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2100 14th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

The last two night walking up 14th on the way home from work around 6:15/6:30 I noticed Diego is closed. Inside visible from street but only by emergency lights and all the chairs are turned up on the tabletops. No sign in door. Interestingly enough the lounge upstairs IS open. Have you heard anything?? Two nights in row sounds odd. Not sure about last weekend as my outings did not take by there.”

They closed this weekend – they shared the news on Friday:

“It is with our most sincere apologies that DIEGO will be closing after this weekend. Please join us one last time for our freshly made guacamole and margaritas.

Diego will be open for brunch and Dinner ALL WEEKEND! We will see you soon and thank you for the many memories!”

Diego opened up at 14th and V St, NW in the former AM PM Carryout space back in July 2013.  They had a troubled start closing shortly after opening only to open a few weeks later with a new chef. Were there any fans?

Flashback to 2010:

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Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

From Change.org:

“Last May’s inaugural Funk Parade was a huge success. It brought together 30,000 people in the U Street neighborhood, showcased nearly 100 hours of music and dance performances, and generated an estimated $1 million in sales for local businesses.

Unfortunately, city officials refused to permit the parade to pass down U Street. The avenue has been a hub of live music and celebration for decades. It has hosted dozens of parades. Marion Barry’s first inaugural parade passed down U Street. But officials refused to close it briefly for Funk Parade, a celebration of the heart and soul of the city.

Instead, city officials forced the parade to use a narrow, inconvenient route down V Street and ending in an alley. The popularity of the event easily overwhelmed the route, and when the parade concluded crowds swarmed onto U Street anyway, forcing an impromptu closure. This petition is to ask the city, let us do it right this year!

The neighborhood supports this request: local ANC 1B has unanimously endorsed closing U Street for the parade. Its transportation committee has carefully reviewed the proposed U Street route, weighed community concerns, and unanimously voted to approve the request. But it needs your voice alongside it.

The Funk Parade is a true community event, supported by more than 100 local businesses and clubs, all the local neighborhood associations, and dozens of arts and culture groups from the Kennedy Center and Cultural DC to dance, music and urban art collectives. But it needs your help to call on DC officials to close U Street!

Missed Funk Parade last year? You missed live go-go, jazz, R&B, Latin, rock, reggae, hip-hop, afrobeat, capoeira, drumming, funk, soul, and samba. Other performances included magic, juggling, flash mobs, gypsy swing, and breakdancing. Basically, everything great about the city rolled into one giant event, and delivered — free! — to your doorstep.

Please sign this petition and help convince city officials that THE FUNK PARADE MUST BE ON U STREET IN 2015!”

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11th and U Street, NW

Solly’s and Sloppy Mama’s present Pig, Beer and Bourbon:

“Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

A full carolina pig pickin’, plus smoked brisket, mac n cheese, slaw, collards and cornbread. Tickets are $49.99 and that includes a full buffet of smoked meat goodness, and all you care to drink PBR and Jim Beam. Only 70 will be sold so get yours before they’re gone.”

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New Year’s Social Hour with Generation Conservation:

“You are invited to The Nature Conservancy’s Generation Conservation New Year’s social hour!

On January 27, please join Conservancy staff, supporters, and friends at Eatonville Restaurant. Learn more about the Conservancy’s global fisheries work from Jeremy Rude, who is a Fisheries Specialist with the Conservancy. Mix and mingle with friends and colleagues, all for a good cause!

The suggested donation for this event is $10. Your gift will help support the MD/DC Chapter’s conservation work in the Mid-Atlantic region, protecting iconic natural areas like the Appalachians and the Chesapeake Bay. From our mountains to marshes, your donation will allow the Conservancy to continue protecting the lands and waters that we all love and cherish.

*The Nature Conservancy’s Generation Conservation (“Gen C”) is a local group of Conservancy supporters who plan events several times a year to help raise awareness for the Conservancy and its conservation projects. To learn more about what the Conservancy is doing in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, please visit www.nature.org/MarylandDC and www.nature.org/Virginia.

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When: January 27, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Eatonville Restaurant (2121 14th St. NW, closest to the U Street Metro stop)

What: Happy Hour in support of The Nature Conservancy
VIP: Jeremy Rude, Fisheries Specialist at The Nature Conservancy”

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Photos used with permission by ‏@TonyTGoodman

Earlier today @TonyTGoodman tweeted:

“Temporary Rite Aid on former sidewalk at 13th & U to make way for new apartment building.”

In early December the Washington Business Journal reported:

“A 1,400-square-foot prefabricated modular construction trailer will be placed on the sidewalk adjacent to the existing, soon-to-be-razed Rite Aid, for use as a temporary pharmacy. The JBG Cos. plans to knock down much of the block — five buildings totaling 19,000 square feet — to clear the way for an eight-story mixed-use project. The new building will include space for a new Rite Aid and roughly 165 multifamily units.”

We’ve previously spoken about the development here.

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13th and U Street, NW