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Photo by PoPville flickr user L. Shanley

“Dear PoPville,

I want people to be aware of what I experienced Friday so they can keep an eye out. Around 6:15 – 6:30 I was jogging northbound on the Mt. Vernon trail along the Potomac near Memorial Bridge. An Hispanic/maybe Middle Eastern man, medium skinned with trimmed black hair, stubbly facial hair, 40’s, about 5’6,” with black pants and a burgundy sweater/windbreaker with a black messenger bag that said something like “Community Health,” with an accent, rode past me slowly on a bike, leering. He turned 3 times after he passed me to stare before finally going on. Creepy, but he was moving away from me, and I told myself he must have been looking at something else. I moved on and turned near Arlington Cemetery to cross Memorial Bridge eastbound into DC when creeper guy disappeared along the trail going north toward Rosslyn.

About 15 minutes later, I was eastbound across the bridge still on the Arlington side, when I noticed the shadow of a cyclist approaching me from behind on my left. It was creeper guy. He made a reach for me as he passed (I pulled away so no contact) and then said some cat-callish thing as he slowed and turned on his bike to cut me off. I realized this man must have doubled back to follow me, that he had targeted me, and suddenly I was very scared. I tried to get away while shouting at him repeatedly to get the fuck away, and even threw some water from my bottle at him in hopes of getting him to back off. He yelled back, called me a fucking bitch, and started to get off his bike. Thankfully, two walkers stepped in (very brave, they literally stepped between me and him). Creeper guy took off on his bike across the bridge eastbound toward DC. (more…)

From MPD:

“I want you to be on the lookout for a Robbery force and violence that took place this morning at 0209 Robbery Force and Violence while Armed/CCN 053-556/ 3900 Reservoir Road NW, C-1 was robbed at gun point by 4 suspects and then struck on the back of the head with an unknown object. They took from his pocket his wallet, cell phone and key. S-1-4 fled east on Reservoir Road. C-1 was treated at a hospital and released. If you have any further information please contact the detectives office at 202-730-1903.”

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3128 M Street, NW

A reader sends a link for a sale of “outstanding architectural items including historical stained glass windows, chandeliers, door and window frames, artwork” at Bistro Francais. I obviously thought they were closing but the general manager tells me:

“We are not closing we lost the lease on 3128 M street but the restaurant still open on 3124 M street.”

For those not familiar with Bistro Francais:

“Bistro Français offer a relaxing French atmosphere with excellent cuisine to match. Located in the heart of historic Georgetown, the restaurant consistently offers authentic dishes that are sure to please every palate. Whether you are gathering for a relaxed weekend brunch, a celebratory dinner, or a late-night snack, Bistro Français serves genuine cuisine at moderate prices. Executive chef and owner Gerard Cabrol came to Washington D.C., bringing with him home recipes from southwestern France.”

3106 P Street Northwest

This house is located at 3106 P Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautifully renovated 4BR/4BA complete with custom finishes throughout, spacious and light-filled LR, newly renovated Kitchen opening to the elegant patio and garden, fully finished LL with separate entrance.”

3106 P Street Northwest inside

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/4 bath is going for $2,995,000.

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2915 M Street, NW back in the day

From a press release:

“The newest addition to M Street in Georgetown is Maxime – Steak Frites and Mussel Bar. Maxime will fill a much needed niche in Georgetown as one of the only casual French steakhouses and mussel bars, with an emphasis on dining simplicity—courtesy of restaurateurs Ben Kirane, Moe Idrissi, and Joe Idrissi, who also bring you Bodega and Thunder Burger. The name Maxime, often associated with a variety of French personalities, was actually chosen after its Latin translation for “special.”

Maxime will open Thursday March 26th and will occupy the former Guards space, located at 2915 M Street. Maxime looks forward to providing the neighborhood with an authentic brasserie atmosphere complete with French hors d’oeuvres – such as quiche, charcuterie and fromage alongside classic french onion soup, rustic bread, and a Belgian inspired list of specialty beers and cocktails.

The highlight of the menu created by Executive Corporate Chef Ryan Fichter will be the Steak Frites. This Maxime signature meal will be served with a special Maxime secret sauce, salad, frites, and a baguette breadbasket. Another noteworthy option is the broiled marinated Portobello mushroom steak and the salmon filet. This Maxime signature meal, also known as “La Formule” will be priced at $19.95. (more…)

3512 P Street Northwest

This house is located at 3512 P Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spectacular renovation of this stately federal dating back to 1826 on nearly a 1/4 acre of formal private grounds. Contains 2 separate residences on independent lots. 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms w/ custom finishes, 5 fireplaces, large rear garden and attached garage.”

3512 P Street Northwest living

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/5 full bath/2 half bath is going for $6,995,000.

UPDATE from DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has instituted single-lane closures in each direction northbound and southbound on Rock Creek Parkway beginning at P Street, NW, because of recently fallen debris from the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge overpass today, March 24.

During the evening rush, starting at 4 pm, two lanes will be maintained northbound until 6:30 pm. Following the rush hour, DDOT will reinstitute single-lane closures until later in the evening.

This area was closed earlier this morning due to falling debris from the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge. DDOT’s engineers are continuing to inspect the bridge and take corrective actions as needed.

This closure will lead to moderate-to-heavy delays in the traffic in this area.

DDOT encourages all commuters to stay alert as they travel through this corridor.”

One reader writes:

“Did you see RCP was a hot mess this morning? Bricks fell from the underside of the P St bridge. Right 2 lanes were closed at 8:15 when I passed through. Scary infrastructure issues this week!”

Another says:

“I was driving south on Rock Creek Parkway this morning, and the police had the two right lanes closed under the bridge that connects Georgetown to West End. When I drove by, there were a couple guys on the phone looking at the bottom of the bridge, which appears to have lost some concrete and was showing exposed rebar.”

@DCPoliceDept tweeted:

“”Traffic Advisory Update/US Park Police:S/B Rock Crk Pkwy DIVERTED to P St due to Bridge Inspection/Use Connecticut Ave as an alternate route””

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West End location courtesy SoulCycle

Thanks to a reader for sending the permit they found:

“1042 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
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Alterations, rooftop HVAC, signs and back-lit sign – SoulCycle

This follows word of the still unconfirmed scuttlebutt that a SoulCycle could be coming to Chinatown/Mt.Vernon Square too.  SoulCycle‘s DC location opened at 2301 M Street, NW in July.

Update from a press release:

“SoulCycle, the country’s premier full-body indoor cycling studio, will open in Georgetown late Summer, 2015. Adding to its current D.C. and Bethesda locations, SoulCycle Georgetown will mark the brand’s third D.C. area studio.

SoulCycle Georgetown will feature a 56-bike studio, home to the signature SoulCycle workout, and an expansive SoulCycle lifestyle boutique, selling SoulCycle’s original clothing collection. SoulCycle Georgetown will be located at 1042 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007.

SoulCycle has plans to open two additional studios in the D.C. area in 2015. SoulCycle classes in the D.C. area cost $30.”

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3211 O Street, NW

Yesterday we noted that Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe had crushed their fundraising kickstarter. Here’s where they’re coming to in Georgetown. Thanks to a reader for sending:

“on O St NW between Wisconsin and Potomac Sts. It’s right across the street from the new vaping place in Georgetown (right next to Kitchen No. 1, the Chinese restaurant.)”