“Dear PoPville,

Me and my friend saw this super sexist and creepy sign for the bathrooms at Proof DC.

We asked a woman working there about it and she said they got more complaints about it after Trump’s election. She also said they have gotten some complaints, and after one woman got really upset they took it down but then put it back out. We told them we would suggest they take it down permanently. Either way, it’s a crazy picture to instruct people where the bathroom is.”

Update from yesterday’s discussion about the above sign:

Max Kuller, owner of Proof says: “We want to apologize for offending anyone with an inappropriate sign for our restrooms at Proof. The sign has been up since we opened our doors almost 10 years ago, and when it was put up, was only meant to be tongue-in-cheek, never to offend or indicate that Proof is anything but a safe and respectful place. Our restaurant has always been an avid supporter and fundraiser of equal rights for all. We have removed the sign and apologize for any offense we have caused.”

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717 H Street, NW via Asian Spice

A reader reports last week while I was gone:

“I stopped by and the restaurant was dark with a closed sign on it. I ate there last week and the place was packed, any idea what happened?? There are not many good, moderately priced restaurants in Chinatown, this place will be missed!”

Asian Spice wrote April 12th:

“Asian Spice is closed. The employees wish to thank all our fabulous regulars, neighbors in Chinatown and all the other people who made Asian Spice a special place for the last ten years. We will miss you.
Best regards,
The staff of Asian Spice”

Updates when we learn what becomes of the prime space.

Hive oculus, courtesy Studio Gang.

First Hill Country Summer Barbecue is coming back and now this – sweet!

From the Building Museum:


Studio Gang, an architecture and urbanism practice based in Chicago, brings the latest interactive installation to the Museum’s Great Hall.

Soaring 60 feet tall and measuring 50 feet in diameter at its largest point, Hive is constructed entirely of more than 2,700 paper tubes, a common building and construction material that is recyclable, lightweight, and rapidly renewable. The tubes vary in size from several inches to 10 feet high, and will be interlocked to create weighted catenary dome shapes. The installation’s tallest dome reaches the height of the Museum’s uppermost floor and features an oculus at the top that is over 10 feet in diameter. The tubes feature a reflective silver exterior and vivid magenta interior, creating a spectacular visual contrast with the Museum’s historic nineteenth-century interior and colossal Corinthian columns. (more…)

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401 F Street, NW back in 2103

A liquor license placard for Hill Country Summer Barbecue at the National Building Museum says:

“New “C” Tavern with 250 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 499. Applicant has requested a Summer Garden endorsement and Entertainment Endorsement to include Dancing.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Saturday 12 pm – 11 pm. In previous years (2013/2014) the set up was described as:

“The immensely popular outdoor experience will open Thursday, May 1 and run through Labor Day weekend. In addition to award-winning Texas-style barbecue and ice-cold Shiner beers, the Backyard Barbecue will offer live music from local and touring artists.”

I assume they’ll aim to open May-Labor Day again – updates when they issue their full press release.


Say what you will about the Hilton brothers but they are not lazy. Next up – Crimson Diner + Whiskey Bar. I had a chance to take a quick peek and while it wasn’t photo ready it’s pretty big news for Chinatown! There are actually three separate parts. In the basement there will be the Whiskey Bar (and moonshine!?!!) and it is huge. There will be a massive bar and total occupancy for maybe around 500. Stay tuned for many more details on that front including a menu but they should open around June.

On the first floor will be the Diner. It’s a bit smaller but should fit around 150. You can expect biscuit sandwiches (ex Buttermilk fried chicken, spicy honey, bread & butter pickles, Duke’s mayo, sesame seed bun), breakfast all day, shrimp and grits and other southern inspired fare. The menu will be completely different from the Whiskey Bar downstairs. The Diner should open in early May. Also in the Diner space up front will be a coffee bar. They’ll open at 6am and the Diner will be open from 7am-2am. The space is being designed by the same folks who designed Maketto.

Finally upstairs there is a roof deck. And while the name hasn’t been finalized you can expect to sup on some oysters and charcuterie with your drinks.

Updates on all three fronts as opening dates are firmed up and more details are released.

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777 I Street, NW

From a press release:

“As its fourth anniversary approaches, Chef Victor Albisu announces changes to the interior and menu at Del Campo, his Washington, D.C. South American grill. Since opening in April 2013, Del Campo has brought the lifestyle and food culture of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru to the nation’s capital. Now, with an annual milestone approaching, Albisu is expanding the restaurant’s geographic ambitions to explore even more of Latin America’s unique flavors, while updating the dining room with dramatic touches that better match the cooking’s contemporary energy and flair. Updates in the dining room and kitchen don’t mean a total overhaul; the restaurant’s most popular features, its traditional asado, Del Campo at Dusk rooftop parties and seasonal cooking classes are stronger than ever.

“To anyone walking into Del Campo for the first time in a while, it’s going to look like an abrupt change,” Albisu says. “But this has been more of an evolution that has been taking place since we opened. Restaurants like Del Campo always reflect the passions and interests of their chefs, and those things grow as we explore and learn. Del Campo has never been a static concept, and my South American travels have really opened my eyes to the long existing interconnectivity of South American, European, Asian and North American cooking. We figured that the fourth anniversary was a great opportunity to freshen up the dining room and put some of the more interesting and adventurous dishes we have been playing with over the last few years front and center on the menu.”

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