8th and Florida Ave, NW

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“Dear PoPville,

Tuesday night at least 4 bikes were stolen out of a locked bike storage inside our “secure” garage. The bike storage area requires an electronic resident key to enter (as does the garage and elevator), so the thief either lives in our building or was working with another resident. They also used a pretty heavy duty tool because all the u-locks on the ground had a smooth cut. Police and building management are involved now.

I live at Jefferson Marketplace in Shaw – apparently this happened two nights in a row, so wanted to warn other people in the neighborhood and see if anyone has seen my bike. It is a white Specialized Dolce Sport with black Shimano commuter pedals. It also has a red and white Jefferson Marketplace sticker and a Spokes Etc. sticker on the frame.

If anyone comes across it they can email me at kristenburke8(at)”


801 Florida Ave, NW

801’s website says:

“Set to open this July, 801 Restaurant & Bar will serve dinner 7 days a week and brunch on weekends. We are looking forward to offering our guests a delicious food and beverage menu in a chic and welcoming environment in the Shaw neighborhood. 801 will feature a dining room spanning over 2 floors, with 3 bars and a rooftop deck.”


This is from the folks at the DC Restaurant Group who also now own Shaw’s Tavern (and others, Front Page etc.) Stay tuned for an exact opening date.

Ed. Note: Dunya abruptly closed back in June:


1843 7th Street, NW

From a press release:

Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th Street NW), the James Beard Award-nominated sherry and ham bar led by premier spirits expert Derek Brown, will close for the duration of the summer, beginning Sunday, June 26, to undergo remodeling.

Design and architecture firm Edit Lab at Streetsense, which recently rebuilt Brown’s Columbia Room to much acclaim, will re-envision Mockingbird Hill as a cocktail bar, continuing to offer sherry by the glass and hand-carved ham, but with a major expansion of its cocktail program. (more…)

tomato plant

And what they don’t like basil? But seriously that sucks.

“Dear PoPville,

I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised but one of our tomato plants was stolen from our garden bed in the front of our house on Marion st in Shaw. Roots and all – it was just gone when we got back home Sunday evening.

I’m struggling to figure out what the point of stealing it could possibly be. The plant wasn’t yet flowering – it’ll take another 30 days or so until tomatoes are even produced so if the thief wants to get anything out of it it will take some serious TLC. You could also buy a plant for $3 around the corner at Old City Farm. Or – they could actually just go buy tomatoes at Giant!

Does anyone have any tips on how to protect the rest of my garden from this happening again?”

1230 9th Street, NW

Holy moly has this been a long time coming! We first heard Fino Italian restaurant, formerly of Georgetown, would be moving to Shaw back in 2012!! They’ve now posted a liquor license placard:

“New restaurant serving Italian food. Total Occupancy Load: 75.”

Stay tuned. Back in 2012 the building looked like this:


808 V Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on the Craigslist ad:

“Executive Chef Rob Rubba’s Hazel, the newest upscale restaurant by Neighborhood Restaurant Group, is looking for enthusiastic individuals to be part of our opening team. Hazel will open in the Atlantic Plumbing development in DC’s Shaw neighborhood across from the 9:30 club and newly opened Landmark movie theatre. With an intimate 40 seat dining room, a 16 seat bar that opens up to the extensive patio, and additional outdoor private dining space, the restaurant will appeal to nearly every facet of dining experience.

Hazel will feature progressive American cuisine – combining flavors from around the world with traditional and contemporary techniques to create dishes that are refined, distinctive, and satisfying. Chef Rubba has been showcasing some of his dishes at pop-ups and events; guests can expect similar flavors and dishes like Grandma’s Zucchini Bread with Foie Gras Mousse or Gnocchi Bokki with pork-kimchi ragu on the menu. From the custom designed tableware to the intricacies of tea and beverage service, each and every aspect of the dining experience will be a personal and thoughtful reflection of Chef Rubba and his vision for Hazel. Complementing the menu will be a focused beverage program from Greg Engert and Brent Kroll, emphasizing global flavors that set off Chef Rubba’s cuisine. (more…)

1550 7th Street, NW

La Jambe legit. How so? In the El Solian way of “A Real Mexican Restaurant Run by Real Mexicans Cooking in the Kitchen”. The owner is French and she has created a spectacular space. Spectacular I say because of the details which you’ll see in the photos after the jump. But I can say it’s very hard to turn a totally new construction into a warm, cool, comfortable spot to hang out. Happily La Jambe has done it (and they weren’t even 100% finished when I stopped by to take some preview photos last week.)


In addition to wine, you may recall, La Jambe will also feature Charcuterie & Fromagerie. I’m told for the menu you can expect:

“several “mise en bouche” starters including olives with herbes de provence, mortadella salad, and house made rillettes. We’ll be arranging several boards pairing Europe’s finest charcuterie and lots of tasty French cheese. There will also be sandwiches featuring those same charcuterie and cheeses on freshly made French baguettes, and for dessert, we’ll be doing a café/thé/vin gourmand, where your drink of choice is served with three mini-desserts.”

Standby for a 5pm opening this Thursday at 7th and Q St, NW across the street from Dacha. I haven’t been this excited about a wine bar opening since Cork kicked things off way back in the day (RIP Sparky’s) on 14th Street.


Lots more photos of the awesome details after the jump. (more…)

1414 9th Street, NW

From Chao Ku‘s Facebook:

“This Monday opening from noon – 3pm.
Tuesday through Saturday 11am – 3pm.
Closed Sunday.
Monday the 27th – Saturday July 2nd 11am – 10pm. Closed Sunday July 3rd.
After that:
Sunday- Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday and Saturday 11am-10:30pm”

The Tower of Power = Wok Fried Spare Ribs, Pork Roast & Slow Cooked Belly, five spice, house pickles, & 4 condiments.

Check out their full menu here.

1604 7th Street, NW

A reader reports:

“Thip Kao is coming into the space below Taylor & York salon (on 2nd floor) next to Dacha. Huge build out happening. Exciting if true. Love that place!”

Back in July we learned that DC’s first Lao Noodle House, Khao Poon, coming from owner/chef of DC’s First Laotian Restaurant, Thip Khao:

“Chef Deth & Chef Seng are combining forces to launch Khao Poon, DC’s first Lao Noodle House. They’re going to kick off the effort with some pop-up events at different locations as they lead up to securing the new restaurant’s permanent location. Khao Poon will offer a unique culinary experience featuring noodle dishes inspired by traditional Lao cuisine as well as that of the surrounding countries.”

Updates when more is known/as construction progresses.