3401 Idaho Avenue, NW

From Cathedral Commons website:

“Leasing for Fall 2014

Here comfort and luxury exceed even the most demanding expectations. Located in one of the most privileged and serene corners of the city, Cathedral Commons is elevating the style of this historic neighborhood. Our exquisite residences are nestled amongst an ambitious and beautiful retail environment that puts local and luxury shopping a step away.”

and in addition to the Giant grocery store – Welcome to the Neighborhood: Meet the First Seven Retailers Joining Cathedral Commons:

“We’re very excited to welcome the following seven retailers to the Cathedral Commons community: Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, Raku, iDoc Optical, Wells Fargo, SunTrust, CVS Pharmacy, and Starbucks.

Retail is slated to begin opening this fall alongside the 56,000-square-foot Giant Food, which will bring a new urban prototype concept to its state of the art lifestyle store.

We’ll be announcing additional retailer partners in the coming weeks so check back soon.
Meet the Retailers:

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar: Founders Sasa Mahr-Batuz and And Pforzheimer have come a long way since opening their first restaurant, a 38-seat wine bar, back in 1995. The award winning Spanish restaurant, with its long list of tapas and wines from around the world, will open a 3,280-square-foot restaurant.
Raku: The Asian dining, sushi & sake restaurant will open its third location, a 3,321-square-foot restaurant. Current locations include its Dupont Circle and Bethesda, MD locations.
iDoc Optical: The full-service eye care will open a 1,210-square-foot office. The Boutique Optical, features high end frames such as Robert Marc, Barton Perriera, Theo, Eyedc, Lindberg, Gold & Wood, Minima, Lafont, and many more. Full time Optometrist on board.
Wells Fargo: The multinational banking and financial services company will open a 2,004-square-foot bank.
SunTrust Bank: Will open a 3,598-square-foot branch.
CVS Pharmacy Will open a 12,440-square-foot store, selling a wide assortment of goods.
Starbucks: The King of Coffee will open a 1,900-square-foot store. Lattes not included.”

North side Wisconsin and Newark

South side Wisconsin and Newark



January 2012:


3319 Connecticut Ave, NW via Nanny’s

“THIS Monday 6/30 at 6pm we are having a small Evolution Craft Brewing Co. tap takeover with an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Orioles/Nationals game at Nats’ Stadium on Monday July 7th. Kristi the eVo rep will be on hand to raffle tickets and answer beer related questions as we feature the Summer Session Ale, Lot 6 Double IPA and Spring Migration Rum Barrel Aged Golden Ale all on draft for $6.50 a piece.”

829 Upshur Street, NW

“Tap Takeover event with Starr Hill Brewery of Charlottesville, VA on Tuesday, July 1st.

Beginning at 5pm, we’ll be featuring six craft brews from Starr Hill:

The Love
Grateful Pale Ale
Northern Lights IPA
Bandstand Barleywine
Soulshine Belgian-Style Pale Ale
GAVA Joe: brewed in conjunction with Terrapin Brewery from Athens, GA!

We have limited quantities of all of these brews. We’ll also be featuring beer flights and raffles for some cool Starr Hill Brewery swag.

Beau Warren, the local brewery representative, will be at the event with several other members of the Starr Hill Brewery team. Members of their local distributor, Premium Distributing, will be in attendance as well. Hope to see you there!”

3407 Connecticut Ave, NW

Last week we learned the former Pulpo space in Cleveland Park will become a BBQ spot from the owners of Cleveland Park Bar and Grill. The owner tells me via email the name will be Fat Pete’s BBQ and they hope to open in “a few weeks” – updates as we get closer to opening date.

3407 Connecticut Ave, NW

Last we heard back in Feb. there was some scuttlebutt that Picca Pollo A La Brasa would be taking over the former Pulpo, former Tackle Box, former McDonald’s space in Cleveland Park. Thanks to a reader for sending word about the new Shiner Bock coming soon signage:


The Washington Post reported:

“The owners of the Cleveland Park Bar and Grill will take over the space and turn it into a barbecue joint.”

3421 Connecticut Ave, NW

Here’s to hoping it’s good BBQ and that a BBQ joint will last here.

Side note: I like how the front door says “Welcome. Out of Business”: