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1832 1st St, NW

From the Old Takoma Business Association:

Kin Da Thai and Sushi Restaurant will be opening in Takoma at 6923 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD in the space formerly occupied by Takoma Bistro. This will be the second location for experienced restaurateur, Somjet Prompharsit and partner, Chanpen Teeranon. The team’s original location, Aroi Thai, in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of DC has been a popular part of the community for the past two years. The restaurant will have approximately 60 seats and a beer and wine bar. Additionally, Kin Da will offer catering, delivery and carry-out options to its customers. Opening February 2014.”

You can check out the Bloomingdale menu here.

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6937-6939 Laurel Ave

From an email:

“Just a quick note to let you know that next week Wednesday, November 26, on Thanksgiving eve, Republic in Takoma Park will celebrate “Friendsgiving,” a game night meets karaoke happy hour. Beginning at 8:00 p.m., Friendsgiving, will feature board games, drink specials and karaoke. Cards for Humanity Balderdash, Monopoly, Life, Candyland, Taboo and Uno will be available for all patrons, and a karaoke competition will begin at 10:00 p.m. Bar manager Brett Robison has put together a list of $10 warm weather drinks, including #NYDCginandtonic: New York Distilling Company Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin, Jack Rudy’s Tonic Syrup, bitter lemon syrup, orange, lemon and lime; Zen, it is: Jim Beam Bourbon, ginger toddy water with cinnamon and star anise, Bee George Honey, lemon juice, lemon peel and Mull it over: mulling mix with honey, fresh orange zest, cinnamon and coriander, La Cabotte Chotes du Rhone, Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandy, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao. Robison’s popular beer and shot combos, “bingers”, from the bar’s late night menu, will also make an early appearance at 8:00 p.m.”

Attempted Home Invasion in Takoma:

“Just wanted to let my Takoma and Takoma Park neighbors know of a frightening experience that happened around 2pm today. I live on the ground level in a nice condo building near the Takoma Metro Station. Around 2pm today I heard a noise coming from my slightly open (open just enough for the cat to smell the fresh air) window in the living room. When I approached my window I saw a man with a knife trying to enter my apartment through the window screen that he had slashed. Luckily by screaming and slamming the window closed he was scared off and ran away. I called the police and filed a report but they weren’t able to find him. I just wanted to pass this along to alert neighbors to be vigilant and to keep their windows closed and locked at all times. The police let me know that these type of burglaries/home invasions have been happening more often in the Takoma/Takoma Park neighborhood, particularly during the day time.

Has this happened to anyone else in our neighborhood?”

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Photo of Stevie Wonder, Ayanna Gregory and Dr. Baruch courtesy of Evolve Vegan Restaurant

From a press release:

“Music legend, Stevie Wonder made a surprise visit to local vegan hot spot, Evolve Vegan Restaurant, at 341 Cedar Street NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC last evening for dinner. Wonder appeared to be hosting a business meeting and reports have him at the FCC earlier in the day. Evolve Vegan Restaurant owner, Baruch Ben-Yehudah, known as Dr. Baruch, welcomed Wonder and his dining companions and entourage. Wonder ordered Evolve favorites including southern fried chick-un, mac and cheese, collard greens, yams, coleslaw, couscous and finished with German chocolate cake.

“We are so excited that Stevie Wonder selected our restaurant to visit,” says Dr. Baruch. “We think that he enjoyed his dinner – his plates came back clean!”

Upon departure, Wonder graciously took pictures with the staff and customers. “We love you Stevie Wonder!” was shouted when he departed.”

913 Aspen Street Northwest

This house is located at 913 Aspen Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“OPEN SUN 9/14, 2-4p! Charming 4BR/3BA Tudor style Takoma home just minutes to Main Street Takoma Park. Enjoy 4 finished levels of renovated living space with a finished attic and lower level rec room/ 4th bedroom. Beautiful updates and generously sized rooms. Huge fenced-in backyard, perfect for entertaining. Garage parking. Mins to Metro, Farmer’s Market, Takoma Rec Center + more!”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3 bath is going for $674,900.

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Rendering of 235 Carroll Street, NW courtesy of Takoma Central

From a press release:

“Federal Capital Partners® (FCP) and Level 2 Development (Level 2) have begun leasing Takoma Central, a new, green apartment community featuring 150 studio, 1 and 2-bedroom apartment homes in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC. Takoma Central is located at 235 Carroll Street, NW, just steps from the Takoma Red Line Metro station and many unique restaurants and eclectic shops in Takoma’s historic main street district. Takoma Central was designed to complement the architectural character and spirit of the Takoma neighborhood and to promote a healthy, sustainable lifestyle for residents.

Destination restaurant Busboys and Poets will occupy Takoma Central’s first floor corner at Carroll and Maple Streets. Bozzuto Management will lease Takoma Central from the initial leasing office across the street from the building, at Trohv Home & Gift at 232 Carroll Street, NW. Interested prospective residents can contact the leasing office at (202) 888-2387 Monday through Friday from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.

Takoma Central apartments feature open, airy floor plans, sophisticated finishes and welcoming, comfortable social spaces. Residents will enjoy a fitness center, resident lounge, courtyard, business center, social e-cafe and an automatic package concierge.

Amenities and features include: (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

-Recurring thread about how much the Safeway on Piney Branch and Georgia sucks.

-One neighbor admits that, in an act of protest, he regularly walks out with a cart full of groceries without paying. But, he is willing to pay if they ever get their act together and come after him.

-All hell breaks loose:

In total frustration some time back, I got an idea.

I just walked out the Safeway front door – cart full of groceries. I loaded same into car. Then took picture of same and sent it to regional office telling them what I had done. No response.

So I did it a couple more times. No response.

Then when the Exxon Gas thing was all screwed up and after lots of shouting because Exxon Station owners did not want to go along with plan, somebody from management did call.

I told him what I had done a few times in past; just in total frustration with local store and corporate response. His response.. “OMG, don’t tell me!” That was all I’ve ever heard.

Maybe if enough of us get brave enough to commit this “crime”, things will tighten up a bit at our local store. It is a management thing…pure and simple.

Amazing, is it not?

BTW: I have kept tally and know how much I owe to Safeway. Whenever they want to collect, they know they can contact me.

If it goes more than one year, I try to donate equivalent to a local food program.

Can you believe it?

I did same at Hyattsville Home Depot. There I took things back. Response, “How did you ever walk out of this store with that chain saw?” My response, “I just did”. things have tightened up considerably.

“A voice of reason”:

Shoplifting from a private business to prove a personal point about bad management is NOT civil disobedience! Please do not put shoplifting on par with lunch counter sit-ins, freedom riders, or Gandhi sitting in the first-class rail car! Tom faced no injustice by Safeway due to his race, age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. He just didn’t want to stand in line. His act was not part of a larger well-orchestrated movement to establish greater justice. He just wanted to get out of there quickly. I want to get out of Safeway quickly too. It’s a terrible store. But please don’t label this “civil disobedience”!

republic_takoma
6937-6939 Laurel Ave

From a press release:

“As for the spring happy hour menu, which is offered Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Chesapeake Bay oysters will be available for $1, while West Coast, New England and other oysters will be $2.35. Cocktails include the People’s Shrub and a Tom Collins or John Collins for $5, Aperol Spritzes for $6, Natty B’Ohs are available for $2, and half pints of three select local beers are available for $3. Wines by the glass include a rotating selection of red, white and sparkling for $5. Bites such as steamed blue shell mussels Addie’s style are available for $7, fried oysters for $8, and fried pickles with chipotle remoulade for $6.

The full menu is available here:

Spring Happy Hour Menu (PDF)

On the cocktail front, bar manager Brett Robison and Chef/Owner Danny Wells experimented with making a house-made bitter lemon syrup which is featured in three of the new drinks. By borrowing from Belgian brewing techniques, they created a syrup with a balance of lemon aroma and bitterness. The lemon peels are spread out over a wide flat surface, and then boiling hot simple syrup is poured over the peels, which flash cooks them, but leaves the essential oils in tact. He then cools and strains the liquid, and keeps it in a covered container for 24 hours.

He uses the syrup in three new cocktails including: the Bitter Presbyterian, made with George T. Dickel Sour Mash Whiskey, Domaine de Canton, bitter lemon syrup, a Peychaud’s float, lime juice, and mint. The second cocktail is a “NY/DC G&T” made with Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin from NY, Jack Rudy Tonic, bitter lemon syrup, and lemon, orange and lime wheels. The third is called the Virgo, and is made in the style of a Sazerac, with Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandy, Bitter Lemon Syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters, Angostura Bitters and lemon peel.

See the full cocktail menu here:

Cocktail Menu (PDF)