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From a press release:

“What: D.C. City-Wide Karaoke Championship
When: Monday, August 1, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Penn Social, 801 E Street N.W.
Who: 8 competitive teams, celebrity judges, hundreds of entertained viewers

The DMV’s most creative and talented performers compete for karaoke league supremacy at the District Karaoke City-Wide Finals on Monday, August 1st, at Penn Social. (more…)

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9th and G St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Has anyone written in about MLK Library / G Street lately?

This was never a great street, I’ve been working near here for 12 years. But in the last six months it has gotten insane.

I’ve seen two guys being attended to by Fire/EMS for ODing in the last month. Both times drug deal were still going down within 10 feet of the medics. This is all in the middle of the day during lunch.

I don’t know if it’s synthetic drugs or something else. But addicts down there have gone from mellowed out and sitting in the shade, to full on aggressive/crazy, running around screaming.

The DEA DC field office is 2 blocks south of here, yet it’s a virtual open air drug market during work hours.”

China_Chilcano_andres
418 7th Street, NW

From an email:

“In celebration of National Pisco Day (July 24) I wanted to share the following details from José Andrés’ China Chilcano. This year, China Chilcano has partnered with top pisco producers including Macchu Pisco and Soldeica Quebranta for a special edition of “Pisco Hour.” The restaurant will offer cocktail demonstrations, complimentary pisco tastings and specialty menu items from 3-6 p.m. in the Marketplace bar.

Specialty menu items include $5 cocktails with chef-recommended small bite pairings like: (more…)

The smith at mcormick from ally
901 F Street, NW

Ally writes:

“huge indoor remodel/construction going on at former McCormick & Schmick’s in Chinatown”

smith
9th and F Street, NW

Late last summer we learned that New York City’s excellent The Smith would be taking over the space.

The Smith’s website says:

The Smith is a casual American Brasserie with three upbeat locations in New York City: The Smith East Village, overlooking bustling Third Avenue, The Smith Midtown, in the heart of Manhattan, located on 51st Street and Second Avenue and The Smith Lincoln Center directly across from historic Lincoln Center.

Utilizing local products and purveyors, the breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature a selection of familiar bistro dishes. Signature dishes at all locations include Crispy Fried Calamari “Brooklyn Style,” Pot of Mussels with chardonnay-dijon broth and perfectly cooked hand cut fries and four different cuts of steak prepared char broiled, served with a choice of homemade sauces including béarnaise, green peppercorn and chimichurri. Most of the desserts are fun twists on classics, including Sticky Toffee Pudding, S’mores in a Jar and Hot Fudge Sundae with almond bark and flourless chocolate cake.

Our bars offer an elaborate menu of classic and signature cocktails made with fresh fruit and herbs. We serve seven local hand crafted beers on tap and have a selection of 20 wines available by the glass or carafe as well as a hand selected bottle list.

The crowd at The Smith is eclectic, attracting after-work colleagues, late-night revelers, families for Sunday brunch and more. Our guests come for all occasions – a drink after work, a quick bite before a movie, a business dinner, or to celebrate a birthday.

You can see their NYC menus here.

conrad
9th and I Street, NW. Rendering via CityCenterDC

A couple weeks ago we saw that “Conrad Hilton Hotel site mobilization underway.” Lots more info from a press release:

“Hines, the international real estate firm, and Qatari Diar, the real estate development entity of the Qatar Investment Authority (the co-developers of CityCenterDC), Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) smart luxury hotel brand, and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed today the start of construction of the Conrad Washington, D.C., a 360-room luxury hotel with 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space at CityCenterDC; the landmark 10-acre, mixed-use development located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Initial occupancy for the hotel is expected in the first quarter of 2019.

In addition, Hines, Qatari Diar and Conrad Hotels & Resorts are pleased to announce that Chef Bryan Voltaggio, of Fredrick, MD, will be the signature chef for the hotel restaurant, responsible for the concept and menu. Voltaggio is the executive chef and owner (with his business partner, Hilda Staples) of several acclaimed restaurants in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland, including VOLT, RANGE, AGGIO, Lunchbox and Family Meal. A James Beard Foundation Award finalist, Voltaggio was also a finalist on Top Chef Season 6 and Top Chef Masters Season 5, and is the co-author of VOLT.Ink and author of HOME.

The Conrad Washington, D.C. marks the seventh building developed by Hines and Qatari Diar at CityCenterDC. Not only does this represent an additional investment by Hines and Qatari Diar in the CityCenter project, it demonstrates the continued commitment to long-term investment in the nation’s capital. (more…)

hill country
410 7th Street, NW

From an email:

“a couple updates from kolache land:

  • new retail outlet: this Fri we’ll be launching our new weekend popup Republic Kolache @ Hill Country (after we wrapped up at American Ice and Union Market last month). We’ll be serving kolaches, coffee, and fresh juices each Fri/Sat/Sun morning from 8-11a out of the front bar of Hill Country (410 7th St. NW)1J4A2659
    courtesy Republic Kolache

    • the menu will include a number of our classic flavors as well as some collaborations including the new Jalapeño Sausage and Cheese kolache (with sausage imported from the legendary Kreuz Market in Lockhart, TX then finished in the smokers at Hill Country), as well as…
    • the Brisket Kolache is back! Our first run of the brisket kolache last year was a huge hit so we’re pleased to bring it back, this time with Hill Country’s moist brisket (and paired with scrambled egg & cheddar)
    • to celebrate every Texan’s favorite meat we’re offering a brisket kolache for free on our grand opening this Fri to the first 25 customers who present the ‘secret brisket password‘ after we open at 8a
  • Republic Kolache at Whole Foods: as of this morning, a selection of our sweet & savory kolaches are now available at the brand-new Pentagon City Whole Foods. We’re pleased to share billing with other local producers (including Erik Bruner-Yang’s Paper Horse) as Whole Foods kicks off their latest store
    • current flavors available are Tex-Mex Saag Paneer, Migas, Cherry & Cream Cheese and Lemon Berry, with some meat options available soon!
  • kolaches & brews at Right Proper: starting tonight we’ll be teaming up with Right Proper for a weekly kolache happy hour each Weds at their Brookland production house and tasting room (920 Girard St NE). We’ll be serving kolaches from 5-9p each Weds, alongside happy hour pricing on Right Proper pours at the bar ($4 pints, $10 growler fills)
Further out future: working on the brick & mortar, and then we’ll have a bunch of exciting new guest chef kolaches debuting over the summer (including a pastrami kolache by Marjorie Meek-Bradley, something delicious & veggie-centric by Matt Baker of the upcoming Gravitas, and a barbacoa kolache by Quinten Frye)”

Flywheel CCDC

From a press release:

“Tuesday, June 28, indoor cycling brand Flywheel Sports open[ed] it’s second D.C. studio in CityCenterDC. The facility, located within the vibrant retail and residential district, features stadium-style indoor cycling as well as FlyBarre, a complementary total-body sculpting class. With a staggering 73 bikes and 22 mats, the CCDC studio marks Flywheel’s largest D.C. location, while boasting more than 36 nationwide facilities. Individual Flywheel and FlyBarre classes start at $28, which includes indoor cycling shoe rental. (more…)

chinatown
Photo by Ben

DC Fire EMS writes:

“Civilian possible smoke inhalation at Gallery Place Metro tx to hospital for further evaluation. No other Pts. Our units clearing scene.”

Kristen sends the smoke:

“visible smoke at gallery place. Fun.”

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Matt writes:

“Metro smoke/fire(?) at Gallery Place, probably from green/yellow lines.

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Eileen sends the shot from Archives:

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Craig sends the photo below from Chinatown:

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