Photo by PoPville flickr user Ian Livingston

Thanks to a reader for sharing a letter from the Director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park:

“Beginning January 1, 2016, the Zoo’s hours of operation will be modified so that our gates will open later and close a little earlier.

You’ve heard me state that the safety of the National Zoo’s guests, staff, and animals is my number one priority. We constantly think about safety as well as improvements that will allow our team and vendors to move freely around the park during early morning hours. From animal food deliveries and vet appointments to supply drops and grounds maintenance, this critical early morning work ensures that your Zoo runs smoothly and is prepared for visitors. The new closing hours enable us to protect and safeguard our visitors and animals, especially when it gets dark earlier in fall and winter.

We’ve evaluated the impact of these changes on our neighbors and community. We’re aware that joggers and walkers use the park for recreation, and that commuters use the North Road as a shortcut— although it is not a public road. Knowing that we will frustrate some of our neighbors, changing the Zoo’s open hours was a very difficult decision.I hope that you will appreciate and support my decision knowing that I cannot, and will not, compromise on safety issues. Moreover, this adjustment will enable the Zoo to use our time and resources in the most efficient manner possible.

The change will allow us to open our animal houses one hour earlier, giving our visitors more access to see animals, which is the primary reason people come to your great National Zoo.”

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2631 Connecticut Ave, NW

Washington Business Journal with the good news:

“The D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment voted 3-0 Tuesday to adjust its ruling in such a way that would allow Nando’s to go ahead with its proposed 2631 Connecticut Ave. NW location, in a former Bank of America branch just across from the Woodley Park Metro station.”

From Nando’s:

“We have been so persistent with this restaurant because we knew we had such strong support behind us, from our landlord to the amazing members of the Woodley Park community. Now comes the fun part, building a beautifully bespoke restaurant in Woodley Park to share our PERi-PERi chicken with even more Nando’s fans in D.C.”

–from Burton Heiss, the Nando’s USA CEO.

We anticipate a summer 2016 open!”


From a press release:

Tickets are on sale now for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s frighteningly fun adults-only Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. The event, hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), will be held Friday, October 30, from 5:30 to 10 pm. With live music, craft beer, food trucks, a costume contest, performance artists, and DJ Squirrel spinning spooky beats, it’s a wicked night of fun, all in the name of conservation. (more…)

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Photo via Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“Keepers had a chance to weigh Bei Bei on Monday, Sept. 28, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He now weighs 1,850 grams, or 4 lbs! Mei Xiang is spending more time out of the den, and has even been sleeping in her enclosure for short periods of time as long as Bei Bei is content. One of their recent snoozing sessions was briefly interrupted by a rather surprising sneeze.

The David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat has been closed to the public since Aug. 20, and will remain closed until further notice to provide quiet. As we mentioned in our last update, Bei Bei will go on exhibit for the first time in early 2016.”

3000 Connecticut Ave, NW

When FroZenYo first announced in 2010 they were coming across the street from the zoo I thought it would be a license to print money. Specifically I thought they’d make “approximately a zillion dollars when the weather warms up”. Maybe I should’ve been concerned when they started branching out into Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches but I honestly never thought they’d close. Updates when more info is known.



A reader sends a shot of the carnage above:

“No clue what happened (accidental, deliberate)? Happened in Woodley Park, on 28th between Woodley and Cathedral. Pretty intense… I live on this block and didn’t hear any fire trucks last night. Hopefully no one was hurt, when I walked by at 7:30 am there wasn’t really anyone around.”

Also this morning there was a car fire that temporarily closed 14th Street at P in Logan Circle.

Ed. Note: Car-BQ season usually hits in the late winter months. I’m just kidding – car-bq season is of course year round!