This house is located at 3225 Highland Place, Northwest. The listing says:
“The “Wedding Cake House” is situated on almost 1/4 acre landscaped corner lot on one of the most coveted streets in Cleveland Park. Built in 1898 this impressive Victorian boasts fine architectural detail including an expansive porch and entry hall with columns. Carefully restored it features 7 bedrooms, 3-zoned HAC, Close to school, metro and shops. A lifetime location in the heart of the City!
“I just cut through the Cleveland Park Exxon – one of the pricier gas options in DC. Some guys in Shell uniforms were scraping the Exxon logos off. Is this a transfer of ownership or corporate gang warfare spilling on to the semi-suburban streets of Cleveland Park?”
This rental is located at 3616 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:
“Cleveland Park! Beautiful, light-filled open concept studio condo. This unit features new, open kitchen withgranite, stainless steel appliances and ceramic floors. Additional features: gleaming hard wood floors, huge walk-in closet and floor toceiling book case for additional storage. Only 1/2 block to Cleveland Park metro station. Near shopping, dining, entertainment. Rent Furnished for $1775.”
“Fabulous Palena restaurant, Bar and Cafe has closed and we will expedite a bank ordered liquidation of all assets. Emergency short notice. high end super clean assets, preview Wednesday, closes Thursday removal Friday.”
Sadly, last week’s scuttlebutt about a Saturday closing for Palena was accurate. From a press release:
“After a very long and notable run in the Cleveland Park, the venerable Palena Restaurant closed this past Saturday. James Beard award winning Chef Frank Ruta opened Palena in 2000 to much fanfare and critical acclaim. The restaurant expanded and created a market concept for the vacated Magruder’s grocery next door in 2011, at which time it also relocated its more casual café. This year it added a coffee shop featuring its pastries. Not able to fully utilize and attain the benefits of the expansion space as intended, Palena and its Landlord, Federal Realty Trust, endeavored to reach an accord but were unable to come to terms, contributing to the decision to close.
The tight knit group of talented chefs, managers and servers that surround Ruta at Palena, and the many disciples of Chef Ruta cooking in kitchens throughout the region, celebrate their success, appreciate the devotion of their patrons and welcome the future. A note from Ruta to customers reads:
Palena will be closing its doors this weekend after 13 years. We have had a great run serving the Cleveland Park neighborhood and the Washington, DC area and are sincerely grateful to the many that have supported us.
While we are proud of the high degree of critical success Palena has achieved over the years, we take even greater joy in your patronage and that we have been able to share life’s special moments with you. Cooking is what I love, and hopefully I will find a way to serve you at another venue in the future.
I want to especially thank my remarkable and loyal staff who has given Palena its special ambiance, and my equally loyal pool of investors who have been steadfast through thick and thin. Without either, Palena could not have been possible.
And finally, a heartfelt “thank you” to all who have dined with us over the years.
Working with Federal Realty to facilitate a smooth transition, Chef Ruta doesn’t rule out a return to the neighborhood. Speaking from his kitchen in Cleveland Park, Ruta says, “I’m going to miss this place.”
I stopped by on Sunday and it was like a wake. People just kept going up to the doors and reading the note and shaking their heads.
I had been hearing some scuttlebutt that Palena could be closing after this Saturday’s service. I was unable to get any confirmation but yesterday CityPaper’s Jessica Sidman reported:
“An eviction notice dated Feb. 6 states that the restaurant owed a total of $125,779 in rent and other fees as of Jan. 31. The court approved a writ of restitution—which allows the landlord to take possession of the property—on March 7. Per that order, the U.S. Marshals Service must schedule an eviction within 75 days of that date.”
Very sad news if they can’t come up with the money. If Palena is forced to close they’ll follow the closing of longtime Cleveland Park restaurants Lavandou and Dino. More info on Palena when it becomes available.
Last week we learned that a Potomac River Running store would be coming to the former Cowgirl Creamery space in Penn Quarter. At that time a commenter mentioned that they heard this meant the Cleveland Park location would be closing. Sadly, they were right. I stopped by the Cleveland Park spot and they confirmed that they would indeed be closing. They didn’t have an exact date but expected it to be sometime in May.
“This coming Tuesday April 15th Nanny O’Brien’s will officially have been operating for 21 years aka we’re finally legal to drink! Come down anytime between open at 12 noon til 7pm and we’ll be offering 1993 prices on Bud, Bud Light & Miller Lite bottles ($2 a piece) and live music from Conor Malone! Trivia Kings Washington will then be offering the usual Pub Quiz that night at 8pm. Hope to see you all there to help us celebrate!”