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Photo by PoPville flickr user yostinator

From their website:

“This Friday, November 14th we will be celebrating our 3rd anniversary at the place it all started – Farragut Square. It’s a bittersweet day for us, because it will also be our last day of service. We cannot say thank you enough for supporting us throughout the years – our customers have been nothing short of inspiring. Thousands of the best the DMV has to offer pushed us to be better, try harder, and keep dreaming. Special thanks to our friends on “CapMac’s Wall of Fame” for their overwhelming support, and to the DMV Food Truck Association for all the support they have given us these last three years.

Thank you for allowing us to celebrate weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and all the other special occasions we were lucky to be a part of. To the students and faculty of George Washington University, we will never be able to adequately thank you for your unmatched loyalty. Thanks for being the best brand ambassadors a small business could ask for.

We’re not saying goodbye, we’re saying “see you later”. We have our eyes set on new and opportunities in the future and we’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on our next move.

In closing, thank you for sharing your memories with us. More importantly, thank you for believing in us.”

CityPaper reports:

“[Owner Brian] Arnoff wouldn’t reveal exactly what’s in store next, but he says he would like to eventually have a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

We judged CapMac back in 2011.

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I hear the owners of Ripple are opening up a new spot in Adams Morgan. Ripple is located at 3417 Connecticut Ave, NW. Ripple is delicious. This is very good news for Adams Morgan. The Reef closed for good back in late August.

While the owners of Ripple haven’t confirmed the exact location, I am told that it will be a new concept, different from Ripple. More info on plans for the new space as they become available.

Update from Ripple:

“The team behind ripple – including Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley – is planning to open another restaurant in the next 6 months and is currently looking at several locations.

“There are no finalized plans yet, we will have an announcement when we can be more specific.” Roger Marmet

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3416 11th Street, NW

Dear PoPville,

Did you hear that Columbia Heights Coffee is closing? They are packing up right now.

One of the sadder emails I’ve received in a while. Some may call it nostalgia but for those of us who lived nearby – the opening of Columbia Heights Coffee was a joy that is hard to articulate. You see Columbia Heights Coffee was the “first” new spot to open on 11th street. I remember the first time I passed it back in 2003/2004 I thought I was hallucinating. It is really hard to imagine but the entire street was pretty much boarded up, vacant and/or in disrepair. Columbia Heights Coffee was the first shining light. (more…)

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2006 18th Street, NW

Construction has now started on ‘Sugar Daddy’s Bakery’ coming to the former Bobby Lew’s Saloon space at 2006 18th Street, NW. According to a permit posted out front they will have 13 seats. I spoke to a worker who said buildout should take a couple months. Updates when they get closer to opening.

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3710 14th St, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Taqueria Habanero is coming to 14th Street, NW between Spring and Quincy St, NW right near Red Derby. Looking forward to seeing if this is the real deal. This space is formerly home to Utopia Nails and Spa which abruptly closed back in March. Updates as the Taqueria gets closer to opening.

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Medium Rare’s Cleveland Park location at 3500 Connecticut Ave, NW

Big news tweeted by @Barracksrow last night:

“Oh yeah, it’s true. We’re getting our very own @MediumRareDC at 515 8th St. Life is, actually, awesome. Welcome to the Row, yummy steak!”

515 8th Street, SE was home to Fusion Grill which is “relocating to another location.”

Medium Rare opened their Cleveland Park location (RIP Yanni’s) back in 2011.  You can see their menu here.

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901 9th Street, NW

901 Restaurant and Bar closed at 9th and I Street, NW back in January. Now comes exciting news of who is taking over the space – City Tap House.

‏@barredindc tweeted the news yesterday:

“City Tap House (@TapHouseDC) will be opening in the short-lived 901 space at 9th & I soon. Gastropub has location near UPenn in Philly”

And ‏@TapHouseDC tweeted that they hope to open in:

“mid November is our goal. We ‘ll keep you informed. Looking forward to having you in for some great beers!!”

In an email the folks from City Tap House write:

“Located in the bustling Chinatown district and Penn Quarter neighborhood of downtown Washington DC, within walking distance of major attractions including the brand new Washington DC Convention Center, Verizon Center sports and entertainment complex and world renowned Smithsonian American Art Museum, City Tap House DC boasts one of Washington DC’s most extensive local, national and international microbrew line ups. Complimented by our elevated American pub fare and gourmet brick oven pizza menu, City Tap House DC offers guests a rustic, comfortable dining and bar setting adjacent to our spacious open kitchen.

If you’re looking for one of the widest craft beer selections in Washington DC, City Tap House DC has you covered. Enjoy daily happy hours for the best drink specials in Washington DC, seasonal full-service patio dining, vibrant late night & weekend entertainment and monthly microbrew based special events, including seasonal launches, menu pairings and complimentary samplings.”

You can see their planned DC menu here:

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The DC beer list is being finalized but you can see the beer list from their Philly location.

Anyone ever visit the Philly location? Think it’ll be a good fit for 9th and I St, NW?

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300 Tingey Street, SE

From Navy Yard ANC Rep David Garber:

“Happy to finally be able to announce that the entire second floor as well as one retail space of the Boilermaker Shops in The Yards DC will be taken by Ideaspace, a brand new concept for the tech and industrial design community in DC, where “members enjoy access to open work space, classes and experiential workshops, world-class speakers and events, as well as a state-of-the-art maker lab and wet lab.” Essentially, this will be a 16,000 square feet co-working space and event space, as well as a separate maker lab for building anything from robots, to hardware, to new product prototypes, to “DIY bio hacking” using the wet lab. Membership will start at $99/month, which makes it a pretty accessible place for a wide range of entrepreneurs and “makers.” So really, like nothing that currently exists in DC at this size and level.

Their goal right now is to open in the first quarter of 2014.”

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Inventory at Foundry’s current 1522 U Street, NW Location via FoundrybyFreeman

From a press release:

“Foundry is moving to new and bigger digs in DC’S Atlas District. Designer Yvette Freeman, owner of the reputable vintage and antique furniture boutique on U Street, announced today relocation plans to a larger retail space located in the H Street corridor at 819 11th Street, NE. The new 4,000-square-foot Foundry will be located in a historic carriage house situated on two levels that quadruples its current showroom space and positioned in Atlas Court Alley – the historical alleyway recently designated by the District of Columbia City Council runs between H and I Streets, NE.

The new Foundry showroom will introduce a new 2,000-square-foot design center for personalized consultations and guidance on custom-made pieces. Customers will also have the opportunity to view artworks and upholstered pieces currently in production in the first level workspace area. Foundry’s new store is slated to open on November 15. (more…)