“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to write in that Jose Andres has announced that he’s opening a fast-casual vegetable-themed restaurant called Beefsteak. It will be going into the new building in Foggy Bottom on 22 and I across from the Whole Foods. It’s due to open January of 2015.

Washington Post got the scoop:

“Early next year, Andrés will join the constellation of famous chefs across the country who are launching fast-casual restaurants. Well aware of the landscape of fast-casuals around him in Washington, he’s staking out terrain that can be his alone: He will open a fast-food eatery that is vegetable-focused. And then, if all goes well, perhaps he will open a hundred more.”

From MPD:

“At approximately 6:15 PM today [Monday], a complainant reports being approached by a male subject at the corner of 25th St and K St NW. The male suspect presented a black handgun and demanded property from the complainant. The lookout for the suspect is as follows:

Black male, approximately mid-20’s, approximately 5’10” in height, dark complexion, wearing a dark gray hoodie with a black T-shirt underneath, dark color jeans, and with a goatee facial hair style. The suspect was armed with a dark color handgun.

If you witnessed the offense or have any information, please call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.”

A reader passes on the following GW safety alert issued at 12:49am:

“Subject: GW Safety and Security Alert

Incident: Report of Sexual Assault – a female hailed a cab in Georgetown for a ride back to Foggy Bottom. She stated the driver pulled over in front of Tompkins Hall and attempted to have sex with her in the back seat. She was able to get out of the van and ran to a pedestrian who activated a blue light to notify campus police. The cab was described as a silver van with windows, last scene headed north bound on 23rd in the area of H St. NW

Suspect Description: Black male, in his 40s’ he was heavy set.

Location: Area of 23rd and H St. NW

Action: Report anyone driving a cab matching this description to GWPD or MPD. Call 202-994-6111 or 911

Status: The suspect has not been apprehended. Officers are searching the area at this time.”

A pretty reliable reader passes on this piece of scuttlebutt:

Sports Club LA in Foggy Bottom [1170 22nd St, NW] bought by Equinox.”

Any fans of Equinox? Updates when/if more info is known.

UPDATE: Confirmed! From a press release:

Equinox today announced plans to acquire the Sports Club/LA properties in New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Washington D.C., as well as the Reebok Sports Club/NY location in New York City from affiliates of Millennium Partners. The acquisition is further evidence of the brand’s ambitious growth agenda, positioning Equinox in new markets and lines of business and continuing to cement its place as the high-performance lifestyle leader. With the six newly acquired properties, Equinox now operates 73 total clubs in the U.S. and globally; located in 10 major urban U.S. markets, plus London and Toronto. (more…)

DC8353596 - Front of building

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: 2401 H St NW #204
Legal Subdivision: Foggy Bottom
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Foggy Bottom
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 1 Parking: On-site Rent, Street Ownership: Condo
Square Footage: 898
Original List Price: $419,000.
List Price at Contract: $419,000.
List Date: 5/20/2014
Days on Market: 7
Settled Sales Price: $425,000.
Settled Price per Square Foot: $473.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 7/2/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Yes, despite the $922. monthly fee, this building is actually condo ownership and not co-op. The building was built in 1960 and has an elevator, and a roof deck, and a 24 hour front desk person…all expensive from a maintenance and monthly fee perspective. Additionally, the fee includes gas, and electricity (as well as the typical water/sewer, common area maintenance, master insurance, management, and reserve funds) .

Many PoPville commenters to the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post were not particularly impressed. The unit sold above list in a week anyway.

This is the highest priced sale in this building to date. The next highest sale was for $401,068. in 2005, for the same tier layout one floor up. The last 2 bedroom unit to sell in the building was in August 2013 at $320,000.

There are currently two 1 bedroom units actively for sale in the building (priced at $295,000. and $339,000) , and one 1 bedroom under contract (listed at $320,000.)

The listing agent was Aditya Bhat of Tristate Premier Realty,LLC. Monir Dellawar, also of Tristate Premier Realty, LLC was the designated representative of the buyer.

DC8399779 - Exterior (Front)

This unit is located at 700 New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Extraordinary “On-The-Point” unit at Watergate South with 3,250 sf of interior space plus full wrap-around balcony. Unit has been configured to allow for exceptional entertaining and living space while taking advantage of the spectacular views found from every floor-to-ceiling window. Other features include custom wine bar with Lalique glass panels, wine storage, Siematic kitchen, 3 car pkg.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3 bath is going for $3,400,000 ($6,517 monthly fee.)

Photo via TGIFridays

@eslashe tweets us this link from Craigslist LET ME FEED YOU POTATO SKINS (TGI Friday’s Foggy Bottom):

“Over the last month, we’ve all gotten used to standing around with strangers in bars after work, sharing in the spectacle of the World Cup, and bonding over our shared love of friendly competition and Michael Ballack.

But after this weekend, what will we do now to become friends with strangers? How can we keep these collective good vibes rolling? I don’t care what your skinny friend says: We’re not going to get excited about the Tour de France, even if they start showing it on all the screens at the Big Hunt.

I suggest we look to ourselves. I suggest we look to America. I suggest we share Endless Appetizers at TGI Friday’s.

This Monday, July 14, let’s say around 6-ish, let’s all go to the Foggy Bottom TGI Friday’s.

We will order one plate of Loaded Potato Skins. We will order no other solid foods, because this plate will be endless. You will order beer. I will order a whiskey soda. An intern in a dress will order white wine. Someone will order a frozen rita and feel regret.

You, me, and dozens of our best friends, sharing one order of food THAT I WILL PAY FOR, all night long. Ten dollars American, feeding the masses.

It’s a bit like Jesus, isn’t it? No surprise there. Because this is America.”

For more information: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/07/07/tgi-fridays-casual-dining-restaurants-endless-appetizers/12211381/
Noteworthy passage:

Fridays will respect whatever tack customers take — even if it bends the rules of the promotion. “No one should be embarrassed for coming into Fridays and ordering whatever they want to order,” he says. “They will not be bawled out. There will be no policing or hand-slapping.”

Ed. Note: TGIFridays website says:

“Buy one appetizer at $10 each (per person) and get free refills on same appetizer. Valid on select items only. At participating restaurants for a limited time. Dine-in only. One offer per person, per visit. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon, promotion or discount. While supplies last. Tax and gratuity not included. © 2014 TGI Friday’s Inc. Please drink responsibly.”

922 24th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 922 24th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Large, bright studio with sexy newer bath and upgraded kitchen. Located on quieter block – across from west side of GWU Hospital, & 1.5 blocks to Metro. In well-run building w/ POOL, 24hr front desk. Rent incl. utilities except cable/internet/phone. No pets. One-time $200 Move-In Fee. Can by shown by any DC-licensed Realtor, or call Weichert Realtors to schedule an appointment in advance.”

You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,675/Mo.

From DDOT:

“There will be a new two-way traffic pattern implemented on New Hampshire Avenue, between M Street and Washington Circle, starting on or about Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

This traffic pattern change is a key milestone as DDOT moves toward the completion of its New Hampshire Avenue Streetscape Project. The new two-way traffic pattern will help facilitate bike travel on the two new bike lanes along the corridor and improve connections for motorists and local businesses.

Variable Message Signs (VMS) will be in place to advise drivers, cyclists and pedestrians about the change on this corridor from a one-way to two-way traffic pattern. Travelers who frequent this section of New Hampshire Avenue NW are urged to stay alert and use caution in the area.”