04/15/14 4:00pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I went to the Maine Avenue Wharf to get some fresh scallops for the weekend and found out the Century old Phillips Flagship Crab Deck Restaurant founded in 1914 at 900 Water Street closes Monday April 28 to make way for the huge Wharf development on the SW waterfront.”

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Ed. Note: We looked at a final farewell to the nearby Channel Inn’s Engine Room earlier this month.

04/01/14 4:00pm

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All photos by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

Thanks to Beau Finley for sending the final word and photos:

“Saturday was rather surreal. Some friends and I went to the Engine Room to bid it goodbye. Little did we know an official “Goodbye, Engine Room” event was planned for the night. It was a “Celebration of the Legacy” of the Engine Room, Pier 7, and the Channel Inn, hosted by Tommy Wells. The Channel Inn opened in the 1970s [650 Water Street, SW]. The boat owners at Gangplank Marina frequently stayed at the hotel to avoid being on their boats during winter storms. Several politicians routinely visited, including Tommy Wells (hosted monthly office hours at the coffee shop) and Dante B. Fascell (Florida Congressman who chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee for awhile). The night began with speeches, turned to dancing and reminiscences among regulars. I felt a bit like a cultural tourist at that point, and took off.

From the official program for Saturday’s festivities:
“Customers of the Engine Room lounge are legendary in their devotion. There are a few who have visited regularly during the week over the entire time is has been open. Many more have attended regularly for at least twenty or thirty of those years. During the year, hundreds of out of town business professionals and family of local residents schedule a visit to the lounge during their time in town. From the beginning, the lounge has had a live band perform for the entire evening on weekends and a midweek night, with no cover charge of drink minimum. Twice weekly, there is an Open Mike night, giving opportunity for local musical artists to perform before a public audience for exposure and experience…”

The event was great, with a champagne toast to Manny and his wife Alma and to the joint itself.

The hotel closes at the end of April. The bar closed last night.”

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the inside, empty, Thursday evening (though the bar was crowded)

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Many regulars

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Manny Fernandez bidding farewell

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This rental is located at 429 N Street, SW. The listing says:

“Jr 1 Bedroom w/ renovated kitchen, updated bath, bamboo floors, built in office nook, extra storage w/ balc. Monument and winter water views. Available April 1st for mo to mo or longer lease. Small potty trained pets Ok – No Smoking. Shared laundry facilities, 2 gyms and pool. One block to Metro, Safeway, Starbucks, restaurants and Cantina Marina. Rental parking avail. Some furn. can stay.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,650/Mo.

03/24/14 5:00pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

“The sixth annual Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party is Saturday, March 29 from 7:00pm-midnight at BLIND WHINO: SW Arts Club, a dedicated art space in Southwest Washington, DC (734 1st Street, SW). Blind Whino, formerly a church, is now a contemporary dedicated art space – the perfect setting for this multimedia, multisensory event. The National Cherry Blossom Festival partners with Art Whino for visual programming throughout the night. Art Whino curates a massive group art show featuring over 300 cherry blossom-inspired pieces, all available for purchase. A special Washington Project for the Arts exhibit showcases work inspired by the Festival. The microWave project curates 3-D art installations artists throughout the space. Performance artists, bands, and DJs keep the party going into the night.

Saturday, March 29th, from 7pm – Midnight

Location:
BLIND WHINO:Sw Arts Club
734 1st Street, SW

Tickets:
Tickets are $15 in advance for this 21-and-over event, and $20 at the door.
Tickets on sale now.”

03/20/14 4:00pm

Following yesterday’s groundbreaking check out some more awesome renderings via The Wharf:

“The Wharf is a 24-acre world-class, mixed-use community along one mile of prime waterfront real estate and includes more than 50 acres of water in Southwest Washington, D.C. The 3.2 million square feet of buildable area will be transformed into one of the most exciting, master-planned, urban waterfront environments in the world.”

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03/18/14 2:45pm

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Rendering courtesy The Wharf

From a press release:

“Hoffman-Madison to break ground on The Wharf, a world-class, mixed-use waterfront development located on the historic Washington Channel on a mile of land and more than 50 acres of water from the Fish Market to Fort McNair. The Wharf development team is led by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette with ER Bacon Development, City Partners, Paramount Development and Triden Development.

WHAT:
Groundbreaking ceremony for 3.2 million s.f. of residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public uses including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks­ as part of the District of Columbia’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 19, 11:00 a.m.-1:00p.m.

WHERE:
The Wharf, 800 Water St., SW, Washington, D.C.

The Wharf site comprises 24 acres, 3.2 million square feet of buildable area along one mile of Washington’s Southwest waterfront and 50 acres of riparian rights in the historic Washington Channel. Easily accessible by every major transportation mode, the Wharf blends residential, retail, restaurant, cultural venues, hotels and open space in what will be a new community unique to both the District of Columbia and the region. To be built in two phases, the Wharf, adjacent to the historic, 200-year-old Fish Market, will be a collection of best-in-class, destination restaurants, local and international boutique retailers, high-quality entertainment venues, waterfront hotels, first-class apartments and luxury condominiums plus two premier office buildings overlooking public piers, waterfront activity and the nation’s monuments. (more…)

03/12/14 5:00pm

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From an email:

“For 40 years, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region – the region’s largest funder of nonprofits – has helped make Greater Washington a more stable, healthy, and vibrant place to live for all who call it home. On March 17, we are celebrating this history with a one-of-a-kind fundraising event at The Mead Center for American Theatre, home of Arena Stage. Performers include:

• Grammy-nominated musician Christylez Bacon
• A line-up of nationally known spoken word artists and poets: Regie Cabico, Patrick Washington, G. Yamazawa, Safia Elhillo, Silvana Straw, Gowri K., Drew Law, and 2DEEP
• Maureen Andary of the award-winning duo The Sweater Set
• Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company
• Joe’s Movement Emporium
• Levine Music
• Adventure Theatre MTC
• N Street Village

Admission includes passed hors d’oeuvres and delicious food stations (including award-winning BBQ, plenty of vegetarian options, and corned beef and Guinness for St. Patrick’s Day) and an open bar with spirits, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. Attendees are invited to network, eat, and enjoy performances across the Mead Center complex in a festival-style atmosphere. The event is open to the public. For the first time, The Community Foundation is offering a special $90 “Emerging Philanthropist” ticket for young professionals, students, and employees of nonprofits as well as their guests. Tickets at www.cfncr40th.org

Proceeds from the 40th Anniversary Celebration will benefit The Community Foundation’s Fund for Greater Washington, which supports community investment to make the region a place where equity, access, and opportunity are available to all. The Foundation pursues this goal by investing in effective safety net, education, and workforce development programs to help low-income families and individuals gain the knowledge, skills, and security they need to be economically stable and engaged in community life.

WHEN
Monday, March 17, 2014, 6 to 10 p.m.

WHERE
The Mead Center for American Theater, Home of Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW, Washington
TICKETS AVIALABLE AT www.cfncr40th.org or at the door”

03/11/14 1:00pm

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This unit is located at 700 7th Street, Southwest. The listing says:

“Priced to sell 1-Bedroom condo w/balcony & pool view near Theatre, Grocery, SW Waterfront, NATS Stadium & many other amenities! Access to L’Enfant Plaza Metro & close to Reagan Airport. Circulator Bus provides easy access to Chinatown, U Street Corridor & Columbia Heights. Enjoy this very secure building with 24-hour concierge, Pool, Sauna, & Fitness Center. Elec. & Wtr. incl. in Condo Fee!”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $264,900 ($615 monthly fee.)

03/07/14 12:05pm

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600 Water Street, SW

From Cantina Marina’s facebook page:

“Our new first day of the 2014 season begins on Friday, March 7th at 4:00 p.m.!”

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and from an email:

“We are excited to announce the much anticipated reopening of Shaw’s own Dacha Beer Garden TOMORROW – Saturday, March 8th at 12:00 pm! The forecast predicts 60 degrees, plenty of sunshine, and all the das boot you can handle. Spring has finally arrive and we’re looking forward to kicking off another great season with all our favorite beer drinkers!

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7th and Q Street, NW

What to expect:

- The same great casual set-up, with a few new improvements.

- Our same pack-a-picnic-policy! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring food, plus expect delicious German snacks in the coming weeks.

- Expanded beer menu, with an added Weihenstephaner on draft, the KORBINIAN, a strong, double bock style beer with a malty aroma. We are now undoubtedly the only place in the tri-state area to serve all but one Weihenstephaner available!

- New drink options, including B Nektar Cherry Mead on tap, plus red and white wine available by the glass AND by the bottle.

- The same friendly faces, plus a few new bartenders ready to serve with a smile!

Come see us this weekend to kick off what’s sure to be a fantastic season. Can’t wait to see you all there.

Prost!
Team Dacha

Dacha Spring 2014 Drink Menu (more…)