I received a flyer in my mailbox informing us that the District government is proposing to erect a temporary fire station at 10th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue, NW (adjacent to the Shaw Rec Center basketball courts and next to Old City Guild). The engines and ambulances from the station on 13th St NW (between K and L Streets) will be temporarily relocated to this location while the existing fire station undergoes renovations. The emergency vehicles will be required to use their lights and sirens when exiting the temporary 2,730 foot structure and will be on call 24-hours-per-day. The temporary fire station is expected to be in operation for 14 months (from July 2014-September 2015).
This area of Shaw/Logan is primarily residential and quiet, and the sirens will be extremely disruptive both to nearby residents and students at Seaton Elementary directly across the street. If any of your readers have any opinions either way, they should send an email to ANC Commissioner Alexander Padro (padroANC@gmail.com). The relocation will be discussed at tonight’s ANC 6E public meeting, 6:30 pm at the Northwest One Library (155 L Street NW, at NJ Avenue) and he will voice any concerns at that time.”
“City living at it BEST!! Fabulous light filled owners unit plus lower level rental. Owners unit features a fully equipped kitchen with granite counters and SS appliances, LR/DR with wood burning FP, refinished HDWD FLRS, loads of light from the floor to ceiling windows, large master suite with spa like master bath, den/study with full bath and laundry plus roof top deck and garage pkg.”
“just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that we are firing up the smoker for our reopening on saturday, march 1st at noon. judging by the weather forecast, we can guarantee that the liters will be ice cold…but we’ll have the patio heaters turned up for you.
in march we’ll have our usual hours but will be closed on monday’s ’till the weather warms up in april. be sure to drop us a follow on twitter @gardendstrct to keep up with the inevitable weather-related closings and to stay on top of our donut robot operating status.”
“Starting February 20, 2014 Chef Bart Vandaele’s B Too will be the go-to spot for night owls looking for mussels and beer, and guests looking to snag a first rate midnight snack in Logan circle. Thursday through Saturday, Chef Bart is raising the bar of the fourth meal with his Late Night menu of crave worthy dishes served alongside a selection of drink specials.
In addition Chef Bart’s signature savory waffles and frites, the Late Night menu includes treats like the Prosciutto Waffle stuffed with Italian aged ham and parmesan. Topped with a roasted tomato, this waffle takes traditional late night pizza flavors to a whole new level. Comfort food gets a funky Belgian twist with the Vol-Au-Vent, crispy frites with chicken stew and sautéed mushrooms, and Chef Bart’s breaded and fried take on a Bucket of Baby Back Ribs served with spiced avocado and house made mayonnaise.
Took a walk this morning and came across an odd display. The astro-turf yard of the newly remodeled building in Logan Circle is strewn with dog sh*t – literally dozens and dozens of piles of dog sh*t. There must be a few weeks worth of sh*t. It’s a really nice house, probably worth in the high six digits if not a million.”
We’ve spoken about the astro turf a few times in the past. My question is – since this is a private yard – should we mind our business about the dog crap or because it is visible and on a corner we should expect the yard to be cleaned up?
“THIS IS AN AMAZING LOCATION! WALK TO EVERYTHING YOU COULD NEED! Beautiful, newly renovated, extremely spacious 1BR/1BA English Basement in the HEART of Logan Circle! W/D in the unit! Enjoy high ceilings and plenty of light. New floors, new walls, new kitchen, new bathroom! Be the first to enjoy this spectacular and spacious apartment.”
“Best Address! Classic & exceptional value per SF in Logan Circle. HI Clgs, HWFs, exposd brick. Light & bright!. Beautiful Kit w cherry cabinets & SS. Storage unit. Private gardens for bldg residents. Pet friendly, low monthly fee (RE taxes, H2O, heat, & no underlying mort. Heart of the vibrant Logan Circle & 14th St. Dupont Metro (red) and U St (green/yellow)!”
“Partners Aaron Gordon, Robert Underwood, and brothers Ari and Micah Wilder are joining forces to open Red Light, Cocktails & Dessert Bar at 1401 R St. NW. The name gives a playful nod to 14 Street’s colorful past as a red light district in the nation’s capital. Those wishing to visit this libation haven, which will also have a show-stopping dessert menu, can anticipate an April, 2014 opening. The collaborative efforts will also result in imaginative sweets with potent spirits, taking ‘boozy desserts’ to a new level. Red Light will serve nightly and also feature weekend brunch, a perfect date spot and to gather with friends.
“Distinctive craft cocktails and inspired desserts in a fun, relaxed bar will be the ideal complement to 14th St. – DC’s top restaurant destination, explains Aaron Gordon. “Who doesn’t love delicious chocolate and Champagne?”
Gordon tapped Robert Underwood as executive chef for Red Light. Underwood was previously the head pastry chef at award-winning Komi and Marcel’s in Washington, DC. His menu at Red Light will offer ten desserts changing daily, reflecting the season, and a featured soufflé. Opening selections planned include Soufflé of the Moment– white chocolate Grand Marnier; Pistachio Tea Cakes – with local strawberry jam and lavender gelato; Abuelita’s Tres Leches – with toasted coconut cake and Zapaca rum; Black & Tan Donuts – ale batter beignets with a chocolate stout filling; and a Quinoa BrûléePudding – with caramelized bananas and spicy candied cashews. Dessert choices will be priced from $8 to $10. A pre-fixe menu, complete with a cocktail or wine pairing, will also be available for $16 to $20 per person.
The cocktail menu and wine list is being developed by the talented Wilder brothers, who will serve as Red Light’s beverage directors. Since 2008, when they founded Wilder Bros LLC, they have created over a dozen successful cocktail programs and opened Fed Restaurant in May, 2013. Their innovative list for Red Light will include a selection of eight to 12 specialty drinks, as well as ‘adult’ desserts that combine cocktail and dessert ingredients for a spirited treat. Red Light’s upcoming list will include the Riverstone Slush –ice wine with seasonal nectar, shaved river stone ice and winter fruit; the Double Down –Buffalo Trace Bourbon, rose bitters, B grade maple syrup, Ruby Red grapefruit and lime; andthe Cake Shake –Red Velvet cupcake, homemade ice cream, Atlantico dark rum, Velvet Felernum and cocoa bitters. The menu will also offer a boutique wine selection as well as eight to ten Champagnes by-the-glass, including four Champagnes on-tap.
Design studio SwatchRoom is responsible for the scheme for Red Light. The intimate 27-seat interior will have ‘love-nest’ seating options of red leather banquettes and club chairs for lingering plus a sprinkling of two and four top tables. Guest can grab a stool at the dramatic concrete 18-person bar and see the chefs in action at the display pastry bar. The seasonal 44-seat outdoor patio will be the destination gathering place with its warm and inviting environment featuring communal, cocktail and lounge seating.
“The contemporary design for Red Light will call back to the dangerous and salacious history of 14th Street, a dessert lounge and a place where the edge of rock & roll is juxtaposed to classic romance through color palette, found objects, and sensual textures,” states Warren Weixler, co-owner of SwatchRoom. “The design will illuminate the natural allure of voyeurism and the intoxicating art of the performance; specifically preparing craft cocktails and delectable desserts.”
Red Light Cocktails & Dessert Bar is located at 1401 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, and will operate Monday through Thursday from 4 PM to close, Friday and Saturday from 12 Noon to 2 AM and Sunday from 12 Noon to 10 PM.”
I’m not sure if you have caught up with the closing of Mr. Wash and Jerry’s this past weekend. It looks like construction on the new condo building will start soon. Needless to say, we who live next door are quite concerned about many things, including construction noise, debris, and the potential closing of parts of 13th St and the alley to bring in construction equipment. The builders will speak to the ANC about their project tomorrow, February 5, at 7 PM at the Washington Plaza Hotel.”
“Holladay’s plans will negatively impact the quality of life for Iowa residents as they include constructing a 60-foot high wall that’s 23 feet away from the back of Iowa Condo townhouses. This 60-foot high wall will block direct sunlight from the units on the south side of the Iowa as well as a large portion of the unique Iowa Condo courtyard / fountain area. When an Iowa condo owner spoke with a representative at Holladay about the wall height/closeness, loss of sunlight and privacy concerns, the response included “that’s part of living in the city”. Finally, the proposed 67 condo units will bring more cars and fewer parking options to a neighborhood where parking is already at a premium.”