“We need your help to save the 14&U Farmers Market — and the Post Office at the Reeves Center at 14th and U.
You may have read that the Reeves Center will sold to a developer (to pay for a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point). There is a very important meeting TUESDAY DEC 17th at 6 pm at the Reeves Center to hear from the community about what we want in that new development. We need you to come and tell the city that we want the farmers market to be able to be at that site, that we want the Post Office at that site, and that we need to replace this office complex with offices –not residential — that will create daytime traffic.
The Reeves Center is a huge office complex that supported local daytime business for our retail and restaurants. It needs to be replaced with something else that would support daytime business. We have a very lively nightlife and weekend life, but our businesses and restaurants need daytime traffic.
Thank you for you help and I hope to see you Tuesday, December 17th at 6 pm at the Reeves Center. Please spread the word.”
“This is a very clean freshly painted 1-bedroom unit off of the U Street corridor. Featuring new carpeting, solid wood cabinets, cable ready wiring, security bars plus some off-street parking, this apartment is ideal and is vacant and move-in available. Also, METRO, shops and restaurants are just a couple blocks away.”
Unfortunately no photos of the interior but seems like it could be a good price – this 1 bed/1bath is going for $1,650/Mo.
It was a good run for the Wydown Coffee Bar at 1320 U St, NW. This was their last weekend on U Street but fortunately they’ll be reopening in their permanent digs early next year in the new Louis Building on 14th Street just south of U Street.
“It’s not just Santa’s little elves that are hard at work at Christmas time. It’s architects too! Founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects, GINGERTOWN is a one-of-a-kind holiday initiative that brings together the leading architects, designers, and architectural firms in the D.C. area with building enthusiasts – young and old – to create a town made of completely of ginger bread. And, it’s all for a good cause.
The hand crafted structures are then donated and put on display at local hospitals, health care facilities and community support organizations to help spread the message of joy and hope during the holidays. Recipients of the buildings have included: National Children’s Medical Center, the Washington Home, Martha’s Table and Hannah House.”
Unfortunately public viewing hours ended this weekend. Here’s a peek in the window from last week:
The owner of Primp Beauty Bar coming to the former RCKNDY Home/Office furnishing space at 1515 U St, NW is opening Dec. 15th. To start hours will be 10am-7pm. After the first week they will be closed on Mondays.
The long closed former State of the Union space (to the left in the photo above next to Republic Gardens also for sale) is located at 1357 U Street, NW. The listing says:
“2 level bldg w/huge 1st level w/lrg open spa less blk to “U” St METRO. Nr shell w/ high ceilings and exposed brk walls.Not occupied. Sale may be subject to lease and/or right of first refusal held by another. Tremendous location, almost at 14th St ;; half blk to Reeves Municipal Ctr; nr theaters,clubs city’s newest & most fashionable condos & restaurants.1355 U St also for sale”
Back in mid-September we took an early look at Fainting Goat located in the former Urban Essentials space at 1330 U St, NW. Since the design team was the same one that did Boundary Stone, Red Hen and Baby Wale I had very high hopes for how it would turn out. As expected – awesome:
They opened to friends and family on Saturday night and quietly to the public on Sunday. You’ll soon be able to see the menu online here. After the jump lots more photos of the inside. (more…)
“The best cocktails in the city are being served on 14th Street at Bar Pilar and Café Saint Ex, where legendary DC bartender Owen Thomson has taken over as Beverage Manager.
“I want to bring some of the interesting products and techniques that I’ve found along the way to the art of drink-making in a neighborhood bar,” said Thomson, who left Range to take over the sister establishments. Thomson was so well-loved by customers at Range (home of “Top Chef” Bryan Voltaggio) that he has been nominated Bartender of the Year for his pouring prowess and friendly demeanor behind the bar. Thomson said that despite his popularity at the upscale destination, he was ready for a change. “I prefer bars over restaurants,” he said. “A restaurant bar is just a stop-off point – you’re there for the dining experience. In a bar, you’re there to relax, hang out. There’s a communal atmosphere.” This is always how it’s been for Bar Pilar and Café Saint Ex – destinations long before the newfound popularity of the U Street corridor, where the sister hot spots are now like familiar friends in a sea of new faces. This move is in keeping with the company’s tradition of small restaurants with recognition for their bar programs. Former Bar Managers for the group include Jonathan Fain (now General Manager of Cafe Saint Ex) and Adam Burnbach of 2 Birds, 1 Stone.
Regulars and newbies are sure to want to be first to sample one of Thomson’s newest creations at Bar Pilar including the amusingly named Middle Child (rye whiskey, simple syrup, lemon and fennel) and Lose the Moustache (Mezcal, grapefruit, beer and sriracha salt). “Mixologist” is one word for people like Thomson who are equal parts scientist and cocktail chef, but Thomson pooh-poohs the newfangled technical term. “I’m a bartender,” he said. Still, Thomson is always tinkering, trying new recipes, meticulously measuring, stirring, seeking that perfect balance of flavors, which is what makes his cocktails among the most sought-after in the city. The new cocktail menu at Saint Ex is in process and will roll out in the coming weeks.
Thomson has big plans for the future. In departing from Range, he brought with him two of his favorite bartenders, Ben Wiley and Noah Broaddus. He set to work immediately training them on how he envisions these bars so that there are never any empty stools. Once his mission is accomplished, he will hand the reins over to his protégés and move on to his own bar on Florida Ave., slated to open in a year or two. (more…)