8th and V Street, NW

From a press release:

“Keeping with their presidential restaurant theme, PRG Hospitality is proud to announce their third venture: DECLARATION, scheduled to open Saturday February, 6.

PRG Hospitality is the first-ever restaurant group in the National’s Capital to center its concepts on past American President’s. Its first presidential restaurant, LINCOLN Restaurant, pays tribute to Abraham Lincoln and opened in April of 2011. A contemporary twist to Abraham Lincoln’s legacy was thoroughly incorporated throughout LINCOLN Restaurant’s design elements and culinary creations. From the penny floor to the gingerbread whoopie pies, LINCOLN is committed to its presidential theme. In summer of 2013, PRG Hospitality opened its second presidential restaurant concept: Teddy & The Bully Bar paying homage to 26th President Theodore Roosevelt. PRG”s mission is to bring DC restaurant concepts that embrace and enjoy history through dining and nightlife.

Declaration Menu

Declaration Drink Menu

Declaration Happy Hour Menu

DECLARATION will be a 52 seat, pizza-centric restaurant featuring an Marra Forni brick hearth oven, thoughtful, farm to table cuisine with a location in the emerging neighborhood of Shaw at 804 V Street, NW. PRG Corporate Executive Chef Demetrio A. Zavala will be at the helm of the restaurant and looks to create some memorable cuisine in the North Shaw neighborhood. In addition to traditional Neapolitan style pizza, there will be 13 pizzas on the menu representing the 13 colonies when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Serendipitously, the restaurant is 1776 square feet – 1776 was the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. A distinctive hand crafted cocktail bar (designed by Bar Chef/Mixologist John Hogan), select draft beer and a specially selected wine list will be offered. Declaration will also have 12-18 outdoor seats for seasonal, street side dining. (more…)

columbia room
rear of 1224 9th Street, NW in Blagden Alley back in September

From a press release:

Columbia Room, the intimate cocktail bar created by leading spirits expert Derek Brown, re-opens in Washington on February 9, 2016. Widely hailed for its meticulously crafted cocktails and intimate drinking experience, Columbia Room returns with the same attention to detail and top-notch service that earned it two James Beard Award nominations.

Photo credit: Joy Asico
Robert Frost Cocktail
Bourbon, amontillado sherry, white port, orange bitters, sugar maple charcoal filtered

The revamped Columbia Room is a 2,400-square foot bar divided into three distinct areas: The Spirits Library, Punch Garden (outside) and Tasting Room. (more…)

7th and Florida Ave, NW

From DDOT:

“Temporary Traffic Lane Changes on 7th Street NW Begin January 19 for Streetscape Project
Commuters advised to seek alternate routes

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will alter the traffic patterns on 7th Street, NW, from N Street to Florida Avenue for a construction project that begins Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 7 am, weather permitting. The work is expected to continue until January 2017.

The change in traffic patterns is necessary for the Streetscape Project around the Howard Theater area. Work will be extensive and includes the installation of new streetlights, traffic signals and landscaping along 7th Street. The improvements also include new sidewalks, ramps, curbs, gutters, multiuse meters, catch basins and bike racks. New trees will be planted and the roadway will be milled and overlayed. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

I live across the street from veranda and it’s been closed for a week. What’s going on!?!? Is it permanently closed?”

Just heard from the owner and I’m happy to say they’ll just be closed for 2-3 weeks to refresh the space:

“It has been nine years and we needed to update ourself to catch up with the new development in the neighborhood.”

Stay tuned for a reopening date.

11th and P St, NW

1337 11th Street, NW

Lot more info on The Bird restaurant, we learned about last week, from a press release:

“EatWell DC announces a new restaurant and bar – “The Bird” – will be located at 1337 11th St NW, DC at the Corner of O St.

The Bird will be a poultry-centric, “Beak to Toe” restaurant, showcasing vegetables from EatWell DC’s own farm in La Plata MD, EatWell Natural Farm, and local poultry producers of all stripes. The bar will feature craft cocktails & soft drinks, regional & international beers as well as wines from eco-conscious producers worldwide.

The Bird will be a cozy Logan/Shaw neighborhood space (3100 s/f) with about 75 seats and 11 bar stools inside, on two levels and additional outdoor seating on both the street level and 2nd floor terrace. The small but dramatic restaurant will have six different spaces and each space, as well as the bathrooms, will be designed differently from the next and serve as a canvas for local artists and craftsmen. (more…)

via google maps

From MPD:

“On Sunday, January 10, at approximately 3:00p.m., Third District Officers received a call for service for two adult males armed with pistols in the rear of the 700 block of S Street, NW. Once the officers arrived on the scene, they observed two adult males matching the description. The two males immediately fled the scene and threw both pistols to the ground.

The suspects were stopped and after further investigation they were arrested for Carrying a Pistol without a License. Two pistols were also recovered from the scene.

Excellent job by all!!”

In less pleasing news just north of the Shaw metro, DC Alerts reports at 6:38pm Sunday night:

“Robbery [Force & Violence] at 1838 hrs in the 1900 b/o 7th Street, NW. LOF 10 Juveniles. One suspect wearing a green jacket.”