Big score for Mount Rainer!

From a press release:

“The Menkiti Group has been selected by the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County, Maryland to redevelop the 3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue in the Mount Rainier Gateway Arts District. The three historic buildings comprising the 3300 block will be restored by the Menkiti Group and will consist of 12 residential units above 10,000 square feet of commercial space. The Menkiti Group has already obtained commitments from Annie’s Ace Hardware, famed restaurateur Joe Englert, and arts incubator ReCreative Spaces, to occupy the three commercial spaces fronting Rhode Island Avenue. (more…)

Capital Wheel Night Shot
Photo courtesy National Harbor

From a press release:

“The Capital Wheel at National Harbor is poised to become a must-see destination when it opens to the public on Friday, May 23rd in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Soaring 180-feet above the Potomac River, The Capital Wheel will join a roster of large-scale observation wheels around the globe.

The Capital Wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas. The VIP gondola, National Harbor One, seats four passengers and features glass floors, wine chillers, a retracting monitor/DVD player and leather bucket seats. The remaining 41 gondolas accommodate up to eight passengers and feature glass exteriors to maximize the panoramic views of the National Mall, White House, U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery and beyond.

To celebrate the iconic addition to the Washington, D.C., skyline, The Capital Wheel will have extended operating hours this summer. From May 2014 to August 2014 The Capital Wheel is open from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Please visit the newly debuted website to see year-round operating hours and pricing,

[How much do tickets cost?
All tickets, plus tax:

$15 for adults
$11.25 per child ages 3 – 11
Free for children ages 2 and under
Discount pricing is available for seniors and military with valid ID for $13.50
Tickets for National Harbor One (the VIP Gondola) cost $50 each. The VIP Gondola can fit up to four riders.]”


From an email:

“We know how well blacksmithing goes with “ragtime” music. So as you take in the cool designs and metal work by Robinson Forged Metals, the 2014 Washington Area Music Award winner for Best Folk/Traditional Group (ragtime) band, the Bumper Jacksons will be playing some songs off of their new album from 1-3pm.

Enjoy BBQ, beer and wine.

What: Metalsmithing and Ragtime – Open House
When: April 19th, 2014, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Where: Robinson Forged Metals, 5530 Tuxedo Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Rendering courtesy

From a press release:

“Soaring 175 feet above the Potomac River waterfront at National Harbor, The Capital Wheel, set to debut in May 2014, will join a growing number of large-scale observation wheels around the globe as an iconic, world-class attraction.

From its dynamic location at the end of a pier overlooking the river, The Capital Wheel will offer riders a spectacular view of the Nation’s Capital “from a new perspective,” according to National Harbor developer Peterson Companies. Sights visible from The Capital Wheel include the White House and Capitol, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.

With its 42 closed, climate-controlled gondolas, each seating eight, The Capital Wheel will operate year-round, as do observation wheels in other locales, where they have boosted economic development and prestige. The Capital Wheel is expected to attract 600,000 – 800,000 visitors annually.

The London Eye quickly became the United Kingdom’s most popular paid tourist attraction, averaging 10,000 visitors daily and some 3.75 million annually. A popular location for films and TV shows, it also hosts events as diverse as corporate launches, weddings and fashion shoots.

In similar fashion, The Capital Wheel will host a variety of public, corporate and private events, with catering available by Wolfgang Puck, whose team will provide creative seasonal concessions.”

Rendering via MGM National Harbor

Last Friday we learned that “MGM Resorts International (MGM), the largest owner of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, was picked by Maryland regulators to build a $925 million resort south of Washington” at the National Harbor.

From MGM National Harbor:

“At National Harbor, we envision far more than just a casino. We will call on our years of worldwide resort experience to design a fully-appointed Destination Resort Casino that specifically respects the atmosphere of Prince George’s County and meets the needs of the sophisticated Maryland marketplace.

MGM National Harbor would be designed and operated at the same level of quality as our other iconic hotels, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, ARIA, The Mirage and others. The design and aesthetics would reflect the history and geography of the area, complementing the already successful development and increasing the allure for out-of-state visitors.

While the work of our designers is still underway, our vision for a National Harbor Destination Resort Casino would include:

a luxury hotel
fine dining from local and celebrity chefs
world-class entertainment
shops from among the finest retailers in the world
a luxurious spa

These and other attractive resort offerings would combine to create the complete MGM Resorts experience. Anyone who has ever visited one of our resorts understands the uniqueness of what we offer. MGM National Harbor would be no different.”

The National Harbor is located in Prince George’s county at 165 Waterfront St. Directions from DC say “Take I-295 South for approximately 5.5 miles Take National Harbor Exit 1B”. The casino is expected to open in 2016.

So for this week’s FQotD – do you think you guys will visit/gamble there when they open?

Rendering via MGM National Harbor


This castle is located at 3207 Woodbine Street, Chevy Chase, MD:


The listing says:

“Call this castle home!: Rossdhu Gate. 1 of a kind Scottish Tudor Castle w/ crenellated rf, 4 stry tower w/ circular staircase, gargoyles, fountain, terrace w/ views of wee Loch Lomond. Enter another world in this unique home w/ newer kit & HVAC, pd baths, exterior stuccoed/repainted. . 2 sections joined by enclosed bridge over wide gate. 3BRs, 3.5BAs, sep library, office, much more. BY APPT ONLY!”

You can see a virtual tour here.

The reader who requested this one adds “I would have to ask for the furniture to convey.”

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,500,000.


From a press release:

“Black Restaurant Group announces that effective November 27, 2013, Addie’s Restaurant located at 11120 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Md., will close to the public. Negotiations on the lease for the 18-year-old restaurant have come to an impasse, but owners, Jeff and Barbara Black plan to reopen Addie’s in a new location within the DC metro area. Details on the new space will be released once confirmed. The restaurant will remain open to the public and operate as Addie’s for the next three weeks. Special menu items featuring the “best hits” from Addie’s over the years will be featured for the next three weeks through the restaurant’s last day of service on November 27.

The current lease does carry through December and Addie’s will be used as an event space for private parties during the holidays. For private events and functions at Addie’s contact Jen Dyson at 202-319-1612 or jdysonevents(at)

Jeff and Barbara Black opened Addie’s, their first restaurant, in December 1995. Amid much skepticism, the chef couple strategically decided to open a restaurant in a neighborhood that was lacking in dining options. Addie’s quickly grew to become one of the most popular restaurants in Rockville, and is where many of Black Restaurant Group’s leading chefs, general managers and servers started before growing within the company – whether staying at Addie’s or moving to other sister restaurants. Jeff Black and Black Restaurant Group have promised all Addie’s staff a job within the company’s restaurants, either at the forthcoming Republic in Takoma Park, or at existing restaurants, BlackSalt, Black’s Bar & Kitchen, Black Market Bistro and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace.

To honor the legacy of Addie’s, named after Jeff Black’s grandmother, nostalgic dishes from the last 18 years will be resurrected and offered daily.

Black Restaurant Group would like to thank the many patrons, staff and vendors for whom the success of Addie’s would not be possible. Jeff, Barbara and team look forward to reopening Addie’s in a new location, and will share more details once final.”


Some friends of mine moved to Hyattsville, MD. I went to visit and took a wrong turn. I passed this. Unfortunately I had a crying baby with me at the time so I didn’t get to take as many photos as I’d wanted to but I’m definitely gonna go back!