07/08/14 4:59pm

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Thanks to @AllenInDC for tweeting us the photo above:

“Beginning signs of sinkhole at 14th and Constitution. Crew on scene.”

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has closed one lane on northbound 14th Street NW between Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. Crews from DDOT and DC Water are currently investigating a condition that has undermined the roadway at this location.

While traffic on northbound 14th Street NW is still progressing through this area, DDOT encourages motorists to use alternate routes to avoid congestion.

Further updates regarding this closure will follow.

UPDATE: One-Lane Closure on Northbound 14th Street NW between Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue Closure In Place Through Morning Rush Hour on July 9, 2014

07/07/14 10:22pm

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925 H Street, NW

Back in Feb. we learned Richard Sandoval’s Mango Tree was likely coming to CityCenter – they’ve now applied for a liquor license that says:

“Restaurant that will be serving Thai Food. There will be entertainment with occasional dancing and a Sidewalk Café. There are 213 seats with a total occupancy load of 239. The sidewalk café has seating of 36.”

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

The space is located at 925 H St, NW right next to the new video art screen which, incidentally, is absolutely awesome:

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06/27/14 4:45pm

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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

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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

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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.

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“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.

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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…)