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3226 11th Street, NW

Bad Saint‘s kickstarter says:

“Bad Saint is a 25-seat restaurant taking a fresh and seasonal approach to traditional Filipino food. This spring, we are joining a strip of independent local businesses on 11th Street, NW in the diverse, dynamic neighborhood of Columbia Heights in Washington, DC. Our menu will celebrate the full range of eats on the Filipino table – humble homey favorites, snacks, regional specialties, and fiesta (celebration) dishes. The restaurant will showcase what Filipinos are famous for: food obsession, warm hospitality, and good times. Come as you are, and definitely come hungry.

Like Thai, Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian cuisines, the essential flavors of Filipino food are sweet, sour and salty. As you might expect, there will be food for meat-etarians, like adobo (meat braised with soy, vinegar and garlic), kare kare (oxtail stew) and lumpiang shanghai (pork spring rolls). Our approach will also highlight seasonal seafood and vegetables, important parts of the Philippine diet. Sour tamarind soup with prawns, stir fried water spinach, crabs simmered in coconut milk and chiles, and smoky grilled eggplant…and there’s lots more where that came from! With a diverse menu, including options for vegetarians and vegans, there will be something for everyone. To wash it all down, we’ll have an eclectic and food-friendly selection of cocktails, beer and wine.

The first thing you hear upon entering any Filipino home is:

Kumain na kayo? “Have you eaten yet?”

At Bad Saint, we are creating a casual neighborhood restaurant that evokes the experience of eating in a Filipino home. We want you to feel like you have walked into a bumpin’ Filipino family party – gracious, down-to-earth hospitality, seriously craveable food, and yummy drinks in a disarming and convivial setting.”

If you’d like, you can contribute here.

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Photo courtesy Mappy Hour DC

From an email:

“We had so much fun at Meridian Pint last time that we’re back again!

This month we’ll hear from urban fly fishing consultant Rob Snowhite. He’ll cover how to start, where to go and other tricks of the trade for fishing in the D.C. area. Join this new outdoor enthusiast community with maps, adventure planning and beer. Don’t forget to bring a map to share!

When

March 30th, 2015 at 7:00PM

Where

Meridian Pint,  3400 11th St NW

Register

Registration is free.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone know what the waka is going on with 3228 Hiatt Pl NW? When it was last featured on PoPville back in 2011, it was nominated for the Horse’s Ass, which may have spurred on the property’s owners to achieve even greater levels of decrepitude. Rather than just letting it rot, they’ve been actively tearing off architectural details, and making and then “patching” mystifying holes in the brick facade and window openings. It’s sad to see what’s been done to this once-handsome building, and I can’t find any recent info online about the property.

I’m not normally a historic preservationist hand-wringer type, but walking by this building almost daily puts it on my mind a lot. My curiosity finally got the better of me, so I thought I’d ask around.

Thanks for any insights!”

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A reader writes:

“I walk past 1325 Irving Street NW every morning on my way to the metro and it always makes me so sad to see its shuttered and shattered windows. It has been this way for a year or so, I believe. I wondered if any of your readers know what’s going on with the property?”

Another reader digs around and finds:

“The house is owned by several family members, maybe also some kind of church or organization as well; that seem to be having conflicts over what to do with it.

Meanwhile – more galling – the house opposite – 1334 is STILL vacant!”

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3301 11th Street, NW at Lamont

@gavinholland tweeted us the terrible news over the weekend:

“Nooooooooo!!!! Arthur’s Grocery at 11th & Lamont is closing tomorrow. They’re having one last party. @PoPville”

“he said that they’ve been there 40-50 years, but they’ve never owned the building. Landlord raised the rent beyond their capacity”

11th Street DC has written:

“Arthur’s Grocery is not just a convenience store, but a part of 11th Street’s community charm. This corner store sees many regulars and after school crowds for late afternoon snacks and has been owned and run by the same welcoming family for four decades.”

Indeed Arthur’s was an institution. From community BBQs to fundraisers for local boxers to just incredibly nice people. That’s the thing that will be hard for some to understand – it’s not about the store at all – it’s about the people who ran it and worked there. Every time I went in to buy a soda or a powerball ticket I always left with a smile. And they were nice to everyone. Young, old, white, black, it didn’t matter. That is what made them so special. They were welcoming to all. Maybe inevitable, like the loss of Columbia Heights Coffee up the block, but a dagger nonetheless.

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11th and Park Road, NW

From DC Brau:

“What is that in the air? Can you smell it too? It’s getting stronger. OH that’s right ……. it’s FREEDOM!

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Smells Like Freedom, a collaboration brew from Oskar Blues Brewery and DC Brau Brewing Company. We couldn’t just choose any day to release a beer this monstrously dank, so we turned the amps up to ELEVEN and called on the luck of the Irish as well. Please join us on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th 2015, and be among the first drinkers in the city to imbibe a full pint of Freedom. To make things even more bodacious we are also celebrating the birthday of DC Brau Co-Founder and Head Brewer Jeff Hancock who is ACTUALLY born on St. Patty’s day! We have compiled a super Headie list of choice rarities and familiar favorites to round out this special tap takeover!

THE LIST

DC Brau:
Smells Like Freedom
Barrel Aged Penn Quarter Porter
Exaltation
Ghouls Night Out
On the Wings of Armageddon
Public
Citizen
Stone of Arbroath
Maple Syrup Barrel Aged On the Wings of Armageddon
A Special Firkin of Smells Like Freedom

Oskar Blues:
Coffee stout brewed with Boliva Newton John (OBeans hand roasted by Dale himself)
The Deuce (Brown ale originally brewed with Sun King, Indiana grown corn, CO barley, and 100% Galaxy hops)
Old Chub – NITRO
Pinner
Dales Pale Ale
Gubna
Mama’s Little Yellow Pils”

1320 Park Road Northwest

This unit is located at 1320 Park Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“OPEN SUN 3/22, 1-4p! Spacious + sun-filled 2BR (w/ option for 1BR+den) /2BA complete w/ premium finishes and multiple exposures – all in an unbeatable location! Beautifully renovated. Offering over 1,300SF of living space, this chic city condo also features prime outdoor space (rear deck, patio, + shared yard perfect for pets) + is just minutes to convenient retail, Metro + local eateries/cafes.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $619,000 ($238 monthly fee.)