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I just noticed the rendering posted out front of the Burma restaurant that closed at the end of 2013. Here’s a clearer shot from their website:

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Douglas’ website says:

“Douglas Development acquired both 736 and 740 6th Street in 2013. The redevelopment plan for the properties is to combine the two buildings into one modern office building with street level retail. Plans for the redevelopment include adding a modern brick and glass facade to the exterior of the structure, gutting and remodeling the interior and increasing both structures to be a total of four stories.

This new property is in the initial planning stage. Plans for the property will evolve through the planning and permitting stages.
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Proposed Redeveloped Building Combining both 736 and 740 6th Street NW:

18,456 rentable square feet (4,500 sf retail; 13,956 sf office)
Redeveloped 2014-2015
Four-story class B office building with street level retail”

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736a and former Urfa tomato kabob space at 740 6th Street, NW

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614 E Street, NW

That was fast. Thanks to a reader for sending word:

“I think it was only open less than a year. I visited last week and noticed prices increased and they had adjusted for shorter hours. As someone who lives in the area, I was a fan but never thought the business model was sustainable. It will be interesting to see what fills the space.”

Bo-Dogs opened in the former Hot Potato Cafe space back in Oct. 2013.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

“Dear PoPville,

We park in a public garage in Penn Quarter that used to be fine but once the commercial building was fully occupied we noticed a regular (several times a month) overwhelming and disgusting sewage smell. Complaints to the building owner have not resulted in any action. Is there a city agency that looks into these things?”

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709 H Street, NW

Thanks to @WeinDC for tweeting us the tip:

“Is this a @Potbelly I see coming to 7th and H? @PoPville”

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The Potbelly will be located in the former Subway sandwich shop right next to the future Cava Grill (the former  Capital Q BBQ space.) A Potbelly was previously located in Chinatown nearby at 726 7th Street, NW which today is a Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. Whew.

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700 6th Street, NW

Penn Commons opened today in Chinatown by the Verizon Center across the street from Grafiato and Daikaya. Check out their menus here:

“Whether you are popping in for a quick bite before a Verizon Center event, or your want a full dinner at your leisure, we have just the menu for you!

With the resurgence of the local farmer and great American products, chef Jeff Tunks has cultivated partnerships with specific purveyors nearby… or has just made it himself. It just takes having one common philosophy: American sensibility joined with American seasonality. Penn Commons sources the highest quality ingredients whether it is local artisanal or abroad.

The menu offers a raw bar, charcuterie plate, a selection of regional entrees from across America, signature Burgers and Sandwiches as well as snacks and bites such as Custom trios of Dips & Spreads. The bar menu is available late and features casual fare perfect for enjoyment before or after events and games at the Verizon Center.”

And their facebook page says:

“Beer lovers assemmmmble! 40 craft beers are on tap representing each ale-producing state in the US from Colorado staples to small indie brews that might be your next favorite.”

You can see the full beer menu here: penn-commons-beer-menu (PDF)

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710 7th Street, NW

From an email:

“ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen is spicing up Sundays with a FREE BOWL for Capital Bikeshare members!

Beginning this Sunday, August 3, members of the popular bike-sharing program will receive a complimentary ShopHouse bowl every Sunday in August by showing their official Bikeshare key at each of ShopHouse’s East Coast locations – Georgetown, Dupont Circle, 7th Street and Bethesda, MD.

At ShopHouse, guests can customize their bowls from the entirely gluten- and dairy-free menu, which includes curries, vegetables, organic tofu and responsibly raised meats, all flavored with the bold spices of Southeast Asia. The restaurant recently introduced locally sourced, seasonal vegetables to its menu, with the addition of wok-fried kale and summer squash.”

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From an email:

“Life Out There: A Space Journey with the House Band of the Universe

Evening Seminar with performance

Friday, July 25 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., Wash, DC

What is life, really? How did it begin on Earth and where else might we find it in our solar system and beyond? David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist at the Library of Congress, and Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, offer a mind-blowing trip through space and time—set to live funky jazz. See our home in space from a cosmic perspective and search for clues to life, from the infant Earth where life first arose to the mysterious, promising depths of Saturn’s strangely vibrant moons. The journey includes previously unseen state-of-the-art digital visuals and musical interpretation by the House Band of the Universe. Definitely not an ordinary planetarium show, this is an evening that’s guaranteed to be “psychoastrobiofunkiliscious.”

Smithsonian Associates Members $30, General Admission $42. www.smithsonianassociates.org 202-633-3030 for tickets.”

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418 7th Street, NW

More progress at Jose Andres’ new Chinese-Peruvian Restaurant, China Chilcano, coming to the former Olsson’s Bookstore space and once hoped for Wagamama in Penn Quarter.

From the October press release:

“Highlighting the rich flavors, bold colors, diverse textures and unique aromas, the menu will apply time-honored Chinese techniques to Peruvian ingredients. From the classic Peruvian causas or ceviches, to Asian favorites like dim sums and sumais, the dishes will showcase Peru’s multi-cultural influences and ingredients in true Jose fashion.

Building on the success of China Poblano, the restaurant’s working name, China Chilcano, will pay homage to Peru’s celebrated fish stew and one of its more traditional drinks, the chilcano.”

You can read the full release here.

China Chilcano now has posted a liquor license placard that says:

“New restaurant serving Chinese Peruvian cuisine. Sidewalk Café with seating for 50 patrons. Total Occupancy Load is 250.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 7am-2am, Friday and Saturday 7am-3am.

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13th and E Street, NW

From a press release:

“Boss Shepherd’s will serve farm-to-table American classics when it opens its doors on July 21. Guests at the new Penn Quarter restaurant will have a variety of authentic, fresh dishes to choose from. Executive Chef Jeremy Waybright boasts diverse lunch and dinner menus that highlight years of classic southern cooking experience.

[Check out a sneak peek at the menu here: Boss Shepherd's Menu (PDF)]

“Having cooked all over the south, I am thrilled for people to experience my fresh takes on familiar comfort dishes,” said Chef Waybright. “By combining locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients with bold and exciting flavors, the menu screams American-made.” The restaurant draws inspiration and ingredients from a slew of local farms such as Path Valley Farms, Tuscarora Co-op, Lancaster Farms Fresh, The Fresh Link, Red Barn Berkshires, Northern Neck Fruit & Vegetable, Horst Farms and Next Step Produce.

Instilled with Chef Waybright’s southern inspiration, the menu boasts fresh takes on time-honored, rustic classics that can please the palate of any guest. Chef Waybright’s use of farm-to-table ingredients is evident in innovative starters such as the Maine blue mussels with sausage, cider beer, vermouth and pickled chili, or delectable bone marrow served with herbs, pickled egg, breakfast radish and toast. Ensuring that there’s something for everyone, the restaurant presents the Hamburg, a scrumptious, classic burger comprised of Virginia grass-fed beef, sweet onion and cheddar cheese on a brioche bun. For a dish permeated with flavor that truly features the main ingredient, patrons might choose the pastrami salmon sandwich, accompanied with pickled onion, baby lettuce and dill cream, atop a poppy seed bun. Of course, guests looking for classic country flavor will find the familiar in the fried chicken entrée, served with butter-poached radish, smoked egg yolk, hot sauce and a biscuit, or the Carolina trout with Meyer lemon, capers, brown butter and Wade’s Mill white grits. Boss Shepherd’s will also offer universal classics such as steak dishes and crab cakes.

Offering a diverse beverage selection, the restaurant’s back bar will feature two 5-gallon barrels of A. Smith Bowman reserve whiskey as well as the renowned Catoctin Creek roundhouse rye (92 proof). The beer selection emphasizes local breweries’ concoctions such as Port City’s oyster stout and DC Brau’s golden ale, as well as specialties from Flying Dog Brewery and Atlas Brew Works. Alongside the whiskey and beer programs, Boss Shepherd’s offers an extensive wine list of 35 American and international wines by the glass pour.

Boss Shepherd’s will be open 11am daily for lunch and dinner service Mondays – Fridays, and at 4pm for dinner service only on Saturdays.”

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Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)