04/16/14 3:00pm


This rental is located at 435 Q Street, NW. The listing says:

“Minutes to downtown – Renovated two story colonial home with two master bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. Master bedroom has fireplace, built-in shelves, skylight, full bath and walk-in closet. Open floor plan with fireplace on first floor. Formal dining room w/eat-in kitchen and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors throughout. Patio & roll up garage w/space for 2 cars.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $3,100/Mo.

Ed. Note: It’s interesting to note that in 2012 it was going for $2,400/Mo.

04/14/14 3:15pm


From the Shaw listserv:

“Last Wednesday a pair of students were unloading a UHaul truck of stuff for Bread for the City and had their backpack stolen. I found the passport and a text book. He lost his laptop and some other textbooks. If you find any books about the Nazis in the area of Marion St please let me know. They are library books and he would really appreciate getting them back.”

04/14/14 10:25am

1817 7th Street, NW

Uprising Muffin Company is located at 1817 7th Street, NW right by the Shaw metro, between the Solidcore gym (and opening soon Fishnet restaurant). Thanks to all who sent emails. Check out their menu here. Anyone stop in for a taste?

From a press release:

“Uprising Muffin Company is OPEN!!

Uprising is a bakery/cafe specializing in fresh, scratch baked muffins (in-house), locally roasted coffee and hand crafted grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.

Over 35 Flavors on a rotating basis:

From Blueberry, Black Bottom and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, to Maple Pancake & Savory Bacon, Egg & Cheese (yes, a bacon, egg & cheese muffin)!!

Mon – Sat: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm”

Here’s a peek inside:




04/11/14 2:55pm

1601 5th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I wonder if you know what’s planned for the corner of 5th and Q N.W.? A new “Ditto Residential” sign went up recently. I recall perhaps a year ago some discussion of a small condo building?”

The developers respond via email:

“Developers Greg Brennan and Ditto Residential are proud to announce the construction of a 10,000 SF, 4 townhouse project in the hot desirable area of Shaw at the corner of 5th and Q Street. Given the fact that this corner is not historic, they will be razing the existing structures and starting from the ground-up. Each unit will be approximately 2,500- 4 bedroom/4 1/2 bath with rentable “in-law” suites in the lower levels. Outdoor terraces off each main living space along with over 500 SF of roof terrace makes these condo’s one of a kind. Underground parking for each unit. The developers are working with local firm McGraw/Bagnoli to create a brick/glass exterior and several designers to implement top of the line finishes for the interiors.

The property was purchased back in July 2013 and we are starting to break ground this month. Units should be ready for sale February 2015. TTR/Sothesby/s will be handling the outsales. This is an opportunity to own a property that has been built and designed from the ground-up in an area that is seeing unparalleled growth.”

Ed. Note: previously a rendering was posted here that was actually for a different project and has since been taken down.

04/09/14 11:25am

2020 9th Street, NW

On Monday a reader asked about the status of the new Thai X-ing location coming to 9th Street near the 9:30 Club. At that time a commenter said he heard that the current 515 Florida Ave, NW location would close after the new spot opens. Good news – that’s not true. I just heard back from the Thai X-ing team and they tell me that the Florida Ave location does plan on closing after 9th Street opens but only “for a very brief period to complete some building renovations.” As for the new 9th Street spot – there is no concrete date for an opening yet because they are waiting on final inspections.

04/08/14 12:25pm

1914 9th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending a couple updates on some coming soon spots – Dino’s Grotto is now hiring for their spot on 9th Street:

“Dino’s Grotto Comes to Shaw! Dino’s Grotto is opening soon. We support local and artisan food producers, sustainable production and seasonality. We are looking for floor staff including hosts and waiters/runners. We would rather train those with the right attitude than hire just for experience.

Our service style is team oriented, and waiters will also have runner shifts. You will need to learn a lot as our ingredients and recipes are very particular. This is not the palce for someone who goes by a fixed script or is used to corporate blandness and procedures. We want your personality to shine thru and be used to tell our story. We will be using the Breadcurm {I Pad based} POS system and we are active on social media.

We are a passionate restaurant that supports local farms and artisan production. Our menu changes weekly or more depending on the availability of local ingredients. We are hyper seasonal. Our cocktail program will reflect this: small producer, craft spirits will be combined with house made syrups, infusions, shrubs, tinctures and bitters in a weekly changing cocktail list. Our tap program will feature local brews and Italian boutique breweries. We will have great Barolos, Brunellos, Amarones & wines from Mount Eden and Littorai etc available by the glass on a wine keeper and a coravin.

If this is you, we need to talk. Send us your resume with a cover letter telling us why we should pick you! If you are local to Shaw, even better!”

5520 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Macon Bistro is also hiring for their Chevy Chase spot:

“A fresh new neighborhood Southern inspired French bistro concept is opening a new location in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of the city.

We are conducting OPEN INTERVIEWS onsite for ALL positions both FOH and BOH — Servers, Hosts, Bartenders, Bussers, Line Cooks, Prep Cooks and Dishwashers on :

Monday, April 7th from 11am to 7pm
Tuesday, April 8th from 10am to 6pm

If you have previous upscale casual restaurant experience, great energy, a strong work ethic and are ready to be a part of an awesome new OPENING TEAM then we want to talk to you.

Come down for an ON THE SPOT interview!”