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1201 K Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I walked past the Twelve & K Hotel last night (formerly the Four Points by Sheraton) and saw they were closed. The main lobby entrance has a sign about who to call for deliveries, and another door has security company contact information. It’s a little bit strange to look inside the lobby and see nobody inside. District Grill is also shuttered, and the hotel website is gone too (http://www.twelveandkhotel.com/). I know the property was sold over the summer to the company that also owns the Langham Hotel chain so perhaps something else is on the way?”

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Awesome even in adversity, from the 2008 show.

Some very good scuttlebutt for Artomatic fans – I hear they are coming back to DC possibly this summer. I also hear it will be in a sweet downtown location. Knocking wood, knocking wood! Updates when more is known. For those not famililar with Artomatic:

“Artomatic is a month-long art festival in the DC area that is “by artists, for everyone.” Anyone can show art or perform, and it is absolutely free to attend. Often located in a former office building that’s slated for demolition, we’re currently looking for a site for 2014. In addition to floor after floor of art and performance stages, workshops, tours, seminars and other events are held all month long.

No matter what kind of creative events you like, you will find something for you at Artomatic.”

And it is awesome.

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Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Big crowd in front of our office building this morning. Six U.S. Marshals are here to close Lotus Lounge.”

Washington Business Journal previously reported:

“K Street nightclub Lotus Lounge has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, due in large part to a large debt owed to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a court filing.”

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From DC.gov:

“Today, the District of Columbia’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department released an initial report on Monday’s WMATA incident.”

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“The FEMS operation concluded with the evacuation of more than 200 passengers from a six-car
Metro train, the transport of 84 patients to District hospitals, and the death of one person.
Approximately 110 FEMS personnel and 31 FEMS vehicles responded to the incident.”

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From an email:

“Toady, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken [1308 G Street, NW] will launch a new menu item: a fried chicken and gravy sandwich, which will be available during breakfast and lunch. The fried chicken sandwich features a piece of fried chicken topped with gravy on a savory doughnut bun. The gravy has a Cajun flair and is made with chopped peppers, onions and celery. The breakfast version of the sandwich is smaller than the lunch version, and is priced at $5.50 and $9.75 respectively. A side of additional gravy is available for $2.00. The breakfast sandwich is available in the morning hours during the week as well as all day on the weekends. The lunch sandwich will only be available during the week.”

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Photo courtesy Pinea

From a press release:

“Root Cellar will officially open to the public Thursday, January 15 at 5pm.

WHERE: 515 15th Street NW in the lower level of Pinea at W Washington DC Hotel

As a part of their continued efforts to highlight their selection of the best whiskeys, scotches, and wines, Root Cellar will host a monthly dinner pairings series starting with a Pappy Van Winkle and game dinner where guests will experience all five Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons (Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot “B” 12 Year, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year, and Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year) alongside a five-course game dinner prepared by Pinea’s chef, Barry Koslow Saturday, January 17. Tickets, which are $449 and include tax and gratuity, can be purchased here.

About The Root Cellar Whiskey Bar
Pinea’s hidden gem, the Root Cellar Whiskey Bar located in the lower level of the W Washington DC’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. The dim lighting, low ceilings and fireplace make for a cozy spot to indulge in some of the world’s best selections of scotch, whiskey and wine. In warmer months, step out to the adjacent patio for a bourbon and bask in the sun while taking in the sights and sounds of DC.

About Pinea
Imaginative, elegant cuisine served in a simple and approachable style, Pinea restaurant is inspired by the traditions of Southern Europe and the flavors of the Mediterranean. Executive Chef Barry Koslow’s menu follows flavor profiles popular in these regions including citrus, fresh herbs such as lavender and rosemary and carefully curated olive oils. Pinea’s beverage program complements each plate with esoteric wines from Southern European regions such as Campania, Valencia and Languedoc Roussillon as well as unique craft cocktails and beers. Foodies, get ready for a sensory experience.”