Back in August we learned about the Art Soiree House that was supposed to come to the space above Floors on 14th. It sounded incredibly promising. Before this the space was once planned for a spot called Local 14 and more recently was once a planned pizza restaurant. Another cursed spot?


243 K Street, NE

In late May we learned that Indigo Indian restaurant was coming to the former Franklin’s Corner Store at 3rd and K St, NE. These are the folks who have a booth at Eastern Market and are hoping to open here in July/August.

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Construction coming along at Indigo, new Indian restaurant at 3rd & K NE. They just put up the signage a couple of days ago.”

3720 14th Street, NW June 2013

I’ve been getting this question pretty regularly (most recently on twitter @PoPville) ever since we learned about it back in Oct. 2012:

“Tavern serving bar food with a seating capacity of 70. Occupancy load of 70. Requesting a summer garden with a seating capacity of 20 and entertainment endorsement featuring live music.”

Last month New Columbia Heights reported an ANC Rep heard the owners were shooting for a July opening date. Based on the photo above taken last weekend and word from a reader who peeked in the window, well, I’d guess the likelihood of them opening in July is, uh, let’s say not very likely. Unless they meant July 2014. Anyway, I’m just glad it’s apparently still happening. Though I’ll feel a little more confident when renovations actually start. Stay tuned.

919 U Street, NW

Tacos out, German beer garden in! Back in June 2011 we first learned that a spot called El Ray (not to be confused with the Elroy) would be coming to the vacant lot next to Dodge City on U Street. Originally we heard there would be a taco stand but I spoke with one of the owners (same owners as Marvin, Gibson, Chez Billy, Satellite Room, Hanoi House) who tells me plans are for a German beer garden that will be built out of shipping containers. Tacos are obviously out and they now plan on serving German sausages etc. Food will be served “dim sum style” and they plan on having a take out window on U Street. No word on the name yet but if all goes well they hope to open in Fall 2013. Stay tuned.


Southwest corner 14th and R St, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Bar di Bari – Espresso and Wine Bar – got their fence set up for an outdoor patio. Should be another outside dining option.

Northwest corner 14th and R St, NW

And here’s a quick peek inside M Cafe coming in across the street:


Black whiskey Logan
1410 14th Street, NW

Back in Dec. we learned that Black Whiskey would be opening in former Mar de Plata space in Logan Circle. At that time they hoped to open around the April. Looks like they still have some more buildout to do but according to the liquor license application, the space will be pretty large:

“New Full Service Restaurant serving American cuisine with occasional DJ and Dancing. Number of inside seats is 140. Total occupancy load is 275. Summer Garden, number of seats is 20.

113 Rhode Island Ave, NW

Back in April 2012 we learned that Showtime Lounge would be coming to 113 Rhode Island Ave, NW across the street from Boundary Stone. I hadn’t noticed much movement but when I was walking around this weekend I noticed the front door was open. I peeked inside and spoke with one of the owners who says they hope to open around the end of the month. Plans are still for:

“The establishment plans to operate as a coffeehouse during the daytime hours, serving coffee, pastries and house made dips and snacks. During the evening hours, offering a small selection of beer, wine, spirits and finger foods.”

Finishing touches were still ongoing but there is a nice little bar in the back, some sweet retro wallpaper in the front and a mural on a back/side wall. It looks like it’s gonna be another great addition to Bloomingdale. Stay tuned for an exact opening date when it’s announced.


2208 14th St, NW

Thanks to @sailpro99 for sending the photo of Piola’s new signage at 2208 14th St, NW. In Aug. 2011 we heard:

“International Italian food chain serving genuine Italian food with a seating capacity of approximately 70 people on the 1st floor and 20 people on the 2nd floor. The total occupancy load is 150. A roof-deck (summer garden) with 40 seats and no entertainment.”

You can see their Arlington menu here.

10th and H St, NE

Back in Sept. 2012 we noted the new signs for a future Ben’s Chili Bowl at the corner of 10th an H St, NE. I noticed the signs were no longer there and little progress had been accomplished so I wanted to check on their status. Owner Nizam Ali tells me that plans are moving forward and “Our goal is to open before the end of the year.”

705 6th Street, NW

The Post’s Tom Sietsema tweets:

“Finally! @Daikayadc opens V-Day, “just for ramen on the first floor” says Daisuke Utagawa, the owner with @chefkatsuya”

You can see what Daikaya looked like here back in May 2012.

Get ready for some “authentic ramen bowls amongst other Asian-influenced dishes.”

Daikaya’s facebook page says 5pm Feb. 14th:

walk-ins only for ramen, no reservations – our izakaya upstairs will take reservations when it opens but that won’t be for a while”