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

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”

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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.”

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.

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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…)

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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.

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looking west toward Lyric entrance and 5th Street