07/24/14 11:20am

11 Dupont Circle, NW

Some incredibly big scuttlebutt was reported by Elevation DC earlier this week:

“The store’s website [Mrs. Greens natural food store] had (now removed) a “Coming Soon” page for a Dupont Circle location at 11 Dupont Circle NW, the office building on the circle’s northwest corner, with a retail component (where there’s currently a Books-A-Million) on the ground floor. That building was put on the market in May, and the retail space was put on the market around the same time.”

Mrs Greens website says:

“Mrs. Green’s Natural Market is a neighborhood store, passionately committed to clean, natural foods. Dedicated to health and sustainability. Devoted to customers who care deeply about the foods they eat.”

Back in January 2012 I wondered about the long term future of this Books a Million.

Which would you rather have in this location Books a Million or Mrs. Greens?

07/22/14 10:22pm

2031 Florida Avenue, NW

From Veritas’ facebook page:

“It is sad to say that after almost 7 years, it is time for Veritas Wine Bar to say goodbye. Our last day will be Saturday August 2nd. Thanks to all our wonderful guests, amazing suppliers, winery friends, and our staff that have made it a great run. See you for a glass before we go!”

‏@barredindc hears it could be replaced by something called McClellan’s Retreat. Updates when more info is known on the replacement.

Were there any fans of Veritas?

looking east towards Connecticut Avenue

07/22/14 11:15am

1701 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“Dupont Circle’s La Tomate has launched a new concept in its existing space on Connecticut Avenue. Family owned and operated since 1987, La Tomate inaugurates La Tomate Caffe’ adjacent to its current bistro – the first of many changes the restaurant will implement between 2014-2015. A Grand Opening of The Caffe’ will happen on Friday, July 25th all day. [Full menu here.]

Photo credit: Rey Lopez

Designed by Milan-based architect, Fillipo Taidelli, The Caffe’ offers Belle Epoque inspired atmosphere with Italian-flared menu items. Open from breakfast to late-night, The Caffe’ will serve brioche and sweets, espresso, coffee and fresh-squeezed juices for breakfast, artisanal-cut domestic and Italian charcuterie, assortments of cheeses, mozzarella varieties and light-fare. A vast array of packaged homemade gastro products, including fresh, signature sauces and soups as well as Italian delicatessen treats, cocktails, wine and beer will be available all day.

Photo credit: Rey Lopez

The Bistro will remain a place for leisurely indoor and al fresco dining, while The Caffe’ offers a fast option for a quick breakfast, lunch break, or dinner. “Whether dining in or on the go, La Tomate Caffe’ will offer fresh, affordable and delicious food in a cozy, traditional Italian caffe’ setting,” says La Tomate owner Natalina Koropoulos.

Photo credit: Rey Lopez

To celebrate the opening, La Tomate Caffe’ will be serving up complimentary and reduced price specials all day on Friday, July 25th.”

07/21/14 2:02pm

1216 18th Street, NW at the corner of Jefferson just off Connecticut Ave

From a press release:

Sauf Haus Bier Hall, located at the corner of Jefferson and Connecticut Avenues in Dupont, will officially open on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The upscale tavern features a 2000 square foot patio and two floors with full bars and event space.

Inspired by traditional German Bier Garten’s, Sauf Haus will offer 16 beers on tap, directly imported from Germany, and a variety of seasonal, local craft and European beers in cans and bottles. Sauf Haus’s bar program will also include specially designed cocktails, inspired by German influences. Focusing on simplicity and authenticity, the menu will include Bavarian style pretzels and Bratwursts, Frankfurters and Oysters starting in August.

The warm colors and décor of Sauf Haus are reminiscent of beer taverns in Germany. The hallways and stairwells feature old-fashioned black and white photos of German Bier Gartens.

Doors open on June 24th at 4:00pm.”

Photo courtesy Sauf Haus

Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

07/21/14 10:45am


“Dear PoPville,

I shot this photo Sunday of Carol Schwartz driving a yellow Trans Am covered in her campaign posters, one of which — as you can see in the photo — was completely covering her rear license plate. She also sat in her car in a lane on 20th Street and Q where pulling over is not permitted. By doing so, she obstructed traffic on a busy day on in Dupont.”

Maybe not the most effective way to win over undecided voters…but I dig the ride :)