04/21/14 11:25am

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4th and H St, NE

Thanks to ‏@EricTollar for tweeting us the promising plans:

“400 h street NE property acquired. (Formally TruOrleans) Looking to open in early-mid June. Concept announcement soon! I can tell you it’s being beautifully renovated, American fare with Mediterranean influence, craft cocktails and local craft beer

Updates as more info becomes available.

TruOrleans closed back in Sept. 2013.

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You can read a review of the then recently opened TruOrleans here.

Remember when it looked like this back in 2010:

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04/20/14 10:22pm

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Finally signage has gone up confirming the location for Shake Shack coming to Union Station. Back in September of 2013 we first learned a Shake Shack would be coming to Union Station. When the second Starbucks moved back in January, I assumed it was to make space for Shake Shack. However at that time rumors continued to persist that a Captiol City Brewery brewery would be taking over the former America restaurant space which closed in Oct. 2011.  Happy to finally put those rumors to rest.

And to those who don’t like Shake Shack – we get it, we get it – you don’t like Shake Shack. Ok. Noted.

For those of us who do like Shack Shake, stay tuned for updates as they get closer to opening. Oh yeah, they’ve also applied for a liquor license that says:

“Restaurant serving American cuisine, specializing in burgers and shakes with a seating capacity of 166, total occupancy load of 220 and Summer Garden with 52 seats.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 11am – 11 pm and Friday & Saturday 11 am – 12 am.

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Entrance in former America space next to new Starbucks location in West Hall

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04/18/14 4:20pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

The following was inspired from a quote by comedian Demetri Martin: “The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.” The ranking of this list was however in no way affected by the consumption of big bottles of Calabaza Blanca.

13. Fojol Bros. (Mobile)
12. Dino, Lavandou (Cleveland Park)
11. Sushi Ko (Glover Park)
10. Cannon’s Fish Market (Georgetown)
9. Channel Inn’s Engine Room (SW Waterfront)
8. Taylor Charles Steak & Ice (H Street)
7. Old City Cafe, Mixtec (Adams Morgan)
6. Point Chaud Cafe and Crepes (Logan)
5. New Orleans PoBoy Shop (Dupont)
4. Yo! Sushi (Union Station/NoMa)
3. Cafe Japone (Dupont)
2. Remingtons, 18th Amendment, Pour House (soon), and Li’l Pub (Capitol Hill)
1. The Reef (Adams Morgan)

04/18/14 11:25am

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1511 Connecticut Ave, NW

on April 1st we noted coming soon signage was posted for Willie T’s Lobster Shack located in the former Marvelous Market sace right next door to Kramerbooks. They’ll be opening next week according to an artist who worked on the space – Arielle Jessop:

“I spent a week down in DC completing the buildout for Willie T’s Lobster Shack that will be opening next week. I did all of the drawings and interior design work for the new restaurant located in the chic neighborhood of Dupont Circle. I did everything by hand; the signs, logo replication, paintings on the wall, and writing on the walls with lobster trivia. I especially love the way the light comes through the wood hanging overhead, as it mimics the feeling of being underneath a boardwalk at the beach. It was really cool to see my vision come to life. I loved doing this project and look forward to working more in restaurant design.”

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04/18/14 10:25am

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1635 Connecticut Ave, NW

Back in Dec. we noted Potbelly had closed for good after first closing in October for renovations. Thanks to a reader for sending word, and Custom Fuel confirming that they’ll be taking over the space. Updates when renovations progress and they get closer to opening.

Custom Fuel recently opened on Georgia Ave near Howard University and also have a spot downtown at 17th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW near the White House. Original Fuel pizza locations remain at 1606 K Street, NW and 600 F Street, NW.

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Demoed lot in front of new building at 7th and Massachusetts Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader a for sending a link to this interview on 94.7 Fresh FM:

“…they are getting ready to open another RPM Italian restaurant right here in Washington, D.C.

“It’s under construction right now. It’s the old NPR building right in Downtown D.C. You’ll see that whole process [on the show].” They hope to open the restaurant by 2015.”

The old NPR building was demoed in June 2013 and the office space has been leased to the Arnold & Porter law firm. NPR’s new home is at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE in NoMa. I hadn’t realized there would be retail/restaurant space too. You can see RPM Italian’s menus here.

Side note: I still think keeping those old buildings looks cool at the other new building next door to where this one is coming:

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1946 New Hampshire Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word:

“Back in January, you blogged about the Subway closing at 16th/NewHampshire/U Street. On Saturday, I walked by and there was some construction going on. A man happened to walk out, and when I asked him what was going in there, he said it would be a Yamas Mediterranean Grill.  I’ve gotten takeout from the one in Bethesda a few times, it’s pretty good. Certainly an upgrade over the Subway.”

Yamas’s website says:

“”Yamas” is a word of Greek origin (Γεια µας) that means “to our Health” and is like “Cheers” around dining tables in Greece and around the world. We are dedicated to providing the best quality tasting food based on the Mediterranean diet for lunch on the “go” or sitting with a table of mezzes (small plates) philosophizing with your friends and family.

We are proud to offer a Mediterranean Menu using only naturally raised antibiotic free meats, olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables – including locally sourced and organic when available.

Enjoy our delicious signature dishes featuring hand made lamb and beef gyros, our juicy Yamas rotisserie chicken marinated with lemon and spices served with fresh sides and fresh grass-fed beef burgers with fresh cut potatoes fried in olive oil. Don’t leave without trying the Opa! Fries! – Hand cut fries with feta cheese mixed together for an amazing side.

Yamas above all is a state of mind. A place where the mind clears and the Mediterranean region’s timeless culinary traditions, vibrant cultures and passionate zest for life come alive.”

You can see their menu here.