Finally some good news for the opening of All Souls coming to 8th and T St, NW. Last we heard there was a delay due to structural engineer plans but that has all been taken care of and the inside has been completely gutted. Earlier this week I spoke with owner David Batista who tells me that they are now on track for a September opening!
The space will feature a large curved bar that was salvaged from Jaleo’s renovation. The curved bar inside All Souls will seat 15 and tables will seat another 25 or so. The space def. has some history to it. Check out an old whiskey bottle workers found in the ceiling:
And in a wild coincidence the address on the label lists 702 E Street, NW which is roughly the address of Jaleo. Awesome.
It’s been a long journey but September is right around the corner. Stay tuned.
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.
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It’s been a long time since we checked in on the Ted’s Bulletin coming to 1818 14th Street, NW in Logan Circle. Thanks to @Greg_Hudson for tweeting us the photo above. Getting close! Stay tuned for an exact opening date.
On Thursday, May 23, 2013 around 11:40am a call came in about a couple of snakes that fell out of the trees. When the snakes fell they scared the children, and everyone fled. This was in the playground area. I responded but found no snakes. I caught one small enough to fit inside an empty water bottle I had. It was probably a black rat snake. They are indigenous to trees and the warm weather is drawing them out.
Common rat snakes tend to be shy and, if possible, will avoid being confronted. If these snakes are seen and confronted by danger, they tend to freeze and remain motionless. Some adults attempt to protect themselves. They coil their body and vibrate their tails in dead leaves to simulate a rattle. If the snakes continue to be provoked, they will strike.
“Although black rat snakes do not usually attack when threatened, there have been extreme cases of black rat snakes charging at predators. Black rat snakes also produce a strong foul odor when scared to deter predators and people.”
El Limeno was located at 201 Upshur St, NW across the street from Hitching Post and closed in Sept. 2010 after some, uh, legal troubles… It had been vacant ever since. Thanks to @JustinTLogan for sending word that a sign has been posted for La Joya Steakhouse Restaurant. Could be awesome! Updates when they get closer to opening.
Back in Feb. we noted that Viet Thai and Sutra (formerly Felix) had closed at 2406 18th St, NW. Thanks to a reader for sending word about the new signage that has just gone up. Well, uh, more info as it becomes available…
It’s been a big year for anniversaries – next up – Happy 40th anniversary Dancing Crab! Dancing Crab is located at 4611 Wisconsin Ave, NW. You can see their 40th anniversary menu for the month of May here. Check out the fancy new patio too:
DC Water and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) crews remain on the scene of a hole that opened in the roadway at 14th and F Streets, NW and are working to determine the cause of underground concrete falling 15 feet onto a sewer line.
A DC Water sewer investigator yesterday determined that concrete from above had collapsed a large section of a 54-inch diameter brick combined sewer line. The concrete may have come from the road itself or from another utility casing.
There are a number of utilities and old trolley tracks above the collapsed sewer, making this a complex repair. This sewer is 15 feet below the road surface and was built in 1897. DC Water anticipates approximately 30 feet of the sewer will need to be excavated and repaired.
DC Water and contractor crews will work 24 hours per day until the repair is complete. DC Water will provide updates throughout the process.
DDOT will manage traffic control during the process and traffic advisories can be found at www.ddot.dc.gov on the Featured News Section. The intersection remains closed to vehicular traffic at this time.
Tadich DC — to be located at 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, less than a mile from the White House — will be twice as big as the original, clocking in at 7,387 square feet, compared to the 3,500 square foot original. The new East Coast branch won’t be a replica per se, but will try to attempt to recreate that same counter-centric atmosphere, though there will be a bigger dining room and private dining areas. The idea is that the Tadich Grill menu, famous for its use of West Coast seafood, will also remain largely the same on the other coast.
They also report plans are for Tadich DC to open in early 2014. TenPenh closed back in June 2011. A reader writes:
“A friend who works on that block saw people taking measurements in the space a few days ago.”
You can see Tadich Grill’s menu here. Any San Fran expats ever eaten there?
Cajun Experience closed in mid-July 2012 at 1825 18th St, NW. In Aug. 2012 we noted the space was for lease. Now I’m hearing Jackie Greenbaum of Jackie’s in Silver Spring and El Chucho in Columbia Heights – is likely opening up a new restaurants here. Details are scarce but more info if/when it becomes available.