04/03/14 11:30am

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1410 14th Street, NW

Cool new lunch option for those in Logan Circle – Skillet Sandwich Shop:

“Chef Crafted, Rustic Sandwiches
Located inside Black Whiskey
Operating Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 2pm, Saturday 11am – 7pm
closed Sunday & Monday”

I spoke with one of the owners of Black Whiskey who says the pop up is indefinite and is from the guy who ran the People’s Bao ramen pop up in Columbia Heights.

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Check out the menu after the jump. (more…)

03/27/14 10:05pm

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14th and P St, NW

A couple of weeks ago some scuttlebutt was confirmed about a Dolcezza Gelato taking over the former Mid City Deli space at the corner of 14th and P St, NW. At that time some were wondering about the residential units above – I just noticed new windows and a small architect sign in one of the windows so it looks like those spaces are finally getting fixed up too. More info on them when/if it becomes available.

Another reader wondered what would happen to the fence along the side of P street. Though one commenter thought it was removed, it’s still there:

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Photo of fire from June 2012:

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03/27/14 12:00pm

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1622 14th Street, NW

Barcelona opened up on 14th Street in Oct. 2013 with their sweet sweet patio in Logan Circle. Their website says:

“At the heart of Logan Circle, along 14th Street, is the busiest arts and dining scene in the nation’s capital. Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant, at the heart of it all, between Q and R streets, brings a mix of old and new-world elegance to the rowhouses and Victorians that line this historic neighborhood. Start the evening with a glass of wine at the bar or enjoy tapas in our open dining space or beautiful private room. For those who enjoy dining under the setting sun or a canopy of stars, our expansive and lush courtyard has an outdoor fireplace and offers a glimpse of 14th Street’s vibrant street traffic.”

You can see their Menus here. Any fans? Any must order items?

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03/25/14 1:30pm

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Thanks to a reader for sending a couple shots of the demo started at the old Diamond Cab building at 11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW:

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CAS Riegler’s website says:

“1101 Rhode Island ave is one of the last remaining pieces of developable land in the desirable Logan Circle neighborhood. A former parking lot, and home of a taxi cab stand and garage, the site will be entirely razed to prepare for our ground-up construction of 35 luxury condominiums based in high design. Architect Hicock Cole has designed a building that is contemporary yet seamlessly blends with the neighborhood and its historic surroundings. 1101 Rhode Island will be positioned as an exclusive luxury condominium in the most desirable neighborhood in Washington DC. Blocks from booming 14th street corridor to the west, and two blocks from the newly thriving 9th street corridor, the location is perfectly situated and walking distance to all the amenities the city has to offer. Construction will begin first quarter 2014 and reach substantial completion February 2015.”

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Conceptual drawing via CAS Riegler

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11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW prior to demo

1112 Rhode Island

This rental is located at 1112 Rhode Island Ave, NW. The listing says:

“Large light filled English Basement in Beautiful Town home. Conveniently located off of Logan Circle, steps to all DC has to offer. Open floor plan features 1 BR 1 BA and 1,000+ sq ft of finished living space. Renovated Gourmet Kitchen w SS appliances, sweeping hardwood floors, gas fireplace, large bedroom. Available for immediate move in. Pets case by case.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $2,000/Mo.

03/14/14 10:15am

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14th and P St, NW

Back in October I shared some scuttlebutt about a Dolcezza Gelato taking over the once planned for unknown Taylor Gourmet themed spot in the former Mid City Deli space at the corner of 14th and P St, NW. Ed. Note: I’m aware the previous sentence is a long one and quite possible a run on. Apologies. In January we noted major demo had started. Though Dolcezza denied plans for a new space at the time, CityPaper says its for real:

“Unlike Dolcezza’s other outposts, this location will have a to-go window that allows people to order gelato and coffee from the street.”

03/11/14 12:30pm

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Is it OK to open in a former homeless shelter?

INTRO

Hi, my name is Ayr, I run Clover Food Lab, a rapidly growing fast food company in Boston. We’re trying to make better tasting food available to everybody.

I wrote a post about the Newsom building on H St. NW the other day that was picked up by PoPville and others and the resulting comments have been amazingly helpful. Thanks everybody.

So I reached out to Dan (Prince of Petworth) to ask if we could post regularly on PoPville during the course of our real estate search. I offer an outsider’s view of DC paired with an inside view of a DC real estate search.

I’m hoping you all can help us sort through this search to find the best locations ever. I don’t know much about this market and you, collectively, know the most. And I’m hoping by the time we open we’ve already made some friends who will help us get off to a great start.

LAST VISIT: NEW DEVELOPMENT

I admit, I left this past trip to DC feeling a bit confused. But that’s good, right? Clarity follows the cloud of confusion. Right?

Based in no small part on the comments of the loyal readers of PoPville and our own website (cloverfoodlab.com). I made a spreadsheet summarizing your input and targeted new sites. I asked Gary, my realtor, to focus on more developed sites this past trip to DC. We looked at a place I didn’t like at all across from the Verizon center. Great location, but no character, step down, no venting. Not the place where DC meets Clover.

We looked at some new developments. This is foreign to me. In Boston we don’t have these.

I’m even learning of stories where landlords are buying out tenants so that they can upgrade to better operators. I’ve never heard of that in Boston. And they seem to take a real interest in creating a good mix of different uses. Overall it’s a really sophisticated approach to development and pretty exciting for an operator like Clover. We love the idea of being a part of a well curated mix of retail that’s constantly picked and pruned.

We visited a development on 14th St. NW near R st. (I added the NW this time, see, I’m learning.) From what I understand this development used to be a homeless shelter that was relocated. I don’t know how that’s seen here. I can’t imagine that being done in Boston, it would be very controversial. Is that why we don’t see new developments in Boston?

There are 2 buildings, one that used to be 3 town houses, and another that’s slightly larger. There is going to be retail at the street and 160 condos above. The building is beautiful. We would be looking at one of the smaller “town houses.” The developer clearly cares about the aesthetics, and making adjustments that are historically accurate. I’m told these are going to regain bay windows, that were removed when the first floors was converted to garages for cars.

The ceilings are high. Light is beautiful. We’re looking at a space that I believe is 1,500 sq ft. We’d be paying a lot, something like $80/ square foot. That comes out to about $330/ day rent, which means we’d need about $3.5k/ day sales, which for us means 600 customers (our prices are low). Any chance of that here?

We had a great cup of coffee at Peregrine across the street (I recognize them from a visit to Union Market, and we know the folks at Counter Culture well, dating back to a visit there in 2011). What do you all think of 14th NW? Would we have a lunch business?

03/04/14 1:30pm

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“Dear PoPville,

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.”