1414 9th Street, NW

Welp, if you doubted the curse of 1414 9th Street before…this is the former home to Vegetate, Cafe Eagle, Taqueria Mexicana, Eagle (again), Northern Restaurant and Secret Lounge and Sports Bar. And now it looks like we’ll soon add Chao Ku who only opened after extensive fundraising and renovations back in June. The restaurant is listed for sale for $350,000:

“Newly built out restaurant in hot Shaw market with cheap rent and outdoor seating opportunity.

Real Estate: Leased
Building Sq. Ft.: 2,542
Lease Expiration: 8/15/2026
Facilities: Brand new build out. All equipment in excellent condition
Competition: This built out restaurant is located in the heart of the District’s Shaw neighborhood.
Growth & Expansion: The restaurant can be easily converted to various concepts. There is a large outdoor patio opportunity.
Financing: Possibly
Reason for Selling: Focus on other ventures
Business Website:”

Stay tuned…

The Columbia Room, Washington, DC
Audrey Saunders (“Earl Grey Marteani”) Photo by Scott Suchman

From a press release:

“ames Beard Award-nominated Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW) will pay tribute to the women who have shaped the culinary world — Alice Waters, Ann Tuennerman, Julie Reiner and more — with cocktails and dishes inspired by a distinguished group of iconic female bartenders and chefs. In other words: women who rule.

columbia-room-winter-2017-menu (PDF)

The new winter menu launches Tuesday, January 10 in Columbia Room’s signature Tasting Room, known for its innovative three- and five-course cocktail-and-food pairings and luxurious ambiance. (more…)

813 S Street, NW

Thanks to David for sending:

“Capital Pool Checkers has been in the Washington D.C. area for over 35 years. It is a place for people to gather, socialize, and of course play checkers. In recent years the small club has seen their membership decline. As gentrification seems ever encroaching, it is becoming harder to stay in their current location of the Shaw neighborhood. They are looking to draw a younger generation of people to join their club and play the game they love.

The checkers club adds a unique character to the neighborhood. With nicknames such as The Razor, The Z-Man, Pressure Man, Hard Rock, Special-K and many more; there is never a dull moment at Capital Pool Checkers.
Walk-ins are welcome.

Capital Pool Checkers Contact Information
The club is located at 813 S Street NW, Washington D.C.
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via google maps

From MPD:

“Third District units are investigation the call for Sounds of Gunshots around the area of 610 S Street NW at approximately 215 am. Anyone with information relating to this or any other criminal even is encouraged to call (202) 727-9099 or email me directly at [email protected]

1544 9th Street, NW

From an email:

“Dear DC,

When people ask me “why DC?” my immediate response is always “DC chose me.” And it did. I came to this city because of the energy. The Shaw Bijou’s vision was simply an extension of a 5-year dream of ours; and while achieving that goal, we fostered an environment and restaurant that was not reasonable for all.

So, with the spirit of the New Year, we adjusted our concept with the people of DC in mind. In order to continue to invite and welcome people into our home, The Shaw Bijou, will now only offer a 7 course-tasting menu, which includes a welcome cocktail, for $95 beginning Tuesday, January 3. (more…)

courtesy The Adam Levowitz Orchestra

From an email:

The Adam Levowitz Orchestra is returning to the Howard Theatre on Wednesday, January 11th with the Tarantino Soundtrack Live, a production from their ongoing Live In Concert Series. This 90-minute roaring rampage of live music includes all the hits from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown.

Event Information

Date: Wednesday, January 11th

Time: 8:00pm (Doors at 6:00pm)

Where: The Howard Theater  (more…)

Florida Ave, NW between 7th/Georgia and 8th

From a press release:

“CAVA, the rapidly expanding fast casual restaurant brand, will open a new location in the trendy Shaw area at The Shay Building on 8th St NW, on Tuesday, December 20. This represents the 23rd restaurant for CAVA, and the 5th in DC where it has proved wildly popular since opening their first fast casual restaurant in 2011. This restaurant will be CAVA’s Innovation Kitchen, a creative space where the brand will test new menu items and technology, and host community events.

On the opening day, CAVA will hold a Community Dinner, a tradition that started with the very first restaurant opening. CAVA will offer free meals between 5pm and 8pm and will be accepting donations to City Blossoms, their local non-profit partner, which has a community garden in Shaw that champions healthy eating for young people in the neighborhood.

To give the opening a festive feel, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will be performing holiday carols, while Whisked! will be selling holiday pies with 50% of proceeds going to City Blossoms and CAVA will be serving their new Spiced Chai Green Tea for free to guests in line.

CAVA will open for regular hours (11am-10pm) on Wednesday, December 21. (more…)