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“I came across this little gem of a parking job on my way home from work yesterday. This is on S between 16th and 17th NW. The road is narrow as it is and cars usually have to slow significantly to pass each other.

On a normal week, at least one parked car along this section of road will lose its side mirror bc of how narrow the passage is.

This driver managed to take up 2 spots, park facing the wrong direction, and is at least 2.5-3 feet from the curb. No surprise- Maryland plates.

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1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“Pizza Studio, the leader in the emerging fast casual pizza category, will open its doors to the public on Thursday, April 23 in Dupont Circle at 1333 New Hampshire Avenue NW. In celebration of Metropolitan Washington’s first location, co-founders Samit Varma and Ron Biskin will be giving away free pizza to customers during limited hours from 11-2pm and 5-8pm on April 23.

On April 23, customers can design an 11-inch pizza of their choice, using any of the restaurant’s unique artisanal crusts, specialty sauces, freshly grated, shaved and crumbled cheeses, and an array of seasonings. Toppings for the light and crispy pizzas include over 35 high quality ingredients ranging from nitrate-free pepperoni, spicy pork sausage, sweet chicken sausage, smoked ham, and an assortment of fresh and roasted vegetables.

Pizza Studio will be open from 11am to 11pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 2am on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant’s signature “starving artists’ wall” will feature works of art created by locals from Washington Project for the Arts, all of which are consigned from the artists and available for purchase.”

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Thanks to a reader for tweeting us:

“Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC2B)
Report of the West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium Committee
Published for Public Comment on April 17, 2015

The Dupont Circle ANC will address the west dupont liquor license moratorium at its special meeting on Monday, April 27th at 7:00pm at the Johns Hopkins University building at 1740 Massachusetts avenue, Johns Hopkins Nitze Building, Kenney-Herter Auditorium. We encourage public participation at that meeting or to send comments to ANC Commissioners via email at commssioners@dupontcircleanc.net.”

The working group encourages ANC 2B to recommend that the ABC Board not renew the West Dupont Circle Liquor License Moratorium. Instead the ANC should adopt a standing policy to protest new liquor license applications in the former moratorium zone until a settlement agreement can be reached with the application that will alleviate any possible concerns over peace, order, quiet and parking.

Read the full report here: West-Dupont-Moratorium-Working-Group-Recommendation (PDF)

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From an email:

“The Heurich House Museum invites the public to celebrate the beginning of spring at their annual Frühlingsfest on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1-4 pm. This family friendly garden event will feature activities for all ages including face painting, maypole dancing, ice cream making, craft activities, and garden games. The museum will be open for guests to explore with scavenger hunts for younger guests included.

Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company will provide a full pig roast with side dishes. Two beers will be on tap courtesy of Virginia-based Old Ox Brewery. Authentic German butter cookies will be available for dessert courtesy of Heidelberg Pasty Shoppe. Ticket price is $20 for guests 12 and older, $5 for children 2-12, and free for children under 2. Admission includes unlimited food and fun! Adults 21 and over will receive two beer tickets. Additional information and tickets available at www.heurichhouse.org/events.

Frühlingsfest is translated as ‘Spring Festival’ and is known as ‘Oktoberfest’s little sister’ in Germany. It celebrates the end of a cold winter and beginning of spring, and it typically occurs from mid-April to the beginning of May. Stuttgart and Munich have some of the largest Frühlingsfests in Germany, and now the Heurich House is bringing the age-old traditional to Washington, DC!”

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2001 S Street, NW

From Glen’s Garden Market:

“Starting this month, we’re dropping the price point from $100 to $75 and adding two seats to the Table to make the experience more accessible. We’ll offer four courses (plus extras) with pairings, which will be inspired by the bounty of the region. In each prior iteration, Chef Travis has foraged some of the ingredients he’s used from his neighborhood in Arlington, to complement those which we source from our all-local vendor line-up. The motivation for the change in concept and price point is to more closely align the experience with the vibe in the market while creating an opportunity for our neighbors to share a table and enjoy the finest food our region has to offer. We still have a bunch of seats available for the Thursday, April 23 Table.”

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3312 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

A reader reports:

Raku in Dupont [1900 Q St, NW] by Kramerbooks will be closing in roughly a month and moving over to Cathedral commons.

One of the servers told me yesterday.

Continuing the decline of eating and drinking establishments in Dupont.”

Ed. Note: An email to Raku for confirmation was not returned.

According to a liquor license placard the Raku opening in Cathedral Commons will be:

“full-service casual restaurant serving Pan-Asian cuisine and sushi. Total occupancy load of 114 inside premises. Sidewalk Café with seating for 36.”

This is right next door to the second Barcelona restaurant whose liquor license placard says:

“Full-service restaurant featuring Spanish and Mediterranean food, tapas, and wines by the glass. Total Occupancy Load of 225, inside seating to be determined. Summer Garden with seating for 36.”

Stay tuned for opening dates.

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1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“&pizza, the collection of local pizza shops known for their gourmet handmade pies, inventive flavor combinations, localized store design, and dedication to the Washington-area community will open its seventh Washington, D.C. location Monday, April 13, in Dupont Circle.

This, the brand’s 12th location in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area promises to integrate itself into Dupont’s rich cultural landscape without disturbing the area’s widely recognized communal oneness. Paying homage to the affinity for art and culture, and its importance in advancing the rights of the American gay community, &pizza Dupont features an enormous wall graphic inspired by the equality icon. But that’s not the end. It complements the neighborhood’s ideals around togetherness with two large wooden community tables that rest under schoolhouse lights, bookended by coke bottle chairs, adding an element of youthful flare.”

Oh yeah the pinkberry next door closed too:

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