Joy Asico (
1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW. (Photo by Joy Asico)

From a press release:

“eatsa, the unprecedented, fully-automated faster food experience, will open the doors to its second Washington, D.C. location at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW on Wednesday, January 18. The new eatsa, just steps away from the White House, will be the first multi-level eatsa in the country and will include a mezzanine where customers can enjoy the brand’s customizable, healthy and flavorful quinoa-based bowls, delivered at an unbeatable price point.

Joy Asico ( “The Pennsylvania Avenue eatsa in Washington, D.C. is the brand’s first multi-level storefront. (Photo by Joy Asico)”

Lunch bowls start at $6.95 and include the Bento Bowl, which features edamame, stir-fry quinoa and apple-cabbage slaw and the Burrito Bowl, with guacamole, asada portobello mushrooms and tortilla chips. Breakfast is on the menu, too, as eatsa will open at 7am with breakfast bowls starting at $3.95, in addition to fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits. (more…)

1132 19th Street, NW

We shoulda known after the initial promise of a “glamping experience”

Washington Business Journal reports:

“The hits keep coming on 19th Street NW downtown: Bonfire, the fire-themed restaurant that only opened last February, will shutter later this month.”

Ed. Note: They opened in late April/early May.

Famous Luigi’s Pizza closed after 70 years at 19th and M St, NW back in December 2013.

Other relatively recent closures on 19th Street include Olivia’s Diner and Science Club and Sophie’s Cuban and Protein Bar and Smith and Wollensky’s and Shoes by Lara and Red Robin Burger Works and Noodles and Co. not to mention Melt Shop around the corner…

famous luigis

1595 I St, NW

A reader reports:

“My parents and sister just ate dinner at a place called Rare Steakhouse in Madison, WI. Their server told them that it was opening a location in DC in fall ’17 or early ’18. They were told it will be at 9th and I. I am not sure if that means City Center or somewhere else around there. The locations tab on its website confirms that a DC location is “coming soon,” but doesn’t list an address.”


Washington Business Journal reports a lease was signed at 1595 I Street, NW:

“It will be a large restaurant, encompassing 9,500 square feet on two levels, including the more casual, 49-seat tavern on the ground floor. In all, the restaurant will seat 337.”

You can see their menu here. Updates as they get closer to opening.

1010 Vermont Ave, NW (just north of K Street)

A reader reports:

Modern Market on Vermont will be open at the end of the month.”

Check out their Bethesda menus here.


Modern Market’s website says:

“Hello and welcome to Modern Market. We want to change what people eat.

Did you ever notice that when you eat great food, you feel good? We did.

We also noticed how hard it is to find places that serve great tasting, healthy food made from ingredients you can trust for a reasonable price. Eating out seems to be a lot like voting – choose the least worst option and get on with it. We wanted to change that.

So in 2009, we quit our jobs and opened a restaurant in Boulder, Colo. We built a neighborhood spot where we could eat every day and doing so would make us happier and healthier.

We serve artisan fare without all the pomp – simple counter service with amazing, scratch-made food that nourishes your mind and body. Priced low enough that you can afford (around $10), but high enough that true high quality sources can be used and our team members can be fairly compensated.

We cook our food using simple, whole ingredients purchased from farmers, ranchers and suppliers we know and trust; who love and respect the planet as much as we do.

Every ingredient matters to us – where it comes from, what’s in it, and what the practices are of the company selling it. We searched for two years to find pickles that don’t contain sodium benzoate (thanks McClure’s). Little details matter to us. A lot.

We have a holistic view on health. We think added sugar is the devil and (good) fats are our friends. We live by the Michael Pollan philosophy, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division Sexual Assault Unit announced an arrest has been made in an Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse while Armed offense that occurred in the 1000 block of H Street, Northwest, on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at approximately 7:45 pm.

The victim was inside of a building in the 1000 block of H Street, Northwest, when an unknown suspect, armed with a knife, physically assaulted and attempted to sexually assault her.

On Thursday, December 29, 2016, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 18-year-old Ernesto Agustin Mendoza, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse while Armed.”

Pennsylvania Ave. between 18th and 17th St NW.

Thanks to a reader for sending. I think this is a former Corner Bakery right? Anyway this is right near the Renwick and the White House. Eatsa opened their first DC location on K Street last month:

“eatsa, an unprecedented, fully-automated faster food experience…Washingtonians can enjoy the brand’s signature, customizable, healthy and flavorful bowls — with quinoa at the core — at an unbeatable price point. (more…)