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12th and U Street, NW

A reader reports earlier this week:

“I think Buddha B Yoga on 12th and U Street closed. They no longer have a working phone and all their classes online are missing.”

On their facebook they wrote that Sunday was their last day:

“Thank you to all of the YOGIS and Buddha B TEACHERS who have practiced love and compassion — Last day of classes at Buddha B Yoga tomorrow 8/21/2016 OM SHANTI”

1407 T Street, NW

Update from Ice Cream Jubilee:

“Ice Cream Jubilee’s second location will open in September at 1407 T Street, NW.

Two years after opening its first store in Yards Park, Ice Cream Jubilee is preparing to open its second location at 1407 T Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Ice Cream Jubilee will continue to feature creative flavors of premium ice cream made from local, all natural cream, such as Thai Iced Tea, Banana Bourbon Caramel, Marionberry, and Cookies & Cookie Dough. Ice Cream Jubilee will serve its freshly made waffle cones and quarter-pound cookies, and introduce new seasonal flavors, sundaes, and indulgent drinks for the winter. (more…)

1301 U Street, NW, former U Street Cafe (and Mocha Hut, remember Mocha Hut?) next door to the recently opened upper crust pizzeria

From a press release:

“TaKorean, known for its combination of Korean inspired flavors with a Latin American twist, will open its fourth location in the U Street Corridor of Washington, DC in the early spring of 2017.

Located at 1301 U Street NW, TaKorean will be situated in the heart of the historic U Street District. “The 14th and U Street area is home to so many of our customers,” says Mike Lenard, Founder and CEO. “We couldn’t have found a better place to continue growing the TaKorean brand.” (more…)

1414-1418 U Street, NW

OK, OK, OK I know I tend to get excited about new spots opening but District Distilling Co. in the former Coppi’s and Utopia spaces is absolutely beautiful. Stunning. Dead sexy.


“District Distilling Co. is D.C.’s first combination Distillery + Kitchen + Bar. Everything from our menu to our seating is designed to help you discover something—a new appreciation or an old favorite—all in the comfortable setting of a historic 19th century row house at 14th and U Street. We’re open for tours, drinks, weekend brunch and nightly dinners. Stop by and stay awhile.”

Check out their many menus (bar, kitchen and drinks) here.

Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself (but do believe me in that the photos don’t come close to doing the space justice, so go in person starting Friday.)


Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

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This is wild – I found the above photo from 2008 when I was going through my photo archives and today when I was looking for a GDoN I found it listed again – in the same condition:


Though the price has changed at 1442 T Street, NW. Today it’s going for $1,075,000:



“Dear PoPville,

There used to be a mural on 14th street, before 2012 I believe, of two people kissing an apple and it said something like “you are the apple of my eye”. I wanted to ask if you or anyone knew who the artist was.”

Update from OP: “Larry Mullins painted it 21ish years ago. he lives in LA now. The mural is called Madreselva (Spanish for honeysuckle) and its says LOVERS on the sides and MADRESELVA under the image of the 2 kissing the apple”

Ed. Note: This was the iconic mural removed in 2013 on the side of 1830 14th Street, NW the former home of L and N thrift store, [email protected] gallery and now home to Amsterdam Falafel, a couple blocks south of U Street.

2204 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Sakerum, a new sushi bar, Asian-Latin restaurant and cocktail lounge from Stephanos Andreou, will open just blocks away from the intersection of 14th and U Street (2204 14th St NW) on Monday, August 22.

The two-story resto-lounge fuses the restrained elegance and vibrant energy of Asian and Latin cultures. The atmosphere is modeled, in part, on the traditional Japanese concept of the izakaya, a warm, welcoming gastropub — tinged with the flair of a Latin lounge.

Sakerum’s menu of sushi & sashimi and Latin-inspired Asian dishes will offer an exciting blend of flavors and cultures based on innovative recipes. The 3,600-square-foot Sakerum features bars on both floors in addition to a private dining space and a 90-person retractable rooftop on the second floor.

The colorful sushi bar, located on the restaurant’s first floor, is led by Chef Khan Gayabazar, whose sushi, sashimi and appetizer offerings are big on both flavor and creativity. The Mar y Tierra Roll — sushi made with Maine lobster tail and scorched Miyazaki Wagyu beef — and Yaki Tako, tender grilled octopus brushed with lemon oil and served with orange-mango picante, are just a few of Sakerum’s unique dishes.”

The first floor of Sakerum on 14th Street. Photo by Farrah Skeiky
The first floor of Sakerum. Photo by Farrah Skeiky

Beverage consultant Gina Chersevani leads Sakerum’s cocktail program, which will use fresh sugar cane for cocktails and drink flights. Chersevani’s cheekily-titled drinks include the “Wandering Samurai,” made with sake, Flor de Cana, yuzu and bitters, topped with 6-piece sashimi and the “Pirates Creed,” rum, coconut, pineapple, Yuzu and nutmeg.

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The Wandering Samurai cocktail features sake, Flor de Cana, yuzu and bitters, topped with 6-piece sashimi. Photo by Farrah Skeiky

Sakerum’s general manager Justin Cho, whose family has been in the restaurant business for his entire life, has more than a decade of experience working in and managing restaurants in Washington, D.C., Michigan and Washington state. Cho will bring his lifelong passion for all things culinary to the table at Sakerum. (more…)