07/18/14 10:20am

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4611 41st Street, NW (just off Wisconsin Ave.)

From the liquor license placard posted out front:

“Addition of a 2nd floor rooftop summer garden. Seating for 36 with standing room 54 for total capacity load of 90.”

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and next door Dancing Crab [we spoke about alternative crab eating options here] is still undergoing renovations:

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and next door to Dancing Crab, the coming soon Bread & Salt is now hiring:

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Their facebook page says:

“In bread, life is sustained; in salt, it is preserved. People have recognized this since ancient times, when women in the fertile crescent gathered around the village oven, baking their families’ daily loaves, simmering clay pots full of the fruits of the local harvest, and adding pinches of precious salt. The Arabic word “aish” means both “life” and “bread.” Roman soldiers were judged by whether they were “worth their salt.”

Over the centuries, bread 7 salt became synonymous with hospitality and communality. In many cultures bread & salt are still offered at housewarmings, representing hope that the newcomer’s pantry will always be full. In Russian, visitors to a home traditionally exclaim “Khleb da sol!” meaning bread & salt. In Mediterranean cultures, bread & salt are shared to seal agreements_more powerful than any written contract.

It is in this spirit we created Bread & Salt, A Neighborhood Eatinghouse. Here hospitality still revolves around the oven, from which emerge rustic loaves, flatbreads, and lay pots full of slow-cooked flavors. These are healthful, hearty foods to be shared by families and friends, meant not to be eaten on the run, but to be enjoyed together, either in our home, or in yours. the concept may be as ancient as bread and salt, but the setting is as contemporary as todays whole-grain loaf and pinch of Mediterranean sea salt.”

Buildout nearing completion, nice marble floors:

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07/08/14 4:24pm

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4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word:

“This will be of interest to about ten people since that’s the approximate number of covers they were averaging.

The restaurant’s web site went dark July1 because the registration was not renewed.

Food was mediocre at best.”

Firelake Grill opened in the old Ruby Tuesday space at Van Ness and Wisconsin Ave, NW back in Sept. 2013. Before their website expired [their Facebook page also hasn't been updated since April] it said:

“Firelake Grill, a new contemporary American restaurant by Fired Up Grills Restaurant Group, offers guests a comfortable, upper casual dining experience in the heart of Tenleytown. Most of our handcrafted cuisine at Firelake is prepared using a live hickory wood grill. Our mission is to create pleasurable and memorable moments, in a warm and friendly environment for our guests, our staff and our partners.”

06/26/14 11:21am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user yostinator

A reader sends word via DCist and notes: “I don’t know if you’re a fan, but this is a 40+ year tradition in DC.”

Absolutely horrible news from the Fort Reno organizers:

“Where’s the Schedule?

Around the time that we should have received our finalized permit for this summer, the concert series was informed by National Park Service that U.S. Park Police was imposing a requirement that we pay for an officer to be posted on site at each concert. Inquiry with our ranger led to me placing a call to U.S. Park Police.

U.S. Park Police cited differing reasons as to why this had come up after all these years. The reasons felt vague and when asked for specifics, none were given.

I requested a sit down meeting with NPS and USPP with the hope that our long standing (very good) relationship with NPS coupled with people seeing that we are just folks having a small community related event would bring about a better understanding and resolution.

Two messages to schedule went unanswered and when I did reach someone, a meeting was scheduled for the next morning (yesterday). The meeting happened but none of the invitees attended except myself and one extremely kind NPS employee who works in the office where meetings are held but despite being familiar with the park and the concert series as being an annual event, knew nothing about why the permit was being stalled.

So as it stands today, not only does the concert series not have the funds to cover this cost at the last minute but we don’t feel we should have to do this without just cause. Our feeling is that if something had changed within the operations at NPS or USPP regarding public events since last summer, there was ample time to inform us. NPS has all of my contact information. And this is not a little cost as USPP seems to think. It will literally double the VERY small budget of the concert series. It will affect how many shows can happen because the money must be paid up front. I didn’t even bother to get into what happens if we are dark due to rain…

That all said, with the heaviest of hearts the decision is that the concert series will be dark for 2014 in an effort to resolve this for the future. I hope it goes without saying that this is not the outcome we expected and certainly don’t want.

With love, gratitude and sincerity,
Amanda
June 26, 2014″

06/09/14 4:45pm

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Photo courtesy Japan Information and Culture Center

Thanks to a reader for passing on:

“Ippakutei Tea House Tour
Sponsored by the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

Just a short walk away from busy Massachusetts Avenue, hidden on the grounds of the Embassy of Japan, is an oasis of calm and ancient culture. Nestled among pine and cherry blossom trees, sits the authentic Japanese tea house named Ippakutei. Considered the greatest of its kind outside of Japan, Ippakutei, the “Tea House of a Hundred Years,” was built in 1960 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Japan-US Treaty of Amity and Commerce.

The JICC, Embassy of Japan is pleased to offer an afternoon of guided tours of Ippakutei and the surrounding tea garden.

Tuesday, June 10
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m (final tour begins at 3:45 p.m.)
2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Open to the public, no registration required

Parking is not available at Ippakutei Tea House or the Embassy of Japan grounds. Only guests with valid photo I.D. will be able to enter. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. No admission or re-entry after 3:50 p.m.

Photographing Ippakutei Tea House is permitted, but photographing the Embassy building is strictly prohibited.”

05/15/14 10:20am

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4231 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Last week we learned Nando’s Peri Peri would be opening their Tenleytown location on May 21st and the transformation on the outside from Armand’s Pizza looked great. Turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how freaking amazing the space turned out. I was able to take some preview photos earlier this week – and I’m gonna have to say this is easily in the top five coolest restaurant renovations I’ve ever seen. Followers of PoPville know that I love old stuff – so it will come as no surprise that lots of old elements of this building were uncovered and incorporated into the new space. You can read the cool background on the building and design below:

Nando’s Tenleytown Release, History (PDF)

Nando’s Tenleytown Release, Design (PDF)

Honest to God, the photos won’t even do justice to how awesome it is. Have a look:

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part of 2nd floor

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a snapshot of how the walls changed over the years

Tons more photos after the jump. (more…)

04/30/14 10:25am

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4619 41st Street, NW just off Wisconsin Ave

Thanks to a reader for sending word of this new signage up in Tenleytown – Bread & Salt – A Neighborhood Eatinghouse. This is the retail spot in the new building next to Dancing Crab:

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Back in 2012 this retail space was supposed to become a restaurant called Fork and Spade. Apparently that didn’t work out and now we have Bread & Salt coming soon. Updates as they get closer to opening.