07/30/14 10:15am

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13th and F Street, NW

Steakhouse explosion of ’14 continues today with Mastro’s Steakhouse.

@ranpuba tweets us:

“Hey @PoPville, info on this replacement for M&S Grill?”

Back in March we learned that Mastro’s Steakhouse would be taking over the former M&S Grill space which closed in June 2013.

Mastro’s website says:

“Mastro’s collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club Seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience…”

You can see their Chicago menu here.

Ed. Note: Yesterday we learned that Claudia’s Steakhouse was coming to the former American Express space at 15th and K St, NW.

07/29/14 3:15pm

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From GSA:

“A joint panel of the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has concluded site evaluations for the new FBI Headquarters and has identified three sites as potential locations.

The potential sites for a new consolidated headquarters for the FBI are:

•Greenbelt – A portion of the site known as the Greenbelt Metro Station located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and Exit 24 (Greenbelt Station) in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

•Landover – The site known as the former Landover Mall located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and MD 202 in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

•Springfield – The site known as the GSA Franconia Warehouse Complex located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Franconia Road in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Next Steps

GSA will conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews on each the three sites, which includes opportunities for public comment. During the NEPA review, GSA will initiate the first of a two-phase Request For Proposal (RFP) seeking qualified developers. The second phase includes the solicitation of development proposals from qualified developers identified in the first phase.”

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From Congresswoman Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, today released the following statement upon being informed of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) shortlist of potential sites for the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters. The shortlist includes the Greenbelt Metro Station Site and Landover Mall Site in Prince George’s County, MD, and the GSA Springfield/Franconia Warehouse Complex in Fairfax County, VA.

“There had been prior indications that the District’s site would not be selected for the new FBI headquarters. Nevertheless, we take considerable comfort in knowing that at last the current FBI headquarters site is now ripe to bring new jobs and revenue to the District of Columbia. The District alone, among those competing, could not lose in the FBI headquarters selection process. Considering the 6.7 acres that will soon become available in the District at the current headquarters site and the groundbreaking of the Trump Hotel at the Old Post Office building last week, the opportunity to redevelop the Hoover Building site is an occasion for joyful anticipation and for getting to work on the further transformation of Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Last week, Norton attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the historic Old Post Office building at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, where construction will begin to convert the inside of the iconic, 114-year-old building into a luxury hotel. A Norton bill, the Old Post Office Building Redevelopment Act of 2008, required the redevelopment of the building, which will further add to the transformation of the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor.”

07/29/14 8:45am

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@Dewb tweets us:

“@PoPville Dog disappeared during day trip—untied near 950 Pennsylvania NW. Any tips greatly appreciated!”

Hello. I’m posting this on behalf of my friend Mary, who was visiting from Boston for the day. Any emails will go straight to her.

Now then, Mary has a lovely little Pomeranian female named Kaiju. My friend tied Kaiju to a post across from the Justice Dept. and left for about 20 min. When she came back, Kaiju was gone. Kaiju weighs about 4 lb. and was securely tied to the post. There’s no way she got loose and ran away. Somebody had to have taken her. We’re hoping somebody mistakenly thought Kaiju was abused and took her away. Mary has been calling around and trying to get information from people in the area. Nothing has come up yet, so we’re taking to the Internet.

If anybody has any information, please send Mary an email. Kaiju is a lovable little fluffball who needs to be reunited with Mary ASAP.

UPDATE from Facebook:

“Omg she is fine! She is at the dc humane society. She was turned in by a good samaritan.”

07/28/14 10:22pm

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1501 K Street, NW

Back in October 2013 we learned we’d have to find a new spot to purchase our travelers checks since the American Express store closed. We also noted it was a pretty prime location. The steakhouse explosion of ’14 continues with word of Claudia’s Steakhouse taking over this space. A liquor license placard posted out front says:

“New full service upper tier restaurant serving Latin infusion cuisine in a steakhouse environment. Entertainment to include live band performances and dancing during evening hours. Seating is for 300 patrons. Sidewalk café seating 45 patrons.”

It’s located on 15th Street between the Cosi and the new G Street Food. Updates as construction progresses.

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07/28/14 11:50am

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515 15th Street, NW

From a press release:

“W Washington DC, the closest hotel to the White House announces Pinea, the new restaurant slated to open in September 2014 in the hotel at 515 15th Street NW.

Pinea, named for the two-needled pine trees of Southern Europe, the source of pine nuts, will offer contemporary regional European dishes with a focus on France, Italy and Spain created by Chef Barry Koslow. The menu will follow flavor profiles popular in these regions including citrus, fresh herbs such as lavender and rosemary and special olive oils. All will enhance an exceptional selection of local vegetables and seasonally varying meat and seafood. (more…)

07/25/14 4:24pm

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1103 19th Street, NW

DC Pizza coming to the former Fish! Maki Sushi Joint by Kaz is looking ready to open very soon. Their website is now live and explains their process. Hours are listed as 11am-9pm daily. You can see their menu here: dc-pizza menu (PDF)

Prices are listed as “UP TO THREE TOPPINGS $8.62, JUST CHEESE $5.99, additional toppings $.99″

Their Facebook page explains it succinctly:

“Choose the crust, sauces and toppings you love and we will bake it up in less than three minutes! Yummy”
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07/21/14 3:10pm

From an email:

“Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol is a major symbol of our nation’s capital. However, today’s Avenue shows wear and tear from increased event uses, aging infrastructure, and jurisdictional challenges.

To develop a vision for the future of Pennsylvania Avenue, the National Capital Planning Commission, in partnership with the General Services Administration and the National Park Service, is launching the Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative. This study will help identify existing challenges as well as near- and long-term opportunities along the Avenue and vicinity. It will also identify the future role of the Avenue to meet the needs of a 21st century capital city.

This initial public workshop will provide members of the public an opportunity to learn about the initiative and provide feedback on what they view as priorities for Pennsylvania Avenue as its local and national roles continue to evolve.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 PM

WHERE
National Capital Planning Commission
401 9th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004
Map it |Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter

RSVP
Attendance is free and open to the public. www.ncpc.gov/rsvp/”

07/17/14 12:20pm

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DBGB Kitchen & Barcoming to 931 H Street, NW

From Craigslist:

“Culinary Agents is working with Chef Daniel Boulud and the team at Dinex Group to connect them with talented F&B professionals for the upcoming opening of DBGB in DC. DBGB Kitchen and Bar is Chef Daniel Boulud’s downtown place where the French brasserie meets the American tavern.

For details and to apply, create your free professional profile here. Your profile is your resume so it is to your advantage to complete the experience section. With a profile on Culinary Agents you can apply to any job on the site and will be alerted when you match to new opportunities within your skill and experience set.

DBGB Kitchen and Bar hiring – Sommelier, Restaurant Manager, Sous Chef, Chef de Partie, Pastry Cook, Garde Manger, Server, Bartender, Steward, Busser, Host / Hostess, Food Runner
apply here.”

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950 I Street, NW

From a press release:

“Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (950 Eye Street NW) will open at City Center DC in late summer and is currently accepting applications to fill over 200 hourly positions in both the front and back of the house. The brand’s first location in the Capital Region will offer the same world class food and wine and sophisticated service as its ten sister restaurants around the US, under the direction of General Manager Ann Thibert. (more…)

07/17/14 11:50am

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13th and F Street, NW

It was almost exactly a year ago to the day that we first learned a PAUL Bakery would be coming to 13th and F St, NW near the National Press Building. Happy to see coming soon signage posted. A peek inside reveals a bit of buildout is still ongoing so it’s probably at least a month or two away but definitely getting close.

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looking east on F Street towards one of metro center’s entrances/exits

Now hiring too:

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