I wanted to send along a pop up that is on Richardson Pl NW (corner of Florida / RI ave). I sold my house on the street a few years ago because it was so small (650sq ft) and now this is being built and they are asking almost a million for it! The photo’s make it look a little more in scale, but from the side it is HUGE.”
Since reading your post regarding guest parking passes, I’ve been waiting to receive mine but it’s never arrived. Today I called DOT to learn that residents in Zone 2 (I live in Shaw) will not receive these passes. Do you know anything about this? Please tell me it’s not true and it’s all a bad dream.”
I got some really sweet scuttlebutt from a pretty reliable source yesterday. They hear one of the restaurant spaces for City Market at O will be filled by the folks behind Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan. You can see Mintwood’s menu here. Mintwood Place was recently named best new restaurant at the 2013 RAMMY Awards.
Another reliable source says that they hear one of the restaurant spots could be taken by Top Chef season 7 winner Kevin Sbraga:
“a New Jersey native and winner of Bravo’s, Top Chef (season 7) Washington D.C. By September 2011, he became the chef-owner of Sbraga, a modern American restaurant on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia.”
Doesn’t look like Lunch Yaki lasted very long. They opened back in early August and have already changed concepts.
I walked by earlier today and the Lunch Yaki sign has been replaced by a new Korean chicken wing spot named “KOCHIX.” Looks like they’re back to serving bibimbap, bulgogi, and a random assortment of steak and burger subs and fried fish and shrimp, in addition to the selection of Korean chicken wings.”
Shaw ANC Rep Kevin Chapple emailed some phenomenal news for Shaw yesterday:
“I am happy to announce that after years of being a vacant blight in the community, the building at 1547 – 7th St will be transformed into a world renowned restaurant. A lease has been signed with chef Richard Sandoval’s restaurant group. The restaurant at 1547 – 7th Street will be one of his El Centro brand.
The laundromat at 1535 – 7th Street will be closing and a coffee shop will take its place.”
Ed. Note: I asked Kevin if he could share more info on the coffee shop and while the owners are still trademarking their name the space will be an “independent coffee shop, i.e. not apart of any chain”.
Kevin also shares that Ivy & Coney will be opening in a few weeks.
Thanks to all who sent emails about the progress at Dunya:
“A Mediterranean restaurant serving tapas and high end cocktails with a seating capacity for 150 patrons and total load of 150. Request an entertainment endorsement with live performances jazz for brunch or private events and summer garden with a seating capacity for 25 patrons.”
In June we were happily surprised to see that they were adding a sweet roof deck. Today, a peek in the window reveals they should be opening any day now:
Dunya’s website still says coming soon. I’ll be sure to update when an exact date is announced.
At the end of Sept. I spoke with some workers who said pizza was coming back to 634 Florida Ave, NW where Italy Pizza used to be before they closed in May. Glad to see it wasn’t just a rumor. Hopefully the pizza at Aroma Pizzeria will be as good (or better) as Italy Pizza used to be (especially when they sold by the slice.) We’ll revisit for a proper judging after they’ve been open a few months.
My tour of jaw dropping gigantic new developments continues – next up is City Market at O and even in this early stage it doesn’t disappoint. First here’s a few details from the folks at City Market at O:
90,000 square feet of retail, including 78K Giant
The entire project is Leed Silver, from the Giant to the hotel to the residences
The Shaw neighborhood: Roadside worked to keep the look and feel of the neighborhood in a number of ways. They opened up 8th street to continue the tree lined street through the center of City Market at O, they buried all loading for the Giant, hotel and retail/restaurants underneath the project; and they worked with older residents to ensure they had the opportunity to stay in the area by building an affordable 90-unit residence. This is a rare opportunity for seniors to enjoy intergenerational, modern apartment living in a desirable area of the city at an affordable cost.”
“I just wanted to tell you the good news we got today regarding Ivy and Coney, the next great, fabulous opulent, little dive bar in DC. We’ve just been funded to build a huge roof deck at the bar which we hope to have open a few short months after the interior opens! This will mean a 50 to 60 person deck with a fully retractable glass roof, and more importantly, a greatly expanded food options (with a menu that is undecided thus far).
In other news, at KBC (3410 11th Street, NW) we’ve been getting some concerned phone calls regarding our expansion and whether we are open. While the plans are still very much in the works to add a second floor, WE ARE ABSOLUTELY OPEN. We will have to shut down for improvements at some point, but we will give our customers plenty of advance notice when we settle on a date.”