From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Property Group Partners (PGP) announced that a new phase of utility relocation work along Massachusetts Avenue and H Street NW, between 2nd Street and 4th Street in Ward 6, is scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 8 am to 6 pm. This will lead to several road closures and temporary lane closures, resulting in moderate-to-heavy traffic delays, in the coming weeks.

Commuters should be advised that during this phase, which is expected to last five months, Massachusetts Avenue will be closed at 2nd Street on Saturday, April 11. Detour signs will point motorists around the work zones to use H, I, K and 5th Streets.

During this phase, H Street westbound will no longer connect directly through Massachusetts Avenue. Instead, H Street will continue straight from 2nd Street toward the intersection of 4th and Massachusetts. Motorists traveling to H Street can turn south (left) onto 4th Street and west (right) back onto H Street.

Additionally, work on 3rd Street between E Street and Massachusetts Avenue will also begin during this phase. Drivers can expect lane closures on 3rd Street. Parking will be restricted on 3rd Street for the duration of this work.

Besides Saturday’s closures, there will be continuous closures on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 7 am to 12 am the next day; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 7 am to 3 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, only as needed, from 8 am to 6 pm

Motorists are advised to plan for additional travel time, as traffic delays are likely to occur, or use alternative routes to bypass the construction area. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are urged to stay alert and to use caution when traveling through the work zone.”

401 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 

Tel’veh’s replacement opens today. From a press release:

“Ancient Greek for “brotherly love” or “camaraderie,” Philos restaurant and wine bar will feature lavish small plates “mezze” from all over the Mediterranean basin.  Set to open to the public April 8th, Philos is located in the Mt. Vernon Triangle area of Washington, DC.

 “Small plate dining is very trendy in our city, and it works because it allows people to sample more dishes without shelling out a lot of money for multiple entrees.  It is also the core of Mediterranean cuisine, turning dining into more of an experience rather than a rushed meal,” say owners Richard Jarrouj and Talal Orfaly.

Created by Chef Ghassan Jarrouj, the Philos menu boasts a variety of spreads, grilled meats, and extensive vegetable selections.  Another unique feature to the menu is the warm cheese selection, a Philos menu highlight. The menus core ingredients are garlic, lemon, and legumes, including chickpeas and lentils, as well as nutrient-dense ingredients such as kale, tahini, and Brussels sprouts.

Philos features something for everyone— the vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian. Differentiating the restaurant from standard small plate dining establishments, Philos is heavily influenced by local ingredients and seasonal flavors, all with a global twist.  The menu options range in price from $6-$14.

Philos’ extensive wine offerings boast over 20 wines by the glass, all temperature controlled and chilled in coolers prior to being served.  Inspired by Mediterranean selections, the wines are predominately from lesser-known regions such as Lebanon, Greece, and Bulgaria in addition to the local vineyards.

Philos is styled in a vibrant ambiance with banquette seating, high ceilings, and iron fixtures. Most noticeable are the Moorish panels on the mezzanine that oversee the vast space.  The oversized windows provide a glimpse to the outside patio and an abundance of natural light.  With a spring opening, the large outdoor patio space will be a main attraction.
Philos will be open from 11am – 2am Sunday through Thursday, and 11am – 3am on Friday and Saturday. Philos will have an attractive happy hour offering from 4pm – 7 pm Monday through Friday, and will serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The interior dining room will seat 70, while the patio will accommodate an additional 30.”

Check out the full menu:

Philos Menu (PDF)


601 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Back in April 2014 we first heard that RPM Italian Restaurant, from celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic, would be coming to the former NPR building at 7th and Mass Ave NW. But we hadn’t heard any updates since. Now a tipster sends word that not only is RPM Italian still coming but will be joined by a Kapnos (Market?) as well as a SoulCycle. Updates when/if more info becomes available.


@rosemariochoa tweeted us earlier this morning:

“Helicopters, ambulance, police, road blocks. What’s going on in #MountVernonSquare?”

From Events DC:

“The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Saturday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Attendance is estimated at 17,000.

AIPAC daily activity hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. with the exception of Tuesday, March 3 when the event concludes at 2:00 p.m.

Shuttle operations will take place outside of the Convention Center as follows:

§ L Street NW –Between 7th and 9th streets (north and south sides); and
§ M Street NW – Between 7th and 9th streets (south side)

Restricted Parking
Sunday, March 1 @ 6AM – Tuesday, March 3 @ 6PM

AIPAC has received a permit from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to bag the metered spaces outside of the Convention Center on the west side of the 1100 block of 7th Street NW (between L and M streets). Restricted parking hours in this location are from 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 1 through 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

L Street Sidewalk Closures / No Pedestrian Access

Saturday, February 28 @ 7AM – Tuesday, March 3 @ 3PM

AIPAC has also received a permit from DDOT to temporarily close the sidewalks outside of the Convention Center on L Street NW between 7th and 9th streets (north and south sides). The temporary closure will be in effect from 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28 through 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 3 with no pedestrian access during this period. There may be additional parking restrictions and intermittent road closures without advance notice for security reasons.

You may anticipate an increase in WMATA ridership (especially at the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center station), high demand for taxis and much greater than usual pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

The taxi stand on Mount Vernon Place will be staffed by Events DC transportation staff and officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

The appropriate District agencies have been notified for additional traffic monitoring and enforcement of parking regulations in the area surrounding the Convention Center.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding. Please join us in welcoming the AIPAC to our community.”

1117 10th Street Northwest

This penthouse is located at 1117 10th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Step off the elevator directly into the Quincy Court Penthouse, a 2300+ SF residence complete with commanding views of the Washington Monument; 2 private rooftop terraces totaling 1100+ SF, a penthouse bonus room for additional living space, a gourmet kitchen w/ Dacor appliances, two fireplaces, Master Suite w/ custom walk-in closet, sitting room & balcony – 2 parking spaces & extra storage.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,169,000 ($1,069 monthly fee.)