From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in 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 1, 2015, at approximately 3:30 pm, members of the homicide branch arrested 21 year-old Jamyra Gallmon of Southeast, charging her with First Degree Felony Murder While Armed in connection to the homicide of David Messerschmitt.”

1350 I Street, NW

Whoa. More big news from the Washington Business Journal:

“A new upscale restaurant and raw bar from the team behind City Tap House will open in the former Tuscana West space in downtown D.C.”

WBJ says the new spot, Pennsylvania 6, hopes to open this summer. City Tap House is located at 901 9th Street, NW.

Tuscana West closed in Feb. 2014 after 20 years at that location.

9th Street between H and I Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending the update on Dolcezza.

Another reader sends a link to The Great Republic:

“The Great Republic is proud to announce the opening of its newest shop at CityCenterDC, scheduled for Spring 2015.

The Great Republic celebrates the United States in antique, one-of-a-kind offerings as well as Made in America handcrafted goods. Our products are designed for the individual that puts a premium on unquestioned authenticity and quality of craftsmanship when investing in an exceptional piece of history or handcrafted item – either for themselves or as a gift.

Exploring our offerings is an opportunity to see and own something you won’t easily find elsewhere. Leveraging nearly 30-plus years of experience in understanding and sourcing the world’s finest antiques and “off the chart” goods and gifts, we are absolutely confident in our ability to deliver the “wow” during this visit and future visits to our site.

We embrace the ethos that less is more, and seek out items that command your attention but never at the expense of our guiding principle, which is integrity – integrity in the way we do business and the products that we sell. In a room where an item from The Great Republic is on display, your guests will be drawn to the item and the story behind it.

Some of our “wow” includes everything from a beautifully framed 38-Star American flag to a first edition engraving of Washington’s famous Crossing of the Delaware, to an 1845 wall map of the United States, to a fully restored 1946 Indian Chief Motorcycle, and to a first edition of Mark Twain’s classic novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

In addition to the aforementioned offerings, we also sell what we refer to as “modern day collectibles.” In our mind the retail world is divided into two camps: those who know how to use tools to handcraft exceptional products and those who do not. The Great Republic is a company that completely embraces the first ethos, a company based on impeccable craftsmanship that combines the past, present and future, creating and showcasing exquisite Made in America items that will stand the test of time.

Visiting the Great Republic’s website affords each visitor the opportunity to the wonderment and uniqueness of our magnificent one-of-a-kind offerings presented alongside an array of handcrafted must-have modern day goods. So please stop by often and stay as long as you’d like…we look forward to getting to know you!”

1426 L Street, NW

1426 L Street, NW was previously home to the short lived Roc Bar which closed back in June 2013 and The Reserve before that who was evicted from the building in June 2011.

The liquor license placard for XO Restaurant and Lounge says:

“New tavern specializing in intercontinental small-plate food with occasional live entertainment to include a Jazz Band, Karaoke and Dee Jay, along with dancing. Sidewalk Café with seating for 15. Seating inside premises is 75. Total capacity inside premises is 295.”

Updates when they get closer to opening.



Thanks to a reader for sending: “signs of a new business between Citibank and Charles Tyrwhitt at Connecticut & K Streets.”

Porcelanosa’s website says:

“Porcelanosa started operations in the United States over 20 years ago and has quickly grown to become the choice resource for homeowners, builders, architects and designers. Our effective infrastructure of showrooms, retail partners and distribution centers enables us to inspire you with the latest products exhibits, rapidly deliver and tirelessly support the pre and post sales service so many have come to expect from the trusted leader in the Tile, Kitchen and Bath industry.

PORCELANOSA, a global leader in the innovation, design, manufacture and distribution of Tile, Kitchen, and Bath products, endeavors to be the industry leader by providing trendsetting cutting-edge designs of unparalleled beauty and refinement, uncompromising quality, technologically superior products and dependable services to its clients. Through a dynamic company owned and independent distribution network, PORCELANOSA will continue to assert itself as the supplier of choice in its core product categories, and by anticipating and delivering inspiring and advanced solutions to the needs of an ever evolving market, will maximize value for its shareholders and stakeholders.”


Finally! Thanks to a reader for tweeting us word. Mastro’s is coming to the former M&S Grill space downtown. Their website says:

“Mastro’s collection of sophisticated, classic Steakhouses and Ocean Club Seafood locations are recognized for their combination of world-class service, highly acclaimed cuisine, and live entertainment in an elegant yet energetic atmosphere. A truly unparalleled dining experience…

Mastro’s Steakhouse
Washington D.C.
Opening May 2015

13th and F Street, NW

1028 19th Street, NW

Ed. Note: This is the former Boloco Burritos space that abruptly closed in December. I stopped by yesterday and was told more Red Robin’s are coming too.

From a press release:

“Even more residents and workers in Washington, DC will be able to enjoy their fill of the gourmet, fast and heavenly burger experience – a place where burger lovers can delight in a variety of fire-grilled creations using fresh, unique ingredients that made Red Robin® restaurants famous. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) today announced that a second Washington, DC-area Red Robin Burger Works® will open on March 23, 2015 at 1028 19th Street, NW in the Golden Triangle.

The new 19th and L Street location remixes the classic atmosphere of Red Robin restaurants, which has welcomed guests for more than four decades, in a quick-serve dining format with a modern twist: gourmet, mouth-watering burgers, starting at $4.99, and fries in under five minutes from when you order. Nearby Residents and workers will be able to “Get Their Quick Fix of YUMMM®” at Red Robin Burger Works and enjoy many of Red Robin’s signature burgers, such as the Whiskey River® BBQ burger, Royal Red Robin Burger® (topped with a fresh fried egg), the Banzai Burger® with grilled pineapple or the Guacamole Bacon burger.

Hours for the new location are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to breakfast options in the morning, the restaurant’s full menu will be offered all day. (more…)

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

The iconic Masonic Temple building on the northwest corner of 9th and F Streets NW was the first major private building to be constructed downtown after the Civil War, and it was an extraordinary achievement. Richly decorated inside and out and with a grand ballroom on the second floor, it was one of the city’s important cultural centers when it first opened its doors in 1869. The building had many lives, including as a bastion of the temperance movement in the early years of the 20th century and later as a furniture store. It would also become the first major building to be successfully protected by the District’s Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978.

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The old Masonic Temple on the northwest corner of 9th and F Streets NW (photo by the author).

The building was constructed as the headquarters for the local Grand Lodge of Masons. Freemasonry is a centuries-old tradition descended from medieval stone masons’ guilds that evolved into a strictly fraternal order dedicated to benevolent acts. Masons organize themselves into lodges, which are chartered by regional Grand Lodges. Masons were first active in Washington in the late 18th century and formed a Grand Lodge here in 1811. By the mid 19th century they were using a hall at 9th and D Streets NW and needed a larger, more prestigious building to house their meeting hall and headquarters. In 1864, as the Civil War raged, Congress gave them a charter to acquire and develop a site for a new hall. The association purchased the 9th and F Streets lot in 1865 and began raising funds to construct the building. The project was run strictly as a for-profit business, with funds raised by the sale of stock. Stockholders would earn income from rental of the building’s public spaces on the first and second floors. (more…)