From MPD:

“On today’s date, at approximately 1:20am, while walking in the 1300 block of Spring Road, NW, two complainants were approached by a masked suspect brandishing a handgun. The suspect stole a cell phone, wallet and purse from the two complainants and made good his escape. MPD officers responded and initiated tracking the cell phone. As a result, MPD officers were alerted to the location of the stolen phone and following a vehicle pursuit and canvass by police canine, the suspect was located and the stolen property recovered. The suspect was arrested on the scene and a BB handgun, ski mask and other stolen property were seized.

Thanks to the commendable efforts of the MPD members involved a felon was apprehended and stolen property returned to the rightful owner. “


EatsPlace opened in early October across the street from DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge on Georgia Ave. Thanks to those who noted the abrupt departure of one their residents in yesterday’s rant/revel. On Mason Dixie’s facebook page they wrote on Monday:

“As of today, we will be refocusing our business on our brick and mortar – opening early 2015 – and moving on from EatsPlace! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but with all the amazing rewards from Mess Hall Launch Pad, we are ramping up for our own full-time location! In the meantime, check us out on Twitter (@masondixiedc) and here to see where we will be on the weekends and find us at The Emporiyum selling retail frozen biscuits and spreads in a few weeks! See you at a weekend pop up soon friends!”

Still in residency is DC Born & Raised serving “elevated soul food” for dinner and weekend brunch.

Also in happier news, I’m digging their new mural:


3907 14th Street, NW

A couple weeks ago we learned the exciting news that the owners of El Chucho and Bar Charley were bringing a new spot to 14th and Randolph St, NW. At that time I wasn’t sure if they were going to be taking over Rib Pit Lounge and the Rib Pit or just one. Turns out they’ll just be taking over Rib Pit Lounge (apparently Rib Pit next door has been leased by someone else.) I spoke with Little Coco’s co-owner Gordon Banks who reveals a lot more awesome info. Starting out with my favorite feature – there will be a roof deck! But more on that in a minute.

Gordon says that he and partner Jackie Greenbaum have been talking about opening up a pizza/Italian restaurant for a long time because they like to work off the strengths of their chefs. And head Chef Adam Harvey knows his dough. [The name Little Coco’s is a play off the Chef’s wife’s last name.] So you can expect some mean wood fired pizzas at Little Coco’s. And in addition to pizza you can expect to find arincinis, lasagna, salads and other daily specials. But make no mistake, Gordon sees the spot as a casual neighborhood pizza place. Well anyone who has visited Bar Charley or El Chucho knows what he means by casual – if I may – pretty freaking cool but no white table cloths. The space is pretty small so I’m looking forward to seeing how they build it out.

Which leads us to that roof deck. It’ll be a three season roof deck just like they have at El Chucho. But also like El Chucho they’ll be very considerate to their neighbors in regards to dampening noise. Though it’s also important to remember that this will be a dining roof deck not a party roof deck. In that regard, one more important element that Gordon emphasized – it will be kid/family friendly. As Gordon lives around the block with a little one, that was something very important to him personally. The way he explained it, Little Coco’s will be a spot where you can take your kids and the parents can also have a nice meal/glass of wine/good beer or cocktail. There won’t be a fancy cocktail list but they will be able to make a proper Manhattan. For those with little ones we know these options are few and far between. But for those who don’t enjoy being around kids – fear not – he envisages the space without kids in a more traditional sense by around 8:30/9pm. If all goes well Little Coco’s is hoping to open this Spring.

3628 Georgia Ave, NW

Full disclosure – I’m one of the judges and can be bribed!

From DC Reynolds:

“Pumpkin carving contest starts at 6pm.
Lee, Blackwood and Graham play at 8pm.

1st place pumpkin wins a $100 Gift Certificate
2nd place pumpkin wins a $50 Gift Certificate

Maple Syrup Barrel Aged Heurich’s Lager (SURPRISE)
Fermentation W/O Representation (collab with EPIC)
The Stone of Arbroath Scotch Ale
Corruption IPA
Tradition Golden Ale

Costumes encouraged but not required

14th and Quincy St, NW

From a press release:

“The Biscuit Lab Baking Company is proud to launch its first pop-up restaurant on Sunday, October 26th from 11-3 PM at Lyman’s Tavern. Biscuit Lab will serve up homemade buttermilk biscuits, biscuit breakfast sandwiches and seasonal sides including cheesy grits.

“There’s no other place in the city like the Biscuit Lab,” said Phil Coppersmith, Biscuit Lab Co-founder. “We saw a chance to make a buttermilk biscuit that’s even better than what your grandma makes and went for it.” Biscuit Lab founders Michael Visser and Philip Coppersmith are two guys with the philosophy that “putting it on a biscuit” makes everything taste better. “Our ultimate goal is to give the people the best biscuit they’ve ever had,” said Mike Visser, Biscuit Lab Co- founder.

Both Mike and Phil bring a passion for making buttermilk biscuits the right way. Over the last six months, they have researched, baked, tweaked, and tossed out countless recipes, until arriving at the perfect combination of a biscuit that’s buttery, perfectly tender, and strong enough to hold up to any condiment.

The menu this weekend at the Biscuit Lab includes buttermilk biscuits, drop biscuits, Red Neck Benedict, “an open-face biscuit with ham, slow-poached egg, and red eye sausage gravy”.

Mike is a graduate of the L’Academie de Cuisine pastry program and has been working in all aspects of the restaurant world for the last five years. An accomplished pastry chef and an expert in specialty coffee, Mike started Flying Fish Coffee and Tea in 2011, in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC. Phil has worked both front and back of house in restaurants as a teenager. After graduating college, he focused his career on the Federal Government Contracting, first in Human Resources then into IT Consulting.

Biscuit will open its doors at Lyman’s at 3720 14th St NW, and will continue every Sunday.”

3700 block of Georgia Ave, NW

The tale of the Park Place blue tape continues – thanks to a reader for sending the update:


“I came home to ParkPlace in Petworth tonight to pieces of tape on the retail stores with names of businesses on them. It looks like Dunkin Donuts, 7-Eleven, and Wells Fargo are moving in.”

Wait – we waited how long for this?!?! Jeez – it’s not like there are approximately 8,000 bodega/corner/convenience stores in a four a block radius from here – not to mention there is an actual 7-Eleven just up the block – oof I guess a bank is good. Or is someone just writing names on blue tape and having a serious laugh – no if that were the case they’d have written TGIFriday’s…

14th and Quincy St, NW

From a press release:

“DC’s hot real estate market is going to sizzle now that Zusin Development’s (Zusin) and Sivan Properties’ latest residential and retail project in North Columbia Heights has broken ground. Located at 14th and Quincy Streets, NW, this 30,000 SF building combines 3,000 SF of ground-floor retail and four levels of residential space. Zusin turned to CORE, a prominent Georgetown-based architecture firm with award-winning residential and retail/hospitality design practices, to create their latest project.

“We always enjoy working with the Zusin team,” said CORE principal Dale Stewart. “On this project, we are glad to be designing a building that brings much-needed 2-bedroom 2-bathroom units, affordable housing, and flexible retail space to this flourishing DC neighborhood.” CORE previously designed the renovation of 433 Massachusetts Avenue, NW for Zusin.

14th and Quincy Street’s 20 units all have two bathrooms and an in-unit washer/dryer. Residents will share a well-appointed lobby, a roof deck, indoor bicycle storage, as well as underground and surface-level parking. Specific interior design finishes will be finalized later in the construction process.

“The design is a blend of modern aesthetic and traditional materials on a prominent corner lot. We hope its understated simplicity adds value to the architectural fabric of the neighborhood and the retail base provides additional convenience for its residents,” said CORE’s project architect Christopher Peli. “We’ve also included a commercial kitchen hood exhaust shaft through the building in case Zusin has a small restaurant tenant in the future. It’s important to make new-build retail space flexible so that future renovation costs are minimal.”

14th and Quincy Street will have a primarily red-brick exterior with striking floor-to-ceiling glassy, cantilevered bay windows that will maximize views across the city. The building’s main entry and residential bays are accented with rich, dark bronze-colored aluminum panels. A glass canopy shelters the recessed residential entry, which is also surrounded with terraced landscaping.

“Every time we work with CORE, we appreciate that they listen to what we want to do – then guide us through DC’s complex zoning and building process to a successful result,” said Zusin Development’s president Ilya Zusin. “Their deep understanding of how DC works cannot be underestimated.”

CORE is working with Maddox Engineers & Surveyors (Civil), Rathgeber Goss Associates (Structural), and Capitol Engineering Group (MEP) to complete construction of the 14th and Quincy Street project.”

Rendering of 3707 14th St, NW courtesy of CORE

Formerly C&K Motel half demoed: