Photo by Sean Nohelty (David M Schwarz Arch)

From a press release:

“Build Out: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 | 5:30PM – 9:30PM

Gingertown 2016 will take place at 900 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, courtesy of The JBG Companies. Judges will present awards in the following categories

Most Innovative Use of Materials
Best Expression of Theme
Best Overall Design Quality
Best Overall Craftsmanship
Judges’ Choice
Mayor’s Award
People’s Choice (determined via public voting!)

The completed Gingertown will remain on display in the lobby of 900 16th Street, NW through Monday, December 12th. The public is invited to come see the completed build during public viewing hours:

Wednesday (12/7) through Friday (12/9): 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday (12/10) through Sunday (12/11): 11:00am to 1:00pm
Monday (12/12): 9:00am to 5:00pm”

“A sugary imagination of the iconic city of London will come to life in Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 6th as Gingertown returns once again to celebrate the creativity, generosity, and civic spirit of the Washington-area design, building, and real estate community. This annual initiative, founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects (DMSAS), spreads holiday cheer to a host of local organizations that will receive the scrumptious structures along with donations raised through sponsor and participant contributions. (more…)

1413 K Street, NW

From a press release:

“For Rent: K Street’s newest craft cocktail bar (formerly “The Speak”) is currently taking applications for cool guests and patrons. The space is located at 1413 K Street in NW DC and is tucked directly below Vieux Carre, the new French-themed cocktail bar owned by the same management team. Like any decent Craigslist housing ad, it promises easy access to Metro, a great neighborhood walk score, and a well-stocked bar.

The layout feels like it’s made for living: active and inviting yet subtle with low lighting and intimate corners. The bar is central with an adjacent “living room” perfectly situated for friends, gatherings and board games.

Boring cocktails are guaranteed to never see the light of day, courtesy of Jesse Raines, the bar’s decorated beverage director. The Cocktail Menu consists of “DC Neighborhood” themed drinks, which highlight the city’s unique corridors.

“The space reminds me of that cool friend’s house back in the day, where everyone hung out and just ended up at the end of the night” says Raines. Cocktails will be complimented by a selection of meats and cheeses. Soon-to-be favorites from the cocktail menu can be found below: (more…)

1990 M Street, NW

The Washington Post reported yesterday:

“After more than two decades of serving Southern fare to Washington, Vidalia is closing its doors. Vidalia’s last day of service for lunch and dinner will be Dec. 15.

When Vidalia closes, he’ll be turning over the keys to Hamilton Johnson, his former chef de cuisine. Johnson will turn the space into Honeysuckle…Johnson said Honeysuckle will be an “American regional” spot, with some Southern accents. (expected to open in mid-January)”.

Vidalia’s website says:

“For over twenty years, Vidalia has garnered both local and national recognition with its modern American cooking delivered with impeccable southern hospitality. From its magnolia walls gracing the entrance to the contemporary wine bar and lounge, the restaurant exudes graciousness and exceptional flavors. James Beard Award Winning Chef, Jeffrey Buben describes Vidalia’s cuisine as regional American infused with a heaping serving of Southern influence. Diners’ favorites include the delicate Crab Cakes, the famous Shrimp and Grits, popular renditions of Veal Sweetbreads and the much anticipated seasonal Baked Vidalia Onion. Each presentation is a complexity of textures and tastes. Frequent menu changes indulge in the myriad of local seasonal market ingredients and regional products. Emphasis is put on pairing hand-crafted wines, beers and spirits to the spectacular cuisine. Enjoy the quintessential American dining experience with a southern accent.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Say what you will about the posh shopping – they are just killing it on the decorations. From a press release:

“CityCenterDC, the landmark, mixed-use development, has added an exciting new element to its eagerly anticipated annual holiday décor program. In addition to the city’s largest tree and reindeer display, CityCenterDC unveiled a new holiday art component along the main retail transverse of the neighborhood, Palmer Alley.

The “Dream Closet” installation is transforming Palmer Alley into a whimsical corridor filled with dynamic ornaments, encouraging people to linger, photograph and shop in and around the space. (more…)

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eatsa K Street (1627 K Street NW) is the brand’s first location in Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: Joy Asico)

From a press release:

“On Tuesday, November 29, eatsa, an unprecedented, fully-automated faster food experience, will open the doors to its first Washington location at 1627 K Street NW. The new eatsa, in the heart of downtown D.C., will be the largest location in the country. Washingtonians can enjoy the brand’s signature, customizable, healthy and flavorful bowls — with quinoa at the core — at an unbeatable price point.

Interior photo of the K Street eatsa, which is the brand’s largest storefront in the country (Photo Credit: Joy Asico)

With all eatsa bowls starting at $6.95, the K Street location is primed to become the city’s most sought-after new lunch destination with a wide variety of globally-inspired, personalized options, such as the teriyaki Bento Bowl, with edamame, stir-fry quinoa and apple-cabbage slaw and the Burrito Bowl, with guacamole, asada portobello mushrooms and tortilla chips. eatsa will be open for breakfast as well, serving coffee, tea and small sides, including fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits.

eatsa guests can order their meals via a first-of-its-kind automated food pick-up system featuring a collection of glass door “cubbies” that display personalized graphics, and produce a customized meal within minutes. eatsa’s delicious, hearty bowls are great for quick breakfast, lunch and dinner options that provide a substantial amount of protein and are served in as quickly as 90 seconds. Guests can also skip the line by ordering through the eatsa mobile app.”

Massachusetts Avenue NW, Vermont Avenue NW, 14th Street NW, and M Street NW

Wade Hammes tweeted us around 9:30 this morning:

“they are roping off the entire circle now with heavy police presence… ambulance still on premise with the person…seems not good.”

Another reader passes on a brief story from the Washington Post: “A man was stabbed and critically injured Tuesday morning in Thomas Circle Park in Northwest Washington, according to U.S. Park Police.”

Updates when/if more details are known.


A reader reports just after 3:30pm:

“Just ran into this protest. They were walking East on K Street, turned North on Vermont, then East on L Street and ultimately stopped in front of 1310 L St NW. My friend told me:

“They are protesting the guy Trump said might lead the EPA, a vehement climate change denier. He works in that building, but is off today.”


1627 K Street, NW

I’m officially intrigued about eatsa:

“All eatsa bowls start at $6.95 and come in a wide variety of globally-inspired, customizable options, such as the teriyaki Bento Bowl, with edamame, stir-fry quinoa and apple-cabbage slaw and the Burrito Bowl, with guacamole, asada portobello mushrooms and tortilla chips. eatsa also serves coffee, tea and small sides, including fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits.”

Check out all the Menus here and stay tuned for an opening date.