring and Andy Warhol to furnishings from the estate of Washington D.C. socialite, Patricia Thompson Dixson.
The estate of Patricia Thompson Dixson, who was a dynamic presence on the Washington D.C. social scene in the 1980s and 1990s, will make up a large part of the furniture and decorations portion of the sale. The Georgetown home of the D.C. real estate broker, whose A-list clients ranged from DC politicians to Hollywood directors, was the scene of frequent extravagant parties, political fundraisers and charity events. Furnishings on offer include the larger-than-life sized Woman Walking Beside Hollyhocks by French artist Marie Félix Hippolyte-Lucas ($15,000-$25,000), a George III blind fretwork carved mahogany serpentine console table from the last quarter 18th century ($3,000-$5,000) and other 18th century period French and English antiques. (more…)

700 5th Street, NW

The liquor license placard for Free State says:

“Small, new neighborhood Tavern serving craft beer, cocktails, wine, and pre-packaged snacks. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to offer live entertainment. Total Occupancy Load is 120.”


And upstairs is where Bantam King is coming from the owners of Daikaya. Standby for more Ramen and Japanese Fried Chicken soon!


A peek inside Bantam King:


Via Poke Pop DC

“Poke Pop DC Opening Day Pop-Up!

Bringing #DC traditional Hawaiian #pokebowls with a global twist! Fresh #fish in bowls, courtesy of Chef Kevin Tien and Logan Hollers.

Thursday at 11 AM
Prequel DC
918 F St NW

Bringing big flavors to the big city! Poke Pop DC combines traditional Hawaiian poke bowls with global influences, using only the freshest fish and local ingredients. Come check out our initial pop-up events at Prequel DC, on Thursday, May 5th and Friday, May 6th!”

Check out the menu after the jump. (more…)

715 7th Street, NW

A reader reports:

“I just wanted to update you about the former City Sports space in Chinatown. Modell’s pulled out on picking up the lease left by City Sports. and now Comcast will take over by opening a Studio Xfinity store sometime this year.

“STUDIO XFINITY brings together the best TV and Internet technology in a new, one-of-a-kind store experience”

Now word on the exact opening date as they are still remodeling the space.”

gallery place
Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh Bassett

WMATA tweeted just after 1am:

“Red Line: All trains are bypassing Metro Center & Gallery Place due to police investigation. Expect delays in both directions.”

NBC Washington reported:

“Metro police said a man was stabbed early Saturday morning on the platform at the Gallery Place Metro Station.”