I came home Tuesday night to find a decent sized blaze had taken hold on the pile of leaves that had gathered along my fence (raked on Friday, resistance is futile).
Some good neighbors had already stopped and called the Fire Department when I got there, but I was too consumed with trying to make sure the fire didn’t spread further to get their names.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m grateful to live in a neighborhood where people look out for each other. These Good Samaritans will certainly be in our thoughts and my wife and I would like to send them a token of our appreciation.
If you could post this and help connect us, we would greatly appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving DC!
Inhabitants of the Green Monster, who are also thankful for the fast response of DCFD and MPD.”
You asked, and we answered! Dacha is planning to build a small building with a kitchen and proper bathrooms to better serve our customers, while preserving the green outdoor space that makes Dacha so great.
The DC Historic Preservation Office is requiring that we extend the building to cover the entire outdoor space. Their vision would enclose the beer garden and cover a significant portion of the Elizabeth Taylor mural we’ve all grown to love.
See the pictures to better understand our position. A beer garden with no sun is no beer garden at all!
Please support us! E-mail the Mayor and HPRB the following:
“Hon. Mayor Gray,
I/We support the design for the new Dacha Beer Garden building as submitted to HPRB and not the one Historic Preservation imposes. Please do not let them ruin the mural and destroy the green open space we like so much.”
The Mayor – mayor(at)dc.gov
Historic Preservation – historic.preservation(at)dc.gov”
Thanks to a neighbor for sending word that they received a letter about a meeting to discuss the Rito Loco burrito food truck who are planning on opening a restaurant in the former Reese’s barbershop space next to Bistro/Kafe Bohem near the Howard Theatre. I also emailed one of the owners who confirmed they signed a lease Oct. 1st and plan on opening mid-April. And they will continue to run their food truck as well.
“Welcome to the world of Rito Loco. A unique and creative burrito company. We use nothing but the freshest ingredients to fuel our homemade recipes. Everything is made from scratch and with love. Secret family recipes have been passed on for years and cultivated into the BEST BURRITO’s in D.C. We offer flavors from around the world that will excite your mouth and create a higher standard for the local burrito lover.”
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.