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Anyone go last time? That description of the Sushi Belly Tower was:

“Founded by Michael Stember, Sushi Belly Tower presents nontraditional, underground full-kit food experiences—creating and serving the best version of all things. Stember cultivated his passion while at Stanford training for the Olympic Games, (he eventually ran in the Sydney Olympics) so the food he designs is a careful combination of fuel and art.

A Sushi Belly Tower dinner serves anywhere from 40 to 75 guests in cocktail-style interactive dinner feasts featuring a live band. Our popular sushi dinners includes 10 to 20 courses of sashimi, root vegetables, fresh herbs with multiple salts and oils and an unlimited open bar throughout the event. We showcase a live food design experience, plating each course directly in front of our guests. For us, an interactive feast includes an accessible, transparent process of food, art, music, and drink.

Tickets cost $175 plus applicable sales tax. Our pricing reflects the quality of our ingredients: grass-fed lamb, ultra-premium sashimi-grade fish, fresh herbs, rare oils, Wagyu beef flown in from Japan, and our top-shelf custom cocktail program.”

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703 Edgewood Street, NE

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2801 8 Street, NE

I’m incredibly excited for Dew Drop Inn from the owners of Wonderland. So are a lot of other folks – thanks to all who sent emails and tweets. The placard says:

“Neighborhood pub serving American-style sandwiches and salads with a 10×10 foot dance floor at the north end, and live musical entertainment with an emphasis on jazz and acoustic quartets. Total Occupancy Load of 68 and Summer Garden with 21 seats. Entertainment Endorsement.”

Can’t freaking wait.

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UPDATE: Tickets now available.

From an email:

“Mess Hall is pleased to present “Ramen World”, a collaborative culinary event to take place on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 featuring some of DC’s best culinary professionals, music, specialty cocktails and most importantly – food.

Ramen World will showcase DC’s ramen-heavyweights Eric Bruner-Yang from Toki Underground and Katsuya Fukushima from Daikaya. It doesn’t end at ramen; guests can expect to enjoy custom creations from Adam Morgan’s hugely popular Donburi, and foodtruck rockstar PhoWheels. The US Bartenders’ Gild will be creating craft cocktails to complement the many dishes. Desserts will be provided by SnoCream Company. Additional participants will be announced at a later date. This event will highlight some of the most popular and renowned brands in the DC metropolitan area, in addition to fostering relationships between chefs, restaurants, and customers. This embodies Mess Hall’s core values.

About Mess Hall

Mess Hall is a unique culinary incubator, born out of a 10,000 square foot warehouse and a need for commercial kitchen space in the city. Shared by food professionals who come together to cook share and collaborate, Mess Hall also houses premium event space with an open demonstration kitchen. The space is often used for pop-up restaurant concepts or other events that revolve around local food concepts. Mess Hall also provides exclusive resources, support, and innovative programs to help pave a path to success for it’s Members. The facility is located in the historic Edgewood section of Washington, DC – and a 10 minute walk from either Brookland or Rhode Island Avenue Metro Stations.”

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703 Edgewood Street, NE

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125 Michigan Avenue, NE courtesy Trinity

From an email:

“Trinity Hosts NSO Concert in Notre Dame Chapel This Sunday

Have you ever wondered what the inside of Trinity Washington University’s Notre Dame Chapel looks like? It’s very beautiful – one of the hidden gems of Washington – and you have a chance to check it out this Sunday, January 11, 2015, when Trinity hosts a brass concert featuring ensembles from the National Symphony Orchestra and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The free concert begins at 2:00 pm, and the doors open at 1:30 pm, giving you a chance to see the beautiful stained glass windows, mosaic and Guastavino tiles

The concert is part of the National Symphony Orchestra’s “2015 NSO In Your Neighborhood”, a week-long series of concerts in a variety of venues from Brookland to NoMa. NSO musicians David Murray, trombone; Matthew Guilford, bass trombone; and Stephen Dumaine, tuba; will perform a chamber concert with guest trombonist Peter Ellefson. The concert will include a collaboration with a brass group from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

This concert is free and open to the public and families are welcome. No tickets or reservations are needed.

Trinity is located at 125 Michigan Avenue, NE. Trinity offers free parking on campus and a free shuttle to and from the Brookland Metro stop on the Red line. There is a Metro bus stop in front of the campus, near Notre Dame Chapel, that is served by several Metro bus routes. There is also free street parking along Michigan Avenue right in front of Trinity’s campus and Notre Dame Chapel.”

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2801 8 Street, NE

Well I wasn’t expecting to hear this today! I spoke with the folks opening the tavern Dew Drop Inn coming to the upstairs space and they say it is unknown what will become of that space. It will be decided in the coming month or so – stay tuned on that front. Thanks to all who emailed – from Chocolate City Beer:

“After three and a half years in business, Chocolate City Beer will be closing its doors and turning off the lights on December 31st 2014. We want to give a heartfelt THANK YOU!!! to all our supporters, friends and family, to our neighbors in Brookland, Edgewood and to the greater DC/DMV region. It was our pleasure to be a part of the local craft beer renaissance since 2011.
We will remain open for our regular Growler Hours both Saturdays December, 20th and 27th, as well as a couple TBA weekday nights approaching New Years Eve.

Our latest and sadly, last brew is in the tank, a New Brew: a heavily hopped Black IPA named GoodBye.P.A.- w/ Citra and Galaxy Hops and a strong roasted malt backbone.

Be sure to swing by, say farewell, pick up some Growlers of the last Cornerstone Copper Ale, Cerveza Nacional Black Lager and our swan song GoodBye.P.A.”

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Such an incredibly cool space begging for a bar. I’m very psyched to share this news from the owners of Wonderland (11th and Kenyon St, NW):

“Dew Drop Inn will have an American deli menu: sandwiches, soups, salads, bbq. And drinks. And a deck for trainspotting.”

If all goes well they plan on opening above Chocolate City Brewery (near the new Mess Hall) in late Spring/early Summer. Knock wood, knock wood! Stay tuned for tons of updates on this place because I’m beyond excited about the prospect.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in the homicide of 18-year-old Johnie Lee Resper of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, which occurred Wednesday, October 1, 2014 near the intersection of 3rd and Adams Streets, Northeast.

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, members from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a juvenile male charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed in the shooting death of Johnie Lee Resper.”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred near the intersection of 3rd and Adams Streets, NE.

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at approximately 3:04 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to a call for shooting. Upon arrival, they located the victim, 18-year-old Johnie Lee Resper of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in the 200 block of Adams Street, NE suffering from gunshot wounds.

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.”