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1550 7th Street, NW

La Jambe legit. How so? In the El Solian way of “A Real Mexican Restaurant Run by Real Mexicans Cooking in the Kitchen”. The owner is French and she has created a spectacular space. Spectacular I say because of the details which you’ll see in the photos after the jump. But I can say it’s very hard to turn a totally new construction into a warm, cool, comfortable spot to hang out. Happily La Jambe has done it (and they weren’t even 100% finished when I stopped by to take some preview photos last week.)

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In addition to wine, you may recall, La Jambe will also feature Charcuterie & Fromagerie. I’m told for the menu you can expect:

“several “mise en bouche” starters including olives with herbes de provence, mortadella salad, and house made rillettes. We’ll be arranging several boards pairing Europe’s finest charcuterie and lots of tasty French cheese. There will also be sandwiches featuring those same charcuterie and cheeses on freshly made French baguettes, and for dessert, we’ll be doing a café/thé/vin gourmand, where your drink of choice is served with three mini-desserts.”

Standby for a 5pm opening this Thursday at 7th and Q St, NW across the street from Dacha. I haven’t been this excited about a wine bar opening since Cork kicked things off way back in the day (RIP Sparky’s) on 14th Street.

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Lots more photos of the awesome details after the jump. (more…)

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1414 9th Street, NW

From Chao Ku‘s Facebook:

“This Monday opening from noon – 3pm.
Tuesday through Saturday 11am – 3pm.
Closed Sunday.
Monday the 27th – Saturday July 2nd 11am – 10pm. Closed Sunday July 3rd.
After that:
Sunday- Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday and Saturday 11am-10:30pm”

The Tower of Power = Wok Fried Spare Ribs, Pork Roast & Slow Cooked Belly, five spice, house pickles, & 4 condiments.

Check out their full menu here.

thip
1604 7th Street, NW

A reader reports:

“Thip Kao is coming into the space below Taylor & York salon (on 2nd floor) next to Dacha. Huge build out happening. Exciting if true. Love that place!”

Back in July we learned that DC’s first Lao Noodle House, Khao Poon, coming from owner/chef of DC’s First Laotian Restaurant, Thip Khao:

“Chef Deth & Chef Seng are combining forces to launch Khao Poon, DC’s first Lao Noodle House. They’re going to kick off the effort with some pop-up events at different locations as they lead up to securing the new restaurant’s permanent location. Khao Poon will offer a unique culinary experience featuring noodle dishes inspired by traditional Lao cuisine as well as that of the surrounding countries.”

Updates when more is known/as construction progresses.

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“Hey PoPville,

This is going to sound Press-Releas-y, sorry, but I’m a real fan I promise. There’s a show tomorrow at 9:30 I’m really excited about and wanted to share with everyone, I think it could be special– This small band Atlas Road Crew from Charleston, SC that basically calls DC a second home (Their drummer, Patrick Drohan, is from the area). Over the past three years, they’ve grown in venue size from the Fairgrounds, to the Bayou, to selling out Gypsy Sally’s twice, and then selling out the Hamilton this past winter. It’s amazing to see them grow to 9:30, and yes, they get how big of an opportunity headlining the place is! Their sound is rooted in 70s-era southern rock, and luckily don’t get too jammy. Plus the shows are a party. Come out!

The song “Voices”

Tickets: All Good presents: Atlas Road Crew w/ The Southern Belles, Bencoolen

South Carolina rock ‘n’ roll shot with southern soul accents. Formed in fall of 2011, Atlas Road Crew is rapidly building one of the most loyal fan bases on the East Coast, packing venues to capacity from South Carolina to New York City, and expanding quickly to major US cities in between. (more…)

407 P Street Northwest

This rental is located at 407 P Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautiful condo boasts 1 possibly 2 bedrooms or living room, 2 baths, hardwood floors, updated kitchen, stacked front loading washer/dryer, and steel deck. Kitchen consists of granite counter tops, island and updated appliances. Walking distance to Shaw, Convention Center and Chinatown Metro Station. Quick walk to new O St Market, Penn Quarter, and Mt Vernon neighborhood. Available immediately!”

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This 1 possibly 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,700/Mo.

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From an email:

“Fourth Matt Shlonsky Memorial Fund Happy Hour

-To date, we’re 7k away from our minimum goal of $50,000. As you know, this will allow the fund to live perpetuity off the interest gained from the endowment.

-Secondly, tomorrow we are hosting our next fundraiser at 6pm at Lost & Found (1240 9th St, NW.) With (really really good) tickets from the Nationals donated as raffle prizes and door donations, we hope to get close to that 50k number. Event info is linked here.

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8th and T Street, NW courtesy All Souls

From an email:

“We worked long and hard with our ANC reps to reach a settlement agreement that would be beneficial to both the neighborhood and the bar. There are only a few items that will really affect people. The first is that we will have limited hours. Monday through Thursday 6pm-10pm (until school is out for the summer then we can open at 5pm – this is actually an ABRA rule when a bar is located across from a school), Friday 6pm-12am, Saturday 4pm-12am and Sunday 4pm -10pm. We’ll probably open earlier on weekends if there is a demand.

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The next item is that we agreed we would have a seated only patio. There was a concern about this space being a densely populated “beer garden” on the residential side of our building. So we will have a limited number of seats (33) and will only serve seated patrons, but we’ll have table service to make it easier for everyone. The patio will be non-smoking. This will prevent our indoor patrons from coming outside to hang out and smoke. So we will ask everyone to smoke outside in the front of the building where we have provided a smoking pole for cigarette butts. (more…)

the-shay
8th and Florida Ave, NW (1924 8th Street, NW)

From a press release:

“E-commerce-driven menswear brand Bonobos is bringing their fresh take on retail to Washington, D.C. again with the opening of their second Guideshop on June 24, 2016 at The Shay, located in the up-and-coming Shaw neighborhood. The newest Bonobos Guideshop at The Shay is is a 1,100 square-foot store serving as a highly personal extension of the brand’s comprehensive customer service for those who want to see and try on the clothing in-person before placing an order online. (more…)