08/12/14 4:44pm

Things I did not know existed:

“What: The 2014 Pokémon World Championships is coming to Washington D.C., Friday, August 15th – Sunday, August 17th. More than 500 elite Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players from more than 30 countries will compete for the ultimate title of Pokémon World Champion in the invitation-only tournament. Thousands of Pokémon competitors, supporters, and fans from around the world will converge on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, providing great visuals, interview opportunities, and a positive, family-friendly story for all news mediums. Intense Pokémon TCG and video game battles, Pokémon cosplay, costumed characters, and an energetic Opening and Closing Ceremonies will add color to the family-friendly, international event. You can view the 2013 Pokémon World Championships recap video here: 2013 Worlds Recap Video”

08/06/14 4:46pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user DC@rt

From an email:

“We wanted to let you know our prog-metal version of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is opening tomorrow night at the Warehouse Theater- 7th and New York Ave. NW at 8pm. The run is Thurs-Sun from Aug 7-31. For a little background on our journey….

Last December, Landless Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director, Andrew Baughman, wrote what he calls a “Hail Mary” letter to his longtime inspiration, Tony Award winning composer and producer, Stephen Sondheim. The letter requested permission to adapt Sondheim’s Broadway hit,Sweeney Todd, into a prog-metal version of the show. Prog-metal is an edgy twist of progressive rock and heavy metal. Sondheim was so intrigued by the originality of this idea, just twenty-four hours later, his agent replied with a “yes!”

Since then we’ve been working hard to make this original version of Sweeney the best it can be and tomorrow night we open! Landless continues to stay true to its mission to make theater accessible to all, so tickets for Sweeney Todd will be offered at the standard price of $25. To order tickets go here.”

08/06/14 11:50am

From a press release:

“The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center recently completed a $17-million property transformation and as part of its striking redesign, now unveils its all-new restaurant, Fringetree. This sophisticated urban restaurant and lounge, located on the lobby level, offers guests a modern and intimate atmosphere fused with healthful menu items for lunch and dinner. This stylish restaurant serves traditional cuisine enhanced with cutting-edge culinary creations that encompass the Westin brand’s SuperFoodsRx® concept and features an impressive selection of wine, beer and specialty cocktails, designed to complement the imaginative fare. Fringetree also offers an adjoining “grab-and-go” counter serving Starbucks® coffee along with breakfast and light bites, making it perfectly-accessible to Westin’s business travelers.

The name Fringetree is inspired by a flowering plant native to the Northeast United States and found in the US Botanic Garden located in Washington, D.C. The name sets an intriguing tone with a nod to nature and a subtle subtext invoking the “political fringe,” which connects the restaurant to its D.C. roots.

Photo Courtesy of Fringetree restaurant and lounge at Westin Washington, D.C. City Center

Menu and SuperFoodsRx
Under the direction of Executive Chef Felix Nunes, Fringetree’s menu combines traditional cuisine with contemporary creations, offering delectable yet healthful dishes that stay true to the Westin brand’s SuperFoods concept. Westin SuperFoods menus incorporate products known to improve well-being and longevity such as fruit, vegetables, grains and proteins. SuperFoods known for being health-enhancing and rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients are mainstay ingredients in many of Fringetree’s dishes.

Menu Highlights (more…)

08/05/14 10:22pm

440 K Street, NW

A new liquor license placard has been posted out front of the Lyric building – for a spot called Grand Cata:

“Tavern serving Latino Sundries with a seating capacity of 199. Total occupancy load of 199. Entertainment endorsement to include dancing and cover charge.”

I emailed the owner to get a few more details and he replied:

“Grand Cata will highlight the rich Latin American history through its unique gastronomy, wines and spirits in an intimate hybrid 1,800 sq space in the heart of the nation’s capital. The Latin themed Vino*Barra*Market will offer an intimate experience in a laid back setting where patrons can enjoy over 25 boutique wines by the glass, contemporary latin signature cocktails, local/domestic/imported craft­beers and Latin inspired seasonal small plates. On­site, patrons can find in our “Mercadito” area a curated small batch specialty gourmet food selections that will showcase signature products from our Latin heritage.

We hope to open by Spring/Summer 2015.”

Ed. Note: Previously a placard was posted for a new liquor store to be called Grand Cata.

looking west toward Lyric entrance and 5th Street

07/18/14 4:10pm


“Dear PoPville,

I got some crappy pictures of the lot and early stages of construction at 6th and Mass NW. However, I looked up the developer and found there renderings of the building. Amazing!!”

From Gould Property Company:

“Welcome to 600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

The new gold standard in architecture, 600 Mass represents the convergence of clean aesthetics, forward-thinking amenities and green spaces that blur the lines between traditional indoor and outdoor environments. With a façade wrapped in 10 stories of brilliant glass encompassing 400,000 square feet, the views are stellar — and they mirror your smart success.”

Rendering via Gould Property Company

07/15/14 11:50am

607 New York Ave, NW

Victoria writes:

“As summer torpor settles in are you picturing yourself lounging on a patio in Italy overlooking the ocean, sipping Prosecco and nibbling a delicious pannini while enjoying live music and fascinating conversation with artistic strangers who would not be out of place in a good Felinni movie?

Well, cancel the ocean and you’ve got all the rest at the Baldacchino Tent Bar. This temporary cafe/bar (now through July 27) is part of the Fringe Festival, going on now through July 27 at 607 New York Ave. (3 blocks from Mt. Vernon Square Metro.) Even if you’re not aware of, or befuddled by, the Fringe Festival, you can still enjoy some really delicious food and great selection of beers (plus full bar and named cocktails) with live music at an outdoor patio (with tented escape zones for thunderstorms, plus quick seat-wiping volunteers for apres-storm) for the next two weeks.

Seriously, it is a fun place just to go hang out with friends – perfect for a first date – and a great way to introduce yourself to Fringe Festival. But even if you aren’t “fringing” it is also just plain good food at plain good prices in a really cool setting. The performers in the festival all hang out here, and meeting people is super easy/weird/fun.

But the food? Unexpectedly good! Like most people in the arts, theatrical director Matty Griffiths has also worked extensively in catering and puts out an amazing menu for the festival.

A beef brisket sandwich ($8.00) is gorgeously tender, and smoked pork BBQ sliders on brioche rolls zing with cabbage & apple cider vinegar slaw. The Veggie Wrap ($5.75) has a delicious Feta cheese/peanut dressing and loads of stuff that is good for you but you don’t even have to notice because the feta/peanut dressing is SO damn good! There are chicken & veggie soft tacos for $6.75. and cheese paninis at $4.75 – ready to augment with Granny Smith apples or bacon for an extra buck.

There are 6 fancy beers with fancy names on tap for $4.50- 6.75, plus tallboy Stellas for $5.50. Prosecco on tap is $6.00 (plus you can see the empty bladders turned into cool light fixtures.) and rail drinks are $5.50. There are Happy Hour specials every day.

Really – this is why you live in a city! Go!”

07/14/14 10:22pm


UPDATE Thanks to a commenter for pointing out that it looks like these are just old permits. Whew.

“Dear PoPville,

The ‘another Ray’s joint’ that was to be on K between 4th and 5th now has permits posted for a hot yoga studio. Affiliated with the Vida next door, maybe? Regardless, I’m disappointed.”

Very strange. Back in Jan. it looked like there was real progress being made at the future Ray’s:

Jan. 2014 – 451 K Street, NW