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3287 M Street, NW

From a press release:

“Bill Thoet and his partners in the newly formed NBP Group, LLC are pleased to announce their new Georgetown Piano Bar at 3287 M Street, NW, 20007, with an anticipated opening of Friday, September 12th. Guests will enjoy world class live entertainment showcasing two of the area’s most recognized pianists, Hunter Lang and Spencer Bates. Those with a favorite tune are welcome to request it here and lyric books will be made available to encourage sing-along. Guests itching to get up and perform solo will have the opportunity to do so as well. Thoet, an Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, is an avid piano bar goer himself. He enjoys singing Frank Sinatra hits and famous show tunes.

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Georgetown Piano Bar will be open Sunday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 2 AM; Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 3 AM. Guests can look forward to live piano music beginning at 9 PM until closing time seven nights a week, and there is no cover charge to enter and enjoy the entertainment, which is going to be engaging and lively with the piano being center stage for guests to gather, mingle and sing. “Georgetown Piano Bar is not going to be one of those places where a piano player is the background music for people having high-end cocktails,” Thoet states.

According to Thoet, the ultimate vision for design scheme of Georgetown Piano Bar is to create an environment that is enveloping and inviting while simultaneously being a place where people feel enlivened by the music.  This is achieved by incorporating wooden textural elements into the space complemented by rich red and mahogany hues.  These traditional components are enhanced by the more unconventional pieces throughout the space such as the circular sunken bar and a glossy cherry red piano.  The bar is organized to revolve around this unequivocal centerpiece, the piano.  The design plan allows for one or two piano players to perform together. It also incorporates seating for guests to sit directly across from the piano player or to listen while lounging on custom upholstered built-in benches just across the bar.

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The Bar’s menu will feature $6 beers such as Stella, Blue Moon, Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA, Guinness, Sam Adams, and Magner’s Cider on tap, along with top shelf liquors, $7 wines by the glass or enjoyed by the bottle – we call it the Billy Joel, and $10 signature cocktails such as an Elton John, sugar rim, black raspberry liquor, citron vodka, lemon juice; The Sinatra, Bulleit Rye, Sweet Vermouth and a Splash of Bitters; Ebony and Ivory, Vodka, Kahlua, Cream; Willie Nelson, Ginger Beer, Titos Vodka, Lemon Juice and Mint Leaves; Duke Ellington, Hendricks gin, St. Germaine, Soda Water, Lime Juice and Muddled Cucumber; Eva Cassidy, Makers Mark, St. Germaine Sour Mix and Soda Water; Carlos Santana-rita, Anejo Tequila, Grand Marnier, Fresh lemon/lime juice with a Salt Rim, and James Brown, Scotch and Amaretto along with $12 martinis like the Dean Martin, Grey Goose Vodka, Dry Vermouth and St. Germaine. (more…)

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Photo courteys of rasmus.com

From an email:

“With the closing of Georgetown’s Mr Smith’s, the piano man sang his last song. Now, everything from the bar and restaurant is being sold at online auction, and patrons have one last chance to get a piece of this Georgetown staple.

Items up for sale include most everything from the solid oak antique bars to the stained glass windows, restaurant and bar equipment, barstools and more. If you’ve never seen this place in the daylight you might be surprised at how much cool stuff they have!

There are flat screen LCD TV’s, statues and stained glass windows from the “garden” patio, glasses with the Mr. Smith’s logo, antique lamps, neons, beer signs and more. Take home a memento from the best days at the friendliest saloon in town before it’s gone!

Potential bidders have a chance to go check out the items tomorrow Tuesday, September 9th from 12-4 p.m. at Mr. Smith’s. The online auction begins to close Wednesday, September 10th at 1:37 p.m.  Here is a direct link to the auction.”

3042 P Street Northwest

This rental is located at 3042 P Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning Victorian in the heart of Georgetown. This treasure features 3 fireplaces, custom built-ins. Entertaining size gourmet eat-in kitchen that leads to your own private garden. Second floor study with floor to ceiling windows and master suite. Third floor master suite with private balcony overlooking the garden. Large MBA with Jacuzzi, and walk-in closet.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2 full/2 half bath is listed at $2,700/Mo – what am I missing this seems like a great deal?

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3206 N Street, NW via Neyla’s facebook

Following news of the Chadwick’s Closure/Mr. Smith’s move comes word on Sunday from Neyla who posted on their facebook page:

“Today is our last day serving you in this location. Tell us your favorite memory, dish, event, date or experience. Let’s stay in touch!”

It’s reflected on their facebook page message and The Georgetowner also reported:

“Those involved with Neyla say they hope to find a new location.”

Updates if/when they find one.

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3104 M Street, NW photos via Mr. Smith’s Facebook

CityPaper’s Jessica Sidman reports:

“Mr. Smith’s will close its location of nearly 50 years around the end of the month. General manager Juan Andino says the Boston-based landlord wants to raise the rent, and “we can’t afford that.”

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The report also says they are looking for a new space in Georgetown. Updates if/when a new space is found.

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3205 K Street, NW via Chadwick’s facebook

And a big update from Eater DC:

Longtime Georgetown bar Chadwicks will be closing on Aug. 31st. Replacing it? Another longtime Georgetown institution, Mr. Smith’s.

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1351 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Big development new from the Georgetown BID:

“Robert Bell of Georgetown-based Robert Bell Associates announced that plans have been finalized to develop the former Georgetown Theater, at Wisconsin Avenue and O Street. The property will offer office, retail, and residential space; Bell’s plans for a thoughtful redevelopment include restoring the building’s iconic theater marquee.”

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1419 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

More new restaurants for Wisconsin Ave in Georgetown. The liquor license placard at 1419 Wisconsin Ave in the photo above does not list a name but says:

“Restaurant specializing in brick oven pizza.”

And a few weeks ago we learned that Yummi Crawfish was coming up the block to the former Puro Cafe space. They’ve now posted a liquor license placard as well:

“New seafood restaurant. The primary menu is crawfish with enhancement of side orders as well as other seafood types of dishes. Summer Garden. Total Occupancy load is 79″

Hours are listed as Sunday through Saturday 12 pm – 10pm.

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1529 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

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This turned out awesome (def. worth checking out in person.) From a press release:

“The Georgetown Gongoozlers mural project (a “gongoozler” is an idler who stares at length at activity on a canal) begins this Friday, August 1, when Nena Depaz, the first of four local artists commissioned to produce a mural, installs her mixed-media work on the construction barricades covering the main entrance of the shuttered Latham Hotel, located at 3000 M Street, NW. Depaz’s work includes found materials from the canal’s towpath.

“I have lived close to the C&O Canal my whole life. It holds some of my very best memories,” said Depaz. “When I was a child, my father would walk my sister and me along its paths, and tell us stories about its history. Many years later, the most romantic dates I ever went on with my husband ended with stroll along the canal. Today, I still find it to be a beautiful and magical place. I hope that I am successfully able to convey my love for the canal through this project.”

The Georgetown Gongoozlers mural project celebrates the history and natural beauty of the C&O Canal. The murals will be exhibited sequentially on the façade between August and January (Nena Depaz, August 1-September 4; Georgetown resident Sidney Lawrence, September 5-October 15; Kelly Towles, October 16-November 13; Ekaterina Krupko, November 14-January 5). Each installation will later be auctioned to support historical interpretation efforts on the C&O Canal, including the construction of a new canal boat.

The Latham Hotel building closed in 2012 in order to make capital improvements. The Georgetown BID commissioned the temporary, rotating artworks to improve the streetscape during construction, discourage illegal graffiti, and to help support community efforts to maintain and interpret the section of the C&O Canal that is adjacent to the Hotel.”

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2622 P Street, NW

The After Peacock Room only opened in April but closed in June:

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In the interim they’ve also posted a placard for a liquor license. Hours are listed at Sunday through Saturday: 10am – 10pm. Though their website says:

“AFTER PEACOCK ROOM is a fine dining cafe located in Georgetown, Washington DC. We provide excellent coffees and teas with fine pastries and savory light meals.

The design is a modern interpretation of Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room, created by James McNeill Whistler in 1877.

We hope to be a shelter where you can come to escape the hectic outside world for a while.

Hours
Tuesday – Friday (12 pm – 9 pm)
Saturday – Sunday (10 am – 7 pm)”