“Liam LaCivita’s eponymous-ish restaurant (which took over the Murphy’s of DC space) got a façade sprucing and now he has outdoor tables with umbrellas on them, as of today. Nothing official but should be open in a week or two.”
This unit is located at 2829 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:
“Spacious, serene efficiency with private balcony, separate kitchen, dressing area, Murphy bed. Light filled and quiet with ample closet space. Renovated kitchen and bathroom. Building features gym, swimming pool, rooftop deck. Near Woodley Park Metro, Capital Bikeshare, National Zoo, Open City, Lebanese Taverna, Petits Plats and other restaurants and shops.”
I walked by the old Murphy’s in Woodley Park tonight and it looked pretty bleak. Do you know of any updates for the restaurant that was supposed to open there?”
Back in Jan. we noted there was a fire at the future Bar Civita, fortunately, mostly contained to the front/patio area. Not seen in the photo above is the major progress done inside. In February their Facebook page notes “Moving forward…finalizing menu items! We’re getting excited!” and via email owner Liam Civita tells me he is aiming for an April opening. Stay tuned.
This rental is located at 2733 Woodley Place, Northwest. The listing says:
“JUST LISTED 4RENT: Pristine Woodley Place “Wardman” on quiet tree-lined street flooded with light. 3 BR,3.5 BA, formal DR + family room off Kit. Classic details, hi ceilings,hdwd floors,LR w decorative fpl, crown moldings,generous closets and TONS of storage; partially finished loft attic & basement. Large front porch & rear deck.Garage+ 2-3 car drwy;1/2 blk Metro;Oyster E.S.,1 blk Nat Zoo”
“The giant panda zoo awards were announced yesterday and Bao Bao won silver Panda Personality of 2014, and the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat won bronze Favorite panda enclosure outside of China!”
Thanks to a reader for sending these devastating photos Saturday morning from a fire in the former Murphy’s/future Bar Civita [“A modern American and Italian influenced restaurant in historic Woodley Park in Washington, D.C.“]. I’ve sent an email to the Bar Civita folks and will update when I hear back. Hopefully it won’t push the planned opening too far back.
Good update from owner Liam Civita:
“It is definitely an unfortunate setback, but it is only a setback. It will delay opening but not by much, as a majority of the damage was on the patio which we were replacing anyways in a couple of weeks. The fire department did a tremendous job in controlling and putting out the fire.”
To start, we’ll be open from 10am to 7pm daily (closed Mondays), and we’re working out additional morning hours on weekends. We’re still learning the ropes and waiting for a few more pieces of furniture, but the store is beautiful and I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.
We’re planning a Grand Opening celebration in a couple of months, once the weather is nicer and the sidewalk construction has been completed. There’s no need to wait for the party to come say hi and to check out our cakepops and other delicious treats like black & white cookies, rugelach, raspberry bars, and more. And yes, there will also be bagels very soon!”
A tipster sends word about the recently closed Taste of India:
“With the recent closure of Murphy’s of DC leaving us bereft, there’s a wee bit o’ sunshine on the horizon. While nothing will replace Murphy’s, particularly with it’s roaring fireplace on nights like this, “Taste of India” closed a couple of weeks ago and the folks who own Maddy’s are turning the space into … an Irish bar. Rumor is that the new space will be named “McIntyre’s” and is slated to open “sometime in March”.”
Ed. Note: Maddy’s currently has located in Dupont at 1726 Connecticut Ave. NW and at 13th and L St, NW.
“On January 5, Metro contractors will begin a major capital project to install six new escalators at Woodley Park Station. The project is part of Metro’s plan to replace more than 130 of the system’s oldest escalators to improve reliability.
With a vertical rise of 102 feet, the entrance escalators at Woodley Park are the longest in the District of Columbia and the third longest on the Metrorail system (behind Wheaton and Bethesda). The current escalators entered service when the station opened in 1981.
Woodley Park Station’s entrance is served by a total of six escalators, three short units and three long units.
During the project, Metro’s contractor, KONE, will take two escalators out of service at a time – one short and one long. Each pair of escalators will require approximately 46 weeks for preparation, demolition and removal of the existing escalators, construction work, installation of the new escalators, testing and inspections.
The remaining four escalators will remain available for customer use.”