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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with an Armed Kidnapping (Knife), First Degree Sexual Abuse and Robbery that occurred in the 1500 block of 5th Street, Northwest on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at approximately 5:30 am.

The victim was walking in the 1100 block of 11th Street, Northwest, where she was ordered into a vehicle by the suspect. The suspect then drove to the 1500 block of 5th Street, Northwest, where he sexually assaulted her and robbed her of her personal items.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’ tall, 200 pounds, in his early 30’s, with small eyes, bald head, and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and light blue jeans. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a white minivan with an unknown tag.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

4th and H Street, NW

Ed. Note: I am a native New Yorker and a huge pizza lover. I have never heard of Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza. Admittedly I haven’t lived in New York in over 18 years. Though I too consider Wiseguy New York Pizza the best pizza in DC. In fact, Wiseguy NY Pizza could smack me in the face and make me eat mayonaise and I’d still return for their pizza.

“Dear PoPville,

I moved here last year with fairly low expectations for DC pizza. No big deal — I can eat it when I’m home. However, I found a place that totally surprised and impressed me: Wiseguy New York Pizza in Chinatown.

Hands down, Wiseguy is the best DC pizza I’ve had in my two years here, and is nearly as good as real New York pizza. I stumbled into it accidentally and was shocked at how good their pizza was, but not just any pizza — Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza, which every New Yorker knows is the BEST kind. There was a point last year when I regularly walked out of my way just to get it. It’s great.

Recently, after quite some time of not having Wiseguy, I went back and brought a group of friends, telling them how great the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza is. I got there, they didn’t have it on the shelf, I asked for it, they said they didn’t have it, I got something else (begrudgingly) and I moved on.

Last night, I called ahead of time. I said I was coming in in about an hour and would like to get a couple of slices of chicken bacon ranch. I hung up the phone and grabbed my friend and took him to Wiseguy.

They had Chicken Ranch pizza on the shelf — but with NO BACON. I asked for two slices of that but with bacon on it and he said no because they “don’t alter their pizzas.” So I told him I had called ahead to request it, and he says, “Oh, are you (my first name)?” And he takes out a whole Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza from the oven and says, “you ordered this.” And I told him that I didn’t want an entire pizza, I just wanted two slices. I asked him if I could just have two slices of that, and he said no, I can only buy the whole thing. So, I asked what he was going to do with it if I didn’t buy it, and he said he was going to let it go to waste.

So I asked him again for two slices of Chicken Bacon Ranch, and he again said I could only buy two slices of Chicken Ranch (no bacon). And I told him that’s not how it works in New York, which he obviously replied “this isn’t New York,” and then I pointed out that they call themselves Wiseguy NEW YORK Pizza, which he didn’t have much to say to. I think I won that round. I left without buying the Chicken Ranch.

I even contacted the manager and he stood by the policy that they don’t alter the pizza and said they no longer put bacon on their chicken/ranch pizza — which is insulting to CBR lovers everywhere. Anyway, I’m upset. And now I need a new pizza place because they clearly aren’t as great as I thought they were. Such terrible service. I even offered to pay extra for the bacon but to no avail!

Anyone in PoPville wanna make a recommendation?”

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A reader passes on from their building in the 400 block of Massachusetts Avenue, NW:

“I feel it is necessary that you are aware of any events which take place near the building for your safety.

This past Friday around 8.30 pm one of our female residents was attacked by a group of youngsters next to our building’s “H” street entrance. It is very fortunate that this resident was not seriously hurt. These youngsters then moved on to CVS, shoplifted, and damaged stocked merchandize. While I am working with the management of the CVS and Metropolitan Police to enhance security, I would like us all to be alert and be aware of the surrounding area for our safety. (more…)

451 K Street, NW

Helluva a roller coaster, helluva a roller coaster. Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted word last night:

“Looks like ray’s is back after all. Tonight they’re holding a quote “Ray’s the undead” opening and quote and tomorrow Ray’s hell burger too apparently opens.”

and @RaysHellBurger1 tweeted:

“Come put your hands around me and eat me all up til Im all gone.Absolutely free. 449 K Street 6-8 #rayshellburgertoo”


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From the Shaw Listserv:

“My house at 12xx 4th st NW just got broken into this morning. The front door (and frame and wall) was totally busted in and they took the tv. There was an alarm and someone home, this was pretty brazen! If anyone saw someone running through the hood with a giant TV, please let me or the cops know!”

600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

The liquor license placard has been posted for Farmers & Distillers in the new building coming to 6th and Mass.:

“A full-service, polished, casual restaurant with a bar in-house. Small, micro-batch and second run distilling with an emphasis on all nature foods, cooking from scratch and local sourcing. Total number of seats: 325. Total Occupancy Load: 450. Total number of Sidewalk Cafe seats: 65. Distillery Pub Endorsement.”

Coming Fall of 2016. You can read the original press release here: FRG-Final-Press-Release-(PDF)


Right across the street from the new Soul Cycle:



From a press release:

“Lima Hotels, a new company established by Washington, DC developer Habte Sequar, plans to develop a 14-story building on the corner of 4th and K Streets, NW in downtown Washington, DC. Scheduled to break ground in mid-2016, the high-rise structure will have 200 hotel rooms on the first through 11th floors, topped by 30 apartment homes on the 12th through 14th floors.

Lima is in the process of identifying a management company and flag for the as yet unnamed hotel. An architectural design team, composed of PGN Architects and Gordon & Greenberg, already is on board.

The site at 317 K Street, NW is located within the 15-square-block Mount Vernon Triangle in Washington’s East End. A small commercial building and auto body shop on the site will be demolished.”

465 K Street, NW

Back in August we learned that the owner of Tico at 14th and U, Michael Schlow, was bringing a new restaurant to the former Kushi space that has been closed since Sept. 2014. A new liquor license placard has been posted at the former Kushi space for Alta Strada:

“Restaurant serving Italian food with a seating capacity of 150. Total occupancy load of 199. Requesting a sidewalk cafe with a seating capacity of 50 and entertainment endorsement.”

You can see Alta Strada’s menu from Massachusetts here. Updates as they get closer to opening.

looking west towards 5th Street

looking east