Urban Land Company reports:

“Part of the development team responsible for Union Market’s development has purchased the existing Burger King site at 320 Florida Avenue, NE. It’s too early to have exact details on what the plans are for the site, but it is adjacent to the parcel purchased by LCOR, Inc. that is planned for 188 apartment units.”

And in other Burger King news – the one at 501 G Street, NW in Chinatown has also closed:

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

A reader sends word:

“The entire 1000 block of 1st Street and maybe more are blocked to all traffic, pedestrian and cars. The security guard in our office building said someone was killed!! Have you seen any reports of this?”

Unfortunately another reader hears that there may have been a suicide.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ianseanlivingston

Thanks to @vplus for tweeting us the news:

“@PoPville breaking lunch news — Shophouse coming to Union Station. (h/t @robinlasher5001)”

News this big can’t wait until lunch!

ShopHouse will follow the successful June opening of Shake Shack in Union Station. Updates when they get closer to opening.

And in other ShopHouse news – don’t forget every Sunday in August, Capital Bikeshare members get a free bowl.

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550 Penn Street, NE

From a press release:

WHAT: Washington, DC newcomers, Mason Dixie Biscuit Co., will be popping up at the Dolcezza Gelato Factory on Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd. Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. is DC’s first biscuit company and has gained substantial buzz through their kickstarter campaign. CEO Ayeshah Abuelhiga, Executive Chef Jason Gehring and Managing Chef Mo Cherry are now ready to share their homemade southern dishes with Washingtonians. During the pop-up at Dolcezza’s Gelato Factory, they will premier Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.’s menu featuring the Breakfast Biscuit with Benton’s bacon, fried egg, Landaff cheddar, and maple aioli; Biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, bacon, honey, and cayenne; Biscuit Platter with country gravy and biscuits, and the Biscuits and Spreads with stone fruit and herb jam and hazelnut honey butter. Sides will include Collards and Macaroni Salad. Guests can cool down with classic southern beverages, such as homemade sweet tea and blueberry thyme lemonade. Prices range from $4.50 to $8 for main dishes, $2 for sides, and $2 to $3 for beverages.

During this event, Dolcezza’s Tasting Room menu will showcase gelato made to complement Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.’s southern flavors, such as Blackberries and Cream Gelato, Yellow Peach Southern Comfort Sorbet, and Sweet Corn Gelato. Additionally, Dolcezza and the Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. have collaborated to create the Mason Dixie Copetta with sweet corn gelato, house-made black raspberry jam and MDBC biscuits, which can also be served as a biscuit sandwich. Prices for Dolcezza products range from $3 for Push Pops, $5.25 for a small, $6.25 for a flight (two flavors), $7.50 for a flight (four flavors), and $10.50 for pints.

WHEN: Saturday, August 2 & Sunday, August 3, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

WHERE: 550 Penn Street NE”

From MPD:

“On Sunday, July 27, 2014, at approximately 5:42 am, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Fifth District responded to the Unit Block of N Street NE, for the report of an unconscious male. MPD Homicide is investigating the case. If anyone has information please call: (202) 427-2919 or (202) 727-4106″

Full release from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a homicide which occurred in the Unit block of N Street, NE.

On Sunday, July 27, 2014, at approximately 5:24 am, DC Fire and Emergency personnel responded to a call for an unconscious person in the Unit block of N Street, NE. Upon arrival they located an adult male and assessed he was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Members from the Fifth District and Homicide responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead. The decedent’s remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

The decedent’s name has been withheld pending next of kin notification.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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This battle is starting to get bloody.

From a press release:

“NoMa just got even more bike-friendly, with new air pumps and a free public repair station installed in the neighborhood. To serve cycling traffic from the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the beautiful new cycle track on First Street, NE, the NoMa BID has installed a bright orange FIXIT station, an outdoor, tamper-resistant repair station that includes all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. The FIXIT station is located right off the Metropolitan Branch Trail ramp on M Street, NE, under the underpass and across from the M Street entrance to the NoMa/Gallaudet U Metro station.

In addition, the NoMa BID has installed five new, tamper-resistant, bright orange bike air pumps throughout the neighborhood at the following locations:

· First and M Streets, NE, northwest corner of the intersection
· M Street, NE, right off the Met Branch Trail ramp next to the new Fixit Station
· Third and L Streets, NE, southeast corner of the intersection
· On First Street, NE, just south of K Street, NE, adjacent to the Burnham Wall
· On North Capitol at H Street, NE, adjacent to the University of the District of Columbia (more…)

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1309 5th Street, NE courtesy of Bidwell

From an email:

Bidwell is ready to make your weekend delicious!

Now open for breakfast on weekends from 9:30 – 10:30

Live Music Outdoors
Saturdays 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Sundays 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Rooftop Garden Tours starting at 3:00 pm”

Check out their breakfast menu here and other menus here.

What’s the word on their dinner menu?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ianseanlivingston

From a press release:

“The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released today a letter sent to officials at the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) urging them develop a new plan to address traffic congestion in front of Union Station. Norton’s office has received complaints from residents, Members of Congress, congressional staff and bus companies that they are missing trains or having to get out of taxis and other vehicles in order to make trains. In her letter, Norton calls upon USRC and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) to hire consultants to deal with the issue.

“Amtrak riders, including D.C. residents and Members of Congress, have justifiably complained that the current traffic patterns at Columbus Circle often are chaotic, and, many times, passenger cars with luggage have to wait in lines so long that they are unable to reach the entrance of the station to unload their luggage,” Norton said of the situation. In her letter, she wrote “Frequently, passengers, in order to make their trains, often feel they must begin offloading their luggage before they reach the entrance to Union Station, further slowing traffic. I am requesting that USRC and DDOT seek outside consultants to deal with the traffic pattern and implement a new traffic pattern in Columbus Circle that prevents vehicular delays.”

The current traffic pattern at Columbus Circle is relatively new and is based on a ten-year study undertaken by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT). USRC and the developer that oversees the circle have hired additional people to monitor the traffic to ensure vehicles are using the proper lanes, but there is little evidence of their presence or effectiveness. Norton’s office was informed that USRC is also part of a working group with the District of Columbia, the Metropolitan Police Department, Amtrak, and the National Park Service that is looking at ways to produce signage that will aid drivers.”

The full letter follows: (more…)

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1309 5th Street NE

From a press release:

“Union Market, home to the highly acclaimed food market will bring back the wildly popular Drive-In outdoor movie series this summer. The Union Market Drive-In will screen outdoors on Union Market’s 3-story wall on Fridays. People will be able to watch the movies from their parked cars and listen through their car radios or from the picnic area in front of the market. A variety of Union Market vendors and Suburbia will also participate serving themed food, drinks and snacks.

The Union Market Drive-In is $10 per car and tickets are available online here but seating in the picnic area will be first come first serve, free of charge.

The theme of the Summer Series is Summer Escapes. All of the movies feature some of our favorite exotic destinations including Hawaii, the Mediterranean Coast, Australia and Monaco.

The schedule for the Union Market Drive-In is as follows: (more…)