14th and Q St, NW
About a month ago we spoke with owner Stephen Starr and couldn’t wait to taste their bread (among other items.) The wait is over! Le Diplomate soft opened in Logan Circle over the weekend.
From a press release:
From Sunday 4/7 – Sunday 4/14, Le Diplomate will soft open to the public, serving its full menu for dinner and Saturday & Sunday brunch, and will offer a 10% discount off of food as the restaurant fine-tunes and prepares for opening. The restaurant will officially open on April 15th. Dinner hours are 5pm-10pm, Sunday – Tuesday, 5pm-11pm Wednesday & Thursday and 5pm – Midnight, Friday and Saturdays. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sundays from 11am – 3pm.
See more photos of the inside after the jump, plus a reminder of how the space looked back in 2010. (more…)
This condo is located at 1302 R Street, NW:
The listing says:
“Bright corner one bedroom with light-filled oversized windows. Special and quiet environment w/ lux top-of-the-line kitchen & bath, beautiful hardwood floors & crafted built-ins and mouldings, exceptional storage, W/D and a decorative FP w/ period mantle (can be made functional). There is a front garden shared with only one other unit pets ok.”
You can see a virtual tour here.
This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $479,000 ($166 monthly fee.)
1324 14th Street, NW
You like the new signage?
Quite a change from the old downtown lock sign:
1612 14th Street, NW
From a press release:
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace will kick off crawfish season with one of their popular Crawfish Boils on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Guests will enjoy Louisiana crawfish, whole-roasted, sustainably raised suckling pig, cornbread, peel and eat shrimp, house-made Andouille sausage, and a selection of Southern inspired sides and desserts from pastry chef Carri-Anne Hamer. Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company beers will complement the food for the duration of each two-hour seating. Pearl Dive Chef James Huff, who has cooked in popular New Orleans kitchens Delmonico and Stella, will prepare the select grade crawfish from Crawley, Louisiana with potatoes and corn, and season them with the signature Cajun “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning. All dishes will be served family style. Tickets can be purchased for $65 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity here. All ticket purchases include all you can drink Abita Amber and all the boil you can eat for two hours.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 with two seatings from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1541 14th St, NW in 2007
14th and Q Street, NW was home to a travel bookstore called Candida’s. They closed in 2008:
It will soon be home to a new Italian restaurant from the owners of Standard.
14th and Q Street, NW
@Starrrestaurants tweets the good news:
“We are taking dinner reservations at #LeDiplomate in DC starting April 12th! Give us a call between 10am and 6pm to book: 202.332.3333″
We learned some more details about Le Diplomate in early March.
Thanks to a reader for sending the following email they received from JBG:
@stephcherkezian tweets the photo above and writes:
“Holy 15th & P NW! @PoPville any intel? Police were holding up a white sheet to block the inside ATM at the bank.”
@mcbyrne replies, “NoKXL protest.” [Protest against "Keystone XL" pipeline]
and @xMPoly shares a bit more detail:
“Demonstrators inside, took off their clothes in the ATM vestibule, around 6:45-7:00 this morning.”
1410 14th Street, NW
Back in Dec. we learned that Black Whiskey would be opening in former Mar de Plata space in Logan Circle. At that time they hoped to open around the April. Looks like they still have some more buildout to do but according to the liquor license application, the space will be pretty large:
“New Full Service Restaurant serving American cuisine with occasional DJ and Dancing. Number of inside seats is 140. Total occupancy load is 275. Summer Garden, number of seats is 20.“
Does anyone know anything about Nancy’s Pickup Dry Cleaning and Laundry? It’s on 13th St NW between N and O St, across from the gas station. I’ve lived in Logan Circle for four years and it’s never been operational, as far as I can tell. But the sign remains. Anyone know about it?
A few weeks ago I noted the progress at Le Diplomate coming to the former laundry at the corner of 14th and Q St, NW in Logan Circle. At that time they were hoping for a mid-March opening but after having a peek a couple days ago, I’d say an April opening is probably more likely. Of course, after hearing about the plans – the earlier they open the better! In addition to getting a look at the progress the space:
I was also lucky enough to have a chat with owner Stephen Starr (pictured above.) But first a peek at the terrace on Q street:
While I’m loving the copper on the outside – you can tell that the inside is gonna be amazing as well:
Ok back to Mr. Starr. He was kind enough to share a few details about his plans for Le Diplomate. While Le Diplomate is inspired by Parc in Philadelphia, Starr tells me that Le Diplomate will have a far more intimate feel. He hopes for the restaurant to be a true neighborhood go to spot. Since Le Diplomate will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner – he imagines neighbors could stop by 3-4 times a week.
From the files of “I did not know that” before becoming a restauranteur, Mr. Starr was a concert promoter and would regularly come to the DC area. As far back as 1995 he knew he wanted to open a spot in DC but things just “kept growing in Philly”. A few years ago he was intensively looking for space in DC but was mostly steered towards modern glass office buildings which wasn’t his style. Fortunately, on one of those trips he happened to drive by the vacant laundry at 14th and Q Streets and thought it would make for the perfect location for a restaurant. At that time the space was unavailable so a DC project was delayed until a couple years later when he got the call that the space was now free. And so here we are surrounded by construction with the restaurant really starting to come together.
Continues after the jump. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80
Washington Post reports:
Not all the houses and apartments in one of the District’s most desirable residential areas have central air-conditioning. Some have window units, and, according to police, that has apparently offered an opening to burglars.
The burglaries have taken place in Dupont and Logan Circle.
1830 14th Street, NW
A bit of interesting scuttlebutt this morning – a tipster sends word that an “evening food market and bar” is coming to the former art gallery (in the old Hunted House) space at 1830 14th St, NW. The proposed market will be filled by various food truck-type vendors (some who are apparently quite well known) as well as a beer/wine bar. They expect to open around May. Could be awesome. More info as it becomes available.
12th and S St, NW
Another reader spotted the awesome Delorean outside 12th and S St, NW and wonders what folks think of the new coffee spot – The Coffee Bar? They opened up back in Dec. 2012 and every time I’ve walked past the place has been smashed crowded. I’m hearing great things about them. You can see their menu here. Anyone try them out yet?
This rental is located at 6 Logan Circle, NW:
The listing says:
“Immaculate townhouse style condo in historic rowhouse ON LOGAN CIRCLE! Approx. 1,116 sq ft on two levels combines modern amenities and original detail. 2 BR, 1 BA, updated kitchen, formal dining room, hardwoods, fireplace with marble mantle from 1890s. W/D, CAC, alarm, patios on each level, gated pkg and more!”
This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $3,300/Mo.
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