1205 19th Street, NW

Last week I noted a new restaurant possibly called Yaffa’s was coming to the former Poboy shop on 19th St just north of M. I was close – the owners email me and say Yāfa Grille is coming towards the end of October:

“Yāfa Grille Shawarma•Falafal•pita

We are five brothers and We freshly make pita in shop with fresh vegetables and ingredients every day. Placed on a service line where you can top off your pita, bowl, salad or entrée. Our shawarma and Falafals are made fresh everyday with a touch of classic and traditional middles eastern technics and ingredients to give you the taste of the middle east cuisine.”

1821 18th Street, NW

Back in August we learned that there could be trouble for Saloon 45 (to be renamed Swann Dive) after:

“Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans has submitted a letter supporting the protest and asking the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to full-out deny the new license application.”

Well, on Wed. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board denied Saloon 45 their liquor license in the former Sandy’s Flower Shop on 18th Street near Bar Charley and Lauriol Plaza. ABC wrote in part:

“Specifically, the Board finds the Application inappropriate, because the establishment’s intention of having its entrance on Swann Street, N.W., along with outdoor seating, will bring loitering and other patron-related disturbances to a residential area.”

You can read the full ruling below:

Saloon 45 – Order on Denial of License – 9 24 2014 (PDF)

1735 Q Street Northwest

This house is located at 1735 Q Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“4 level bay front grand brownstone in heart of Dupont on tree lined street! Classic architectural features blend seamlessly w/ modern upgrades. Chef’s kit w/ ss appliances, marble, leading to deck, patio and 2 car parking. 2nd floor Master suite & sitting room. Large MBA.3rd floor 3 bedrooms. LL: complete one bedroom, kitchen, bath, sep english basement entrance.SOLD AS IS, Open 9/28 1-4″

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,899,000.

“Dear PoPville,

Head’s up about a potentially dangerous runner in Dupont – Today (9/21) I was walking around 17 and S St. NW at 11 AM when I was assaulted by a jogger. A woman running quickly towards looked me in the face, said “head’s up”, then purposely body slammed me in the shoulder with a lot of force. I yelled loudly but she continued and was gone before we figured out what just happened. It was clearly intentional and she really hurt my shoulder. She was about 5’4″, Caucasian, athletic, mid-30s, with mid length brown hair. The whole experience was bizarre, but clearly an unprovoked assault on a stranger that she will probably repeat.”

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All photos by James Calder

Thanks to James Calder for sharing these great photos:

“The Washington Hilton had Florida Avenue blocked off all weekend so that one massive, mobile crane could install another massive, fixed one on the hotel grounds. (Photos taken on the roof deck of my apartment building in the 1800 block of T St NW.)”

Previously the Washington Business Journal has reported that the planned condos from Lowe Enterprises:

“could include between 200 and 230 residential units.”

Updates of the project at 1919 Connecticut Ave, NW as construction progresses.

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1205 19th Street, NW

Finally some movement at the former New Orleans Po Boy space that closed back in December of last year. I hear it’s going to be something called Yaffa or Yaffa’s – I’m guessing Middle Eastern/Falafel? Anyone else hear this? Sounds like it won’t be a major renovation so we’ll update as soon as they open: