From a press release:

“As Washington, DC grows and expands, residents are more and more looking for their “own” neighborhood spots, and they’ll soon have one. Expected to open in late spring 2015, The Royal will be a classic corner neighborhood joint located in the heart of DC’s historic LeDroit Park neighborhood at 501 Florida Avenue, NW. A coffee shop and lunch spot by day, and an intimate bar and casual eatery by night, The Royal will be a unique all-day destination for morning coffee, leisurely lunch, after-work cocktails and simple yet creative fare.

The intimate and versatile split-level corner spot aims to be a central “hub” for the neighborhood, connecting residents and visitors within a welcoming, accessible gathering space. In the morning, The Royal will boast a full espresso program, brewing up Counter Culture coffee for those on-the-go or looking to spend a leisurely morning, along with breakfast offerings and fresh juices.

Come afternoon, The Royal will offer one all-day menu, described by owner Paul Carlson and Chef Lonnie Zoeller as “our families’ comfort food presented as elevated bar snacks to complement the uniquely crafted cocktail program.” Inspired by both Carlson and Zoeller’s familial ties to Colombia, fresh meats, seafood and vegetables will be prepared on the wood-fire grill and accompanied by an assortment of house sauces.

The Royal’s beverage program will focus on craft cocktails, helmed by beverage director Horus Alvarez. The underlying theme behind the cocktails is simplicity – fresh ingredients, fruits, herbs – used in an array of both classic and signature cocktails. The bar will boast an extensive vermouth selection, featuring a housemade vermouth on draft. Carlson sourced a vintage ice shaver from Guatemala, which will churn the base for creative shaved ice cocktails, available year-round.

The Royal will also offer a small yet well-curated wine list of approximately 8-10 wines by glass, plus some unique reserve bottles and draft and bottled beers. The goal is to offer drinks that are simple, approachable, and affordable. (more…)

“Dear PoPville,

Time for Howard University and Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. to review traffic patterns in ‪Ledroit Park‬. The Howard University Hospital parking lot should be opened so the traffic on Florida Avenue can flow better. The time has finally arrived to make modifications in the neighborhood as the exploding growth demands it.

There must be a solution for the terrible traffic congestion on Florida Avenue NW, and converting the Howard University Hospital parking lot into a regular road should help the traffic.”

1907 3rd Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1907 3rd Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Bright 1BR/1BA condo in charming LeDroit Park. Spacious living area opens to gourmet kitchen w/ SS appliances & marble counter-tops. Hardwood floors throughout + ample closet space. W/D, Roof deck & bike room. Moments to convenient shops & services including Red Hen, Boundary Stone, Big Bear Cafe, U Street Corridor & more! Steps to Metro, Capitol Bikeshare, ZipCar locations & various bus lines.”

1907 3rd Street Northwest inside

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,900/Mo.


“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering if you have any info about the water fountain at the LeDroit Park dog park, which has been out for a number of months now it seems. Perhaps it’s just turned off during the winter months? Anyhow, it’s typically my dog’s favorite feature of the dog park (the other dogs are just a bonus I guess), and I kept thinking it’d be fixed or turned on shortly but nothing has been done as of yet. Now that it’s getting warmer I’m more concerned as I know many dogs will be needing to stay hydrated if they’re outside for long period of time. Does anyone know who to contact to inquire about the issue?”

1912 5th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1912 5th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great location near U St in Ledroit Park. Walking distance to restaurants, coffee shops and Shaw or U St metro stations. The property features plenty of outdoor space (wrap around porch and backyard deck. Master bedroom with light filled bathroom and Jacuzzi tub. Other features include: washer/dryer, new microwave, dishwasher and large kitchen.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $2,850/Mo.

Ledroit Park

This rental is located in Ledroit Park (T Street?). The listing says:

“Historic Ledroit Park- NEED SPACE, THEN HERE IT IS: Spacious loft-style apartment is just waiting for you to call it home. This space is located in a 4 unit building with a fenced back yard perfect for summer entertaining. Nice kitchen features a dishwasher ! Fabulous potential in this studio apartment. Huge loft style space with about 800 sq ft ! Tall ceilings. Open floor plan. All hardwood floors. Washer dryer. Central AC. Come see this lovely space. Located just 5 blocks from SHAW METRO in lovely historic Ledroit Park.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,495/Mo.

1901 4th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone know the story behind Ledroit Market? I’ve lived in Bloomingdale for 3 years and it seems to follow the pattern of being open for a few months, closing down, going up for sale for 6-7 months, then re-opening and looking exactly the same.”

Another reader shares a bit more enthusiasm:

“LeDroit market is now open!!!

Awesome normal hours 7am-10pm.
Serving breakfast and lunch
Your good’ol neighborhood convenient store!