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2142 L Street, NW

Thanks to those who emailed and tweeted us the news – @eat_dc tweeted the photo above:

“Char Bar, DC’s only kosher restaurant from owner of now closed Eli’s, is open at 2142 L St NW”

Check out their menu here: Char Bar Menu (PDF)

Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Friday 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

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“Dear PoPville,

Not sure if any information is out there, but encountered a “new rule” while swimming laps at Francis pool.

While swimming laps today I was told, everyone out of pool for 15 minutes, every hour, new rule. Kids, I can see needing a break, but adults swimming laps. This is like going to the gym and being told to get off a machine or stop using the equipment. Lifeguards were nice,but just sat around for 15 min. Frustrating, burned up a half of lunch swim time.
Emailed DC Parks and Rec, no response.

Any idea where to get more information with this new rule?”

UPDATE: DPR responds:

“Regarding the 15 minute safety break. In a municipal pool setting, 15 minute safety breaks are very standard. They are in place for several reasons. The CDC Healthy Swimming tips recommends this practice in pools that serve a high number of children. During the break, parents take that opportunity to use the restroom which has drastically reduced the amount of water contamination closures. Secondly, our pools often hit capacity and traditionally we see large numbers of guests leave during the break and then we can accommodate more of the public. Third, some of our outdoor pools have small staffs and there needs to be an opportunity for them to check the restrooms, water chemistry, make adjustments, and simply refresh themselves to remain optimal vigilance.

As a lap swimmer myself, I know it would be difficult to get a good workout with these breaks taking place. To remedy that, we have published designated lap swimming times and the safety breaks do not occur. Also our network of indoor pools are available for lap swimming without interruption. The outdoor pools by design are for community use by all. The indoor pools have public hours but also have more availability for other usage such as learn to swim class, self directed fitness and water exercise.

The 15 minute rule has been the policy here at DPR for some time. We are just ensuring it is consistently enforced which I am learning has not always been the case. As I begin to review and revise procedures in the aquatics division, I welcome feedback from the public.”

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2301 M Street, NW

From an email:

“We are thrilled to announce that SoulCycle, the country’s premier cycle studio, will open it’s FIRST studio in Washington, D.C. in late July.

SoulCycle has fast become a national obsession – the 45 minute group exercise classes sell out in their 30 locations around the country in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. They are attributed to reinventing the game of indoor cycling, by making it a full-body workout, in candlelight.”

Full press release after the jump: (more…)

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22nd and M St, NW

From a press release:

“Cafe Deluxe is thrilled to announce the opening of its West End location, situated on the first level of the new Hilton Garden Inn on the corner of 22nd and M Streets NW. This is the American bistro’s second spot in the District, following the original restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue, and fifth outpost overall to hit the Greater Washington, DC area. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Long story short, the residents of Westend, specifically area residents with pets have been harassed by park rangers and threatened by police with charges of trespassing around Francis Field Park located at 25th street NW. Words cannot express the level of frustration felt over this military style surveillance & enforcement of our local park area. The most upsetting part of this story, is being personally ticketed $250 for “loitering” while walking my dog next to Francis Charter School this past weekend.

We are not criminals, nor are we acting like ones.

In 2012, we were told the park is for everyone, sports enthusiasts & pet owners, it was even marketed by my apartment complex, as a dog friendly park located directly across the street.

Fast forward 2014, park rangers & DC metro police have been John Rambo hell bent on stalking residents & telling them pets are strictly prohibited inside the fenced area, but permissible anywhere outside that area.

Um ok… However, oddly enough, I was ticketed next to Francis Stevens Charter School which is around the corner?

When I questioned the office, I was told “I’m on private property and move to 26th & K park to walk my pet”

I’m thinking, what?

When I kindly refused, I was ticketed.

Totally absurd waste of police resources.”

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Rendering courtesy of EastBanc

From a press release:

“Washington, DC- EastBanc Inc.’s Squash on Fire has not even broken ground in DC’s West End, but is already blazing hot. EastBanc, the DC-based commercial and residential real estate development company, announced today that Squash on Fire has joint-ventured with Sports Club/LA and will oversee the management and development of the club’s squash training programs in DC. Internationally renowned world-class squash coach Amir Wagih has been retained to oversee the new Squash on Fire program. Wagih came to DC after a successful streak as the head coach of Egypt’s National Squash Team. During his tenure, he helped acquire 23 World Titles all while mentoring several Egyptian and Arab world champions. The DC facility will regularly host visiting coaches and champions in its programming such as international squash champions Dipika Pallikal (#12 in the World) of India and Nour El Sherbini (#13 in the World) and Nour El Tayeb (#20 in the World) both of Egypt. Wagih is the squash platform’s Head Coach while US Level II coach Fabien Sarran will be the Club Pro overseeing Squash on Fire at Sports Club/LA’s daily programming.

Following this recent announcement, Squash on Fire will debut its new training programs and clinics at West End’s Sports Club/LA effective immediately. Anthony Lanier, president of EastBanc and founder of Squash on Fire, is dedicated to bringing greater awareness of the underserved sport to the Washington community. To further his vision, he recently unveiled a new junior and adult squash training curriculum that offers individual and group instruction also available to the general public in a pay-and-play format.

“We believe that sports are a great equalizer, but understand that participants have to have a place to practice and grow,” says Lanier. “Through the development of a publicly accessible, cutting-edge facility in the heart of Washington, DC, Squash on Fire wants to change the face of squash by creating a venue where seasoned professionals, dedicated players and new enthusiasts can take the sport to the next level.”

This fall EastBanc will break ground on Squash on Fire — a $12 million, state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot indoor squash facility as an integral piece of the $200 million West End Library and Fire Station mixed-use residential project. When completed, Squash on Fire will include eight courts and a full-service restaurant situated atop of the newly renovated fire station.

Squash is growing in popularity and has seen an average 38 percent increase annually over the past five years for all age brackets especially in girl’s junior squash. However, existing supply of courts cannot fulfill the ever-increasing demand. Washington, DC is the fastest growing metropolitan city coast to coast in squash interest and participation. Squash on Fire will grow their brand in this emerging market and throughout the East Coast.

Looking to create the finest players in the country, Squash on Fire has designed a program that focuses on developing successful competitive players from early childhood through college as well as adult instruction for competitive and noncompetitive players.

“It’s been one year since launching our pilot program with Squash on Fire, and we’re excited to formalize the partnership,” says Ken Corbett, Sports Club/LA – Washington DC General Manager. “Together, we’ll set a new standard in the urban squash community.”

In its new facility, Squash on Fire Training Programs include:

Private Squash Training
Semi-Private Squash Training
Squash Clinics
Squash Leagues
On-Court Cardio Squash Classes
School/College Squash Team Training

Several times a year, Squash on Fire will also sponsor unique clinics, workshops and camps with guest coaches and players to enhance the experience. For those who want to train while soaking up the sun on the coast of Italy or hiking the countryside in Germany, the program also offers international training and competition. Bi-annually, Squash on Fire has international training programs lasting from a few days to several weeks. Not only can participants train while abroad, but also they have the option to compete in international tournaments.”

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23rd and L Street, NW today

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Photo of 1990 M Street, NW tweeted by @barredindc

@barredindc tweets us this morning:

“Did @takeateasydc close on M St NW? From original Fast Gourmet guys-opened just 15 months ago.”

Certainly looks like it. Their phone number listed on their facebook page has been disconnected and the page itself hasn’t been updated since Feb.

TakEatEasy opened up in the former China Cafe space at 1990 M Street, NW back in Feb. 2013.

From MPD:

“On Monday, April 21, 2014, at approximately 8:30 pm, a lone male victim was walking in the park area of the 2400 block of N St., NW (Francis Jr. High School). At this moment the victim was approached by a subject who, without warning, proceeded to slash the victims upper arm with a pair of scissors. The suspect then demanded that the victim relinquish his wallet or he would continue to slash the victim. The victim complied and the suspect was last seen fleeing on foot east on N St. The victim sustained injury as a result of this attack and was treated by DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services on the scene of the incident.

The suspect in this case is described as a black male, 5’10”, medium build wearing a camouflaged colored cap, gray top and dark pants, carrying a black back pack. The victim indicated that the suspect was in the area of the Trader Joe’s prior to the attack.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Second District Detectives on 202-730-1903, or the Command Information Center on 202-727-9099.”