601 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From an email:

“Chef Fabio Trabbochi’s Italian Passover Seder at Fiola from Saturday, April 23rd to Friday, April 29th.

The Seder celebrates Italy’s Jewish communities, particularly in the regions of Marche and Lazio (where he grew up), that were isolated from those in the rest of Europe. As a result, these communities developed a unique style of cooking, incorporating distinctly Italian culinary traditions. Chef Fabio will showcase these culinary customs in this Passover menu, with his own Fiola twist.

Dishes include Carciofi alla Giudia, which are fried baby artichokes with a salad of shaved raw artichokes, fresh herbs and squash blossoms; Acquerello Risotto, with lightly grilled Spanish branzino, roasted San Marzano tomatoes, and Sicilian Olio Verde; and Macedonia di Fragole for dessert, which are macerated strawberries served with Tuscan almond ricciarelli cookies. These almond cookies were a mainstay in medieval Middle Eastern cultures; when the Jewish people fled Spain, they brought their sweets with them. The cookies spread through the Italy via Sicily and Venice and evolved into these almond cookies made with almond paste, sugar, and beaten egg whites.

Please find the full menu: Fiola Italian Passover Seder 2016

Guests can make reservations online or via phone: (202) 628-2888″

courtesy Pret a Manger

From a press release:

“Pret A Manger, the quick-serve restaurant and coffee shop known for preparing fresh, handmade food every day, will be expanding its space on 1155 F Street NW in Washington, DC. The shop will close for renovations on Monday, March 28th and will re-open in early May.

Street teams will be in front of the shop from Monday, March 28th until Friday, April 1st from 8:30am-9:30am 8am-9am and 12pm-1pm giving out free organic coffee, freshly baked croissants and cookies to over 7,000 Washingtonians. The team will be informing customers of the temporary closure and providing passersby with delicious treats.

The renovated space will be increased to span 3,281 square feet and feature twice the seating with new furniture and finishes.”

parking psa
Photo by PoPville flickr user Elvert Barnes

“Dear PoPville,

There is metered parking outside my office (corner of 10th and G Streets, NW). It also falls in the variable rate parking zone that the city is experimenting with.

Two of the spaces (parkmobile zone 22651, spaces 0616 and 0617) are frequently given tickets (as in over 10 per day) and appear to be targeted by the parking enforcement employees.

The spaces have dual-zones: 2 hour parking and commercial zone parking within a subset of time. Difficult to quickly read the signs.

Basically, people think they can park there and when they go to the kiosk and enter the space number, it lets them pay for parking even though it is illegal for them to park there. Typically, the parkmobile app and kiosks will not allow you to pay for parking in a space when it is illegal to park there.

Just want to try to rectify it so folks don’t have their days ruined by getting a ticket!”

707 G Street, NW

A couple months ago we learned that Redline Sports Bar was ordered to pay “$687,000 in damages after finding [an employee] was the victim of discrimination”. Now I’m hearing that this Sunday, March 27 could be the last day Redline will be open. I’ve sent an email for more details and will update when/if more is known.

Redline’s website says:

“Washington DC’s newest luxury gastropub Redline is located in the heart of DC’s Penn Quarter, steps away from the bustling Verizon Center and just across the street from the National Portrait Gallery.

Featuring built-in table taps, Redline offers a 130-seat sportspub and an 86-seat restaurant presenting “American cuisine with a French flair”. An 11-foot projection screen and over 40 flat screens provide instant visibility to your favorite sports games and news channel powerlunches.”

555 8th Street, NW

From Poste Brasserie:

“It’s true! Swing by to say your goodbyes, because we [sadly] will be closing our doors on May 31st!”

The Washington Post reported:

Poste Moderne Brasserie first opened in the Hotel Monaco in Penn Quarter in 2002, housed in the former mail sorting room of a 19th-century post office. It became one of D.C.’s favorite outdoor spots, with a courtyard known for its fire pits and garden…The patio will close April 25, the same day Poste will cease serving weekday lunch.”

Updates when more info about the replacement is released.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Bossi

Update from Alert DC just after 11am:

“MPD reports traffic around the DC Convention Center is experiencing minor delays due to Delegates returning to the Convention Center. Please take an alternate route.”

Starting to get reports last night about traffic around the Convention and Verizon Center. It is time for the annual AIPAC Conference (with speakers who require immense security as well the presence of counter protesters) resulting in some serious traffic. I didn’t seen an EVENTS DC alert this year but the AIPAC Conference is scheduled to go through tomorrow morning.

733 10th Street, NW

A reader reports:

“The boards came down yesterday at Umaya. Maybe three years later we are finally getting close? It looks like their website is finally up and updated and accepting reservations starting 25-April

Their website says:

“Izakaya restaurants orginiated in the Edo era (17th – 19th centuries) as Sake gained popularity. While liquor shops would sell Sake, nearby shops saw the need for simple dishes to accompany these thirsty guests. Izakaya restaurants became the go-to casual place for after-work drinking; perpetuated by delicious small plates. Today, Izakaya is known as a drinking establishment that tailors their food to accompany the drinks.”

and check out their menus here.