1319 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“In the midst of a booming restaurant scene, several Washington, DC staples have held their ground and stood strong in the competition. The DC Restaurant Group, consisting of Madhatter, Front Page, Café Soleil, Bottomline, and Cedar, to name a few, has proven that even when big name chefs come to town, people still support local.

For over 30 years, owner Dick Heidenberger, has been serving up food and drinks in the nation’s capital. He still tenderly recalls the days when he was one of the “coolest” bartenders in town and he and his friends were turning dingy bars into hot spots. You can reminisce with Dick at the Madhatter, now located at 1319 Connecticut Avenue NW- a major step up from its former location on M St. You’ll find pictures from the “good ol’ days” and find business partner, Mickey Tobin, reading the paper at the bar or turning tables during a busy lunch. Dick has partnered with several others over the years, expanding his reach to Baltimore and Delaware with popular spots like Canton’s Portside Tavern in Baltimore, Mango’s, Bethany Blues BBQ, Dickey’s Frozen Custard and The Starboard in Delaware. Now, Heidenberger’s sons are stepping into the role of managing partners at Madhatter, Front Page, and Café Soleil. (more…)

2029 P Street, NW

@dcjpad tweets us:

“Indefinite” suspension of @DCGov_ABRA license for @PanasGourmet on P Street in #DupontCircle. Wonder why. @PoPville”

Panas has had a liquor license since 2012 – anyone hear what happened?

Update from @DCGov_ABRA:

“It was suspended because the fines were not paid. Here’s more information

The Forgotten Space Below Dupont Circle from PBS Digital Studios on Vimeo.

From Unusual Spaces – PBS Digital Studios:

“Each day, thousands of residents, commuters and visitors traverse Washington DC’s Dupont Circle, one of the most historic and iconic neighborhoods in the nation’s capital. Below its well-traveled streets, however, lies a secret unknown to many who pass above: 75,000 square feet of abandoned tunnels that have remained inaccessible for most of the last 50 years.

Built in the 1940s to alleviate traffic concerns in the growing metropolis above, the tunnels allowed for trolley cars to pass under Dupont Circle and pick up passengers at two below ground stations. Following the closure of the DC’s trolley system in the early 1960s, the tunnels were abruptly abandoned. Apart from a brief, unsuccessful venture in the mid-1990s to install a food court on the western side of the tracks, the space below Dupont has been largely forgotten by the world above. In the mid-2000s, a new organization called the Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground was formed to pursue a new use for the space as a cultural destination. After years of petitioning, the Arts Coalition signed a 5-year lease with the city in late 2014 that will provide an opportunity to test out possible future uses for the space.”

Ed. Note: Last month we spoke about the future plans for this space.

1800 N Street, NW just west of Connecticut Ave

We knew it’d be early January for the 24 hour Surfide opening in Dupont – and today’s the day. Eater DC reports:

All items at the walk-up, 24-hour taco stand are under $10. The hours should appeal to Dupont’s bar crowd. “I just feel that D.C. is becoming more of a 24-hour city,” Blair said. “With all the hotel guests and taxi drivers and people in the hospitality industry, there are like 1,000 places in New York that are 24 hours, and only a couple in D.C.”

From Pepco [most detailed update I’ve seen via the Dupont Listserv]:

“On Jan. 6, 2015, an underground cable fault occurred shortly before 7 a.m. in the area of 18th and Corcoran streets, NW. The fault caused three underground feeders to trip and led to power outages for approximately 6,100 customers. The cause remains under investigation.

Pepco restored electrical service to approximately 6000 customers by about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Field work on the underground outage has required a longer period of work than anticipated due to inclement weather, traffic and the severity of the damage. Pepco crews will continue making repairs and will remain on site until all of the work is completed.

The current ETR is set at 10 p.m. tonight. Estimated Time of Restoration is initially based on the identified problem and the time it normally takes to make the repairs. As we proceeded with the original repairs, we found the damage more extensive than originally anticipated which required extending the ETR. Until the first repair was completed, we could not detect the additional repairs necessary to complete the restoration. ETRs, that Pepco fully expected to meet, have been extended due to unforeseen issues crews had no way of discovering until they made other necessary repairs.

Today, during our emergency repair effort, engineers discovered additional issues involving secondary power cables underground. This will require crews to remove and replace cable before service can be completely restored to remaining customers experiencing outages. Three secondary main lines are being replaced plus additional underground equipment. The technical nature of this repair work severely limits the ability to immediately see certain underground issues. Pepco has been calling affected customers all day to communicate our continued emergency work and the estimated time of restoration.

We estimate more than 450 customers are experiencing an extended outage while our emergency work continues to repair secondary lines. Customers between R Street and S Street, in the area extending between 18th Street NW to Connecticut Avenue are included in the extended outage. It is important for customers who do not have power to continue reporting any outage to Pepco by phone at 1-877-737-2662 or through our mobile app available for download at

The District has established a warming center for customers at the Raymond Recreation Center, 3725 10th Street NW. We understand our customers’ frustration and we will continue to work around the clock to get every last customer restored.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

@WantToRunn sums it up best though I’ve been getting many emails from those equally frustrated:

“@PoPville they [Pepco] are not providing any time frame! [for restoration in Dupont] This is ridiculous! Almost 36 hours now!!”

Then there is this message from Pepco’s website:

“At this time we are aware that our outage map is not consistently reflecting estimated restoration times and the number of customer outages reported near Dupont Circle. We are working to resolve this issue as part of the overall restoration effort.”

From the Dupont listserv:

“This is an update from Pepco.

Please be advised that, during the process of restoration, we have identified that additional stretches of secondary cables will have to be replaced between 19th and 20th ST, and at 19th and Riggs Pl. PLEASE NOTE THAT AS A RESULT OF THIS, THERE WILL BE NUMEROUS CUSTOMERS THAT WILL REMAIN OUT OF POWER AFTER 4PM. Once the assessment of the area is completed we will be in a better position to establish an ETR for these remaining customers. We will remain in contact to provide updates as we have them.”