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)

1716 Q Street Northwest

This house is located at 1716 Q Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“This Victorian Townhome on one of Dupont’s best blocks has undergone an extraordinary renovation over the past year. It is classic, yet cutting edge – maintaining the scale and charm of the original floorplan, but updated with the most state-of-the-art amenities and top-of-the-line materials available. 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, LL Apartment, Garden, Multi-Level Decks, and 2 Car Garage.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $2,999,000.

McClellan's Retreat, Washington, DC
photos courtesy of McClellan’s Retreat/Scott Suchman

From an email:

“We’re excited to announce the opening of McClellan’s Retreat TODAY at 4pm. The former Veritas space on the corner of Florida Avenue & S Street NW has been transformed from wine bar to a cozy neighborhood watering hole complete with craft cocktails, a curated list of bourbons and ryes, beer and wine. A menu of bar snacks by Jan Van Haute, which includes finger food, spreads and charcuterie, complements the drink list. The full list of cocktails is available here.”

McClellan's Retreat, Washington, DC

McClellan's Retreat, Washington, DC

fiesta
1327 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“FIESTA restaurant on Connecticut ave has closed last month & this Friday became an American bar & lounge called the Manor DC.”

Manor DC’s website says:

“The Manor DC, located in the heart of Dupont Circle brings glitz, glamour and the most talented DJ’s to cozy up with in your very own loft hideaway.

A Restaurant and Lounge by day that transforms to a modern, sleek nightclub by night. The Manor is the newest D.C. spot to enjoy lunch, delicious happy-hour specials and dinner later accompanied by your favorite beats and cocktails created by one of DC’s top Mixologists.”

You can see their menu here.