nagomi_Izakaya
1990 M Street, NW

Nagomi Izakaya has opened in the former TakEatEasy space on M Street. Their website says:

“What is an Izakaya “居酒屋” ?

An izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks. It serves as a gathering place for good drinks, good food and good times.

We are a family owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of Washington, D.C. We chose the izakaya concept because it is something we are familiar with. The idea of having a place to go to unwind after work and grab good drinks and great food is something we enjoy and wanted to bring to the neighborhood. We hope to see you soon!

Lunch
Monday to Saturday
11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner
Monday to Thursday
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday
5:00pm – 11:00pm”

Check out their menus:

Lunch_Menu_Nov_2014 (PDF)

Dinner_Menu_Nov_2014 (PDF)

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve lived at 16th/V for 8 years — commuting by foot to and from work every day down New Hampshire to Dupont — and I’ve noticed a disturbing increase in the number of cars that, while they have a green light to continue straight down New Hampshire towards Dupont Circle, take the liberty of making a left-hand turn down 17th, which has a red light and a walk signal for pedestrians. Pretty much every other day I have to be on high-alert when using that crosswalk to make sure no drivers are barreling through that red light and into the crosswalk during the walk signal.

I wonder if other people have experienced this? Any ideas on what to do about this?”

yafa
1205 19th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word about Yafa Grille’s (Shawarma•Falafal•Pita) new signage in the former PoBoy Shop space on 19th Street just north of M Street. A quick update from the owner – they have made a lot of progress and will open just after Thanksgiving “hopefully before mid December.”

yafa-dc
looking south towards M Street

firefly-dc-e1346337148605
1310 New Hampshire Ave, NW

From an email:

“Lindsay Autry, who placed third in Bravo TV’s ninth season of “Top Chef,” has joined the Firefly team as Executive Chef. Her most recent positions included Executive Chef roles at the Sundy House and the Omphoy Ocean Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Autry graduated from Johnson & Wales University and honed her skills under James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein with positions at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami and MB in Cancun, eventually leading to the Executive Chef role at Michelle Bernstein Restaurant at the Omphoy.

A native of North Carolina, Lindsay describes her cuisine as soulful, embracing Mediterranean flavors while blending in her Southern roots​. Autry’s goals for Firefly include building on the restaurant’s reputation as a neighborhood gathering spot and creating approachable cuisine with a focus on conscientious sourcing and seafood. She plans on taking the next several weeks to settle in at Firefly’s kitchen and will unveil new menus in 2015.”

ok_ramen_m_st
1817 M Street, NW

Back in September we learned that Oki Ramen was going to replace Sala Thai’s small lower level space on M Street just off Connecticut Ave. It’s tough to be noticed in a lower level spot so it looks like Oki Ramen is taking the opposite tact of Denson Liquor Bar – Check out their huge sign. It’s taking a bit longer than a “few weeks” to open but should be soon. Stay tuned.

Update from a reader:

“Oki is open now its been open for a couple of weeks now. It’s a good place the downstairs looks great, i like the vibe.”

1735-Q-Street-Northwest-e1411569932446

Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1735 Q St NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Dupont
Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Roll up door & 2 spaces Basement: Fully Finished Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $1,899,000.
List Price at Contract: $1,899,000.
List Date: 9/22/2014
Days on Market: 14
Settled Sales Price: $1,900,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 11/10/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Many of the large historic brownstones in Dupont have been subdivided into condo or rental units, so this intact four level house complete with English basement is a nice find. Actually, in addition to this fee simple home, the 1700 block of Q St NW saw one other settled sale at $1,625,000. and there is one pending sale that was listed at $2,895,000. There is currently one active fee simple home on the block recently listed at $2,999,000.

Looking back in time, the first time a home on this block sold at seven figures was back in 2001, right around when Whole Foods established its P Street location a few blocks away. As late as 2003, it was still possible to acquire one of these beauties in the $800,000.-$900,000. range. Our multiple listing system reports back as far as the mid-1990’s. In the mid-late 1990’s, prices for houses on this block were under $400,000.

The listing agent was Boucie Addison of Washington Fine Properties, LLC. Kelly Kelley of Keller Williams Capital Properties, (per disclosure above, the same brokerage affiliation as the writer of this post), represented the buyer in this transaction.

DGS_Dupont_jewish_deli
1317 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From an email:

“DGS Delicatessen and Specialty Bar celebrates its two-year anniversary Saturday, November 15th.

To mark the occasion, DGS is bringing together some of our favorite chefs, artisans and farmers. The list of guests includes meat farmer extraordinaire Bev Eggleston, visionary chef Jeremiah Langhorne, gelato wizard Robb Duncan, bread master Mark Furstenburg and vegetable guru Steve Turnage.

Together, they will cook a special family style menu: Mark Furstenburg’s challah with “everything” butter, surf and turf deviled eggs with Bev Eggleston’s chicken cracklings and trout roe, Jeremiah Langhorne’s braised beef shank with fresh coriander and crispy onions and housemade chocolate babka with Robb Duncan’s crookneck pumpkin gelato.

The 4-course family style menu is available for $40 from 5:30-10pm. Partner, GM and Beverage Director Brian Zipin has curated a special wine pairing for the occasion for just $18. Reservations can be made online at dgsdelicatessen.com or by calling 202.293.4400.”

You can see the menu here: 2 Year Anniversary (PDF)