1634 14th Street, NW

Thanks to all who emailed:

“I live in the Logan neighborhood and walk by M Cafe every day and just noticed all the windows were covered today, including on the R street side. I’ve never seen this before.”

“Signs are down and paper is up. Looks like this one is closed.”

“Name is down on awnings and windows covered up, any idea what’s going on?”

“It looks like M Cafe on 14th might be closed.”

Update from a Press Release:

“We are very proud to announce the expansion of our restaurant brand Sette Osteria. The anticipated opening date is slated for Early March 2015 and will occupy the space of former “Mcafe bar” the restaurant will be located at 1634 14th ST NW. Sette Osteria looks forward to providing the neighborhood with an exceptional casual dining experience that will consistently exceed their expectations.

“We are thrilled to be opening Sette Osteria on 14th Street” said restaurateur and founder of IK Retail group Iraklis Karabassis. Karabassis is the creator of such restaurant concepts as Café Milano restaurant, Famoso restaurant , Crepizza restaurant in Georgetown, and Dupont’s popular eatery Sette Osteria. “We decided to expand the brand to 14th street because of the highly dynamic and diverse neighborhood. This area is comprised of families and residents who desire simple and delicious food, in a warm and rustic set up paired with extraordinary service.

Sette Osteria will be showcasing Italian cuisine, specializing in signature house made pastas, and a fabulous pizza. The menu will be steeped in Italian tradition featuring a wide selection of seafood and meats along with a gluten free menu items presented in an approachable and informal setting. Italian born executive chef: Nicola Sanna’s simple, yet authentic cuisine will feature the natural beauty of local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients showcasing the traditional techniques of Italy, that will be the overwhelming inspiration behind Sette Osteria. Menu items range in price from $8 to $28. (more…)

14th and R Street, NW

Mission’s website says:

“In the heart of the District’s most vibrant neighborhood: 51 incomparable boutique apartments beautifully arranged within the historical context of a 1920’s era Studebaker car dealership and three 1880’s townhouses. The Mission marries an industrial and rustic vibe with refined sensibilities to create a place where you will want to spend time even if you don’t have the time.”

Check out the floor plans and pricing here.

I took a peek inside the former Central Union Mission (now located in the newly renovated Gales School near Union Station) and future home of Shinola (currently in a temp space across the street), have a look inside the new apartments:


Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

1409 14th Street, NW just south of P Street

Hmm, Chinese Sushi Wine Bar, color me intrigued…

1409 Playbill Cafe closed at 1409 14th St, NW at the end of Sept. 2011. In 2012 we thought Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant would be taking over the space. Thanks to a reader for sending and stay tuned as we learn more and they get closer to opening.

12/18/2014: 7:30 a.m. update:
“DC Water crews worked through the night to flush the water distribution system in the affected area and completed flushing this morning. Samples are being collected and taken for laboratory testing. The goal was to flush the contaminant out of the system by running large volumes of water out of the fire hydrants. If the laboratory tests confirm this was successful, the restrictions could be lifted this afternoon. Those in the affected area should continue to follow the precautions in the advisory below. The source of the contaminant is still under investigation.”


“12/17/2014: 8:00 p.m. update: The map of the affected area has increased slightly to the southwest to include an area along Q Street, NW past 13th Street, NW. DC Water also added to the advisory that due to the potential for skin irritation, customers in the affected area should not wash dishes.

DC Water crews are working through the night to continue investigating the source of the petroleum odor. Please continue to follow the advisory below and make plans for your morning routine. DC Water will continue to update as information becomes available. We apologize for this inconvenience however our primary concern is protecting the health safety of our customers.

Do Not Drink Advisory Issued for DC Water Customers in Small Portion of Northwest DC

DC Water has received reports of a petroleum-type smell in the area bounded by:
South – Q St. NW and Rhode Island Ave. NW
East – 8th St. NW
West – 13th St. NW, and a portion extending slightly further west
North – S St. NW (between 9th St. NW and 13th St. NW) and T St. NW (between 7th St. NW and 9th St. NW) (more…)