From a press release:

“Qualia Coffee is proud to announce our participation in the first FRESHFARM Market Thanksgiving Food Drive Coffee Fundraiser, this Sunday, November 2nd. We will be bringing our locally roasted coffee beans and cold brew to the market as well as brewing hot coffee on site. Twenty-five percent of proceeds will be donated to the FRESHFARM Markets Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit DC Central Kitchen, an organization that serves 5,000 nutritious means to low income local residents every day.

Established in 2009, Qualia Coffee is a full service coffee shop that serves as the home of the local roastery Fresh Off the Roast. Founded on the principle of treating roasted coffee like fresh produce, the roasting label features a wide selection of single-origin beans that highlight the natural diversity of flavors that coffee can exhibit. As a retail-only roaster, we are able to ensure all of our coffee is sold within three days. You will never find Fresh Off the Roast beans on store shelves, which is why our small-batch, artisan approach to coffee roasting is a natural fit for your neighborhood farm market.

Along with several Fair-Trade and Organic certified coffees, we will be featuring offerings from some of our direct-trade partners, such as Gold Mountain Coffee Growers (Nicaragua) and Redeeming Grounds (Colombia). Owner and head roaster, Joel Finkelstein, will also be on hand to answer questions about each of the single-origin offerings as well as any questions attendees may have about growing, roasting and brewing coffee.

So come out to support a great cause this Sunday at the Dupont Circle Farm Market, 9am until 2pm.

What: Coffee Pop-Up
When: Sunday, November 2, 2014, 9AM until 2PM
Where: Dupont Circle Farmers Market
Why: To support FRESHFARM Market Thanksgiving Food Drive and, of course, good coffee


@melissaeweiss tweets us the photo above:

“@PoPville RIP the Dupont Cosi – what happened!?”

And another reader sends via email:

“The Cosi on North Dupont [1647 20th St. NW] has closed as of yesterday. They were taking out all of the furniture and equipment when I was walking by. Did you hear? What gives? That’s three closed businesses within the same half-block: Cosi, Five Guys and Sprint.

Rats or rent? Or horrible rats are jacking up the prices? Lol. If it is rats, why hasn’t the other businesses started shutting down? Even worse, will it infect the beloved Chipotle? Hahaha.

Just curious. Also wonder if maybe the owner is either selling or reconstructing the lot. No one has moved in, except for Custom Fuel (the old Potbelly, that started it all).”

1317 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From an email:

“Delicatessen After Dark is back with Absinthe Minded, a celebration of the oft misunderstood spirit. The monthly cocktail series will take place on Thursday, October 30th from 8pm to late at the DGS Bar. Come imbibe on $10 specialty cocktails with our bar man Brian Zipin.

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.

No reservations required.

La Fee Verte
Drinkers Choice. Choose One: Served with Sugar Cube & Filtered Water

St George, California- 106 Proof
Kubler, Switzerland – 106 Proof
Vieux Carre, Pennsylvania- 120 Proof

Far from the Tree
DuPont Calvados, Organic Maple Bitters, Vieux Carre Absinthe & Lemon Peel

Dolin Dry Vermouth, Benedictine, St. George Absinthe & Orange

Absinthe Swizzle
Kubler Absinthe, Velvet Falernum, Pineapple & Lime Juice, Sparkling Water & Angostura Bitters

Absinthe Suisesse
Kubler Absinthe, Orgeat, Orange Blossom Water, Cream, Almond & Nutmeg

The Drunken Boat
St George Absinthe, Osocolis Brandy, Maple, Orange & Angostura

Corpse Reviver #2
Plymouth Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, St George Absinthe & Orange”

Photo by PoPville flickr user thisisbossi

The 17th Street High Heel Race is tomorrow night:

“The High Heel Race is one of Washington, DC most unique events with a rich history of “Crossing The Line Since 1986”. On the Tuesday before Halloween, thousands of spectators pack the Dupont Circle Neighborhood to watch hundreds of costumed drag queens show off their extravagant outfits and race down Historic 17th Street, NW.

Location: 17th Street, between P and S Streets NW near Dupont Circle
Race Time: Begins at 9 p.m. Participants gather as early as 6 p.m.

The start of the Race will be in between Riggs and R street on 17th street NW and the ending will be on 17th Street between P and Church street.”

For those not familiar, some history from their facebook page:

“For anyone who has ever wondered about the History of the High Heel Race here it is. In 1986 JR.’s Bar & Grill opened. it was formerly Annies Paramount Steak House. A few guys were dressed in drag and said “let’s run to Annies (now located a block away) do a shot and run back to JR.’s. Well they did this and the next year they had a few more people and it was a continued tradition. It eventually got to be so big that the police had to shut down the street and worked with JR.’s to help make sure the event was organized and safe for everyone. We are happy to say that with the Help of JR.’s that this event has been problem free for 28 years now. The poice department and the Mayors office have been amazing throughout the History of the Race. This is a neighborhood event and it always brings out the best in people whether it be their creativeness or just putting people in a positive mood. The Race used to be on halloween night but to help the police department out it is always held the Tuesday before halloween now.”

1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW

A late night pizza option for southern Dupont. As promised, &pizza is taking the first step towards opening on the ground floor of 1215 Connecticut Ave, NW by late 2014/early 2015. [Note: Rosebar (formerly Current Sushi) remains open on the second floor and outside deck].

The placard says:

“The total Occupancy is 52 with a sidewalk café of 11 seats.” and hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 7 am – 2 am, Friday & Saturday 7am – 3 am.

Looking north on Connecticut towards Lucky Bar and Dupont Circle

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a First Degree Sexual Abuse offense that occurred in the area of Dupont Circle, Northwest.

On Sunday October 19, 2014, at approximately 3:45 am, an adult female was sexually assaulted inside of a vehicle in the area of Dupont Circle, Northwest.

The suspect is described as a black male, with dreadlocks, wearing khaki pants. The vehicle is described as a silver sedan and was occupied by three additional black males at the time of the assault.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a First Degree Sexual Abuse offense that occurred in the 3300 block of Prospect Place, Northwest. [Ed. Note: I'm only finding a Prospect Street not Prospect Place in google maps.]

On Sunday October 19, 2014, at approximately 6:00 am, an adult female was sexually assaulted in the 3300 block of Prospect Place, Northwest.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’7″ in height, in his twenties, clean shaven, last seen wearing a black leather jacket.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

2031 Florida Avenue, NW

We knew the former Veritas space was getting close to transforming into McClellan’s Retreat. The GM tells me that they are hoping to open the first week of November and that on Wed. they will be conducting interviews for bartenders from noon to 5pm – if anyone is looking stop by.

McClellan's Retreat
Florida Ave looking east towards Connecticut Ave

Photo by PoPville flickr user NCinDC

I support this trend.

From a press release:

“Dupont Circle to Light Up with Public Art

WHO: Media Artist Ali Momeni, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
WHAT: “Statuevision” public art project, large-scale projections
WHERE: Dupont Circle
WHEN: Friday, October 17, 7 – 10 PM

“Statuevision” will illuminate Dupont Circle with a large-scale projection performance featuring statues from across the District. Dupont Circle, a historic gathering spot for marches on the mall, hosts an assembly of virtual sculptures to realize a future of moving monuments. District history students and teachers share stories of the statues’ migration and immigration journeys. Partners include the National Park Service and area schools.

“Statuevision” is one of 25 public art projects, created for 5×5, a Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 5×5 is a contemporary public art project, showing through December.”

1831 M Street, NW

At the risk of sounding like a broken record – holy freaking transformations! The former Mighty Pint (Madhatter for the old school) is no longer recognizable. And while I had many a fun drunken evening in this old space – it is now absolutely beautiful. Aside from the general layout it is completely unrecognizable – in a good way:




Lots of details about Second State from a press release:

“Restaurateur Reese Gardner is pleased to announce the opening of Second State, which will replace the former Mighty Pint at 1831 M Street, NW. Second State is slated to open October 21st [currently taking reservations]. Gardner is the founder/owner of Wooden Nickel Bar Company based in Arlington, Virginia, which owns and operates the popular Irish Whiskey Public House in Washington, DC, and neighborhood hot spot Copperwood Tavern in Shirlington Village. Gardner, a Pennsylvania native, wanted to honor his state’s history and decided to name his latest restaurant Second State as Pennsylvania was the second state to ratify the Constitution on December 12, 1787.

Gardner’s goal for Second State is to create an intimate neighborhood restaurant with casual fine dining. The menu is being created by Corporate Executive Chef Allan Javery and will feature seasonal American small bites along with featured prime cuts of local game, farm-raised poultry, beef and fresh fish to accompany the hearty, family-style sides. Every ingredient will be sourced from local farmers within a three-hour drive from DC, with an emphasis on farms in Pennsylvania.

Standout dishes include Short Ribs, root beer braised short ribs over parsnip and garlic confit puree; Scallops & Foie Gras, lightly smoked and seared Eat Coast scallops and foie gras over sweet corn puree; Frisee Salad, duck confit, warm bacon vinaigrette, apples crispy fingerling potatoes and a poached duck egg; Brown Ale Butter Chicken; Filet Mignon, 8-ounce grass fed beef served with a creamy bourbon and green peppercorn sauce; Roasted Pheasant, pan roasted with cider jus, pearl onions and apples, as well as a Pennsylvania favorite Pierogies filled with classic potatoes and cheddar sautéed with onions, brown butter, and bacon. Menu items range from $7 to $36.

The bar program at Second State, spearheaded by Corporate Beverage Program Director Boris Stojkovic, will also be another important element. Second State will have a culinary approach to classic mixology incorporating fresh, local, seasonal ingredients found in the homemade syrups and mixers.  Guests will enjoy freshly squeezed juices for cocktails, and a large selection of 30 white and dark rye whiskeys. Cocktails include the Old City Rickey, Bluecoat Pennsylvania gin, aged maple syrup, lime, and hard cider; Liberty Punch, XXX Shine LiberTea whiskey, fresh lemonade, ginger syrup and lavender bitters, and the Second Statement with Pennsylvania Rye whiskey, raw Pennsylvania honey, Absinthe, and aromatic bitters. Cocktails range in price from $11 to $17.

Once again Reese Gardner is collaborating with local Designer Maggie O’Neill of SwatchRoom. “The vision for Second State is to create a cozy cool meets classic row-house dining atmosphere,” says O’Neill. “This will be achieved by incorporating a fresh palette of creamy bleached wood, steal blues, and warm greys that will envelop the intimate first floor with exposed beams and a polished concrete floor. Iron and crystal mixed with distressed metals and a few historic artifacts will pepper the space and speak to materials indigenous to Pennsylvania. Ascending a steel and wood staircase to the second floor, diners can expect to find a warm glowing wall of windows, corrugated metal, and rich upholstery creating a charming industrial treehouse feel with cozy semi private booths. The dining experience at Second State will be sweet, small, and smart—perfect for a cozy date night or dinner with friends.”

The restaurant will be open for lunch daily, from 11 AM to 5 PM and for dinner daily, from 5 PM to 11 PM. Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Additionally, “Oyster Hour” will be available nightly from 5 PM to 6 PM. For additional information, please call (202) 466-3010 or visit”

Lots more photos of the new spaceafter the jump. (more…)