06/18/14 11:24am

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Thanks to @M_acHitect for tweeting us the photo above at 11:20am:

“@PoPville fire at zenobia lounge in georgetown – 31st and K”

@dcfireems tweets:

“UPDATE: Fire – 1000blk of 31st. St. NW – Fire knocked down. No injuries reported. Units checking for extensions. #dctraffic”

@jajajuliane sends a shot from 11:38am:

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06/10/14 11:55am

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3347 M Street, NW

Still scuttlebutt at this point but a reliable source hears a Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is coming to the former Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory space in Georgetown. Capriotti’s opened their first DC location at 1800 M Street, NW in Nov. 2013:

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, founded in Wilmington, DE and long a favorite of Delaware beach-goers, expands its presence on the East Coast as it opens its first location Thursday, November 21 in the Nation’s Capital at 18th and M Streets NW.”

Anyone check out the 18th and M Street spot yet? If so, any good sandwich recs? How do they compare to a Taylor Gourmet or Potbelly?

06/09/14 4:25pm

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3150 M Street, NW

Well the home of the $1000 Golden Opulence Sundae is no more. Serendipity 3 has closed in the prime corner of Wisconsin and M St, NW formerly home to Nathan’s before Serendipity 3.

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Washingtonian noted the closure last week and also adds:

“Under Armour founder Kevin Plank recently bought the building…Rumors of the sports clothing store moving into Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, Northwest, have abounded since.”

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06/03/14 4:45pm

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Photo of Rhino Bar via their facebook page

From an email:

“Several of the Washington Redskins will be at Rhino Bar & Pumphouse, 3295 M St. NW, guest bartending from 9pm-close on Friday, June 6th. We will have drink specials, giveaways, and chance to meet several of your 2013-14 Washington Redskin Players. Some of the players expected to be there are:

Kai Forbath, Ryan Kerrigan, Pierre Garcon,Kyle Nelson, Zach Hocker (R), Nick Williams and more….Get to Rhino early as we expect this to be a packed event.”

05/28/14 11:11pm

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3050 K Street, NW

On the heels of news of Bangkok Joe’s closing comes some potentially great news for the Georgetown Waterfront. Thanks to a reader for sending word:

“Orange Anchor by Reese Gardner opening in former Cabana’s space at Washington Harbour.”

Orange Anchor’s website says:

“Orange Anchor is a nautical inspired, casual fine dining restaurant featuring a scratch kitchen and craft bar. Our menu consists of seasonal small bites, Maryland crabs, a la cart proteins and shared sides, all sourced locally.

The bar program will be highlighted by fresh squeezed orange cocktails and a large selection of rare rums. Customers will enter into a rustic nautical environment where everything tells a story and everyone is treated like a captain.”

05/28/14 4:25pm

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Photo looking toward 3000 K Street, NW by PoPville flickr user JoshBassett|PHOTOGRAPHY

From an email:

“Bangkok Joe’s today announced that it will officially close its doors as of June 1, 2014 to make room for a new, modern restaurant boasting a Southeast Asian and French inspired menu.

“After continuous high traffic for over a decade, with the same equipment being used every day, repeatedly in the kitchen, there was a need to update the kitchen equipment and furniture,” said owner Mel Oursinsini. He added, “We also recognized that over time the needs of our customers had evolved. We felt the time was right to bring a new contemporary restaurant to the same beautiful location, Georgetown’s Washington Harbour.”

“Since opening in 2003, Bangkok Joe’s has received amazing support from the community and our patrons”, said Chef/Owner Aulie Bunyarataphan. “We’re committed to re-investing in our restaurants to ensure that we continually offer guests the best possible dining experience. By completely revamping the restaurant with a hip vibe and interior, new name and new menu, we hope to deliver the same exceptional experience which our customers have come to love and enjoy over the last decade. They deserve it!”

Bangkok Joe’s will close its doors as of June 1, 2014. The new restaurant named “Mama Rouge” is scheduled to open in September 2014.”

05/27/14 11:11pm

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1425 Wisconsin Avenue Street, NW

A liquor license application posted out front of Polished of Georgetown says a new spot called So Mi will be a:

“New restaurant serving a variety of cuisine including noodle soup and pastries from Tokyo and Hong Kong. Total load is 99.”

I stopped in to ask the folks from Polished when they would be closing and they said not any time soon. Updates when they get closer to opening.

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05/20/14 3:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user number7cloud:

“There are two horses buried in Dumbarton Oaks! [1703 32nd St, NW]

Hidden away just off one of the paths in Dumbarton Oaks is a little pet cemetery. The owners of Dumbarton Oaks, Mildred and Robert Bliss buried their pets there with the names carved on river stones.

Apparently the Blisses’, especially Mildred, were animal lovers. According to an oral history taken from one of the Dumbarton Oaks gardeners, she would first ask about his dog, then him and then his wife, in that order, “always the dogs first.”

The cemetery has a total of eight graves; six dogs and two horses. Jock W is the oldest gravestone dated 1910-1919.

The dogs are:

Jock W. 1910-1919; Oak Taffy 1928-1935; Oaks Blitz 1931-1939; Ari 1931-1941; Cero 1932-1941 and Oaks Christie 1935-1936

And the two horse graves: Quadrangle 1910-1928 and Smokey B. W. 1928-1940.

Sources:

npsparkclp.tumblr.com/post/65640773173/a-pet-cemetery-is-…

www.doaks.org/library-archives/dumbarton-oaks-archives/or…

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Photo by PoPville flickr user number7cloud

05/16/14 11:34am

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Photo of previous storm damage on the trail back in 2012 by PoPville flickr user quemac

From a press release:

“DC Water is investigating a possible Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) overnight in C & O Canal National Historical Park. An SSO occurs when diluted untreated wastewater spills or overflows, and can be caused by excessive rainfall. Due to the overflow, the Capital Crescent Trail is closed to the public between Water Street in Georgetown and Fletcher’s Cove. The National Park Service recommends using the C&O Canal Tow Path as an alternate route in this location, but cautions that portions of the Tow Path prone to flooding may be closed farther upstream. Water levels are expected to peak Saturday afternoon.

In coordination with the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police, DC Water is cordoning off the affected areas and the public is reminded to respect these public health and safety closures. Untreated sewage can contain many pathogens causing a variety of illnesses ranging from e-coli to hepatitis. If people come in contact with the untreated overflow they risk getting sick and bringing these pathogens into their homes.

It is important to note that DC Water’s drinking water system is separate from the wastewater system and is NOT affected by the overflows. DC Water’s intake valves are on the Potomac River at Great Falls and Little Falls, far north of the District.

DC Water has mobilized repair crews and contractors and will take immediate action to decontaminate impacted areas of the Park. In addition, the Authority is investigating to determine the cause for this and a prior overflow on April 30.

With nearly 1,800 miles of sewer lines throughout its service area, DC Water appreciates notification from the public if a sewer back up is suspected. Please call the 24-hour Emergency Command Center at 202-612-3400 at any time to report water or sewer emergencies in the District of Columbia. More information on the sewer system can be found at dcwater.com.”