09/15/14 11:15am

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2477 18th Street, NW

A couple of weeks ago we noted that it looked like Federal had closed for more than repairs. Thanks to @Julie32BJ for tweeting us the photo above from Adams Morgan Day. A tipster told me some more details about the plans on Saturday and if it weren’t for the fact that I may or may not have drank my weight in the champagne of beers shortly after that conversation, I’d be able to remember what he said. At any rate a “music house and record cafe” sounds awesome. I look forward to remembering/learning more about it. Updates when they get closer to opening.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

From MPD:

“This morning [Saturday], at approximately 4 am, a resident of the 3200 block of Adams Mill Road was awakened by a strange noise. He got up to investigate, and noticed that a window on the front of his house was open. He quickly realized he had been burglarized and that several items, including his laptop computer, were missing.

He called the police and when they arrived they asked him to utilize the tracking function on the stolen computer to try to determine its current location. He did so, and the current location for the laptop was obtained. Detectives immediately drove to that location and spotted an individual sitting there utilizing a laptop which happened to be of the exact type that had been stolen. The computer as well as other items stolen from the house were recovered and the suspect was arrested and charged with burglary.”

09/15/14 10:15am

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701 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“The partners of the Latin inspired restaurant, Ceiba, [Chef Jeff Tunks, Gus DiMillo, David Wizenberg] are turning a new leaf and have decided to close the doors at the end of this month, September 27, 2014. It has been an exciting 11 years for the sleek American interpretation of an urban Latin establishment, Ceiba, but now is the time for its final hour. It was a challenging and heartfelt decision for the partners, but with much review of the varied external factors, closing the doors was the best course of action. It will leave behind a legacy of spicy, tangy Latin cuisine and fiery memories – of tropical-style lunches, exotic dinner choices, and annual festive celebrations, right there on 14th and G Streets just blocks from The White House.

Says Gus DiMillo, co-proprietor and 35-year veteran in the hospitality industry, “It’s a business that has brought highs and lows—from great food and an amazing stable of talented chefs. It is hard to plan the closing of a restaurant, when you open a restaurant successfully.”

Ceiba has been praised in the press from Bon Appétit, Wall Street Journal, Wine Spectator to Washington, DC’s top print and online media periodicals and publications. Chef Jeff Tunks appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” showcasing Ceiba’s heart-healthy meal ideas including the Southwest Buffalo Burger and Grilled Chicken with Black Bean Corn Salsa.

The partners will simply focus their energy and time on their independent ongoing endeavors in Washington, DC and Virginia; and their next venture is poised to open in early 2015.

Gus, Jeff and David are indebted and thankful to their loyal supporters, neighbors, distinguished press, friends and family for their continued commitment to Ceiba. And most importantly, they are sincerely grateful to their dedicated staff for all of their efforts and hard work over the past 11 years.

“A fond farewell for now! Thank you for the memories,” says Gus, Jeff and David.”

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14th and G Street, NW looking north

09/15/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user vpickering

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

09/15/14 9:15am

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a hit and run that resulted in a traffic fatality which occurred in the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW.

On Sunday, September 14, 2014, at approximately 3:17 am, a pedestrian was crossing the street in the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue, NW when he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Georgia Avenue, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The striking vehicle was last seen fleeing westbound on Girard Street from Georgia Avenue, NW and is described as a dark colored four door vehicle, possibly a Chrysler product, with stock chrome wheels having noticeable damage on the driver’s side.

The decedent has been identified as 26 year-old Bareket Haile of Northeast, Washington, DC.

This crash is currently under investigation.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

09/14/14 10:25pm

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19th Street south of Dupont Circle

Interesting update on the former Baja Fresh space next to Buffalo Billiards in Dupont from Washington Business Journal:

“California-based Pizza Studio is the latest brand to enter the fast-casual pizza market in D.C., signing a lease for the former Baja Fresh space in Dupont Circle.

An 11-inch personal pizza costs $7.99. Customers choose one of five crust options, which include a whole grain and a gluten-free, and then move on to choices for cheese, sauce and unlimited toppings.”

You can see their full menu here.

WBJ says they are hoping to open in November – stay tuned.

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looking north on 19th Street towards Dupont Circle