04/24/14 11:55am

1317 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From an email:

“The second Delicatessen After Dark — Highway to the Danger Zone: Cocktails of the 80′s– will take place on Thursday, April 24th from 8pm to late at the DGS Bar. Come imbibe on $10 specialty cocktails with our extraordinary Bar Man Brian Zipin.

Many believe the 1980′s was the dark ages for drinking. Some cocktails were great, some were not so great; we are picking our favorites and giving them the respect they deserve. We will change the way you think about a Midori Sour, Fuzzy Navel or Cosmopolitan (full menu below).

Our resident Pit Master Brian Robinson, aka DJ Pork and Beans, will spin some classic 80′s tunes. To celebrate, come donned in 80′s era clothes. There will be an award given for the best 80′s outfit. The grand prize is a collection of classic 80′s movies.

Delicatessen After Dark is a celebration of the new delicatessen drinking culture inspired by our grandparent’s long nights in Lower East side taverns, winter getaways to Florida and jazzy escapades to the Catskills. Delicatessen After Dark will take place on the last Thursday of every month and focus on a new style, era or spirit.

No reservations required.”

Highway to the Danger Zone: Cocktails of the 80′s (complete list after the jump.) (more…)

04/22/14 10:22pm

1140 19th Street, NW

Back in Feb. we learned that a new Greek restaurant, GRK Fresh Greek, from NYC was coming to 19th and L St, NW next to the recently opened Noodles and Co. They’ve now posted coming soon signage and a liquor license placard says:

“New restaurant serving Greek cuisine with a sidewalk café seating 36 patrons. No entertainment. Total occupancy load is 150.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 7am-2am, Friday and Saturday 7am-3am.

Located between Noodles and Co and Science Club on 19th

04/18/14 11:25am

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.”


04/18/14 10:25am

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.


04/15/14 12:25pm

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


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

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.”

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.