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11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW via Logan Circle Laundromat

“Dear PoPville,

I am the owner of Logan Circle Laundromat (1100 Rhode Island Ave, NW) and I wanted to email you regarding changes that many Logan Circle residents should be aware of.

I took over the property and business five years ago. I’m sure many recall how unsightly the property was. After a year of renovation we have what you see today. The majority of feedback I’ve received from residences has been extremely positive and much appreciated. However, local residences and customers should be aware of recent changes.

A month ago Metro Laundromat located at 1400 Rhode Island Ave, NE closed down (large store open 24/7). Their property is under development and the laundromat will reopen, however until they do a majority of their customers have come to Logan Circle Laundromat. Since then my business has experienced an increase in problematic customers as well as loitering. Since Metro Laundromat closed down I’ve had a new customer break down and vandalize my bathroom. It cost me $1,400 in repairs. A few days later I had a new customer throw a rock at my storefront window. It cost me $300 in repairs.

My workers have also noticed an increase in loitering outside the store. I have done my best to remove loitering and solicitation off the property. Prior to me taking over the property/business illegal activity was the norm. It took several months but after working with MPD and being vigilante with security cameras I have been able to remove almost all illegal activity. However, I fear the influx of new customers could potentially increase crime and illegal activity not only for my store but for local residences and customers.

I ask all your readers who live nearby or use my store to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Thefts within my store have increased (smartphones, wallets, etc). Please call 911 if you see ANY suspicious activity. I’m grateful to have a good relationship with MPD who have assisted me with several incidences. It is my goal to keep Logan Circle Laundromat a safe and professional business for years to come. With a little help from local residents and customers I know this achievable.

Thank you,
Henry
Owner of Logan Circle Laundromat”

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1345 S Street, NW behind Garden District

More good news for cocktail fans – Left Door, the highly anticipated new cocktail bar from the Passenger’s Tom Brown opens tonight to the public (there was a soft opening late last week.) Hours are:

Sun-Thurs 5pm-2am
Fri-Sat Noon-3am

Also from an email:

“We’ll also be doing monthly cocktail classes and a tea service on weekends and upon request.”

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Ed. Note: This is the former Mr Wash and Jerry Chan’s Carryout space.

This unit is located at 1311 13th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Logan13 offers contemporary design, luxurious modern finishes, and an impeccable location in the heart of Logan Circle. Moments to downtown or countless new restaurants and bars. Short distance to Mt.Vernon Metro.Multiple 1 BR floor plans available on multiple levels.This is new construction with delivery estimated for early fall 2016. Wide plank flooring throughout, GAS cooktop, LUXURY!”

inside

You can see more renderings/photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $399,900 ($312 monthly fee.)

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1336 14th Street, NW

Massive Ramen news for Logan Circle/14th Street – get ready for Jinya Ramen Bar. The liquor license placard says:

“A high-quality Japanese restaurant that serves authentic ”Tonkotsu Ramen”. No entertainment. Seating for 99 patrons. Total Occupancy Load of 120.”

Jinya’s website says:

“JINYA Ramen Bar serves “Tonkotsu Ramen”, rich and strong smelling noodle. Tonkotsu uses pork broth which is pumped up with industrial quantities of dashi and dried fish, a broth that seemed to be trying to establish the record for the most umami per milligram.

Simply put, tasting is believing. Only a handful Californian residents and lucky tourists could enjoy the fantastic taste of JINYA Ramen. Not anymore. With as low as $350K initial investment, you can own and run “JINYA, Ramen Bar” in your location.”

Check out some of their menus here.

Ghana Cafe closed here back in June 2014. For a hot second Crow Bar had plans to reopen here but that fell through. Updates on the new Rames spat as construction progresses and they get closer to opening.

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14th Street looking north towards Rhode Island Ave, NW