7th Street, NW between S and T
And a peek in the window reveals this cool old advertisement from back in the day:
624 T Street, NW
For all who’ve been asking – today’s the day for Right Proper Brew Pub to open by the Howard Theatre in Shaw:
The new Giant in the O Street Market is located at 7th and O Street, NW.
801 Florida Ave, NW just east of 9th and U Street
“Restauranteur Hasnaa Farouidi and creative director Neema Sadeghi teamed up with Chef Rafael Viera, bringing a new spin on traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
Dunya Restaurant & Bar is a community oriented establishment, supporting local farms and butchers as often as possible.
Dunya Restaurant & Bar, located in the U St./Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C, specializes in Modern American cuisine with a global Mediterranean twist.
Dunya Restaurant & Bar offers a diverse selection of wine from all over the world, as well as supporting local craft brewers from the greater Washington D.C area. Dunya Restaraunt & Bar is a multi level venue, with a Rooftop Bar that is slated to open Spring of 2014.”
You can see their full menu here.
Hours are SUNDAY TO THURSDAY 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM and FRIDAY TO SATURDAY 5:00 PM – 3:00 AM.
My friend and I are considering renting a two-bedroom basement unit in Shaw. The unit itself is amazing: 1000+ square feet, all newly renovated in a beautiful old apartment building, with lots of windows receiving light from southern and eastern exposures, and a washer and dryer, all at a very reasonable price — about double the square footage we’re seeing in other properties around the same price. The only catch: no window bars anywhere, at all.
We’ve asked the landlord if they’re willing to install them, but received a response saying no, that it’s too difficult given historic district regulations.
My question: is there a good number of people living in basement units without window bars that have had no problems or break-ins whatsoever? Also, if you don’t have bars, is there anything you’ve done to make the place safer?
This place really is a steal, and we both love it. We’re just very concerned about the safety issue. Advice appreciated!”
This house is located at 1325 Naylor Court NW:
The listing says:
“Naylor Court Stables: ONE HOME REMAINS, END UNIT w side windows and wrap around roof deck, just steps from the nucleus of DC nightlife on 14th St & City Mrkt at O. Designed to resemble urban stables of the 1800′s; with its own detached Carriage House for parking! 2600 sq.ft. on 4 lvls, 3 BR’s, 4.5 bath, 1 car parking, huge finished rec-rm, attic-level den, roof terrace plus a gated motor court!!”
You can see more photos here.
This 3 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,695,000.
8th and T Street, NW
It’s been a long time coming but All Souls Corner Bar is finally opening up at the corner of 8th and T St, NW. Yesterday I spoke with owner David Batista who shares the good news that they got their Certificate of Occupancy and will be opening in the “next few days.”
It’s another incredible transformation of a derelict property:
From their Facebook page:
“All Souls seeks to be a neighborhood bar. We’re not a sports bar, a gastropub, a wine bar, a speakeasy or a restaurant. We will be none of these things, yet we will have something for everyone. You will be able to find the craft beers of a gastropub and the interesting labels of a wine bar. If you prefer a cocktail it will be crafted with care and attention to detail. The food will be simple, but elevated, not your typical bar food. And you’ll be able to enjoy all of it while listening to good, eclectic music or watching the game quietly playing in the background.
With over thirty years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, our experiences range from serving beers in small bars to working alongside James Beard Award winning chefs. We have done it all from washing dishes to running multimillion dollar restaurants. Our experience working in restaurants is where our concept originates.
The basic premise of All Souls is to take restaurant quality service and adapt it to a bar setting. Attention to detail, friendliness and a commitment to serve the highest quality drink and food are the heart of what we want to do.”
Batista tells me there will be 4 draft beers, 12 beers in cans and bottles and 12 wines in addition to a cocktail menu, which will feature the “classics with a twist.” As far as food is concerned, to start there will be a small sampling of snacks to include olives, nuts, cheese etc. and these options will expand a bit over time. But this is not a restaurant – it’s a proper corner bar. It’s incredibly refreshing to hear a place like this opening. No themes here just a very cool gathering spot. Additionally there will be a jukebox with an eclectic mix of soul, old soul, R&B, Rock and Jazz. Hours will be Mon.-Thurs. 5pm – 2am, Friday 5pm – 3am, Sat. 1pm-3am, and Sun. 1pm-2am.
I can’t freaking wait.
More photos after the jump. (more…)
639 Florida Avenue, NW
Over the summer we learned a new Asian restaurant, IChing, was coming to 639 Florida Ave, NW by the Howard Theatre. I’m happy to share an update from the owner:
“The Philosophy for IChing is simple, it stands for change on how to accomplish balance, harmony, prosperity, happiness, and longevity. IChing is a teaching that combines between Taosim and Confucius wisdom dated back to 3000 B.C. Today it is known also known to be use in, what is call Feng-Shi.This area is changing very fast and I like to bring all those elements into our cooking and happiness to our community.
This has been a long project for me. We are at the construction phase. We were suppose to be due to open in fall 2013. Our plans have been delay, this building is so old. There is a lot of work to be done for the safety of patrons. We are now looking till sometime in March 2014. The poster that we had posted up was to get a vibe from the neighborhood, and it work. People are curious of the Chinese boy. The meaning of this poster is to give an idea of something ancient, and Asia. He is also waiting at the step of the front door to be unlock.This establishment will be a friendly neighborhood restaurant that you can bring your family, friends, or for a business meeting.
Our cuisine is Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Japanese. My executive chef is a born Japanese.His name his Munehiro Mori. Experince for 30 years.(Cashion’s, Raku, Asia Nora, Wolfgang Puck. His cooking introduces cross-cultural ingredients with the same spirit of innovation with a European flair. We are very exited!”
1905 11th Street, NW (between T and U Street)
Quite a transformation from the formstone days.
This house is located at 1728 6th Street, NW:
The listing says:
“Fabulously finished townhouse that is straight from the pages of a magazine. BIG SPACE both inside and out. TWO BIG Master Bedrooms ++ Den/THIRD bedroom. BIG Back Yard. BIG Parking and BIG Double Decks (up and down)! 2.5 Baths. REAL Hardwood Floors throughout! TWO CAR PARKING! ONE Block to Metro! Vacant & on Sentri-Lock”
You can see more photos here.
This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $899,000.
Per a reader request from MPD:
“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of individuals in reference to a Robbery-Fear incident which occurred at the 10th Street Market, located at 1000 S Street, NW, on Monday, November 4, 2013. The subjects were captured by the store’s surveillance cameras as they entered the cashier’s booth. The subjects are described as follows:
S-1: Black male in his 20s, 5’10″ tall, and thin build. He was wearing an earring in his left ear, light-colored sweater, a black skull, tan boots, and dark brown jeans.
S-2: Black male in his late 20s to early 30s, and medium build. He was wearing a dark puffy parka coat with a hood, and a black baseball cap with white brim.”
624 T Street, NW
Now I’m not one who gets easily excited by new… ok, just kidding, I get very excited about new openings all the time. Having said that Right Proper is the real freaking deal. I believe this has the potential to be the coolest thing to come to Shaw since Duke Ellington used to hang out here. And I’ll be honest, I meet a lot of nice people opening places. A few are a bit douchey but the vast majority are extremely nice. The guys behind Right Proper are the nicest of the nice. It’s hard to explain, and you’ll get it immediately when you meet them, but they just have a genuineness and kindness without pretense that makes you want to root for them. And the fact that this is a brew pub makes me want to root for them even more. Fortunately as you’ll soon see from the photos – they don’t need my rooting – this place is already awesome and it’s opening December 10th (if all goes according to plan, knock wood, knock wood.)
We will revisit when all is cleaned up but this will give you a taste of the space. There is room for 155. When you walk in you’ll see a small bar, another small bar then in the back a large bar with a view into the brewing area. The back will also have proper tables. There will be 6 right proper brews and two guest taps that will rotate. And you can buy beer to go! And murals. And awesome details. Well have a look:
brew pub bar
Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)