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Drink City is written by Beau Finley.

Franklin bartends at Ardeo + Bardeo on Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park.  Franklin has a penchant for creating delicious drinks like his famed Alobar, named for the character in Jitterbug Perfume, as well as a dry and sometimes puckish sense of humor. Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the D.C. area who are involved in D.C.’s drinking culture. 

What brought you to D.C.?

I was born in D.C., but I spent my formative years overseas in Warsaw, Poland. My family still lives over there. I returned in 1986, and went to high school in Northern Virginia. I moved back into D.C. in 2011 when I started bartending at Palena.

How long have you been bartending in the city?

I’ve been bartending in D.C. for four and a half years, but I’ve been in the industry for over 15 years. I’ve had almost every restaurant job imaginable; I’ve been garde manger, host, captain, wine director, server, and now bartender.

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The interest in classic cocktails and craft beer has exploded in D.C. over the past few years – what sorts of trends have you noticed lately?

The trend has been to make restaurants simpler and concepts more accessible, but drink menus have become more experimental, using ingredients you would never have been able to find ten years ago. Not many people knew what Cynar was ten years ago. Now it’s everywhere, and it’s delicious.

I’ll start off like Norma Rae, the industry needs to raise its minimum wage for servers. It hasn’t changed in twenty years and the cost of living has only gone up. It’s time.  [The current wage for tipped staff in D.C. is $2.77 per hour].

As far as imbibing goes, let’s quit it with oaky and buttery, both terms are overused right now.  That’s in part because of the California style’s focus on malolactic fermentation, which can impart a “buttery” flavor to wine.  This focus has overwhelmed what makes varietals like Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Marsanne/Roussane so interesting.

What sorts of trends would you like to see in D.C. in the coming years? (more…)

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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 3312 Highland Pl NW
Legal Subdivision: Cleveland Park
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Cleveland Park
Bedrooms: 7 Baths: 4.5 Parking: Paved driveway Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $2,250,000.
List Price at Contract: $1,695,000.
List Date: 07/25/2015
Days on Market: 222
Settled Sales Price: $1,650,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 3/31/2015
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Located in Upper Northwest DC, west of Rock Creek Park, Cleveland Park is known for large single family residences with gracious yards on the side streets, and substantial apartment, co-op, and condominium buildings on Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenues.

Pricing trends for detached single family homes in this neighborhood fluctuate depending on the number of homes sold in a given month (these tend to be houses that people stay in for a number of years, so less activity than many other neighborhoods). Expect, however, the median price in any given month to be at least above $1 million.

Since it was originally posted as a Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post, the price was aggressively reduced by $555,000., or basically as much as a whole house in some other DC neighborhoods.

The listing agent for this sale was Marjorie Dick Stuart with W.C. & A.N. Miller, Realtors, A Long & Foster Co. Vince Hurteau with Continental Properties, Ltd. represented the buyer in this transaction.

2710 Macomb Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2710 Macomb Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“This studio is located on the top floor of a small condo building at an unbelievable location: quiet tree lined street, but only a block from Connecticut Ave restaurants, cafes, organic stores etc. Also near the Cleveland Park Metro and in walking distance to Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo! All utilities (except phone/internet) included in rent as well as an assigned parking space!”

You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,450/Mo.

3018 Porter Street Northwest

This unit is located at 3018 Porter Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Welcome home to 1920’s vintage charm & convenient living! Cleveland Park Metro on Red Line is walking distance. Sunny& charming, this 1 bedroom, rear-facing unit has beautiful hardwood floors, built-in china cabinets, & fresh paint. The low coop fee includes gas, water, sewer & taxes. Walk to Uptown Theater and numerous grocery stores and restaurants. Priced well- this one won’t last long!”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $285,000 ($395 monthly fee.)

“Dear PoPville,

Something really strange happened this morning running down Porter from Connecticut and I was hoping you could remind readers to be careful out there!

I passed a guy on the sidewalk waiting for the bus, I don’t know what set him off but next thing I knew he was chasing me down the hill screaming at me. I turned around to face him and he just kept yelling at me. I’m about 5’3 and the guy was easily 5’11-6′ and angry. I tried to calmly apologize but I’m really not sure what would have happened had another man not been running towards us shouting at the guy to knock it off.

I don’t really know what else I could have done, but just wanted to remind people to be careful around there.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I took a cab home tonight from downtown DC to Cleveland Park after working late. The ride was fairly uneventful, although I thought the driver was somewhat unskilled in terms of changing lanes. He also seemed to be unable to press the gas pedal evenly, and the car basically lurched all the way home. I noticed the credit card machine had a large sticker on the bottom that said “DON’T PLAY WITH SCREEN”, but I thought nothing of it.

When we got to my building, I asked to pay with a credit card. He gave me the usual “but don’t you have cash?” line, and I truthfully said no, I didn’t. Besides, I was going to pay with my work credit card since I was working so late, and processing the expense report is much easier with a card (that also means I typically give a large tip, so I hardly think it’s unfair). Because I’m so used to paying for cabs by card, I hit the “credit card” button on the touch screen as soon as I see it. The screen then gives me an error, and the cabbie immediately says I’ve broken the machine by merely touching it. (more…)

3307 Macomb Street Northwest

This house is located at 3307 Macomb Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Exquisite Cleveland Park classic w/perfect proportions! Gracious foyer, LR, DR w/coffered ceiling, library, custom kitchen + family rm addition w/multiple decks overlooking pvt wooded garden. 2nd floor: Master ste, 2 BR, hall BA, sitting rm/study. 3rd floor: Huge loft BR or playroom w/full BA. LL: Spacious, above ground w/high ceilings, playroom, kitchenette, 2 BR, BA.”

You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/4.5 bath is going for $2,895,000.

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The ups and downs continue at Uptown Tap House in Cleveland Park (RIP 4Ps). I had heard rumors that they’d be closing after New Years but their facebook and website are still active so I thought it might be false but last night a reader sends an update from RuninDC:

“Uptown will be closed until the fall while new management takes over and a new menu will be created.”