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3000 Connecticut Ave, NW

Boom! Duke’s Counter from the owners of Duke Grocery in Dupont soft opened on Friday across the street from the Zoo. It was certainly sad to lose Zoo Bar but Duke’s Counter is looking like a worthy replacement. This is a huge score for the Woodley/Cleveland Park crowd. Hell this is a huge score for those with little kids who go to the Zoo a couple times a month/week. Seriously, while the space was still being set up when I stopped by Sunday morning – you can get a good idea of how awesome the space turned out. The dark interior from the Zoo Bar days (good for Blues and Jazz) have been completely brightened:

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mural still in progress

More shots and a look at the menu after the jump. (more…)

3100 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 3100 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spacious Studio with a feel of home with excellent natural morning light, few blocks to Redline Metro at Woodly Park. Studio features great entry leading to a large open living area, galley kitchen with large window, large walk-in closet, hardwood floors, rent includes gas, water, trash, free laundry on the same level, outside common space and more.”

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You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,600/Mo.

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“Drink Beer. Save Wildlife.

Tickets are on sale now for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 12th annual Brew at the Zoo. The event will be held on Thursday, July 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), Brew at the Zoo will feature nearly 100 craft and microbreweries. Local favorites such as Port City Brewing Company and Atlas Brew Works will be joined by popular craft microbreweries including DC Brau Brewing Company, Flying Dog Brewery, and BadWolf Brewing Company.

In addition to sampling great hops, guests will be able to purchase food from local favorites like Ledo’s Pizza, and popular food trucks including Rocklands, Big Cheese, and Red Hook Lobster Pound. Guests will be able to mingle with new and old friends while playing lawn games and enjoying live music by The Reagan Years. (more…)

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2625 Connecticut Ave, NW

A reader reports:

“Wylie Wagg in Woodley Park is gone. Didn’t seem to last long. They have a sign encouraging customers to visit their location at Idaho And Newark NW.

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I know this strip is getting a Nandos and a barbershop soon, but this is another vacant retail space on this strip. The old Pasta Italiana restaurant is still empty (right next to the now vacant Wagg), as is the old Noodles & Company.”

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2631 Connecticut Ave, NW

When we spoke about Nando’s new menu last week, lots of folks were asking about the status of the planned Woodley Park location. Previously they had told us they were hoping for a summer opening. I was skeptical at first but things seem to finally be progressing including a posting of the liquor license application:

“New Restaurant. Sidewalk Café with 45 seats. Total Occupancy Load of 192.”

Updates as construction progresses and an exact opening date is announced.