06/27/14 12:45pm

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1666 33rd Street, NW

From a press release:

All We Art, a venue specializing in contemporary Latin American artists working in a range of mediums, is pleased to introduce its public grand opening. Tierra de Gracia / Land of Grace: Venezuelan Contemporary Art will be on view beginning Friday, June 27, 2014, with a free, public reception from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The gallery is located at 1666 33rd Street, NW in Georgetown, Washington, DC.

All We Art’s founders are from Venezuela, so art lovers can expect a strong emphasis on artists and arts from that country. The opening group exhibition showcases artworks, in a variety of media, by artists Vivian Asapche, Alixia Alixia, Maria T. Aristeguieta, Ricardo Benaim, Antonio Briceno, Luis Brito, Reinaldo Certain, Matilde Cánepa González, Jesus Caviglia, Gaudi Esté, Takako Kodani, Pajaro, Marcos Pereira, Anrika Rupp, Lourdes Silva and Miguel VonDangel.

“With our passion for art and our love of Venezuela and its culture, it seems like a natural step to open the space with an exhibition focusing on the art of that country,” says Luisa Elena Vidaurre and Pablo Brito Altamira, co-founders. “We are excited to share with the Washington community the beautiful works we have discovered. It will truly be a worthwhile experience for any lover of art.”

The art space plans to hold future monthly shows featuring an international group of work with established names, as well as emerging artists, from Latin America. For more information about the gallery and the opening, please visit http://www.allweartstudio.com.”

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06/25/14 11:20am

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1039 31st Street, NW

I’m told that Cafe La Ruche will be closing July 1st and Chez Billy Sud will open in the refreshed space in August.

From Chez Billy:

“Eric and Ian Hilton, Washington, D.C.’s hometown neighborhood restaurant proprietors, announce their latest venture: Chez Billy Sud, the sister to Chez Billy, the highly-regarded French bistro in Petworth. Chez Billy Sud is slated to open in August 2014 at 1039 31st Street NW.

Named “Sud” for its location to the south of the original Chez Billy in Petworth, the 3000 square foot restaurant and patio will offer classic French cuisine focusing on France’s southern regions.

Chef Brendan L’Etoile will preside over both locations as Executive Chef. Chef de Cuisine, Richard Wagner, will oversee day-to-day operations in Petworth while L’etoile prepares Chez Billy Sud for its August opening.

“Around the city, we have led the charge to bring great dining in burgeoning neighborhoods, Petworth among them,” said Ian Hilton. “While Georgetown is already very much on the map, we believe there is still room for growth when it comes to dining options.”

The restaurant will feature 60 seats for indoor dining, a 60-seat patio offering a full menu, as well as a full bar and French-focused wine list. Chez Billy Sud will serve lunch and dinner daily and offer weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday. It will be dark on Mondays to give the crew a much-needed day of rest.”

06/18/14 12:55pm

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This house is located at 3032 O Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautiful Victorian on one of Georgetown’s most sought after streets complete with hardwood floors, elegant crown molding, beautiful finishes, spacious, light-filled rooms throughout, renovated Kitchen and baths, an extensive LL with full kitchen and 2 full baths, private brick patio, a rooftop deck with city views and two-car parking in the rear.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/4.5 bath is going for $2,350,000.

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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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.”