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4300 Military Road, NW at Wisconsin Ave. Renderings courtesy Embassy Suites

Following the opening of Bryan Voltaggio’s Lunchbox comes more new for the Chevy Chase Pavilion – from a press release:

“The renowned hotel at Chevy Chase Pavilion has begun its substantial renovation build-out. The Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is embarking on a colossal $10.5 million property transformation that includes a structural conversion throughout the 170,000-square-foot, 198 two-room suite property offering an entirely new guest stay experience. Hotel officials announced today that construction has begun for the full renovation that is slated for delivery on October 20, 2014. Plans call for a newly designed open entrance, sweeping lobby, expanded restaurant and lounge, new bar concept, upgraded suites, renewed health club and enlarged public areas.

Designed by HVS Design and Jonathan Nehmer & Associates of Rockville, Maryland, the new Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion will take on an elegant and contemporary design aesthetic of large field graphite tile with glass and silver accents that will resemble an independent boutique hotel property catering to weekday business travelers and weekend family sojourners.

The Embassy Suites’ dining and bar areas are also undergoing a substantial transformation and will launch an original drinking and dining concept that has been expanded beyond hotel guests and open to the public. Named after the hotel’s admired sous chef Wilfredo Benavides, who passed away last year after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Willie’s Bar is a brand new 2,000-square-foot, 22-seat bar featuring more than 100 top-shelf spirits, wines and local draft and bottled beers and a newly crafted small-plates menu. An additional 50 seats, also featuring Willie’s signature cocktails and menu selections, will be situated in the lounge area directly off the bar. In special remembrance and honor of Chef Willie, one percent of all bar proceeds from Willie’s Bar will go to the ALS Association – an American nonprofit organization that raises money for research and patient services related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. (more…)

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5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

At long last Lunchbox opens in the Chevy Chase pavilion today. It’s located in the lower level near the Starbucks and World Market. Voltaggio’s RANGE is located on the third floor of the pavilion.

Lunchbox’s facebook page says:

Coming soon to the Chevy Chase Pavilion on July 14, 2014!

Lunchbox takes the fresh, seasonal ingredients used daily at VOLT and transforms them into gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.”

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A Lunchbox was originally located in Frederick, MD but has since closed:

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Have a look inside the new spot after the jump. (more…)

5031 41st Street Northwest

This house is located at 5031 41st Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Charming Ch Ch home, just off Wisc. Ave near Fort Reno Park. 3BR/2BA, offers large front porch, liv rm w fireplace, built-in bookcases, sep dining rm with custom french doors to tiered rear decks, HWF, high ceilings, SS kit, fin lower LVL w FB, REC rm, kitchenette, Laundry and ext ent. East access to 2 Red Line METRO’s, restaurants, grocery store and multiple shopping venues. OPEN SUNDAY 2-5″

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $799,000.

5035 41st Street Northwest

This rental is located at 5035 41st Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Bright and light 1927 colonial / craftsman style with large front porch, swing, landscaped corner lot, garage & off-street parking, inside new kitchen w/granite, SS appliances, updated baths, 3 bedrooms up, hardwood floors through upper two levels. Lower level can be used as in-law apartment, new frnt load W/D. Radiator heat and central AC. Walk to metro 1/2 mile at Tenley or Friendship Hghts.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $4,100/Mo.

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Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn at 5300 Wisconsin Avenue NW Level 2 # 222/223

From a press release:

“Mazza Gallerie is welcoming Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids as their newest tenants, set to open this Thursday, February 13th.

Special opening weekend deal – both stores will be offering 10% off the entire purchase, Thursday, February 13th – Sunday, February 16th.

Pottery Barn was built on the idea that home furnishings should be exceptional in comfort, quality, style and value. From the bedroom to the bath, the kitchen to the home office, the entryway to the backyard, the new Pottery Barn location on Level 2 of Mazza Gallerie has everything you need to create your dream home – and to entertain in it.

Pottery Barn Kids provides casual furnishings and textiles designed to delight and inspire the imagination. All your needs for baby and kids can be found in the new location at Mazza Gallerie on the Concourse Level, with bedding, decor, furniture, toys, gifts and gear that exude creativity.”

Previously a Pottery Barn had been located across the street in the Chevy Chase Pavilion. That space is now an H&M.

AGGIO from Clubhill Media on Vimeo.

Exciting news first spotted by Washington Business Journal:

“The chef tweeted a photo Wednesday of a sign asking customers to “Please excuse our appearance as we make some exciting changes.”

Aggio’s facebook page simply says:

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Executive Chef Johnny Miele

AGGIO is located inside the Chevy Chase Pavilion, on the second floor, which is located at 5335 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest in Washington, DC at the corner of Wisconsin and Military Road, NW. There is direct access into the Pavilion from the Friendship Heights metro station (red line.)”

And Aggio’s website says:

“Opening Date: February, 14, 2014″

Stay tuned for the menu when it is released.

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Thanks to a reader for sending.

Last month USA Today reported:

“Discount retailer Loehmann’s has filed for bankruptcy protection for the third time and plans to liquidate its business.

Loehmann’s traces its roots to 1921, when Frieda Loehmann opened the retailer’s original store in Brooklyn. It is known for its “Back Room,” where bargain shoppers search for designer clothes on the cheap.”

Looks like the last day will be February 7, 2014.

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a First Degree Sexual Assault which occurred in the area of the 5100 Block of 44th Street, NW.

On Tuesday, November 26, 2013, around 11:00 PM, the victim was walking in the area of the 5100 block of Wisconsin Avenue, NW. The suspect approached the victim and placed an unknown object into her back demanding money. The suspect obtained money from the victim and forced her into a nearby alley where he sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a black male, medium to dark complexion, 5’4” to 5’7” in height, 40-50 years of age wearing an olive green coat.

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