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1939 12th Street, NW just south of U Street

Over the summer we learned that a new high end liquor store was coming to 12th and U St, NW in the space next door to Menchie’s frozen yogurt. The owners tells me there was a slight delay with permits but they are now on track for a December 1st opening.

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Here’s a rendering:

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“Dear PoPville,

My friend Richard and I came across a old milk bottle labelled “Thompson’s Dairy 2012 11th St NW”

It got us curious about the Dairy and the area itself during that time period.

As we did some research we met some great people and found out some interesting facts about the Dairy and what life was like back then.

We decided to put together a little documentary:

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1704 U Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

You shared the great news yesterday that Henry’s is reopening soon, but I didn’t know if you were aware that Henry himself passed away just last month.

My dad and his friends were close with Henry and his crew in the ’70s, and I’ve heard many fantastic stories. It’s a great loss for this city.”

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From Henry’s Soul Cafe Facebook page:

The District’s legendary “King of Soul Food” Henry Smith, died Friday, October 10, at the age of 73.

His world-renowned Washington establishment, Henry’s Carry-out & Delicatessen, has drawn celebrities, politicians, tourists and locals alike to enjoy its famed soul food for more than 45 years.

Smith, opened the U Street restaurant in 1968, featuring Southern cooking staples like fried chicken, barbeque ribs and collard greens. However, it was best known as the “Home of the Sweet Potato Pie,” having served its famous dessert to every District of Columbia Mayor since Walter Washington and even United States President’s Clinton and Obama.

“Today I lost my father, but D.C. has lost a legend,” said Jermaine Smith, son of Henry Smith.” During the 1968 riots, Henry and his brother sat in the window of his “then” new business armed with a shotgun and a bible. His restaurant was one of the few businesses that remained unscathed during the historic incident.

Henry’s Smith’s legacy continues today with his son and daughter at the helm of the original Henry’s at 17th& U Street as well as operating several other locations in the Washington Metropolitan area.

1926 16th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1926 16th Street. Northwest. The listing says:

“LOCATED AT 16TH & U STREET NW METRO JUST DOWN THE STREET. SMASHING CONTEMPORAY UNIT AND CONVENIETLY AND JUST STEPS AWAY FROM DOZENS OF SHOPS, RESAURANTS, CLOST TO DOWNTOWN OPEN SATURDAY FROM 12 NOON TO 2PM P.S WORK IS IN PROGESS AND WORK WILL BE DONE BEFORE MOVEIN”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $2,750/Mo.

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1212 U Street, NW

Nonna’s Kitchen (above Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria) website says:

“Nonna’s Kitchen was created to invite our guests to feel like they are stepping right into the rustic kitchen of an Italian Grandmother. The cuisine will represent the different regions of Italy through Chef-inspired tasting menus, complete with wine pairings and suggested classic cocktail selections. The menu will change monthly. Adding to the at-home experience the guest will be able to watch their food be artfully crafted inside Nonna’s kitchen, where they will be encouraged to ask questions and become educated about the ingredients.

Nonna Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday 5:00-10:00
Friday – Saturday 5:00 – 11:00″

I’m told they will be “offering 20% off while until the November 25th”. More details from their full press release:

Nonna’s Kitchen Press Release (PDF)

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Photo via Alphone’s facebook

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1346 T Street, NW

From an email:

“Starting this Friday, the 7th of November, Compass Rose will begin serving late night khachapuris on Friday and Saturday nights. Our kitchen normally closes at 11:00 but will stay open until 2:00am for making what has become our signature dish, Georgian khachapuri. The demand for the bread, cheese and egg dish after hours kept coming so we decided to make it happen. The dish that the Washington Post has called, Butter Pizza, will be the only menu item available after 11:00pm for now and only on Fridays and Saturdays. Of course the bar is open until 3:00am on both weekend nights.

Speaking of the bar….. We are excited to announce that Jack Caminos has decided to come on board as our beverage director! Jack is a legend. A consummate barman. Formally of Blackjack and Brixton, Jack will be bartending at Compass Rose four nights a week. His new cocktail program will begin on Wednesday of next week (11/12/14).”