“The Cosi on North Dupont [1647 20th St. NW] has closed as of yesterday. They were taking out all of the furniture and equipment when I was walking by. Did you hear? What gives? That’s three closed businesses within the same half-block: Cosi, Five Guys and Sprint.
Rats or rent? Or horrible rats are jacking up the prices? Lol. If it is rats, why hasn’t the other businesses started shutting down? Even worse, will it infect the beloved Chipotle? Hahaha.
Just curious. Also wonder if maybe the owner is either selling or reconstructing the lot. No one has moved in, except for Custom Fuel (the old Potbelly, that started it all).”
Best known for his colorful, animated characters – local mural and graffiti artist Kelly Towles, has original pieces painted around the city. But just suddenly he’s the recipient of some less-than-pleasing tagging. Shortly after finishing his first Georgetown piece, someone attempted to destroy it with black markings of a male body part. Being the dope artist that he is – he immediately set to reconstruct. He says he got a ton of love and support while out there, and even an extra panel to paint. And then someone told him that his legendary “Scout” piece on 12th and W was also tagged. He still had his paint on him from Georgetown – so of course he went to reconstruct that one as well. And then he took to social media to hilariously critique the stylings, or lack of – that these people used. Don’t mess with Kelly Towles.
Any tips to who might be attempting to ruin his art?”
This house is located at 521 Tennessee Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:
“Open Sunday 2-4 PM! Warm inviting porch-front home on a friendly block between Lincoln Park and hip H Street, NE corridor. 2 bedrooms + den or convert back to 3 bedrooms. Granite countertops, stainless appliances and separate sun filled breakfast room opening onto deck. Full basement offers more opportunity for additional space. Remember fall back one hour!”
Earlier this month things were not looking good for Chocolate Crust. Thanks to a reader for passing on the unfortunate update from the Brightwood listserv:
“It is with great sadness that I must close Chocolate Crust Bakery today, Friday October 31, 2014. It has been a long struggle. However…
I would never have been able to get this far without your incredible support! I have been incredibly humbled by the passion the local community has shown in supporting small business in this changing neighborhood. You have rallied for us and come out for us and provided innumerable suggestions and positive comments which all together kept us going this far! Thank you!
Even with an episode on the Cooking Channel, 5 times written up in the Washington post, “Best of…” in several categories by numerous publications, great ratings on Yelp, radio interviews, TV spots from here to NYC, direct support from our Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser and her team and honored by being in her campaign commercial, and especially an incredible amount of support in so many ways form Emory Beacon of Light here in Brightwood, we were not able to make a solid go of it.
This neighborhood is in an interesting time of regeneration and I have been thrilled and grateful to have been a part of it getting to know so many of you and becoming your friends. I hope you will keep supporting the many neighboring businesses who are also struggling.
As for what I will be doing next… I will be finishing my chocolate cookbook quite quickly and also be teaching culinary at area institutions and do some business consulting as well. That should keep me busy until my next new idea takes form.
“For its November guest chef sandwich, The Red Hen’s Mike Friedman has dreamed up The E Street Special, a mountain of chili braised brisket, crispy bacon, Fontina cheese, sauerkraut and 1000 Island aioli on griddled pumpernickel bread. The $14 sandwich is available throughout the month. G, 2201 14th st. NW. 202-234-5015. gbymikeisabella.com”
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Vastu will be closing soon.
It has been a wonderful 11 1/2 years and we are very sorry to see it end. We simply couldn’t absorb the financial burden caused by increased costs and lowered revenue during last year’s short change in ownership.
During our time on 14th St, we have taken great pride and delight in being invited into your homes and lives, asked to help make them a little more comfortable and stylish, and we cherish the friendships we’ve made along the way. It has been an adventure watching the neighborhood go from a retail wasteland where we needed to bring lunch if we wanted to eat that day to one where there are seemingly endless options for all-day drunken brunches.
Our closing isn’t immediate and we will of course be delivering orders to those of you who still have them outstanding. (more…)
801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW at Navy Memorial Plaza
Last week we learned Plan B Burger Bar would be opening Monday Nov. 3rd – now have a look inside. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is a real deal restaurant and it’s another transformation that blew me away (remember the former pizza place/deli?):
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Featured Property: 1357 Emerald St NE
Legal Subdivision: Old City #1
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #1
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1.5 Parking: Street Basement: No Ownership: Fee Simple Original List Price: $599,990. List Price at Contract: $669,500.
List Date: 9/15/14
Days on Market: 9 Settled Sales Price: $669,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 10/22/14
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No Original GDoN post is: here. The original listing can be seen here: here.
Emerald Street is a one block long enclave between 13th and 14th Streets NE and around the corner from Lovejoy Lofts. It is bounded north and south by F and E Streets NE, so not far off from the H Street activity. It is within a 25 minute walk to three Metro stations (1.5 miles to Union Station, 1.2 miles to Stadium Armory, or 1.1 to Potomac Ave), or easy access to the bus lines along Maryland Avenue, and of course (someday) to the trolleys.
We revisited another sale on this block during the Spring market. My comment on that net $627,500. sale in May 2014 was that “This recent renovation is the highest price paid on the block since 2011. There were two other sales on the block this year, at $502,900. and $571,000.” Currently, 1321 Emerald Street NE, is under contract with a list price of $683,500. The subject property is the highest sale price to date on the block.
The listing agents were Katie Wethman and Bridget Hodge of Keller Williams Realty in McLean, VA. Joan Cromwell of McEnearney Associates, Inc. represented the buyer in this transaction.
3rd and Massachusetts Ave, NW rendering via Property Group Partners
While Uniqlo coming to DC proper may still be wishful thinking – CityPaper got confirmation from the Capitol Crossing developers that Mario Batali’s Eataly is “definitively happening…no earlier than 2017″ according to Property Group Partners. This is part of the huge Capital Crossing Development which you can read about here.
So I guess the bet is, who will come first Uniqlo or Eataly?