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904 Palmer Alley, NW

From a press release:

“Robb Duncan, Washington’s premier gelato artisan and co-owner of Dolcezza, is pleased to unveil his newest location which will open April 17, 2015 at 904 Palmer Alley, NW, 20001 at CityCenterDC. Dolcezza CityCenterDC will debut a new way to enjoy coffee made by harnessing high-pressure nitrogen to create a smooth, creamy iced coffee. Dolcezza’s nitro coffee is unmatched in the DC region and is unique because of the way it infuses nitrogen using a special patented-membrane at the point-of-sale using Dolcezza’s own custom recipes and Stumptown’s seasonal, single origin beans. The system used to make this new offering was created by AC Beverage Inc. — pioneers of the draft beer and beverage industry — using their expertise of draft beer technologies and adapting it to coffee. Priced at $5.50 per cup, Dolcezza’s nitrogen coffee program will offer fans their favorite cup of coffee with added flavor, elevated caffeine, and a smoother taste. Additional benefits include:

• Dolcezza’s nitro coffee will always taste fresh because it is only in contact with nitrogen at the point of sale. So there’s less time for the nitrogen to denature the coffee concentrate.

• Dolcezza has the creative freedom to experiment with an unlimited number of coffee recipes.

• Dolcezza’s process will give the coffee a smoother texture and showcase the natural sweetness of their recipes.

• Dolcezza will be able to adjust parameters to deliver varying nitro coffee experiences, from spicy and dark brews similar to a Double IPA to lighter and more floral blends reminiscent of a Belgian Ale.

Dolcezza will also be showcasing their close partnership with Stumptown by being the first in the DC region to sell and stock Stumptown cold brew coffee + milk.

The 1,200-square-foot space boosts a 10-foot-long communal table that can accommodate ten guests, as well as a standing bar for ten that runs along 9th Street. The space also incorporates a private alcove near the entrance that can accommodate up to four guests seated. The tables and light fixtures throughout the space were created by Housewerks, a salvage industrial outfitter out of Baltimore, Maryland. Also of note is the coffee bar and espresso station, which is a custom state-of-the-art setup conceived, designed, and built by the coffee wizard of Baltimore, Bruce White of Perfect Brew.”

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“Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday: 7 AM to 11 PM
Friday: 7 AM to 12 Midnight
Saturday: 8 AM to 12 Midnight
Sunday: 8 AM to 10 PM”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation would like to inform the public of street closures in conjunction with the DC Emancipation Day Parade and Festival scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2015.

The following streets will be closed from 4:00 am to midnight Friday morning.

§ E Street, NW from 14th to 13th Streets, NW

§ Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 14th to 12th Streets, NW

§ 13th Street, NW from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

The following streets will be closed from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

§ Constitution Avenue, NW from 9th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

§ 7th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW

The following streets will be closed from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

§ Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th Street to 3rd Street, NW

§ All streets crossing Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th to 4th Street will be closed between E Street & Constitution Avenue, NW”

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1501 K Street, NW

From a press release:

“Restaurateur Claudia Rivas, owner and COO of Claudia’s Steakhouse, announced today the appointment of renowned DC chef Brad Race to take over the helm at Claudia’s Steakhouse – a new classic American-Latin fusion restaurant and lounge set to open at DC’s Investment Building at 1501 K Street, NW in late spring. Race, not new to the DC restaurant world, has shared his culinary talents with District residents via his popular steak frites at Bearnaise where he served as Executive Chef. Race has also delighted foodies at other neighborhood restaurants including Michel Richard’s Michel, Jose Andres’ Minibar, as well as NYC’s Le Cirque, Nobu and Oceana.

Race and Rivas have carved out a classic American menu that features an authentic Latin twist. From the dinner menu, guests should be eager to try “Claudia’s Prime Empanadas” – a small plates menu item – or the “Negra Modelo Drunken-Rib-Eye” for an authentic Latin steak dinner. The lunch menu offers more casual Latin entrees like the “Chorizo hotdog Juarez style” and the “Mojarra Frita”.

“I’m excited to be joining the Claudia’s Steakhouse team and eager to incorporate my flare of American dishes with Claudia’s original recipes,” says Race. “My specialty is designing menus that blend international flavors and I’m eager to present an exceptional Latin inspired cuisine to the Washington community.”

Rivas is thrilled to introduce to Washingtonians and visitors alike her passion and flavor of Latin culinary culture. She grew up in El Salvador and learned how to cook from her grandmother, Julia Aguilar, a professional chef who spent her cooking career as a private chef for an Argentinean family who settled in Puerto Rico. Consequently, Claudia learned recipes with both El Salvadorian, Argentinean, Caribbean’s influence and has obtained expertise in Latin tradition.

The Latin experience does not stop with the food. With a seating capacity of 300 and space for 400 throughout, the 7,500-square-foot Claudia’s Steakhouse will serve as a lounge, social scene and a sophisticated dining spot. The restaurant’s interior atmosphere exhibits a modern architectural design aesthetic with contemporary furnishings, soft lighting and a relaxing ambiance that features buoyant Latino music and Salsa dancing on select evenings.

“The essence of Claudia’s food preparation is rooted in my family tree that dates back four generations,” says Rivas. “I am creating a genuine dining atmosphere and want to share the tastes and influences of original Latin cuisine. Claudia’s is not just a sit-down dining experience, it’s an all-evening affair.”

Two private dining rooms offer guests a more intimate space that are ideal for gatherings of up to 120 people and perfect for birthdays, receptions, business events and fundraisers.”

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an additional arrest has been made in connection to the stabbing death of 30 year-old David Messerschmitt, who was found on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, shortly after 11:00 am, in the 1100 block of 14th Street, Northwest.

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at approximately 7:45 am 19 year-old Dominique Johnson was arrested pursuant to a District of Columbia Superior Court Arrest Warrant and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh

“Dear PoPville,

I was walking along Massachusetts Ave NW at about 11.15pm or so [Friday night], heading east from 14th St when I noticed a man cutting across the sidewalk from M St – we were then outside the National Air Traffic Controllers Association building. I noticed him approaching from my 10 o’clock, and I was immediately on alert since there was no one else on the sidewalk at that time and I was alone.

When he was a couple feet away, I heard him say, “You know me?” I did not make eye contact and kept walking past him, and he followed behind me. I was a bit creeped out, so decided to u-turn back towards 14th St, where there were more people and traffic. When I walked past him, he started to say very aggressively: “You scared huh? Because I’m black? Your family came from a motherfucking third world country like mine too, you are also from the motherfucking ghetto.”

I got to the CVS at Thomas Circle, where I idled outside for a few minutes while deciding if it was safe to go home and what route I should take. I decided to cross 14th St towards the Donovan Hotel to resume my walk home, and at that point, I saw the guy across the street. He looked over and saw me, and started to wait at the crosswalk across the street, waiting for the light to change.

At that point, I was seriously creeped out since he had obviously u-turned after I did so on Mass Ave, and had caught up with me. The walk sign came on and he started crossing the street towards me, walking next to a guy who was texting on his phone and oblivious to what was going on.

I decided to stay where I was, and the creepy guy stared at me throughout while he was crossing the street towards me. I feared he was going to do something, so I very quickly went up to the other guy (the one who was texting) and asked him to help me. Seeing this, the creepy guy immediately broke off and disappeared behind the CVS along Vermont Ave.

I eventually went on my way when I was sure he wasn’t in the vicinity, but the experience was definitely unnerving. The guy is African American, probably at least about 5’10 to 6 feet or so, a little stocky, and he was in a black jacket and blue jeans. He didn’t appear drunk or anything like that, but he was definitely very aggressive.

I hope I was just in a bad place at a bad time, and that he wasn’t randomly walking around picking on women walking alone.”

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731 15th Street, NW via google maps

From an email:

“Pleasant Pops is thrilled to announce that we will be opening our second cafe this spring in Downtown DC. Located a quick block and a half from The White House, the new cafe will reflect the inviting and friendly nature we’ve developed at our current Adams’ Morgan location. Pleasant Pops Downtown will serve a full coffee menu (including our house-made chai, refreshing cold-brew iced coffee, and a range of drinks using beans from Ceremony Coffee Roasters), freshly baked morning pastries as well as our homemade ice pops! We’re excited to be situated on the ground floor of The Woodward Building at 731 15th St. NW. While we’re serving the tenants living above us, our neighboring office buildings and tourists checking out Obama’s digs, we look forward to becoming part of a new DC community! Set to open in June, Pleasant Pops Downtown will start your morning with a perfectly poured cappuccino and end your afternoon with a refreshing, healthy and delicious pop!”