Earlier this month Tenleytown DC reported:

“Chick-fil-A has filed for a construction permit with the District Department of Transportation for the former Payless ShoeSource storefront at 4505 Wisconsin Avenue.”

Of course not without a fight

“Do parents want their kids at nearby schools-Janney, Wilson, and Deal to be eating this at such an early age? Chick-fil-A, a popular chain among young adults and teens will just cause students at these schools to be unhealthy. There are numerous studies stating the more fast food kids eat as children, the more likely they are to continue these unhealthy eating habits through adulthood.”

Looking towards the metro stop

4620 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Tenleytown DC shared the sad news last week:

“Murasaki Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar has closed its doors for good after nearly 14 years in the neighborhood.

It turns out Sushi Story LLC, which owns and operates Murasaki, has been facing financial difficulties for quite some time.”

Updates when we learn who takes over the space.



And a reader on twitter echoes a sentiment I often feel – bring back Morty’s (Krupins)!!! Incidentally, still waiting to see who moves into Morty’s


4700 Wisconsin Ave, NW

In November 2013 anti-artisan, bacon and egg lovers nearly had a heart attack, understandably, when word came out that Steak ‘n Egg would likely be closed for up to two years for renovations. Tenleytown DC updates with good news:

“Steak-N-Egg’s many loyal patrons will be pleased to know that the scaled back renovation means the diner will not close for any extended period. As the two-story properties at 4702 and 4704 Wisconsin Avenue are not currently connected to Steak-N-Egg, the restaurant can remain open during their renovation, maintaining its normal 24/7 operations.”

New plans still include an expansion:


Preserving the integrity of their motto:


Wisconsin and Chesapeake St, NW

4530 Wisconsin Ave, NW

A reader reports:

“Called the store and they confirmed–“we are closing our stores, probably by the first week in December.”

From Hudson Trail Outfitters CEO:

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that after nearly fifty (50) years in business, HTO will be closing its remaining four stores and shutting down the business.

HTO has been an institution in the DC Metro Area since 1971. From day one the mission was simple: open a store that sells the greatest outdoor gear and apparel on the planet, hire only those who love the outdoors and who are passionate about health and happiness, and provide Positively Outrageous Customer Service to everyone. The retail landscape has changed so much within the last 36 months and the Company has decided that the time has come to begin to ‘wind down’ all company affairs, knowing that it never had to compromise any excellence standards on behalf of the community.

The community and the Company have always supported each other with such dignity and respect, and the Company will always be proud of the role that it played in helping to improve the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of people, employees and customers, within the DC Metro Area. During this transition, all customers and all employees can count on continued excellence and pride from all associations with the Company. HTO firmly believes that an orderly wind-down of affairs provides the best opportunity for professional closure and maximum success and efficiency in what are otherwise sad and nostalgic circumstances.

The Company wishes to thank all of its customers and team members (past and present) for nearly five (5) decades of committed loyalty, high standards, professionalism, association, trust, support, partnership…and most importantly…. friendship. And what a ride it has been – who would have ever imagined that Ground Zero for what is now internationally known as Specialty Active Outdoor Retail was going to be Kensington, Maryland, or, that a passionate and creative outdoorsman from Washington, DC would one day grow up to both pioneer an entire industry, and, to become the example and trend setter for how that industry would grow and evolve for nearly half of a century?

In advance, thank you for your continued support during this transition.



A reader reports:

“I spotted this US Government van on the NW spoke of Ward Circle, just outside AU’s main campus. He flew around the circle, jumped the curb, and parked smack in the middle of the crosswalk as pedestrians were about to cross from either side. Ward Circle is dangerous enough for pedestrians (Those “DC Law | Stop for Pedestrians Within Crosswalk” signs only get people killed, as we saw a couple weeks ago on Wisconsin Ave), and this guy decided to park on one of the main crosswalks leading to the AU campus.”

4445 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Back in January we learned that Burger Tap & Shake would be coming to the former Neisha Thai Restaurant space (briefly EUR Asian) in Tenleytown. BTS now says:

“We are hoping to open by the end of the week!”

Check out their Tenleytown menu here.

This will be their second location, the first Burger Tap & Shake is located at 2200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW in Foggy Bottom.

A peek inside the new spot:



Photo by PoPville flickr user yostinator

“Dear PoPville,

Is the Fort Reno concert series coming back this summer? I haven’t been able to find any information on a 2015 lineup. It would be a bummer if it didn’t happen this year, especially after it was almost cancelled last year but saved by popular demand. Thanks!”

From Fort Reno’s concert series website:

“What we’ve got

21 bands who want to play
folks eager to volunteer to make it happen

What we don’t have

a permit from National Park Service
money to make it happen

What we need

Last year’s change in procedure from the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police EMPTIED (and then some) our piggy bank.

NPS and USPP have informed me that once again we will have to pay for police presence. I shudder at having to write that because it makes the concert series appear like an unsafe environment – something it definitely is not. I had hoped that our peaceful series in 2014 would have changed minds, or that I could – but alas, here we are.

This all being said, please GIVE WHAT YOU CAN to help us have another summer of music in the park.

You can use our fiscal sponsor The Washington Peace Center’s PayPal and indicate that the donation is for the Fort Reno Concert Series.

Donate Here


Thanks to a reader for sending photos. Another reader writes:

“Public Tenley is no more. It has been replaced by something called TenleyGastropub. I looked at their brunch menu and noticed that a fried egg seems to be part of every item. How 2010. Unfortunately the tater tots – the only thing worth eating at Public – did not survive.”

You can see the full menu here.

4611 41 Street, NW

4235 Wisconsin Ave, NW

A reader reports:

“The spot between Cava and Nando, Pie Five (get it – it’s like high five – groan) has put signs up they are coming to the site of a former dry cleaner.”

Pie Five’s website says:

“It’s about the RIGHT ingredients, starting with the dough, which we make fresh for you every day, throughout the day. It doesn’t stop there. We make our all-natural, preservative free (and naturally fat free) Tuscan Marinara and Spicy Marinara in house every day as well. Everything from our hand-cut veggies to our homemade desserts can make you feel good about what you’re eating at Pie Five.

We’re all about making your pizza the RIGHT way, just for you!”

You can see their menu here. There is currently a Pie Five in DC at 429 L’Enfant Plaza Center.



4611 43rd Street Northwest

This rental is located at 4611 43rd Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath semi-detached in AU Park. Great front porch & rear deck. Wood floors throughout. Living room w/decorative fireplace, dining room, kitchen & 1/2 bath on main floor. 3 bedrooms, full bath on 2nd. Finished carpeted lower level w/ full bath. Washer/dryer Parking for 2 in rear. Just painted. Lawn maintenance included.SMALL PET. NO SMOKERS. . Available May 1st”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $3,300/Mo.