the smith u street
1314 U Street, NW

According to a liquor license placard, NYC’s The Smith (recently opened in Penn Quarter) is also coming to U Street! The placard says:

“New Class “C” Restaurant with 216 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 320. Restaurant will serve American food and will have Live Entertainment.”

Check out the 9th and F St, NW menus here. Updates as buildout progresses.


From a press release:

“Funk Parade organizers announced details for this year’s Funk Parade occurring on Saturday, May 6, 2017, as well as its annual crowdfunding campaign. This year’s theme is Future Funk, to celebrate the installation of Parliament’s Mothership at the Smithsonian, the Afrofuturism movement, and the emergence of promising talents in DC’s music scene.


“We’re at a decision point in this city, we get to decide what we want to be,” said Funk Parade co-founder Justin Rood. “What’s the future we can make together? What can we build with love? What’s it going to look like? That’s what we’re exploring this year.”

With its crowdfunding campaign, Funk Parade needs to raise $15,000 from community members and local businesses.  The link to give is: here.

As one of the city’s biggest community-based cultural events, organized by the community, this campaign is crucial to the its bottom line. You don’t need a ticket to come to the parade, the day fair or the music festival. If you want to support this event, this is how you do it. Perks for giving include T-shirts, infant onesies, stickers, buttons, posters and more. It runs for three weeks.


photo courtesy Quarter+Glory credit: Mark Soriano (Pix of DC)

From a press release:

“Starting March 22nd, a Wednesday evening stroll past 14th and U’s Quarter+Glory, will likely result in head nodding or even a snapping of the fingers. The cocktail bar with a mid-century swagger is adding another element essential to quintessential American cocktail bars; jazz. Entitled: ‘The Savoy Jazz Nights’ every Wednesday evening, sounds of horns and drums will fill the air at Quarter+Glory. In true fashion, the weekly jazz nights carry a literary theme, very much like the bar itself. The themed evening borrows its name from The Savoy Cocktail Book, authored by American bartender Harry Craddock, widely considered to be the best bartender of the prohibition era. The Savoy Cocktail Book was published by London’s renown hotel: The Savoy in 1930, Craddock’s employer at the time, and included 750 recipes. (more…)

1432 T St NW

This house is located at 1432 T Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Stylishly appointed home with porch, patio & parking. Updated kitchen & baths, custom lighting, plantation shutters, & built-ins. Oak floors & warm LED lighting throughout. Windows & skylights galore. Huge storage cellar. Half block to 14th Street dining, shopping and night life. 98 Walk Score. Metro Yellow/Green lines 1/4 mile, Red line 3/4 mile. Open Sun 2-4.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $1,050,000.


Thanks to Ken for sending from the Washington Business Journal:

“Martha’s Table selling longtime headquarters on 14th Street NW

The nonprofit will operate out of Anacostia and Columbia Heights beginning in 2018. Meanwhile, here’s an opportunity for a buyer in the U Street Corridor.”

For those not familiar with Martha’s Table:

“Martha’s Table works to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to healthy food, quality education, and family supports in the District of Columbia.”


Looking north on 14th Street towards W:



It’s either a dope mural or a film projection outside the roof deck pool – either way – very cool. And damn this is a crazy transformation from Portner Place.

The future Sonnet:

“Your home is the center of your life. That’s why, at Sonnet, we’re putting you in the heart of the city, in a gorgeous environment that can be as social as it can be relaxing. Our luxury apartment and amenity spaces give you the freedom to fully embrace your version of the good life. We’re located right at 14th and U Street, where the best of Washington, DC, converges. And, where you can truly have it all.

Coming 2018”

You can see more renderings here.

1441 U Street, NW

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Victoria writes:

“A new mural is going up at Ben’s Chili Bowl, for a four-month period while Ben’s decides on who will be featured in their next permanent mural. This mural is designed by Cory Stowers.”

You can see what the old mural looked like when it first went up in Sept. 2012 here. We spoke about the Bill Cosby controversy here.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

fast gourmet

Lina Chovil comments on Fast Gourmet’s closure at 14th and W St, NW:

“For you that do not know the full story. The Brothers embezzled over $60k in 2012 to open up their Takeateasy joint. After only a year of being open we where at a loss due to the embezzlement the Oliveras did, the legal expense it took to remove them from the business. Not only did they cause our financial ruin but the family completely broke apart. And on top of that ABC forgot to mention why the payments arrangement was not honored. The rape of Lina Chovil on May 27th 2015 after leaving Mesa14 and only mention the debt amount with out any explanation of the fact. The DC treasure new about this but yet they decided to not care.. after I was hospitalized they took our licenses away and pushed us to male payments promising to give us our license back. Well they never honored their promise. That’s why we stopped selling cigarettes etc in the convenience store.

A restaurant was trying to maintain two business. The convenience store and the restaurant.

So there for those of you who ask why we did not pay our taxes. Blame the Oliveras and the individual that raped the managing partner.

Just letting you know what really happened.

The only one going to court is the rapist.

We cant sue the government, and well the Oliveras we decided not to pursue them criminally back in 2012 due to Juan’s son, we truly cared for his family.

Don’t worry We will be back sooner than you think.

Happy Eating!!”

Ed. Note: I was told via email that they will contact me when they have more details on coming back.