06/27/14 4:45pm

Photo courtesy CityCenterDC

From a press release:

“Hines and Qatari Diar, developers of CityCenterDC, unveiled The Gateway at CityCenter, a groundbreaking three-plane, 25-foot high, 50-foot wide, ultra-high resolution, digital art feature that will serve as a focal point of CityCenterDC, the 10-acre mixed-use development located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital that is being transformed into a vibrant blend of residences, offices, shopping, restaurants, hotel and park.

Created by media artist David Niles, this cinematic digital art piece offers a dynamic visual experience that greets visitors entering CityCenterDC. The one-of-its kind feature will serve as a centerpiece of a coordinated open public space initiative that CityCenterDC brings to the community, which includes parks and green space throughout the development, along with engaging seasonal entertainment and programming.

The ultra-high resolution screens are fed by a content delivery system with artificial intelligence to generate short animated vignettes culled from a collection of original computer generated imagery (CGI) and live action. The high-definition static and moving images were shot exclusively by Niles Creative Group with five core themes: dance, architecture, illusion, space and water. The kinetic feature employs the next generation of LED technology to deliver stunning 3-D like images and its skillful integration of the horizontal ceiling display, coupled with the side-wall displays, creates an immersive, holistic impression for viewers.

The imagery selection is ever-changing and completely non-promotional, without ads or commercials. It includes everything from whimsical dancers to picturesque natural scenery and unique views taken from famous local landmarks such as the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The content also can be customized to celebrate holiday and seasonal events throughout the year and are complemented by soft atmospheric music designed to enhance but not overpower the visuals.

The waterproof and energy-efficient screens will be active from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm daily; however, the state-of-the-art intelligence system is calibrated to create images that adhere to the “rhythm of the day,” with more vivid displays and activity during daylight hours and a more subdued tone in the evening. The screen views are also designed and programmed to not affect the retail tenants and residents of CityCenterDC.”

06/27/14 11:50am

1730 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

There was a lot of judging going on before they even opened so I’ll be interested to hear what folks think now that they’ve actually been open for a bit. Any fans?

Also they write:

“Just in time for summer, Washington, DC’s only grilled cheese-centric restaurant GCDC is excited to open its new 16-seat patio on the bustling Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just a block from the White House. In tandem with the patio’s opening, GCDC will launch a menu of refreshing Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches, homemade cream cheese ice creams sandwiched between brioche French toast, and will celebrate the new sweet offering by giving away complimentary ice cream sandwiches to the first 40 customers on Wednesday, July 2 starting at 4 p.m.

A refreshing, sweet summer treat, GCDC’s new Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches feature scoops of homemade fruit and chocolate-infused cream cheese ice cream sandwiched between brioche French toast, and half-dipped in housemade sauces like chocolate ganache and bourbon caramel. Made with quality cream cheese, heavy cream, vanilla, sugar and spices, the ice creams are infused with fresh, artisan ingredients like sweet strawberries, crisp red delicious apples, coffee beans local DC-roaster Vigilante Coffee, and Grand Marnier for a boozy touch, and then served on French Toast which GCDC makes from Lyon Bakery’s Brioche Pullman loaf. The ice cream sandwiches will be available every evening from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are $7 each.

GCDC will offer three Cheese Ice Cream Sandwich varieties:

Chocolate + Vigilante Coffee: Milk Chocolate, Grand Marnier, Cardamom, Cinnamon, half-dipped in Housemade Chocolate Ganache

Strawberry: Fresh Strawberries, Bourbon Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Lemon Zest; half-dipped in Housemade Chocolate Ganache

Caramel Apple: Fresh Red Delicious apples, cinnamon; half-dipped in Housemade Bourbon Caramel”

06/27/14 11:20am

1177 15th Street, NW

From a press release:

“On July 3, acclaimed chef Jose Garces unveils Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse at the Loews Madison Hotel. The restaurant’s name draws inspiration from La Sociedad Rural Argentina, the Argentine Rural Society, which for over a century has hosted an annual agricultural and livestock show: La Exposición Rural. Rural Society reflects the convergence of rural traditions brought to the bustling, cosmopolitan city. Greeting guests upon entry is a wood-fired grill that enlivens the restaurant and evokes the traditional parrilla cuisine of South America.

Photo courtesy Rural Society

“I’ve always had the urge to explore Argentine cuisine, particularly the parrilla aspect that’s so ingrained in the culture. We want the fire to be a presence, the way it was during so many of our experiences during our trip to Argentina. We’re going to cook as much as we can over that flame,” says Chef Jose Garces.

To begin the meal, Rural Society offers Fiambres, or Argentine charcuterie, like thinly sliced Bresaola de Wagyu with a spicy kick of carrot mustard, red watercress, and charred focaccia. Feast on classics from the Tradicionales section, including Provoleta, a smoky, grilled aged provolone sandwich with peppery arugula, oregano and aji picante.

Fresh from the flames emerge top quality cuts of domestic and imported meat and fish Desde la Parrilla. From turf to surf, guests can graze on selections such as grass-fed Uruguayan rib-eye and prime dry-aged NY strip or Jidori free-range chicken and jumbo cardinal prawns, all served with house-made accompaniments including salsa criolla, merkén aioli and chimichurri. Verduras, or vegetables, are similarly flame-fresh and include Zanahorias, wood-grilled carrots with thyme, fennel seed, and whipped goat cheese.

Photo courtesy Rural Society

Celebrating the blend of Argentinian and Italian cultures that is prevalent in Buenos Aires due to a wave of Italian immigration that began in the 19th century, Rural Society rounds out the menu with house-made pasta like the Sorrentino, ham and cheese ravioli tossed in Parmesan cream, and Fugazza, or thick-crust Argentine pizzas.

On the beverage side, Rural Society offers an extraordinary range of South American wine, with more than half of the wines by the glass hailing from Argentina, in addition to an extensive collection of 75 whiskeys and 25 Italian Aperitifs. Specialty cocktails are inspired from both Argentine and Uruguayan classics, incorporating locally popular ingredients such as the bitter and aromatic Fernet Branca, which is infused with orange Yerba Mate tea to make a Gintonic. For beer lovers, South American selections include Quilmes (Argentina), Pacena (Bolivia) and Xingu (Brazil). Happy hour will be hosted daily from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. continues after the jump. (more…)

06/25/14 4:16pm

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a traffic fatality which occurred in the 1800 Block of K Street, NW.

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at approximately 5:36 pm, an adult female pedestrian was running to catch a commuter bus when she fell on the roadway and was struck by the bus. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 58 year-old Beverly Williams of La Plata, MD.

This crash is currently under investigation.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

06/24/14 3:10pm


Dear PoPville,

Does anyone know the full story on the construction around Connecticut Ave./Rhode Island Ave./M St. NW, a few blocks south of Dupont Circle? This has been going on for several months now, and while I’m sure it’s important work, it has really snarled the commute down Connecticut Ave. (see pic from this morning, facing south toward M), and has made many of the nearby sidewalks inaccessible.

Any idea about the purpose of the construction and when it will likely be finished?

This is part of the Connecticut Ave Streetscape:

“The new Connecticut Avenue N.W. project is the third phase of a DDOT-sponsored streetscape upgrade program. The project encompasses an approximate 1 mile 4-lane corridor between DuPont Circle and K Street. The street, streetscape, and associated infrastructure improvements are scheduled to be completed by February 2015.”

And you can see weekly updates here:

“SUMMARY: June 7- June 13, 2014
The contractor worked with four different crews this week: one crew for trenching and excavation on the southbound left lanes of Connecticut Avenue, one crew for sidewalk and paver installation on Connecticut Avenue going north in front of the Mayflower Hotel, one crew at N Street working on street light poles, and the last crew for sidewalk and pavers at 18th and M Street.”

06/18/14 4:25pm

1177 15th Street, NW

Back in March we noted the coming soon signage for the Argentinean steakhouse that is replacing the Federalist inside the Loews Madison Hotel. Now we know the name – Rural Society:

“This summer, award-winning chef Jose Garces will debut Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse, at the Loews Madison Hotel. Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the Loews Madison is proud to be home to Chef Garces’s first restaurant in Washington, D.C.

The name Rural Society is derived from La Sociedad Rural Argentina (Argentine Rural Society) and La Exposicion Rural, an annual event in Argentina that is part livestock show, part gaucho exhibition, and part glittering social gathering. A major cultural and political event in the South American nation, La Exposicion Rural has brought together large crowds since its beginnings in 1866. After a visit to Argentina and Uruguay with his team earlier this year, Chef Gaces returned to the States inspired by the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of Rural Society.

In tribute to this celebratory time, the open flames of a parrilla (Argentine grill) will welcome guests into the new Rural Society restaurant. All meats, fish, and some vegetables will be grilled here in the center of the restaurant, on the grill fueled by charcoal as well as traditional Argentine hardwood (quebracho).

Rural Society is also celebrating the Italian culture so embedded in Argentina. Guests can expect handmade pastas along with fugazzas (thick-crust Argentine pizza). In addition to presenting apéritifs and digestifs, Rural Society’s bar will showcase South American and Argentine wines.

We look forward to welcoming you to Rural Society in Washington, D.C. this summer.”

06/17/14 12:49pm


Thanks to a reader for sending:

“This was erected as a protest of Cindell construction in front of the National Geographic museum [1145 17th St, NW]. According to the flyer ” they do not meet area labor standards and fail to pay employees wages and benefits determined by the government to be standard for our area.”

Ed. Note: We last saw the rat at Connecticut and Military Rd, NW.

06/16/14 10:12pm

1001 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

In May of 2013 we heard the big news that Tadich Grill would be coming to the former Ten Penh space which has been  closed since 2011. A liquor license placard posted out front says:

“Restaurant serving American food. Occupancy Load 336, Seating 222, Sidewalk Café Seating 54, Summer Garden Seating 27

Hours of operation are listed as Sunday through Thursday: 7am – 2am, Friday and Saturday: 7am – 3am.

You can see Tadich Grill’s original San Francisco menu here. Their website says:

“Tadich Grill is essentially a seafood restaurant and has been for over 160 years. Twice a day (and sometimes all afternoon), the place bustles as waiters serve aromatic dishes bearing last night’s catch, broiled, sautéed, or grilled. It is noisy, yes. But unlike some popular spots, it’s not so noisy that you can’t have a conversation with your companions. If you’d been to Tadich Grill a century ago, it would hardly have looked any different. Back then, customers left happy and returned frequently, just like they still do. ”


And looks like construction is well underway: