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440 K Street, NW

From a press release:

“Residents of the Lyric 440 K Apartments in Mount Vernon Triangle can add an on-site bakery/coffeehouse to their amenity list with the signing of a retail lease with the owners of Baked & Wired, the iconic coffee shop and bakery in Georgetown. Owners/developers Quadrangle Development Corporation and The Wilkes Company announced the 4,231 square foot lease today, as the new apartment community surpassed the 70% leased mark. The new concept – to be named later this year – will be a sister store to Baked & Wired and will offer handcrafted breads using slow fermentation and traditional baking methods along with hand crafted coffees from a custom Slayer espresso machine using multiple small roasters. The shop will offer a light fare menu that encourages pairings of breads with house-made spreads and toppings. Baked & Wired pastry fans need not worry – the new store plans to provide an assortment of retail offerings and sweets to complement the menu and Baked & Wired customers will be able to pick up special orders at the Lyric 440K location. The new store will have café seating and a welcoming, community atmosphere.

“We want this new concept coffeehouse to be a comfortable gathering space for residents of Lyric 440K and people from all walks of life – from residents and office workers to tourists, students and sports fans headed to nearby venues,” said Baked & Wired owner Tony Velazquez. The new store is scheduled to open in early 2015.”

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@wkt1969 tweets us the photo above and writes:

“@PoPville fire at convention center. 9th & N”

@DCPoliceDept tweets:

“Traffic Advisory/Fire (Loading Dock) @ 801 Mt. Vernon St NW/Street Closure in the 1100-1200 blocks of 7th & 9th St NW/”

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Thanks to a reader for updating us with more info at 10:15am:

“I ran into the 2 guys with the most info. They had just pulled their 18 Wheeler into the below ground loading dock when the cab burst into flames! They said it was scary as hell as there were a lot of other trucks there as well. The one guy said… “I just ran! I was first out of the building.”

It looks like it’s under control now. Trucks are starting to depart… And 9th St is starting to open back up.”

More photos and tweets after the jump. (more…)

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From MPD:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be implementing daytime lane closures on H Street NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW, between 2nd and 4th Streets NW, starting on Monday, September 8, 2014. The lane closures will continue to take place on a daily basis, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

This important utility relocation and upgrade project will be under construction until end of 2016, and traffic impacts will be 6 days per week for the duration of the project. The current phase of related work—which involves upgrading and installing new underground utilities and restoring the roadway along these two corridors—is expected to last for approximately 18-24 months, weather permitting. (more…)

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Eater DC reports:

Mercadito “will be located at the new Marriott Marquis hotel downtown. The restaurant does not have an opening date yet, but hopes to open this winter.”

You can see Mercadito’s Chicago menus here. Anyone happen to try their Chicago location? Updates when they get closer to opening.

Incidentally, any fans of the other bars and restaurants here like the sports or bourbon bar?

301 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Modern finishes & open spaces in IDEAL location- near Metros-Chinatown, Judiciary Sq., Convention Center & Union Station, bus 80 to McPherson Sq./Kennedy Center, X2 to H St corridor, adjacent to 395, NY Ave, G’town Law. Close to Safeway, Harris Teeter, Verizon Center, Theater, Bowling Alley, 2 blocks to Walmart, Starbucks, Bars & Restaurants. Concierge, Secured Parking, Gym & Roof Deck w/ VIEWS!”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $2,200/Mo.

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This is the former Buddha Bar space on Mass Ave.  Texas de Brazil’s website says:

“Texas de Brazil is carving a new experience in fine dining. The restaurant is an authentic Brazilian-American “Churrascaria” or steakhouse that combines the cuisines of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas.

Treat yourself to our 50-60 item seasonal salad area including appetizers, gourmet vegetables, soups, and salads. Turn your place card to green and prepare to be swarmed by a troop of carvers generously serving various cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage, all accompanied by traditional side items and house-baked Brazilian cheese bread. As you dine endlessly on Brazilian fare, let one of our in-house wine connoisseurs select the perfect pairing from our extensive, award-winning wine lists, or sip on a freshly-made signature cocktail-the Caipirinha. Complete your dining experience with one of our many decadent dessert selections, and then relax with an after-dinner drink, steaming espresso or a hand-rolled cigar and enjoy the ambiance and service perfection that is uniquely Texas de Brazil.”

You can see their menus here.

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457 Massachusetts Ave, NW

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1015 7th Street, NW looking south toward Chinatown

Washington Business Journal with the big scoop:

“After 10 years at the acclaimed CityZen restaurant in D.C.’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Executive Chef Eric Ziebold is striking out on his own. The chef has signed a lease for a 6,000-square-foot space at 1015 Seventh St. NW. The restaurant is aiming to open in the second quarter of 2015.”

Updates as they get closer to opening.

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7th Street looking north towards the Passenger