04/18/14 11:25am

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1511 Connecticut Ave, NW

on April 1st we noted coming soon signage was posted for Willie T’s Lobster Shack located in the former Marvelous Market sace right next door to Kramerbooks. They’ll be opening next week according to an artist who worked on the space – Arielle Jessop:

“I spent a week down in DC completing the buildout for Willie T’s Lobster Shack that will be opening next week. I did all of the drawings and interior design work for the new restaurant located in the chic neighborhood of Dupont Circle. I did everything by hand; the signs, logo replication, paintings on the wall, and writing on the walls with lobster trivia. I especially love the way the light comes through the wood hanging overhead, as it mimics the feeling of being underneath a boardwalk at the beach. It was really cool to see my vision come to life. I loved doing this project and look forward to working more in restaurant design.”

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04/18/14 10:25am

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1635 Connecticut Ave, NW

Back in Dec. we noted Potbelly had closed for good after first closing in October for renovations. Thanks to a reader for sending word, and Custom Fuel confirming that they’ll be taking over the space. Updates when renovations progress and they get closer to opening.

Custom Fuel recently opened on Georgia Ave near Howard University and also have a spot downtown at 17th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW near the White House. Original Fuel pizza locations remain at 1606 K Street, NW and 600 F Street, NW.

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04/15/14 12:25pm

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1917 18th St, NW

City2Cafe opened up back in the summer of 2010. That retail space is now being listed for lease:

“-FULLY BUILT restaurant – 1,250 sf
-Near popular restaurants such as Jack Rose, Regency Thai, Lauriol Plaza, Mandu, and Rosemary’s Thyme!
-Building has recently undergone an extensive renovation”

For the moment City2Cafe remains open, perhaps they’ll be able to negotiate a new lease. Any fans of City2Cafe?

04/11/14 12:55pm

1617 SWANN ST NW

This condo is located at 1617 Swann Street, NW. The listing says:

“Beautiful condo in completely renovated (2009) Victorian brick & brownstone building with 9+ ft. ceiling features a fabulous kitchen open to living area, high-end appliances, Elfa system in closet, washer & dryer, HDMI TV wiring for media and parking. Pet-friendly building within a short walk to Metro, 14th st, U st & Dupont Circle.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $874,900 ($413 monthly fee.)

04/10/14 4:25pm

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1709 Connecticut Ave, NW from a reader

From a press release:

The Cheeky Puppy, the go-to resource for design- conscious District pet lovers, announced the launch of its flagship retail shop. The newest Dupont Circle boutique features practical provisions and specialty items for those who know that pets aren’t like family – they are family.

“After adopting my Labradoodle Schroeder, I was struck by the lack of pet-oriented retail in this very pet-loving part of the District,” said Courtney Stamm, founder and owner of The Cheeky Puppy. “Thus the idea for The Cheeky Puppy was born.”

Nonpartisan in its politics, and bipartisan in the dogs versus cats debate, The Cheeky Puppy believes that having a pet is a privilege and should not contribute to the degradation of the planet nor the two and four-legged friends with whom we share it. Bearing that in mind, merchandise will largely be sourced from socially and environmentally responsible manufacturers.

“The Cheeky Puppy is a fantastic addition to Dupont Circle, particularly as we aim to revitalize vacant storefronts and to diversify the retail and services on offer,” said Bill McLeod, executive director, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets. “With so many pet lovers traversing the neighborhood, The Cheeky Puppy will provide a special outlet for dog and cat lovers alike.”

This is the first retail venture for longtime DC resident and owner Courtney Stamm who traded positions in nonprofit fundraising and management with organizations ranging from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights to Food & Friends to pursue this entrepreneurial venture.
The Cheeky Puppy resides in the Wonder Building – one of Dupont Circle’s art deco landmarks – at 1709 Connecticut Ave at R St NW.”

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Thanks to a reader for sending the before/after photo above

2007 O Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2007 O Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Contemporary open floor plan exposed air ducts, hard wood floor through out, wood burning fireplace with mantel, 1 Bedroom, 1 bath with separate dining room, spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter top with island.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $2,300/Mo.

1301 20th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1301 20th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great 2bed, 2ba,condo w/ wonderful views of the city & Georgetown! Utilities included.Price reflects no pking space, but spaces come up to rent, & only a block to Dupont Metro & close to all the city has to offer!,Remodeled kitchen.Good storage, lots of light,huge picture windows. Bldg has rooftop pool & garden Terr. Laundry lower lvl & has bike storage area. 24 hr desk. Housing vouchers welcome.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,795/Mo.

1933 S Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1933 S Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Terrific 2-level condo in the heart of Dupont Circle, within a stone’s throw of Metro, lively shops, restaurants, and gourmet markets. Walls of windows & high ceilings create a bright, spacious home. LR w/ wood-burning fireplace, HWF, half-bath and updated Kitchen on the Main Level. LL features Master Bedroom, Full Bath and access to outdoor patio. Stylish city living at it’s best.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1.5 bath is going for $2,600/Mo.

04/03/14 4:30pm

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1606 20th Street, NW

Mission Mexican restaurant has opened in the former One Lounge space by the Dupont north metro. Oddly, their Facebook page says:

“We suggest taking Ubers or taxi cabs to Mission. Otherwise, Mission is directly across the street from the Dupont Circle Metro Station at 1525 Q Street (Connecticut Avenue & Q).”

Well that’s odd.

But anyway, their website says:

“Welcome to Mission, a restaurant and bar located in Dupont Circle featuring traditional Mexican cuisine from Executive Chef Rodrigo Albarran. Mission’s 6500+ square feet includes two large bar areas, three dining rooms, a spacious outdoor patio and a large private event space with its own bar.

Open at 5 pm daily, Mission will launch lunch and brunch service later in the spring. Mission’s cocktail menu, featuring freshly made cocktails, is available until last call nightly.”

You can check out their menus here.

04/03/14 10:10am

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Thanks to @margietime for tweeting us the photo above:

“Both Shady Grove & Glenmont trains were on the same side of the platform.”

Earlier this morning @GraceLambA tweeted us:

“Morning commuters: major fire at DuPont circle #metro station, steer clear”

WMATA had tweeted:

“Red Line: Expect residual delays in both directions due to an earlier track problem outside Dupont Circle.”