In early November it was looking like Dunya was ready to open any day – well it took about a month but they’re finally open. Their website says:
“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.”
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!”
“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!!”
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:
“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.
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!”
“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”
“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.”
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:
Update: “The first 500 shoppers through the register tomorrow receive a $10 gift card.” Doors open 10am.
From a press release:
“Grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony and six-week long celebration at the Giant at O Street Market in Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 21st at 6:00pm. [The store opens to the public tomorrow November 22]
Giant will make a donation of $2,500 to Bread for the City, a local organization making a big difference in the community during Thursday’s Grand Reopening Celebration.
The Historic O Street Market, built in 1881 and once a bustling meeting place for politicos, city vendors, and Washingtonians, is marking its vibrant return to the Shaw neighborhood. The cornerstone of this development is the new, 72,000-square foot Giant Food—one of the largest grocery stores in the District. The new Giant at O street market combines the charm of a 19thcentury marketplace with 21st century efficiency and innovation.
Over the next four weekends, Giant at O Street Market customers will enjoy raffles, tastings, prizes, and more.
Giant is dedicated to improving and growing its stores in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Throughout its 77 year history, Giant has remained committed to providing the highest level of quality, value, and service to its customers. Giant opened its first store in 1936, in the District of Columbia.
The Giant at O Street Market includes a café with Wi-Fi and a seating area above the historic market-style produce aisles. Shoppers will enjoy an extensive beer and wine section, offering high-end, selections that can be taken home, enjoyed in the café or while perusing the aisles for the week’s dinners. More than 1,400 selections of wine from around the globe will be available in the updated beverage section. Other great features include a large natural and organic section, an expanded deli featuring sandwiches made to order and a hot pizza bar, and a fresh sushi bar. The store will also have convenient and neighborhood-friendly below-grade parking.
More than a quarter of the new store, including the produce section, resides under the historic O Street Market structure. Original brick masonry was used in the design of the exterior wall, along with reconstructed steel trusses and the original roof design, recreated from archival photos. A clear skylight above the original market area overlooks the current produce section, similar to the natural light of the original structure.
Listed on both the National Register of Historic Place and the District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites, the O Street Market remains one of only two 19th century public markets still standing in the District.”
I was able to get an updated sneak preview yesterday, have a look:
I came home Tuesday night to find a decent sized blaze had taken hold on the pile of leaves that had gathered along my fence (raked on Friday, resistance is futile).
Some good neighbors had already stopped and called the Fire Department when I got there, but I was too consumed with trying to make sure the fire didn’t spread further to get their names.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m grateful to live in a neighborhood where people look out for each other. These Good Samaritans will certainly be in our thoughts and my wife and I would like to send them a token of our appreciation.
If you could post this and help connect us, we would greatly appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving DC!
Inhabitants of the Green Monster, who are also thankful for the fast response of DCFD and MPD.”
You asked, and we answered! Dacha is planning to build a small building with a kitchen and proper bathrooms to better serve our customers, while preserving the green outdoor space that makes Dacha so great.
The DC Historic Preservation Office is requiring that we extend the building to cover the entire outdoor space. Their vision would enclose the beer garden and cover a significant portion of the Elizabeth Taylor mural we’ve all grown to love.
See the pictures to better understand our position. A beer garden with no sun is no beer garden at all!
Please support us! E-mail the Mayor and HPRB the following:
“Hon. Mayor Gray,
I/We support the design for the new Dacha Beer Garden building as submitted to HPRB and not the one Historic Preservation imposes. Please do not let them ruin the mural and destroy the green open space we like so much.”
The Mayor – mayor(at)dc.gov
Historic Preservation – historic.preservation(at)dc.gov”