Photo by mccormick

Thanks to mccormick from sending from the Starbucks at 14th and G St, NW.

DC Fire and EMS reported:

“14 St fire involved Starbucks kitchen ground level 10 story office building. Fire out. No injuries. Bldg evac. Working on clearing smoke

Starbucks fire contained by sprinklers until we arrived & finished extinguishment. Sprinklers save lives and property.”

undie run
Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Ed. Note: Cupid’s Undie Run is a fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

From MPD:

“On Saturday, February 11, 2017, the Cupid’s Undie Run will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

On Saturday, February 11, 2017, the following streets will be closed from approximately 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm for the run: (more…)

Southern Building DC_SJG Properties
photo courtesy of Cafe Chocolat

From a press release:

“Neighborhood Retail Group recently announced Café Chocolat, a premier chocolate and coffee retailer, will open at 1423 H Street, NW, Washington, DC in Spring 2017. Founder Gjergj Dollani created the “beans to bar” concept as a place to discover and experience the best in high-end chocolate and specialty coffee.

“Café Chocolat will be a unique destination among the East End’s luxury shopping, dining, hotel and entertainment district,” says Bethany Scanlon, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Neighborhood Retail Group. “Gjergj has created the premiere destination for a chocolate experience, sweet treat and perfect gift in DC.”

Neighborhood Retail Group secured the location for Café Chocolat in DC’s Southern Building—only blocks away from the heart of Penn Quarter, Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House—appealing to both residents and the tourism community.

“At Café Chocolat we are creating an environment where consumers can discover and taste some of the best chocolates from around the world,” says Dollani. “And by Neighborhood Retail Group understanding our need for a unique space, we are able to bring this exciting concept to life.”

About Café Chocolat
Cafe Chocolat is a unique Chocolate Boutique and Coffee Bar concept established in 2015 by Gjergj Dollani, Founder and Chief Storyteller for the brand. Dollani has over a decade of experience in the high-end chocolate industry working with brands and manufacturers of various sizes including Lindt and Cacao Barry. For more information, visit”

1212 18th Street, NW

From the files of it sounds funny but could be very cool – Addendum. Official opening day is next Thursday, February 9. Here’s a bit of the concept/philosophy from an email:


Quality base spirits are just the beginning of the cocktail program at Addendum. Bitters and cordials added to each drink create the full experience that we know our guests will appreciate. Much in the same way a constitutional amendment can forge a different implementation of the core document, the simplest modifying ingredients will be mechanisms to reinterpret classic cocktails at Addendum. These addenda sit at the core of our creative philosophy: Simplicity in construction, elegance in craftsmanship and intention in execution define the service at Addendum. (more…)


From a press release:

“Today, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan announced that the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.¹s central library, will close on March 4 for a complete modernization. Reyes-Gavilan also released final renderings and floor plans for the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and will update the community on how Library service will be provided during construction at a meeting this evening.

Construction on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will start in Summer 2017 and continue until 2020. When the $208 million transformation is complete, the Library will become the center of activity for the already vibrant downtown area. The building will feature a new, inspiring, and transparent entryway; sculptured monumental stairs; large auditorium and conference center; creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation; ground level café with patio; double-height reading room; large, interactive children¹s space; expanded special collections space for researchers and local history enthusiasts, and a rooftop event space with terrace. Public art will be solicited for the reading room, the vestibule and the plaza in front of the building. The art installations in the vestibule and the plaza will honor Dr. King. (more…)

bomb squad
Photo by East of NoMa Bro

“NY Ave blocked off at 14th NW. Lots of @SecretService. Any idea what’s up? bomb squad is here”

From AlertDC:

“MPD reports 15th St NW between H St and G St NW and New York Ave NW between 14th St and 15th St NW is closed due to police activity. Alternate routes are 13th St, I St and F St NW. Please follow police directions and expect delays.”

Updates when more is known released. Hopefully a suspicious package that turns out to be nothing as if often the case.

Photo by mccormick

Update 12:10pm from East of NoMa Bro:

“Bomb squad heading into 1440 New York Ave parking garage”


Update 1pm from East of NoMa Bro:


Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend


“Metro is reminding weekend riders of a major track work project that will affect service on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines this weekend. Free shuttle buses will replace all trains between Foggy Bottom and Eastern Market stations on Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5. As a result, six stations will be closed: Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Federal Center SW and Capitol South.

In addition, the lower level platforms will be closed at Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza. (Metro Center will be open for Red Line service only; L’Enfant Plaza will be open for Yellow and Green line service only.) (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jacques Arsenault

From a press release:

“This past year has indeed been a grand one for Swing’s Coffee Roasters. After celebrating its landmark 100-year anniversary in 2016, Swing’s is opening a new coffee bar in downtown D.C. at 640 14th Street NW, located in Metropolitan Square. Opening February 6th, Swing’s shop hours will be 7AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday, 8AM – 3 PM on Saturdays. The venerable coffee roaster is proud to be located in the same neighborhood as a few of the District’s famous hospitality landmarks, such as the Old Ebbitt Grill and the Hamilton. The new location for Swing’s is just a couple of blocks away from the historic “MESCo Building” where Swing’s roasted coffee from its beginnings until 1989. (more…)