Wunder Garten with the good news:

“Grand Opening Party: Our Indoor Pavilion is ready
Wednesday, November 30

It’s official! We’ve installed a heated tent at Wunder Garten so that we can be open year-round for our guests.

And that is reason to celebrate!!!

Wednesday, November 30, doors open at 4 PM. [Located at 1st and L Street, NE.]

Join us for the biggest #LaunchParty of the year. First 100 guests will receive a free beer! Come and enjoy beers, food and DJ Lehi on the turntables. “


Thanks to a reader for passing on from the Flats 140 building:

“As many of you have noticed, some construction has begun next door to our building. We know this comes quite concerning to many of you, and understandably so. Our highest priority is to keep you as informed as possible with any and all information we receive from the developers. They have been quite forthright with us so we are hopeful we will be able to provide frequent and needed updates.

Currently, the work you have likely seen or heard is the removal of the existing glass on the first 7 floors of the south facade of the existing building (referred to as OB3). That building will be connected to the new building, which the developers refer to as OB4. This work will continue into mid-December. If you have heard rumors regarding the occupying tenants of the future buildings, they are correct. The DOJ will be in the new OB4 building as well as the existing OB3 building. We have attached a rendering of the future structure. (above)

The loudest part of construction tends to be the excavation process, usually the first step in construction. This was originally planned for this month but has been put on hold due to the WMATA Safe Track currently affecting the NoMa neighborhood. (more…)


I’ve been getting a few queries about who else is coming to the big redevelopment at the Uline Arena besides REI. Tony T Goodman tweets the news this morning:

“@cyclebar is bringing its 2nd DC-area location to the Uline Arena next to REI in NoMa, along Delaware Ave.”



Cyclebar’s website says:


Create a fun and accessible experience for riders of all ages and fitness levels.

Ensure every CycleBar ride is an unparalleled multisensory, intoxicating journey.

Hire and retain the very best people.

Fuel each ride with amazing music, energy-enhancing video graphics and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre™.

Deliver concierge-level service and an exhilarating experience that goes far beyond a great cardio fitness workout.

Rock the ride, each and every time.”


“Dear PoPville,

Any chance you have any scuttlebutt on the horrendous traffic circle at FL and NY Ave? With all the red line shuttles coming through for the red line Safe Track, that area has gotten exponentially worse (although I’ve been hoping for the razing of that Wendy’s and improvement of the traffic there for almost 4 years now). I searched your old posts and saw one from 2010 about that intersection, so was wondering about any new developments or if I missed one.”

This circle was profiled for a Dysfunction Junction Vol. 4 but that’s the last heard. Anyone else hear of short term or long term plans to ameliorate the situation?


6th and K Street, NE courtesy Old City Market

Great news about the “Coffee & Gourmet Pizza” and more coming to 522 K Street, NE. Tyler writes:

“I confirmed with the owners today that the shop will be open tomorrow at 7:30am. [7:30am to 8pm daily.] The kitchen portion will be coming along in the next few weeks but won’t be turning out pizza’s immediately.”


Old City Market and Oven’s website says:

Welcome to Old City Market and Oven, your convenient corner store carrying the finest in beers, wine, coffee, roasted meats, vegetables and baked goods fresh from our wood fired oven, as well as all the other provisions you may need to stock your home. Come in and have a freshly pulled espresso or cappuccino. You can sip and sit, or browse the shelves downstairs stocked with American and International foods. Pick over our ripe fruits and vegetables. Select from our vast wine and beer offerings. Snack on our fresh baked muffins, scones, cookies and other sweet or savory treats. Savor the smell of our roasted meats, fish, and vegetables. Take your time and experience it all, while we prepare your food to your specific order, or if you’re in a rush come in and head over to our grab and go. (more…)

300 block of L Street, NE

“Dear PoPville,

11 months

This car has been parked in the same spot on our block for 11 months. It has been through numerous city signs designating this as a no parking zone (for construction and staging). Somehow it has escaped being towed. The city is apparently so against towing this car they’ve decided to just rip up the street *around* the car. Thanks, DC.”


1330 5th Street, NE

I recognize that I’ve been saying dead sexy a lot but when I see something that is dead sexy I have no other way to describe it:

Photo by Farrah Skeiky

Right? I was very lucky to get an early look last night. It’s located in the strip of warehouses right across the street from the main Union Market complex. Hard to believe this is behind those front doors:

Photo by Farrah Skeiky

From a fact sheet:

Cotton & Reed combines the first and last names of co-owners Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton, formerly consultants to NASA and the space industry.

Opening date
: Saturday, November 12th, 12:00 p.m.
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to midnight Saturday & Sunday, noon to midnight
Reservations: No reservations are taken for cocktail bar hours, but distillery tours and private events can be reserved by contacting [email protected]
Owners: Jordan Cotton & Reed Walker
Distiller: Chas Jefferson
Engineer: Dr. Jen Phelps
Herbalist and Cocktail Specialist: Lukas B. Smith [Ed. Note: This guy is the man!]

Cotton & Reed is DC’s only distillery and bar for rum nerds. The distillery was started by former consultants to NASA and the space industry and is staffed by DC’s most technically-minded drink talents. Cotton & Reed balances unusual molasses and sugar varieties, rare botanicals, and distinctive yeast strains give our rums the depth to punch up any cocktail.

More info and photos after the jump. (more…)

Photo by Cassidy DuHon

“Dear PoPville,

A private security guard from Union Market attempted to remove me from a public sidewalk yesterday. I was taking engagement photos of a couple who’s been coming to the market since it opened, and really loves the FOLLOW YOUR HEART mural painted on the side of the building.

Since everyone involved was obviously on public property, I refused security’s request and tried to explain that a public sidewalk is fair game. The guard said that we weren’t allowed to use ‘big cameras’ there (I use a handheld but normal professional size camera) and then actually threatened to stand in all of our photographs if we refused to leave. After things got heated and I threatened to call the police to explain public property laws to her, she called a supervisor and backed off without apology.

Multiple colleagues of mine have been harassed by security in unusual ways at Union Market, both on and simply near the property. There’s no posted photo policy that I’m aware of, and let’s just say that the White House campus photography policy is less strict than this place.”

Photo by Cassidy DuHon


From the NoMa BID:

“For its fourth year the NoMa pumpkin patch will return to NoMa Junction @ Storey Park on October 26, 2016 from 5pm – 8pm. PumpkinPalooza is the perfect free fall event for everyone. Guests will have the opportunity to carve or paint a free pumpkin, savor treats from local food trucks, enjoy live bluegrass music, and meet new furry friends at the NoMa petting zoo.  This year the Lemon Bowl DC will be joining in on the fun and teaching fall terrarium making classes, Urban Stems will be sharing fall floral arrangement tips and Green Heart Juice Co. will be sampling and selling their fresh juices. Pumpkins, carving utensils, live music, petting zoo, face-painting, moonbounce, and the pet costume contest are all free. Food, beverages and the terrarium making class are available for purchase.

Live music will be provided by bluegrass band Kingstreet Bluegrass.

Food trucks Swizzler, Peruvian Brothers, Dangerously Delicious, Roaming Rooster and Tamales Pachuca will be on site all evening.

Details: (more…)