1215 Connecticut Ave, NW

Big &pizza expansion news from the Washington Business Journal:

“Next up for the restaurant group: Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, Chinatown and Rockville. Co-founder Steve Salis expects all of those to open by the end of 2014 or early 2015, he said.”

The Dupont Circle and Chinatown locations are reported to be 1215 Connecticut Ave. NW and 802 7th St. NW (around the corner from the coming Potbelly and Cava Grill) respectively.

Last week we reported that &pizza would be coming to the Oxxo Cleaners space on Barracks Row at 405 8th Street, SE.

19th Street south of Dupont Circle

Interesting update on the former Baja Fresh space next to Buffalo Billiards in Dupont from Washington Business Journal:

“California-based Pizza Studio is the latest brand to enter the fast-casual pizza market in D.C., signing a lease for the former Baja Fresh space in Dupont Circle.

An 11-inch personal pizza costs $7.99. Customers choose one of five crust options, which include a whole grain and a gluten-free, and then move on to choices for cheese, sauce and unlimited toppings.”

You can see their full menu here.

WBJ says they are hoping to open in November – stay tuned.

looking north on 19th Street towards Dupont Circle

11 Dupont Circle, NW

Back in July we passed on some scuttlebutt about a Mrs. Greens Natural Food Store taking over the Books A Million off Dupont Circle. Thanks to a reader for sending word of the not so good news for Mrs. Green’s from Patch Fairfax:

“Mrs. Green’s will be closing its store in Fairfax on Sept. 13, according to a company employee; the store opened in January.

It also appears as though Vienna’s long wait to replace Magruders will continue. The hoped-for Mrs. Green’s Natural Market will not be opening a store in the location, at 180 Maple Ave. W, as was planned, according to a company employee.”

In the meantime, Books A Million remains open.

1317 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From DGS:

“To ring in 5775, DGS Delicatessen will offer a special Rosh Hashanah dinner.

The menu features a bounty of the Fall harvest to celebrate the New Year. Chef Brian Robinson is making butternut squash kreplach with pistachios and pomegranates, searing pacific cod and topping it with caviar sauce and lacquering duck breast with a plum and slivovitz gastrique. Dessert pays homage to the classic apples and honey holiday pairing with honey glazed and apple stuffed donuts.

The Rosh Hashanah Menu will be available September 24th through September 26th during dinner for $40, or $58 with wine pairings by GM and Beverage Director Brian Zipin.

Rosh Hashanah Menu

Round Challah for the table

Squash Kreplach, Brown Butter, Pomegranate and Pistachios
Poema,Cava Brut, Spain NV $8

Seared Pacific Cod, Spinach, Fingerling Potato and Caviar Sauce
Marc Aurel, Gruner Veltliner Austria 2013 $8

Roasted Duck Breast, Spaetzle, Tarragon and Slivovitz Plum Gastrique
Block Nine, Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, 2012 $11

Honey Glazed Donuts, Apple Preserve Filling
Di Lenardo Vineyards, Verduzzo, Friuli Italy, 2012 $7″

1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“After a successful inaugural Independence Day themed Brunch Party this summer, STK DC looks to take on Washington‘s beloved weekend brunch crowd on a regular basis. The “Not Your Daddy’s” Steakhouse is pleased to announce the start of the weekly Sunday service, to begin on September 21, from 11:30am – 6:00pm. (more…)

Photo credit Scott Suchman

From a press release:

“Urbana will reopen on Tuesday, September 2, debuting a new look and enhanced bar program after a six-week, $600,000 refresh led by DC-based Grizform Design Architects. At the newly re-opened Dupont Circle gathering place, guests can expect a revamped bar program to reflect the increased bar and lounge space, more Italian influences on the menu, and a modern look that stays true to Urbana’s sleek aesthetic.

New Bar Menu, Enhanced Happy Hour and Saturday Apertivo Hour

Now boasting a double-sided bar, drink rails and additional high-top lounge seating in the former private dining space, Urbana is debuting a bar menu to build on its reputation as a neighborhood destination, complete with an appetizing happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Executive Chef Ethan McKee draws inspiration from the sea for bar bites that include thoughtfully sourced oysters, composed crudo plates and small fish dishes, which are complemented by cozy options such as porcini arancini and fritti misti, and a wide selection of house-made charcuterie and cheeses. Happy hour features great values like $5 house red, white and sparkling wines; $5 Peroni and Yuengling; $7 Aperol Spritzes and $10 negronis on tap, along with $1 oysters; $5 bar bites, and $8 margherita pizzas. The good times continue on Saturdays from 4-7 p.m. during a constantly evolving Apertivo Hour, which will showcase drink specials featuring Italian-style amari, cordials and signature kegged cocktails.

More info and photos after the jump. (more…)

1717 Riggs Place Northwest

This house is located at 1717 Riggs Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning Victorian Rowhouse on quiet tree-lined street in the heart of Dupont Circle! Offering modern-day appointments w/ period sophistication:: Hwd floors; High ceilings; Skylights; Bow windows; Gourmet Kit w/ Wolf stove, S/S appl., Granite counters, Tray ceiling; 5 spacious bedrooms, 3.5 designer baths w/ heated floors, incl Sep. metered au pair suite; Deck; Secured 2-car pking & more!”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $2,398,000.

1827 M Street, NW

@jenn_clark tweets us:

“@PoPville have you seen this in the old  Malaysian Kopitiam spot on M st? Clues on what Parlay will be?”

A couple weeks ago I heard some scuttlebutt that someone affiliated with Panache restaurant located on DeSales near the Mayflower Hotel was taking over the space. Updates when more info is known? What do you guys think Parlay could be – Belgian?

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1745 N Street, NW

These are the boarded up buildings we’ve been talking about for many years by the Tabard Inn on N Street. Just noticed the signage out front and also a new website is live where you can register for updates featuring ‘The Row’ and ‘The Flats’:

“Situated on a tree-lined street just two blocks from Dupont Circle, 1745N is where historic meets modern, and sophistication and style share a single address. Here, you can tap into the energy of the city or just as easily retreat from it. Hundreds of restaurants, bars and boutiques all around you. Parks, green spaces, and Metro less than two blocks away. Welcome to Dupont Circle’s most inspired new condominium.”

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looking west towards Connecticut Avenue