201 Upshur Street, NW

The Gods are smiling on us. The good news continues to come to Upshur Street and this time on the eastern end near the Old Soldiers Home across the street from the Hitching Post. 201 Upshur Street, NW is the former home to El Limeno and briefly La Joya Steakhouse. Now – J ‘n G Tavern is coming!!! Why three exclamation points? The J and G stand for Jackie and Gordon – the owners of Bar Charley (Dupont), El Chucho (Columbia Heights), Jackie’s and Quarry House (Silver Spring) and the future Little Coco’s (Columbia Heights/14th St Heights/Petworth).

And it’s going to be a real deal casual neighborhood corner tavern!! And there will be a heavy food focus on good burgers!! And it’ll be kid friendly in the early hours (with a small kids menu)!! And it will be casual – read – reasonably priced and accessible to everyone in the neighborhood!! And there will be 16 draft beer lines!! Ok ok you know I get excited easily but I’ll calm down a bit. In addition to 16 draft lines there will be 50-60 more beers available in bottles and cans. There will be over 100 bourbons and rye whiskeys. And because the space was previously a restaurant – they’ll be ready to open in April!!

Ed. Note: For those curious about the status of the coming Italian/pizza tavern, Little Coco’s, in the former Rib Pit Lounge space – it should be ready around late Summer.

3830 Georgia Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I was shopping at the Safeway and there were a bunch of people gathered around getting ready to shoot a TV show. They wouldn’t tell me which show it was of course… Does anyone in the know have an idea what it might be? I’d love to know!”

Ed. Note: Another reader says:

“Petworth safeway is closed for an event from 10-2 today, with floor to ceiling black drapes at the entrances.”


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Featured Property: 31 Grant Circle NW
Legal Subdivision: Petworth
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Petworth
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Garage Basement: Fully Finished Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $839,900.
List Price at Contract: $839,900.
List Date: 11/08/2014
Days on Market: 17
Settled Sales Price: $840,000.
Seller Subsidy: $10,894
Settlement Date: 12/29/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

It looks like the investor got a pretty good deal on this property when they purchased in September 2013 off market for $389,000. Commenters to the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post opined that the completely renovated home facing the most fabulous tree in DC was a tad overpriced at $839,900. That said, a buyer willingly paid the price (plus an additional $100).

Prior to this, the most recent sale on Grant Circle was a similarly sized and renovated house that sold for $727,000. in September 2013. Petworth real estate first hit the $800,000. price point in December 2013. Since then, including the subject property, there have been a total of five additional settled sales over $800,000. and one pending sale listed over $800,000. So far, $840,000. is the high mark, with one other sale at this price besides this one.

You can see a 2010 Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) post for a cash deal at $370,000. here.

Here is a GDoN-R on Grant Circle from 2011 when a nicely renovated home could be had for a relative mere $570,000.

The listing agents were Daryl Gayhardt and Peggy Gayhardt with Central Properties, LLC. Mary Flanagan with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. represented the buyer in this transaction.

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1st note received

Ed. Note: I’m sure Anita means well but I’ve never heard of anything like this before. Though, when I first moved to Petworth I was occasionally asked (in person) to join in some Church services (I’m Jewish) so I politely declined and I don’t feel like anyone was offended. It actually felt quite neighborly and not aggressive at all and when I declined my wishes were respected. But this is a whole different level.

“Dear PoPville,

I have been getting these funny (at first) but now creepy notes from an evangelical.

Our house seems to be the only one getting targeted since neighbors haven’t seen anything like this. Are other people in Petworth are being targeted?

At the very least, the three notes are pretty entertaining to read but they’re starting to freak out my wife. Especially since she’s addressing us by name and we’ve never met.

We are not Buddhists and i’m not sure where she got that idea. My wife and I, however, are from India hence ‘boota’ and the Cosby reference to ‘minorateas'”

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2nd note received

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4015 Georgia Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

The Pitch: Awesome Addition to Petworth

This restaurant/bar is a great addition to the neighborhood. I had the shrimp and jerk chicken tacos tonight, which were really good. The beer was fresh and tasty, and the owners and manager were friendly and welcoming. Great atmosphere and this place definitely deserves a shout out.”

Ed. Note: I gave them some love last week. Here’s a look inside:


More photos after the jump. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

“On 12/23/14 around 6:30pm,, 21 year old Daniel Hinton was shot to death in the 900 block of Delafield Place, NW. Pursuant to the investigation conducted by MPD’s Homicide Branch, on January 7, 2015, 21 year old Darren Patterson of the 5000 block of 7th Street, NW, was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder While Armed.”


“On 12/14/14 in the rear alley of the 800 block of Emerson Street, NW, around 4:30PM, the victim was shot during a robbery. The victim survived his wounds. Based on the investigation conducted by the 4D Detectives Unit, an arrest warrant was obtained charging a 17 year old male with Assault with the Intent to Murder While Armed. On 1/7/15, the perpetrator was arrested and will be charged as an adult when he is presented in DC Superior Court tomorrow.

Great job by the 4D Detectives in obtaining an arrest warrant for the perpetrator and great job by the 4D patrol officers, searching high and low for him to get a violent offender off the streets.”

1017 7th Street, NW

On Monday I mentioned how strange it was to see The Passenger closed. What’s even stranger is seeing the Ruppert Real Estate – Real Restaurant Sign removed (recently home to Hogo though others will recall the old warehouse.) Ruppert of course is Paul Ruppert (among many other legendary Rupperts) of Room 11, Petworth Citizen, Upshur Books, Crane & Turtle fame. The latter establishments are of course all located on Upshur Street in Petworth. So it is no surprise that come springtime that’s where you’ll find the legendary Ruppert Sign reinstalled. A serious sign of the times!

3607 Georgia Avenue, NW

From an email:

EatsPlace, the food incubator and pop-uppery, announces its next chef in resident. Baba’s Dumplings, helmed by Katy Chang, will make hand-kneaded dumplings and soup noodles. Katy is one of the founders of EatsPlace, and EatsPlace will also be featuring her Baba’s Cooking School line of award-winning hot sauce and a new line of bitters.

“One of the reasons I founded EatsPlace was to allow chefs to share their food with the community. I’m happy to have the opportunity to present my own food, which was inspired by my Baba (dad), who was a chef,” says Katy.

“I also am excited to be able to feature a line of Baba’s Cooking School Bitters as all natural aromatic flavor enhancers. In Chinese culinary tradition, bitter foods are keyed to the heart. So it is with all of my heart that I make and present these bitters.”

The pop-up will soft open starting this Saturday (1/10) with limited hours 6-9 and then regular hours starting on Sunday (1/11).
closed mondays
5p-10p tues-thurs
5p-11p fri
11a-11p sat
11a-10p sun


New station by Union Market installed in November

“Dear PoPville,

Do you know why capital bikeshare hasn’t put any stations in the northeast Petworth area? Sherman circle would be a great location. I’ve tried tweeting cap bikeshare and submitting on their website, but no response.”

Ed. Note: Back in Sept. we learned about 12 potential future stations. Anyone know the best way to request others?