From a press release:

“The Park At CityCenter, part of CityCenterDC, the 10-acre, landmark, mixed-use development located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. will ring in the 2014 holiday season with its first annual holiday tree lighting ceremony, taking place on November 29th.

The free evening event is open to the public and will celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays. Hosted by Eun Yang of NBC4, the event will also help support the DC Central Kitchen. All attendees are encouraged to bring and donate non-perishable food items to this worthy cause.

The 70-foot American made tree was designed by internationally recognized holiday decoration company Barrango and will be on display until early January. The monumental tree includes a dazzling 6-foot in diameter manzanita starburst topper with 16 arms as well as 4525 ornaments adorned with 30,000 6”x6” hand-crafted silver-leaves. In addition, the 5200 LED lamps on the starburst and 150,800 LED lamps around the tree will help light the night, all managed by 128 lighting controller channels. Two twenty-five foot reindeer, made from 37,000 manzanita twigs, will also be on display in The Plaza at CityCenter for visitors to enjoy.

All event attendees are encouraged to stay for dinner or shop at the many exciting retail and restaurant offerings at CityCenterDC. Other highlights of the evening’s planned festivities include:

• Holiday music performed by the renowned Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC.
• Upscale Thai restaurant Mango Tree by Richard Sandoval, which is expected to open soon at CityCenterDC, will serve their signature hot Thai tea to attendees.
• Celebrated dessert company RareSweets, also part of the lineup of new eateries coming to CityCenterDC, will be on hand with delicious hot cocoa and seasonally inspired cookies. In addition, RareSweets will have gift baskets and other individual gift items on display for holiday ordering.

When/Where: Saturday, November 29, 2014, beginning at 6 pm at The Park at CityCenter, located at the corner of 10th and I Streets, NW in Washington, DC.”

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1129 20th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I went to get lunch at Newton’s Noodles today and they were closed during prime lunch hours without any activity inside or a sign on the door. I am bummed because I love this place. Any idea about what’s going on? It reads like the signs of a business closing to me.”

Newton’s Noodles opened with much fanfare back in October 2013. In response to a query on their facebook page, Newton’s Noodles wrote on November 17th:

“We are moving to a new location. A little smaller of a space that supports both a lunch and dinner business. More info to come shortly.”

Stay tuned.

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1025 Vermont Ave, NW

Last week we learned Which Wich Superior Sandwiches was coming to Vermont Ave just north of K Street in addition to 1800 E Street, NW. A rep from Which Wich writes with a brief update:

“The Vermont Ave location will be opening hopefully December 15, and the second location at 1800 E Street NW will be opening a few days later.”

You can see Which Wich Superior Sandwiches menu here.

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“Dear PoPville,

What gives with the Franklin School? Seems like more than 6 months have passed since the bid was accepted by DC

ICE-DC will restore the building’s exterior and original interior details, while transforming the rehabilitated building into exhibit space for contemporary art, sculpture, installations and performances. The proposed development also includes adult and student art education programs, a new restaurant and café, and an arts bookstore. Further, ICE-DC plans to work closely with the National Park Service (NPS) and the District to integrate art and to coordinate educational programs and events in the redesigned Franklin Square Park. The team demonstrates the skills and experience to successfully lead the rehabilitation and reuse of the Franklin School, and offers learning and training opportunities for District residents interested in contemporary art, curatorial practice and culinary art.

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Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Just saw they put signs up for the Conrad (by Hilton) across from City Center. Looks like this will be a huge hotel.”

From CityCenterDC:

“Hines, the international real estate firm and Qatari Diar, the real estate development entity of the Qatar Investment Authority, together developers of CityCenterDC, and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, announced today that the parties have closed on the agreement allowing Hines and Qatari Diar to proceed with the design and construction of a 370-room luxury hotel and 70,000 square feet of large-format retail space, at CityCenterDC, the 10-acre, landmark, mixed-use development located in the heart of the nation’s capital. It was further announced that the hotel will be the Conrad Washington, D.C., the newest property in the Conrad Hotels & Resorts luxury brand portfolio operated by Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HTL).

The Conrad Washington, D.C. project is being designed by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten, the internationally acclaimed design firm headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and HKS Architects, Inc., a Dallas-based design firm with offices worldwide, including the District of Columbia, as Architect of Record. Herzog & de Meuron is known for sophisticated projects around the world including the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, The Tate Modern in London and the iconic 56 Leonard, a new condominium tower in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood.”

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Rendering via CityCenterDC

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From a press release:

“The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is holding a contest with the Japan Information and Culture Center, which is located in the neighborhood. Writers can submit their original haikus Wed. Nov. 12–Fri., Dec. 12 here.

The winning poetry entries will be displayed in the flower beds lining the streets of the Golden Triangle neighborhood this winter, becoming the first temporary community art project of its kind in the nation’s capital. The neighborhood is comprised of the 43 blocks from the White House to Dupont Circle.

The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to visit the Embassy of Japan’s traditional Japanese tea house, Ippakutei, for a guided tour and tea. (more…)

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From a press release:

“Lightening fast and incredibly delicious pizza newcomer, DC Pizza, will be treating customers to a free four topping pizza and a soft drink to commemorate the restaurant’s arrival in the Golden Triangle. Patrons will get to pick from a wide variety of fresh and authentic toppings to customize their creations. Plus the first 20 customers in line at 11AM will receive free pizza for a year!

“We are thrilled to invite the neighborhood in to see how great our pizza is” said Lisa Lakin, founder of DC Pizza. “Customers will be blown away by how fast we make these amazingly tasty pies.”

WHERE:DC Pizza – 1103 19th Street NW
 located at 19th & L Streets
WHEN:Thursday, November 13th 2014 11AM – 3PM & 6PM – 9PM

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1025 Vermont Ave, NW

This is the former home to Quiznos then Cafe Mediterranean and Homestead Creamery. Which Wich also has a new DC location coming to the renovated GSA building at 18th and E St, NW. Both locations are listed as coming soon on Which Wich’s website. You can see Which Wich’s menu here. Updates when opening dates are announced.