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.

UPDATE thanks to a reader for tweeting us from MPD:

“RT @DCPoliceDept: Update: Escapee from Wisconsin Ave has been located and apprehended without incident”

MPD emails:

“The escapee has been apprehended in the Sixth District.”

From MPD:

“At approximately 11:20 am today, a juvenile male escaped from the Psychiatric Institute of Washington located in the 4200 block Wisconsin Avenue, NW.

He is described as a 17-year-old black male, 5’10”-6’0″ tall, weighing between 280-300 pounds. He was wearing blue hospital scrubs and possibly blue jeans, and hospital slippers. The subject had been charged in a stabbing incident and should be considered dangerous.

Anyone who sees him should take no action, but call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

3913 Windom Place Northwest

This house is located at 3913 Windom Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“4 BR, 2.5 Bath 1911 home located just 3 blocks from the metro in Tenleytown. Spacious floor plan with hardwood floors, granite counters, high ceilings, large living room, 2 wood burning fireplaces. The LL was recently renovated creating a BDR, full BA, and family room. Ext has front porch and large rear brick patio. Convenient to shops, playgrounds, restaurants and dwntwn DC.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $890,000.

4445 Wisconsin Ave, NW

We’ve finally learned who’s taking over the prime corner space formerly home to Neisha Thai and EUR Asian – Burger Tap & Shake.

The liquor license placard posted out front says:

“Restaurant serving American food, specializing in quick-service burgers, shakes, and salads. Sidewalk Café with seating for 25. Total Occupancy Load of 99.”

There is currently a Burger Tap & Shake located at 2200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW in Foggy Bottom. Their website says:

“Throughout the day, we grind on premise a custom blend of 3-day aged, naturally raised Local Harvest beef chuck and brisket. Char-griddled and served on a buttered, toasted, house made bun. By focusing on premium sourcing and in-house production – from pickles to ice cream – we are able to serve a great burger at a great price.

BTS is a counter service, seat-yourself burger joint with an atmosphere of no-nonsense industrial chic: light cement floors, an exposed black ductwork ceiling, and a cement bar faced with rough-hewn reclaimed wood. The walls of the open stainless steel grill-kitchen are lined with work-a-day subway tile. When your burger is ready, it is presented on a quarter-size metal sheet pan topped with a sheet of paper – no fuss, no muss, no plate!”

You can see their menu here: bts-menu (PDF)