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via Facebook

Last week a reader was wondering why a liquor license was posted at the old Austin Grill’s space for Austin Grill. Turns out Hen Quarter is coming in 2017.

“Hen Quarter is owned by the same group. They recently converted the Austin Grill in Old Town Alexandria to this concept.”

One is coming to Silver Spring too. Their website says:

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750 E Street, NW

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

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The Odd Fellows Hall, circa 1880. The two ground floor tenants are Asa U. Hazelton’s Boot and Shoe store on the left and the Webb & Beveridge China and Glass store on the right (author’s collection).

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Temple, standing at 419 Seventh Street NW downtown, represents the rare persistence of a private organization at the same D.C. address for more than 170 years. The IOOF built their first hall at this location in 1845; today they still hold meetings here in the building they completed in 1917. Their previous hall, an ornate Victorian palace, was the scene of many social activities in the late 19th century but has rarely been captured in photographs.

The Odd Fellows are a benevolent fraternal society devoted to charitable works. The group began in England as “an organization of mechanics and laboring men, united for social purposes and to aid its members to obtain employment, as well as to assist them pecuniarily, when in need,” according to the group’s 1888 history. Like the Masons, the Odd Fellows were known for secret rituals, colorful uniforms and insignia, and elaborate ranks and degrees. The first American Odd Fellows lodge was founded by Thomas Wildey (1782-1861), a London blacksmith who came to America in 1817, in Baltimore in 1819. Odd Fellow lodges spread steadily throughout the United States after that, with over one hundred established by the 1830s. The first Washington, D.C., lodge was formed in 1827, and a Grand Lodge for the District of Columbia was established the following year. At least half a dozen separate lodges were formed throughout the District in the first half of the 19th century. (more…)

austin-grill
750 E Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

So this is odd. It’s been closed for awhile but the liquor license poster still lists Austin Grill and is asking for “renewal”.

There is work going on inside.”

I’m pretty sure the renewal placard is just so that whoever takes over the space will have an active liquor license to use. As for the work going on – anyone know who’s taking the space?”

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740 6th Street, NW

It brings me great pleasure to share word that the recently opened On Rye in Chinatown is legit. Legit, legit. Now my pastrami bona fides run deep. Though my family originally hailed from Lodz, family folklore says some cousins were tight with Reuben Kulakofsky. Anyway Pastrami and Football that’s what Lodz does!!!

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But seriously, not only was my sandwich mint – the space is great too. If you haven’t been yet, I’d definitely add to your list. Check out the full menu here.

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More photos after the jump (more…)

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707 G Street, NW

This is the former Redline sports bar that abruptly closed back in March (and Indebleu before them.)

10 Tavern’s website says:

“In the heart of Washington, DC’s entertainment district is the top of the top 10 Tavern and Grill. Rising above the rest, this second floor bar and restaurant features delicious homemade food, the top ten beers and craft cocktails, and over two dozen high-definition televisions showcasing the day’s sports spectaculars.”

You can see their menu here.

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canstruction

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday 27 teams of architects, engineers, and developers came together at the National Building museum to build giant sculptures out of canned food to bring awareness to those in our nation’s capital that don’t have enough to eat. Afterwards, all of the cans are donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Canstruction DC is sponsored by the Washington Architectural Foundation and Society for Design Administration, and has donated more than 250 tons of food to the Capital Area Food Bank.

The sculptures are open to the public from Nov. 20-27th, and “votes” can be cast in the form of cans donated at the site, or via an online donation here.

This is a great way to help our neighbors during this Thanksgiving season, and I’d be very appreciative if you could post the information on your site to encourage people to visit. Entry is free to view the sculptures, and the National Building Museum is located at 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001. This year’s theme is “Movie Night” and there are sculptures representing blockbusters such as Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and Sharknado.”

haiti
via eventbrite invite

From an email:

“Cove
829 7th St NW
Fri, November 18, 2016
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Friends,

A few weeks ago, Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, leveling whole towns, leaving more than 1,000 dead and 1.4 million in need (more than 2x the population of DC). In Les Cayes – a seaside town on the south-western tip – almost all buildings have been wiped out, food and fresh water are in short supply, and cholera has been spreading like wildfire.

We can help. You can, too.

In 2010, many of you answered our call for Haitian earthquake relief, helping us raise ~$9k for medical aid in the wake of devastation and disaster. Through your support, our partner agencies (Partners in Health, Red Cross) provided direct medical services and supplies across the country. This time, we’re going hyper local.

The gist:

We’re raising funds for the Haitian-American Church in Pompano Beach, FL. They’ve been tapped by public officials to coordinate city-wide relief efforts. (The Miami-Pompano metro area has the highest concentration of US-based Haitians). Funds collected by the church are being routed to 3 trusted Haiti-based organizations focused on Les Cayes recovery, providing medical relief, social services, rebuilding aid (Gasgov Clerge, Hosean Ministry, Haiti Christian Development Fund).

Our friend, Robert Daguillard’s, aunt co-manages the church.

How you can help:

Donate, here. Tell your friends to do so, too. (THERE IS A DONATION-ONLY LINK UNDER TICKETS.)

Join us, Friday, November 18th, from 6:30-10pm for a celebration of Haitian culture, details about the relief efforts we’re supporting, and light food & bevvies. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

On Oct.22nd btw 5-5:30pm at F and 10th Street, NW in front of Madame Tussaud’s my daughter was hit by a male riding a bicycle. He did not stop, just hit and ran.

This thoughtless act resulted in her having a broken elbow. She required surgery: a metal plate implanted. Next to her Physical Therapy to regain full range of motion.

Accidents happen. But to hit, run and be so uncaring is What…. I don’t know how to describe such behavior. (more…)

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

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W.B. Moses and Sons store at 11th and F Streets NW, circa 1915 (source: Library of Congress).

“Sell Furniture Earth Over” was the headline in The Sunday Star in November 1908 profiling the W.B. Moses and Sons firm headquartered at 11th and F Streets downtown. By that time the company was well established as “the largest exclusively retail furniture carpet, upholstery, drapery, bedding and wall-paper house in America,” as one promotional book put it. Elegant W.B. Moses furnishings, many of them manufactured right here in the District, graced hundreds of homes throughout the Washington area and as far away as Panama City, Panama. Though the firm disbanded in 1937, antiques collectors still find mahogany chairs, dressers, and tables sporting the W.B. Moses label. Even the Senate Reception Room, one of the most richly decorated spaces in the U.S. Capitol, is fitted out with elegant Flemish oak benches custom made by W.B. Moses in 1899. (more…)