04/15/14 4:00pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I went to the Maine Avenue Wharf to get some fresh scallops for the weekend and found out the Century old Phillips Flagship Crab Deck Restaurant founded in 1914 at 900 Water Street closes Monday April 28 to make way for the huge Wharf development on the SW waterfront.”

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Ed. Note: We looked at a final farewell to the nearby Channel Inn’s Engine Room earlier this month.

04/15/14 12:25pm

city2Cafe
1917 18th St, NW

City2Cafe opened up back in the summer of 2010. That retail space is now being listed for lease:

“-FULLY BUILT restaurant – 1,250 sf
-Near popular restaurants such as Jack Rose, Regency Thai, Lauriol Plaza, Mandu, and Rosemary’s Thyme!
-Building has recently undergone an extensive renovation”

For the moment City2Cafe remains open, perhaps they’ll be able to negotiate a new lease. Any fans of City2Cafe?

04/15/14 11:55am

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Photo courtesy Rhode Island Row (2300 Washington Place, NE by the Rhode Island Ave Metro

When clicking on locations from their website it reveals more coming soon spots:

“H St., Washington DC
Fort Totten Square, Washington DC
Capitol Gateway, Washington, DC”

From a press release:

“Chef/Owner Lance London is pleased to debut his new burger concept, TKO Burger, in the vibrant new community of Rhode Island Row, a mixed-use development located just steps from the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood metro at 2350 Washington Place, NE, 20018. This is London’s fourth restaurant in the DC area as he is the proud chef/owner of The Carolina Kitchen with three locations in Washington, DC, Largo, MD and Hyattsville, MD. TKO Burger will open April 17th 24th, and serve lunch and dinner, in addition to offering carryout for those who wish to grab-and-go. (more…)

04/15/14 10:25am

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816 H Street, NE

Big news about the former HR-57 and Fever Lounge space at 816 H Street, NE from the Washington Business Journal – they report Mythology Modern Chop House/Lore Lounge will open next year and:

“The “chop house” restaurant will occupy the first floor, with three levels of lounge above, including an indoor-outdoor space on the third floor and a fourth floor space that can shift concepts. Luongo envisions a beer-tasting room or a whiskey bar, depending on the season and the trends of the moment.”

Equally as interesting to me was a quote from the owner who says:

“I think where things are going with H Street, it’s going to transition away from that hipster scene to more of a mainstream, cosmopolitan, urban scene.”

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1301 U Street, NW

The transformation of U Scream Ice Cream to Bin 1301 Wine Bar is nearly complete. Looks like it’ll turn into a sweet little spot. An amazing transformation if you remember what the ice cream store used to look like. Updates when construction is 100% complete and an opening date is announced. But to give a little idea, I stopped by on Saturday for a quick look:

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04/14/14 12:25pm

stix_mothership
3301 Georgia Avenue, NW

Last week we heard the STIX food truck would be opening up a brick and mortar spot in Petworth. This caused a lot of excitement and folks were eagerly awaiting word of where. Sadly the news is not that sweet. Turns out they won’t be opening up in Petworth, nor will it be a completely new spot, they’ll be serving breakfast and lunch at Mothership located at 3301 Georgia Avenue, NW. Still good news but very different from the original impression.

04/14/14 11:55am

jack_rose
2007 18th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Jack Rose Dining Saloon is excited to announce the appointment of its new Executive Chef Russell Jones. A kitchen veteran of Restaurant Eve, Vinoteca and Le Paradou, Chef Jones will create and execute a menu of smaller creative share plates, playful Southern-style bar snacks, and overall complementary fare that pairs well with the restaurant’s award-winning beverage program. Chef Jones will take full helm of the kitchen on April 14th.

A South Carolina native, Jones’ love for food was inspired by early childhood travels – the taste of his first real baguette in Paris, buying chestnuts from a street vendor in London, watching butchers at work in the open-air markets. These experiences coupled with his mom’s Southern home cooking helped inspire his current “somewhat Southern, executed with French technique” culinary style. (more…)

04/13/14 10:22pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user clif_burns

Hearing rumors that Le Diplomate’s executive chef, Adam Schop, has either left or is leaving soon. Before Le Diplomate opened last year the Washington Post reported:

“Adam Schop. The 37-year-old chef, whose resume includes the pan-Latin Nuela in New York and the admired Zinc Bistro in Scottsdale, beat out more than a dozen serious candidates for the job – including three French chefs.”

Not sure how/if Schop’s leaving will affect the menu but will update as soon as more info is known. Le Diplomate opened up almost exactly a year ago at the corner of 14th and Q St, NW.