1610 U Street, NW

From a press release:

“First time owner/operators Donagh Gilhooly, Brian Hillery and Danny Price opened Exiles Bar, a neighborhood restaurant located at 1610 U St., NW, formerly Stetsons Famous Bar & Grill. The trio has worked at various locations throughout the metro-area since 2006, most recently at a pub in Arlington, Virginia.

Joining them is Chef Emer O’Rourke, the accomplished head chef of Northside Social in Arlington since 2010. Chef O’Rourke, whose award-winning style is straightforward in approach, offers modern touches on traditional comfort foods. Steven Fedorchak, owner of the Liberty Tavern Group, is also involved with the project as a consulting partner and advisor.

After a massive renovation, including construction of a new kitchen, second-floor bar/restaurant area, the addition of a billiards room and five brand new bathrooms, Exiles Bar is excited and honored to join the U Street Corridor. Much of the building has been stripped back to its original brick and stone. New windows and lighting provide warmth and clarity to this historic building, which has operated as a restaurant continuously since the 1930s.

Join Exiles Bar for its grand opening celebration on July 21, 2016, at 7:00 PM. The evening will feature live music, complimentary menu samples, and drink specials.

Exiles Bar will be open Monday-Thursday, 4pm-2am, Friday & Saturday, 11am-3am, and Sunday, 11am-2am. The new upstairs bar/restaurant area seats 45 and is available for private events.”

Photo courtesy Friends of Harrison Recreation Center

From an email:

“Harrison Recreation Center at 1330 V Street NW is hosting a board game evening tonight (Wednesday 7/20). The play will be followed by a couple of fantastic films about chess and checkers in Washington DC – the first movie of the season for the U Street Movie Series. The event is for all ages.

The full program (come anytime):

6:30 – 8:30 Chess, checkers, backgammon play event

8:30 – 8:45: Checkers at 9th and S, the short documentary about the Capital Pool and Checkers Club in Shaw

8:45 – 10:30: Life of a King, the feature film starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Eugene Brown, the founder of the Big Chair Chess Club in Anacostia.

NO experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. The Harrison Rec’s chess “regulars” and some members of the Capital Pool and Checkers Club will be there to offer instruction and coaching.

Bring your friends and kids, a blanket or chairs and join us for a fun evening of board games, films, and a little local history. We’ll provide the popcorn.”

2210 14th Street, NW

Way back in 2013 we heard some scuttlebutt that the owners of Federal and Palace5ive (2216 14th St, NW) would be opening a neighborhood tavern in the former Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant space but there seemed to be very little progress since then.  No more – finally serious action has returned.  Stay tuned for more details as they get closer to opening.


looking north towards Florida Ave

power outage

A reader reports Sunday night:

“We are moving into hour 48+ of Pepco response at 14 & V. That large vehicle on left, partially obscured by tree, says “diesel” on side. That, and the constant very loud engine noise over the last 24+ hours, and we have surmised that they are powering the building on the corner with a generator.

First, absolute shout out to Pepco & Pepco workers. There has been a large team in yellow safety vests all weekend, working around the clock, in long pants and horrible heat – and every time I’ve looked out my window they have been working their butts off. Pepco even apparently brings in food and refreshments, as there are tents set up with buffet and stacks of drinks. Very much exceeded my expectations in terms of big energy company taking care of workers, and workers working tail off all weekend.

Second, what on earth is going on and when will it be over? I’ve searched online and everything seems to say resolved – but the fact that V street is still closed to traffic, diesel generator still pumping, and yellow vests still swarming begs to differ.
Any news?”

2121 14th Street, NW

From an email:


8AM – 5PM

It’s time to pack up your laptop, grab your favorite travel mug and begin creating. We’re excited to introduce D.C.’s newest and most accessible collaborative co-working space, Share Space D.C. No longer is the “Next Big Idea” limited to the traditional means of cultivation. The old ways of doing things are becoming obsolete. The workplace is wherever we are!

Share Space D.C. is a free co-working space located inside of Mulebone | 2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC.

Open 8 am – 5 pm , Mon – Fri beginning Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Complimentary organic, direct trade coffee will be served on opening day

Amenities Include (more…)

1342 U Street Northwest, 2nd floor

Looks like Bureau Skate Shop has taken over the Art Under Pressure space (previously Vintage No. 5 Boutique) above Desperados (RIP Polly’s).

Transworld Skateboarding reports:

“Bureau is a local skate shop, menswear, and art retailer whose mission is to become a central hub showcasing and supporting creative culture in DC.

Hours of operation: 11 – 7 Monday – Saturday, 12 – 6 Sunday”

Their Facebook says they opened about 3 weeks ago.


U Street

Yesterday we learned about the affordable housing component fronting V Street – here’s the project fronting U Street.

From a press release:

“High Street Residential has partnered with Deutsche Asset Management to develop a 288-unit, Class-A, multifamily project, located at 1441 U Street, NW, Washington, D.C. This luxury apartment project will also feature more than 15,000 square feet of retail in the core of the U Street Corridor. Construction is scheduled to commence Q3 2016, with completion in mid-2018.

1441 U Street is located adjacent to the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs, at a site that was once the home to the now-razed, 48-unit Portner Place Apartments. This site will also contain Portner Flats, a 96-unit affordable housing complex fronting V Street, NW that will be developed concurrently by a joint venture between Somerset Development and Jonathan Rose Companies. (more…)