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14th and Quincy St, NW

Thanks to Kenna for sending the photo of the new signage and paint job. Mark it, the new opening date is set for December 16th!!

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this is the El Sol reincarnation opening near Red Derby and Lyman’s on 14th (in the failed Quik Cash space.)

“Mexico City Street Food, Small Plates, Authentic Cuisine, Entrees, Fresh Ceviches, Weekend Brunch Specials, Craft Mezcal Cocktails – by chef Alfredo Solis, owner of El Sol, and his sister, chef Jessica Solis.”

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800 block of Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“The Petworth Business Association (PBA) will host the 11th Annual Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10th, from 11:00am until 4:00pm. Come shop along the 800 block of Upshur Street NW in Petworth, where businesses and restaurants will be open and vendors will be lining the street selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods. If you get chilly, you can pop inside for more unique items at Willow DC or Fia’s Fabulous Finds. You can also pick up a new read at Upshur Street Books, find a vintage treasure at Bentley’s Vintage Furniture & Collectibles or have a bite to eat at Timber Pizza Company, Hank’s Cocktail Bar, Petworth Citizen or Slim’s Diner if you need a warm-up. Lighthouse Yoga Studio will be hosting their annual open house. And don’t forget to head to Annie’s Ace Hardware to pick up your Christmas Tree. Score a great gift for your pet this holiday season at Fido and Kitty’s World. This year the annual holiday market features 50+ local crafters, artists, and food vendors as well as live music performances from some of DC’s hottest locally-grown bands recruited by Listen Local First. (more…)

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8th and Upshur St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Rock Creek Church has been totally razed and is currently a big pit in the ground. I know there going to build something but it looks really sad right now. The brightest point is they saved the end row house on 8th that you spotlighted many moons ago as having been one of of the first row houses in that area. It seems that the new owners also acquired that building when they acquired the church but are keeping it.

They moved very quickly with the raze and cleanup. It was there two weeks ago. Last weekend. Everything is gone. I mean not even one brick. Supposedly the project is headed by ERB.”

Updates as construction progress and more is known. Before demo:

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and before construction:

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8th and Upshur St, NW in 1893

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Photo by DC Fire & EMS @dcfireems

Thanks to a reader for passing on the gofundme request:

“Monday December 5, 2016 at 4am my family went through the worst and scariest thing I could ever imaged. Our house caught on fire cause of some one else careless mistake we had to suffer. I have never been the person to ask for help when I need it i would always find a way to deal with my own problems. But this problem is way to big for me to handled on my own or even my family to help. I’m not asking for much but if you can help please help so I can help my family and daughters have some where to stay and get things we need to start over. This has been very hard on us.. seeing my family hurting really hurts me especially when I can’t do anything. But I am thankful we get see another day and that we made it safe..”

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via google maps

From MPD at 11:13am:

“Approximately 30 minutes ago C-1 exited the Petworth Metro Station and started walking eastbound on Randolph Street when C-1 noticed four suspects following. C-1 began to run. The suspects caught up to C-1 in front of 502 Randolph and struck C-1 multiple times knocking him to the ground. All four suspects continued to strike him as one suspect removed property from his pocket. S-1 through S-4 fled westbound and ran up 7th street.

All four suspects were described as being approximately 18 years of age. (more…)

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3813 Georgia Avenue, NW

Back in August many of us were saddened to learn that the OG Chez Billy in Petworth had closed and would be reopening with a new concept. Having seen the new space and tasted the new concept, while I always will be a bit nostalgic for the old days, I’m super excited because Chef Tim Ma is the man and I freaking love pot stickers!!

Those who still lament the loss of Chez Billy may remain saddened by some of the interior changes (however: an even better renovated back patio will be coming this spring.) But those who love good food for a good price in a cool space will be very very happy.

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For those not familiar with the background of Ten Tigers:

“Ian and Eric Hilton, together with partners Scott Herman and Chef Tim Ma are set to open Ten Tigers Parlour, a neighborhood tea house and bar on December 10 in Petworth. Located in the former Chez Billy space at 3813 Georgia Avenue, NW, the Ten Tigers Parlour will feature an eclectic menu of cocktails, teas, Asian-style street food and pastries throughout the day and evening.

The concept of Ten Tigers Parlour is inspired by the Chinese cultural influences, where tea houses traditionally serve as the community gathering place not only to eat, but to connect. “It has always been our goal to create a great neighborhood spot for people; an extension of their living rooms,” says partner Ian Hilton.

Chef Tim Ma, of Kyirisan, Water & Wall and Chase the Submarine has developed a menu of casual favorites, inspired by dishes he enjoyed as a young child. “I want to present food that is close to my heart, said Chef Tim Ma. It’s great to be able to offer simple dishes that require technique, but are unpretentious and just tasty.” The menu is crafted around a selection of handmade Soup Dumplings ($12), a popular dish not easily found in town. There will be handmade Bao Buns ($9), Pan-Fried Dumplings ($7), a selection of noodles ($11 each), Rice Donburi ($10) and more of Chef Ma’s childhood favorites. Pastry Chef Mollie Bird has designed a offering of Chinese pastries for Ten Tigers that includes egg tarts, sesame balls, almond breads and other specialties. (more…)

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Photo by @dcfireems

DC Fire and EMS reported a 2 alarm fire in the 4300 block of Iowa Ave, NW around 4am:

“Iowa Ave in daylight. Now have 1 FF injury minor burns. Structural instability will delay investigation into cause & origin.”

“Fire is under control. 8 residents of adjacent home require @RedCrossNCR. Unable to search original fire structure due to instability.”

“Iowa Ave NW fully involved end row extended to adjacent home. Building has partially collapsed. Outside attack.”

domku
821 Upshur Street, NW

Ed. Note: Domku closed after a decade back in June.

From a press release:

“Anna Bran Leis and Shawn Leis who own DC Empanadas, announce the opening of their new concept, Taqueria del Barrio, in the Petworth neighborhood early 2017.

The modern taqueria will serve lunch and dinner with a solid bar program and then start brunch a little bit down the road. Anna has tapped cocktail expert Chris Martino to run the bar program and will have Mikey Torres in the front-of-the-house as General Manager. In the kitchen, Anna will be the Chef, as well. The menus will be comprised of tacos, tortas, a bar menu with appetizers, and traditional Mexican entrees as well as traditional desserts with a twist. Everything is going to be very authentic and scratch made, down to the tortillas. (more…)